Peter Haining - Where Nightmares Are (Mayflower-Dell, April, 1966: Mayflower, 1969: Severn House, 1983)
Introduction - Peter Haining
Ambrose Bierce - Moxon’s Master Robert Louis Stevenson - The Bodysnatcher Edgar Allan Poe - The Man That Was Used Up Guy De Maupassant - Night Nathaniel Hawthorne - Rappaccini’s Daughter Fitz-James O’Brien - What Was it? J. S. Le Fanu - The Familiar Charles Dickens - The Trial For Murder Washington Irving - The Spectre Bridegroom Robert Louis Stevenson - Thrawn Janet Edgar Allan Poe - The Cask Of Amontillado Ambrose Bierce - An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge J. S. Le Fanu - The White Cat Of Drumgunniol Robert W. Chambers - Passeur
Blurb: doesn't have one; it just says "Horror by" and names some of the contributors
Following on from his debut (as an anthologist) with The Hell Of Mirrors (NEL, 1965), Haining stepped up the pace the following year with Summoned From The Tomb (Digit), Beyond The Curtain of the Dark (Four Square), The Craft Of Terror (Four Square) and this, quite possibly the least imaginative collection among them. Subtitled "An anthology of the world's great horror stories", there's little to distinguish Where Nightmares Are from the likes of say, John L. Hardie's 22 Strange Stories of twenty years earlier and certainly nothing to suggest Haining would or could compile the Leslie Frewin triple-triumph of The Unspeakable People/ The Evil People/ The Midnight People only two years later. That said, if you're new to the genre you're sure to have a good time with most if not all of these stories and when i found a copy of the Mayflower-Dell original at Type last Thursday I couldn't resist even though there were 'better' paperbacks on offer at same price (£3).
There are at least two later reprints (unusually for Haining he neither tampered with content or title), the Severn House being a hardcover.
Severn House, 1983
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.