Christine Campbell Thomson (ed.) - Nightmare By Daylight (Selwyn & Blount, April, 1936)
Many thanks to Robert Weinberg for kindly granting me permission to use his cover scans.
Charles Cullum - Scarred Mirror Barrett Willoughby - One Alaskan Night David H. Keller - The Dead Woman Oscar Cook - The Crimson Head-Dress Gordon Chesson - Little Red Shoes Zayu Konstanz - The Yellow Paw Dion Fortune - The Flute Of Seven Stops Hester Holland - The Scream Nicholas Stafford - Mirabel Houston Walter Rose - The Horror Of the Cavern Jessie D. Kerruish - The Gold Of Hermodike E.M.P. Inglefield - The Cossacks R. Dawson - Grannie Flavia Richardson - Empty Stockings Oswell Blakeston - The Crack
The eleventh and final book in the series.
Hester Holland - The Scream: A terrible cry emanates from one of the upstairs rooms at 'The Elms', the new retirement home of Colonel George Dawson and his wife, Ellen, on the outskirts of Guildmore. they learn that the house has "been sold and let and sold again on account of the scream" and yet there's no dark deed in The Elms' brief history to account for it. The curmudgeonly Colonel doesn't believe in the supernatural and grows steadily more insane as he attempts to penetrate the mystery. Filmed for the TV series Douglas Fairbanks jnr. Presents ... in 1953 with the host and Constance Cummings taking the lead roles.
Oswell Blakestone - The Crack: The narrator has hideous dreams involving a weird antique dealer and his horrific statuettes of animals writhing in torment. It transpires that, at an unspecified date, such events did take place when Chiffonier, the proprietor of 'Ye Olde Yew Tree Antique Shoppe', was "detected in a particularly repellent crime" and absconded, leaving a pig, mutilated and masked to resemble himself (!) to be hung in his place.
Three years pass before the narrator encounters the reincarnation of Chiffonier, a stage illusionist. During his performance, the magician suffers a brain seizure, runs one female assistant through with swords and sets about sawing a second in half.
David H. Keller - The Dead Woman: Mild mannered book-keeper Mr. Thompson's wife, Lizzie, is dead. The problem is, nobody - not her mother, sundry doctors, or even the undertaker he calls to the house - will believe him. When the flies and worms get busy he decides that drastic measures are called for.
Gordon Chesson - Little Red Shoes: Earl Nunthank's second wife, Gioia, quickly grows disillusioned with life at the Manor house. Frustrated at her indifference to him and all-too obvious unhappiness at her situation, the Earl refuses to let her indulge her one pleasure - playing the organ - and beats her if she so much as touches the keyboard. Something has to give and eventually it is the bannister's, sawn through by Gioia, which put paid to Nunthank. But the fiery Italian isn't done with him yet ....
That's as far as I can get with Nightmare By Daylight just now.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
The Blakestone's "The Crack" very ligottiesque story.
How quickly you changed your mind! You arrived to find a gold Dunsanian city of arches and domes and fantastic spires... or so you told us. Yet when you fled two years later you could see only “alien hordes.” T. E. D. Klein