The Cush as the kindly, wouldn't-hurt-a-fly proprietor of Temptations Ltd. in From Beyond The Grave
"Why, customers. Come in, come in. I'm sure I have the very thing to tempt you. Lots of bargains, all tastes catered for. Oh, and a big novelty surprise goes with every purchase."
Really, i'm looking for stories that closely fit the From Beyond the Grave model - musty, mysterious shop, preferably impossible to locate twice, etc. - but anything concerning antique dealers of sinister aspect and their ghastly wares will do. Robert Bloch had a number of them - The Cloak, his Jack the Ripper story A Most Unusual Murder, at a push The Skull Of The Marquis de Sade, and his fellow partner in crime at Amicus, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, was fond of the theme: The Chair, The Holstein Horror and The Door come immediately to mind, but I'm sure there are others. Robert Arthur had at least a couple - The Mirror Of Cagliostro and his Monkey's Paw influenced The Rose Crystal Bell. Then there's Oswell Blakestone's The Crack - the narrator has hideous dreams involving a weird antique dealer and his horrific statuettes of animals writhing in torment. E. F. Benson's The Chippendale Mirror - adapted for an episode in the first great British anthology film Dead Of Night - probably fits the bill even if the Putney antique dealer and his premises don't play much of a part in the story.
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.