Basil Davenport (ed.) - Tales To Be Told In The Dark (Ballantine, 1960)
Superb knee-weakeners by the horror masters
William Fryer Harvey - The Beast With Five Fingers Stephen Hall - By One, By Two, By Three Saki - Sredni Vashtar Lord Dunsany - The Two Bottles Of Relish Margaret Irwin - The Book John Collier - Thus I Refute Beelzy James Thurber - The Whip-Poor-Will Arthur Machen - The White People Lafcadio Hearn - Mujina Saki - The Open Window Basil Davenport - Two Anecdotes Anon - The Closed Cabinet Basil Davenport - The Closed Cabinet Retold
The Listing for Tales To Be Told In The Dark is taken from the undated Faber & Faber edition (above) which is the one I've seen - the Ballantine is almost certainly abridged. Davenport includes notes on all of the stories, many of which will be familiar (the Stephen Hall and Lord Dunsany horrors were revived by Herbert Van Thal for the Pan Horrors and the Saki brace turn up just about everywhere). The editor does a fine job but the final three items - especially the two versions of The Closed Cabinet (Victorian melodrama minus the drama) - are something of a waste. As E. F. Bleiler puts it: "Davenport, recognizing that The Closed Cabinet is cumbersome, badly plotted and barely intelligible, has shortened the narrative greatly and reworked the story. It was not worth the effort."
Davenport's books were reputedly ghosted by Albert Paul Blaustein
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. - Christine Campbell Thomson