Just begun tracking down the various Fontana (and likely the PAN) anthology series. I've started with 'Cornish Tales of Terror' (which I'll be reading on the Cornish coast while on Holiday over the summer) , 'Sea Tales of Terror', and 'Gas-Light Tales of Terror'.
(Oddly I prefer the Mid 70s later printing covers on these rather than the original printing covers for these)
As far as the other longer series (Fontana Great Ghost Stories/Great Horror Stories) are concerned I'm sure everyone has different opinions which are the best volumes (I've been reading through the entries on the board). Are there any that are true standouts that most folks agree on that I should be looking for first?
I'll be in the UK this summer, I'd be interested in any recommendations people have for London secondhand bookshops that are decent for picking up paperback horror anthology (alas Fantasy Centre is long gone now).
I'm also interested in any recommendations of where to start with R. Chetwynd-Hayes and Aickman.
I think most people seem to rate the Fontana Ghost series more highly than the Horror Stories. As for Aickman, you could kill two birds by searching out the Fontana Ghosts that he edited - he often slipped in a story of his own to those (numbers 1, 2 and 3 all have one, I think). On the other hand, if you're not adverse to buying new books (spit), Faber & Faber are putting out new editions of some of his books this year to mark his centenary - www.faber.co.uk/author/robert-aickman/
Nice, I didn't know Faber were reissuing. I'll be at World Fantasy in November where Aickman is part of the core theme (Ghost of Honour?) so I definitely wanted to read some Aickman before going. I mostly don't buy newer editions, but the covers on those do look good.