Peter Haining [ed.] - Movie Monsters: Great Horror Film Stories (Severn House, 1988)
Peter Haining [ed.] Movie Monsters: Great Horror Film Stories ( , )
Peter Haining - Introduction Ray Bradbury - Inviting Frankenstein into the Parlour
Gaston Leroux - Balaoo - The Demon Baboon (excerpt) Chayim Bloch - The Golem Richard Marsh - The Beetle (excerpt) Arthur Conan Doyle - The Mummy (The Ring of Thoth) Draycot M. Dell and Edgar Wallace - King Kong Guy Preston & Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - The Bride of Frankenstein Bram Stoker - Dracula's Daughter (Dracula's Guest) H. G. Wells - The War of the Worlds (abridgement) Ray Bradbury - The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (The Foghorn) M. R. James - The Night of the Demon (Casting the Runes George Langelaan - The Fly John W. Campbell, Jr. - The Thing (Who Goes There?)
Blurb: If you've been frightened by the monsters in the great horror films, you'll be terrified by the original stories. Whether it's the old, classic black-and-white pictures such as Frankenstein or Dracula you relish, or the modern special effects spectacular like The Thing or Gremlins that haunt your wildest nightmares, you'll find plenty more heart thumpers in this unique, dramatically illustrated anthology of short stories which have inspired some of the most famous cinema chillers of the century.
Together with introductions by editor Peter Haining, in which he describes their background, here is a selection of the finest short stories by master writers in the supernatural genre such as ...
Chayim Bloch - The Golem: (Oesterreichischen Wochenschrift, 1914). Prague, 1580. Creation, thrilling adventures and death of Joseph Golem. Wary that the fanatical Christian priest Thaddeus is stirring up resentment with knowingly false accusations of ritual murder, Rabbi Judian Law breathes life into a man of clay to protect his people from the massed ranks of jewbaiters. Joseph Golem duly thwarts Thaddeus and, in the grisliest and most memorable episode, an attempt by the butcher Havilicek to frame a communal leader for the murder of a child.
Draycot M. Dell & Edgar Wallace - King Kong: (Cinema Weekly, October 28, 1933). Novelisation in miniature picks up the action as a party including Carl Denham, Captain Eaglehorn and Ann Darrow set ashore on Skull Island as the natives are readying a human sacrifice to Kong. Their intervention saves a young woman's life, but the gorilla sets eyes on the golden woman, and we all know how that turns out. Dell - working from Wallace's screenplay? - does well to pack everything into 15 pages.
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.