Another day, another boring list but cheer up - at least you get some neat covers to look at without having to endure my 'writing'. There are already threads for some of these and Nightmares will surely be getting one soon because it's EXCELLENT.
Nightmares (Belmont, 1961)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice I Kiss Your Shadow Mr. Steinway The Proper Spirit Catnip Hungarian Rhapsody The Light-House The Hungry House The Sleeping Beauty (aka The Sleeping Redheads) Sweet Sixteen (aka Spawn Of The Dark One)
Terror (Belmont, 1962)
"His head snapped back and he made a gurgling sound. The flashlight fell to the floor, the light went out, and we were both in darkness. But he did not need the light for his business, which was dying. And I did not need the light for my business, which was killing.
"His feet left the floor for a moment, then came down again. He was like a marionette now, a puppet on a, string, doing a jig. The short, merry jig of one who shuffles off this mortal coil. The dance of death.
"Then he was limp in my arms, limp in the darkness. I let him slump to the floor, at Kali's feet. A poor sacrifice, but fittingly offered. No blood had been spilled. And I was worthy. I knew that now.
"I took my own flashlight and set it on the cabinet so that the beam bathed the black brow of the goddess. Then I smashed the glass of the case with the other flashlight, taking care to hold it with a handkerchief wrapped around my hand.
"After that there was nothing left to do but pick up Kali and go away from there, taking the same route by which I came. Together we went out into the night. Kali and I - myself and the Mother of Murder ..."
So begins the gripping new novel by the author of PSYCHO. First publication anywhere in the world.
Something vaguely approaching a 'review' (of about half the novel) here
Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper (Belmont, 1962)
Robert Bloch - Introduction
Sweets to the Sweet The Dream Makers Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper The Eyes of the Mummy The Manikin House of the Hatchet The Cloak Beetles The Faceless God
Reprinted in the UK as The House Of The Hatchet by Tandem in 1965 and again by Sphere in 1973
Horror-7 (Belmont, 1963)
Enoch The Strange Flight of Richard Clayton The Opener of the Way Return to the Sabbath The Mandarin’s Canaries The Shambler from the Stars The Secret of Sebek
Horror-7 cover provided by Nightreader: see his review of the contents here
More Nightmares (Belmont, 1963)
That Hell-Bound Train The Feast In The Abbey Slave Of The Flames One Way To Mars The Cheaters The Fiddler's Fee Mother Of Serpents Waxworks Seal Of The Satyr The Dark Demon
The Living Demons (Belmont, 1967: Sphere, 1973)
Life In Our Time The Indian Spirit Guide Lucy Comes To Stay The Plot Is The Thing Underground The Beasts Of Barsac Philtre Tip The Unspeakable Betrothal Black Bargain The Girl From Mars Beauty's Beast Tell Your Fortune
Blurb Monstrous Creatures are spawned in the nightmare land of macabre imagination found in such writers as Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft ... and the modern master ROBERT BLOCH. From the murky depths of the fiendish mind of Bloch emerge - fully grown and devilishly developed - the unhumans... ... Mere figments of imagination? Are you really willing to match wits with a mere wisp of phantom light that is satanically clever at wielding an axe? Or with a man who controls a machine capable of draining your soul from your body?
Ladies Day/ This Crowded Earth (Belmont 1968, 1974)
Blurb: LADIES' DAY: Amnesia imprisoned his mind. Horror clutched his emotions when he discovered the world was 160 years older but he wasn't. The year 2121 found life changed drastically, due to man made catastrophes. Man made? No, man destroyed! And strangely, women were . . . different. THIS CROWDED EARTH: Seven years of being the ideal man as far as the new society was concerned got him nothing but the promise of present and future frustration. Seven seconds of madness, of attempted self-destruction, brought him—to near paradise. As a reward for bucking the system, the system itself has provided him with a life of luxury and leisure in a world where neither was thought to exist. Why ?
The Eager Dragon A Good Knights Work Nursemaid To Nightmares
Blurb: SUCH RARE BEINGS A weird and unusual collection of short stories by the world famous author of PSYCHO and THE SCARF. Using a sardonic sense of the absurd added to his own unique type of fantasy, Bloch has produced such rare and delightful beings as Sir Pallagyn of the Black Keep, Herman the Eager Dragon, and Simkins the toothless vampire. Bloch at his very best.
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.