Stephen Jones & Jo Fletcher (eds.) - Gaslight And Ghosts (World Fantasy Convention/ Robinsons, 1988)
Introduction: A Ripping Yarn - Stephen Jones & Jo Fletcher
James Herbert - Halloween's Child Neil Gamman - James Herbert: Growing Up In Public Dianna Wynne Jones - The Green Stone Clive Barker - The Rhapsodist Hugh Lamb - Victorian Terror Garry Kilworth - Beyond Byzantium Brian Lumley - The Writer In The Garret Ian Watson - The Case Of The Glass Slipper R. Chetwynd-Hayes - Fog Ghost Peter Tremayne - A Reflection Of Ghosts Robert Holdstock - Time Of The Tree Ramsey Campbell - Cat And Mouse Brian W. Aldiss - Forgotten Life Karl E. Wagner - Beyond Any Measure Mike Ashley - Unlocking The Night Terry Pratchett - Sphinx Barbara Hambly - Immortal Blood Lisa Tuttle - The Modern Prometheus Adrian Cole - Grimander Kim Newman - The Long Autumn Of 1888 Charles L. Grant - Snowman
Weird amalgam of horror and fantasy stories, artwork, articles, extracts from then forthcoming novels, ads and co., loosely based around a Jack The Ripper/ Victorian theme, although many of the items don't come within spitting distance. The overall effect is like an extended, hardcover issue of Fantasy Tales magazine.
For me, the articles are the selling point, specifically these four: Hugh Lamb contributes an excellent - if too brief - examination of the golden age of Victorian horror fiction, Ashley commemorates Christine Campbell Thomson and the Not At Night's concentrating on the series' relationship with the Weird Tales stable in the US, and Tremayne does the same for Dorothy Macardle, latter day editor of Weird Tales and author of Uneasy Freehold. Finally, Kim Newman contributes an annotated listing of Jack the Ripper movies and TV appearances.
As to the short stories, Beyond Any Measure has to be the stand out, a vampire/ doppelganger classic, and the Campbell is resurrected from early Michel Parry anthology, Beware Of The Cat. Fog Ghost seems to have been written to order, but it's mercifully free of the heavy-handed humour that blights some of RCH's other work. Hallowe'en Child is reputedly based on a true incident on the night Herbert's daughter was born.
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