how do they shape up, Sev. did he still have his nasty streak?
Only read the first one, "House of Flesh" - which was a good little suspenseful thriller, with a fair bit of nudity and voyeurism thrown in, or as much as could be got away with in 1950. Not a lot of horror and general nastiness, which was surprising as I've just found out that the novel made it into the book Horror: Another 100 Best Books edited by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman, in which 100 authors each contributed an essay on a book of their choice - this one being the choice of David Bischoff.
I enjoyed the book, but then I'm almost solely reading, and for the large part enjoying, crime/suspense from that era at the moment - Cornell Woolrich, Charles Williams, Wade Miller, Bill Gault, Hal Masur etc...
I'm holding on by a fingernail and my right bollock!
thanks, Sev. there are some mighty odd choices for the first hundred best horror books, too. Anthony Boucher's The Compleat Werewolf? i mean, it has its moments, but ....
ignore whatever tripe i wrote about the British Weird Menace reprints earlier on the thread, Terry Gibbons at Visco provides dates for all of 'em and you even get all the covers.
Here's an American original i picked up cheap (Fantasy Center, RIP) on account of it looks like a rat has been at it. I could never understand how Rogers Terrill decided which stories were suitable for Horror Stories and which for Terror Tales as they all tend to obsess on the same perversions, but Robert Kenneth Jones supplies the answer in his introduction to Sheldon Jaffrey's Selected Tales Of Grim & Grue From The Horror Pulps (Bowling Green Press, 1987): "He defined horror and terror in this way. Horror is what a girl would feel if watching something from a safe distance. Terror is what she would feel if she were the next victim."
Terror Tales (ed, Rogers Terrill: Popular Publications, Jan-Feb 1937)
William Fulton Soare
TWO LONG NOVELS OF MYSTERY AND TERROR
J. O. Quinliven - Temple Of Dread Desire We know fear when the earth trembles beneath our feet — we know nothing of the soul-shocking terror Edward Lawton experienced on that terrible night when he saw the forces of hell at work — and was forced to stand helplessly by, as the girl he loved fell into the grip of powers capable of shaking the world itself!
Frederick C. Davis - Dig Deep The Graves! Beware of praying that the peacefully sleeping bodies of your beloved dead be returned to you — for your wish may be granted! And ever afterward your only prayer will be, "Dig deep the graves—that the terrible dead may not return!"
THREE SPINE-CHILLING TERROR NOVELETTES
Paul Ernst - Models For Madness To Jean Hawke, the horrible legend of the prowling Black Ones became stark reality, when she actually found herself in their noisome lair. But she knew still greater horror, when she saw the death-like creature who towered above her - and recognized his face!
Emerson Graves - King Of The Swamp Horde Speechless with terror, Esther Coulton stared into the slimy green swamp foliage through which her little sister had just that instant disappeared - in the grasp of a nameless nightmare shape....
Henry Treat Sperry - Flowers That Bloom In Hell Horrible indeed was the way in which those beautiful women of Blackhawk Lake vanished one after another. Far more frightful was the manner in which they returned!
PULSE-SPEEDING SHORT TERROR TALES
Wayne Rogers - The Devil's Prize Ring They called him Sunny Jim, until he entered the ring in the devil's gym and fought an inhuman, lust-crazed brute for a priceless trophy—his own lovely bride!
Roger Howard Norton - Cave Of The Corpses Why should a man who loved his daughter, send her, long after his death, into the clutches of an unearthly creature of satanic passions
Black Chapel: A Department
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.
Jon Hanlon (ed.) - Death's Loving Arms and Other Terror Tales (Corinth Publications, 1966, 159 p.)
The Special from the Horror Grill, Vampir Horror Paperback 30, 1976
Here is the German edition from 1976.
Content: G.T.Fleming-Roberts - Blood Magic Hugh B. Cave - Death´s Loving Arms Wyatt Blassingame - Village of Dead Freederick C. Painton - Vampire Meat
This is copyrighted by a Corinth Publication in 1966. I don´t know if this is a british or an american anthology or if it is abridged. I couldn´t find it on the Vault, but maybe I didn´t look hard enough. I guess these are pre-war tales, maybe some magazine reprints? There are no infos about the writers or the original publication dates.
The german title is one of those supposed "funny" titles, you know, horror with a wink, nothing to see, dear mr. censor, all in good fun. At least it has a nice cover. Havn´t read one of the stories, as I got this last week.
I replaced the ph*t*fu**ed scans in this thread.
Normally I do this from time to time without announcing this. But as I discovered to my surprise, this was the thread which started my interest in the Shudder Pulps magazines, thanks to the kind information from our friendly Vaultkeeper and paragon of horror demonik and others. I wrote a lot of nonsense in this initial thread-opening, which I didn't change, only included a slightly worked over scan. Unfortunatly I never could get the original which has one story more - Middleton: From out the shadows - and sports a wonderful Bonfils cover. Jon Hanlon is Earl Kemp, the celebrated editor from Greenleaf Classics, the soft-porn publisher, who went to jail for his work.
So I just want to thank the Vault and all contributers for broadening horizons and supplying informations over the years.