Peter Haining (ed.) – Nightfrights: An Anthology Of Macabre Tales That Have Terrified Three Generations (Peacock, 1975: Gollancz, 1972)
Foreword – Peter Haining
1. Tales That Frightened Your Grandparents
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Bodysnatcher Wilkie Collins – The Story Of The Terribly Strange Bed Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart J. S. Le Fanu – Madam Crowl’s Ghost Andrew Lang – The Man In White E. Nesbit – Man-Size In Marble
2. Tales That Scared Your Parents
Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest H. G. Wells – The Valley Of The Spiders M. R. James – The Haunted Dolls House Ambrose Bierce – The Middle Toe Of The Right Foot Algernon Blackwood – The Transfer Agatha Christie – The Lamp
3. Tales That Will Horrify You
August Derleth – The Lonesome Place John Wyndham – Close Behind Him Robert Bloch – Enoch Mervyn Peake – Same Time, Same Place Ray Bradbury – The Small Assassin Joan Aiken – Furry Night
Peter Haining compiled a number of supernatural anthologies for children, including The Ghost Companion, Deadly Nightshade and, late in his prolific career, two volumes of Scary!. Short on surprises it may be, but Nightfrights is still a neat introduction to the wonderful and frightening world of macabre lit., puts me in mind a little of some UK equivalent of the Scholastic books.
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.