A Little Night Reading, Orbit, ed., Dave Allen, 1975, TOC

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Table of Contents

Introduction ~ Dave Allen
The Monkey’s Paw ~ W. W. Jacobs
Oh, Whistle and I’ll come to you, My Lad ~ M. R. James
The Signalman ~ Charles Dickens
The Open Window ~ ‘Saki’
Clarimonde ~ Theophile Gautier
The Black Cat ~ Edgar Allan Poe
The Canterville Ghost ~ Oscar Wilde
Nobody’s House ~ A. M. Burrage
Was it a Dream? ~ Guy de Maupassant
The Birds ~ Daphne du Maurier
The Furnished Room ~ O. Henry
The Withered Arm ~ Thomas Hardy
The Man with a Malady ~ J. F. Sullivan
Tcheriapin ~ Sax Rohmer
The Brown Hand ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Lottery ~ Shirley Jackson
The Inn of the Two Witches ~ Joseph Conrad
The Rose Garden ~ M. R. James
The Inexperienced Ghost ~ H. G. Wells
The Squaw ~ Bram Stoker

Supernatural Sleuths (Stories of Occult Detection), ed. Peter Haining, TOC

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9 • Introduction (Supernatural Sleuths: Stories of Occult Investigators) • (1986) • essay by Peter Haining
11 • The Ghost Detective • (1866) • short story by Mark Lemon
24 • Selecting a Ghost • (1883) • novelette by Arthur Conan Doyle (variant of The Secret of Goresthorpe Grange)
42 • The Story of the Moor Road • [Flaxman Low] • (1916) • short story by Kate Prichard and Hesketh Prichard [as by E. Heron and H. Heron]
56 • A Victim of Higher Space • [John Silence] • (1914) • novelette by Algernon Blackwood
77 • Case of the Haunting of Grange • [Moris Klaw] • (1913) • novelette by Sax Rohmer (variant of The Haunting of Grange)
98 • The Telepather • (1930) • short story by Henry A. Hering
113 • The Poltergeist • [Jules de Grandin] • (1927) • novelette by Seabury Quinn
138 • The Sinister Shape • [Dr. Muncing] • (1932) • novelette by Gordon MacCreagh (variant of The Case of the Sinister Shape)
162 • Panic in Wild Harbor • (1929) • short story by Gordon Malherbe Hillman [as by Gordon Hillman]
172 • The Case of the Bronze Door • [Miles Pennoyer] • (1945) • novelette by Margery Lawrence
204 • The Case of the Red-Headed Women • [Neils Orsen] • (1943) • short story by Dennis Wheatley
216 • Apparition in the Sun • [Lucius Leffing] • (1963) • short story by Joseph Payne Brennan

The Mummy in Literature, A Bibliography of Fiction & Nonfiction Sources (Work in Progress)

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Two-Penny Press Edition (2017) of Jane C. Webb Loudon’s Novel, The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century. London (then Webb) published the novel anonymously in three volumes when she was just seventeen years of age. It is now considered one of the earliest science-fiction novels written by a woman author. After reading something she had written, George Loudon sought Jane Webb out, helped her get published, and married her as well. (Amazon.com)


Sources: International Science Fiction Database (ISFDB); Wikipedia; Brian J. Frost’s The Essential Guide to Mummy Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2007); Bill Pronzini’s Tales Of The Dead; and the anthologies and collections listed in parentheses below.

If you are aware of a story or novel or nonfiction work not on this list, in which a mummy/mummies figure(s) as a character/villain or subject, please let me know at thesanguinewoods@gmail.com and I will add it to the bibliography.

This bibliography is current up through the most recent publications of The Book of the Dead, mummy stories ed. Jared Shulin, Jurassic London, 2014; and The Mammoth Book of the Mummy, ed. Paula Guran, Prime Books, 2017.


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Are you reading The Mammoth Book of the Mummy, horror stories, ed. by Paula Guran???

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“In The Mammoth Book of the Mummy: 19 Tales of the Immortal Dead—a cool edition to her already cool library of great horror and other weird fiction anthologies (see list after this post)—editor Paula Guran has assembled a collection of new mummy stories that will scare the linen strips of mummy wrapping right off you. And yo Mama. 😱😜🤣

In that professional and passion-filled Guran fashion we have come to know and love (and dread!), Paula Guran goes outside the box in this new mummy book—way beyond the traditional “spook-show” or the Universal Karloff batting at intermittent sunshine through a hole in castle roof (we adore you, Boris, you mute, you!).  and includes mummy stories that come from facet of fiction, including quite a few tales that blur the lines between genres, delving into full-fledged mash-ups.

First, Guran welcomes readers with a well-researched introduction to the stories, entitled: ‘My Mouth Has Been Given to Me That I May Speak’ the goal being to provide ‘a breath of fresh air in the mummy genre’ (and after 3000 years wrapped up tight like a tamale, inside three coffins, in a secret Tomb down at the bottom of a pyramid, in the pitch dark of time immemorial—that’s saying a hell of a lot), which she does nicely.

Below: There seem to be a few different covers, depending on where you live; for instance left is the cover of Guran’s book in India; and right is the United States cover. I believe the one I posted first, above, is the U.K. cover, which is my favorite.

Here is a list of the stories and a brief synopsis of each…

  1. In ‘Private Grave 9’, author Karen Joy Fowler pulls readers into the anthology by delivering a story that sets the stage for this non-traditional anthology. Haunted by their discovery of an entombed princess and badgered by an upstart young murder mystery writer, the archaeologists feel pressures mount as Howard Carter starts pulling gold from the ground at nearby Tut’s tomb. With exquisite prose and pacing, Fowler unspools tension as a true master of the short story.
  2. Nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award, Robert Sharp’s ‘The Good Shabti’ takes readers from a slave’s experiences in the court of King Mentuhotep to a Crichton-esque sci-fi future where science is being used to give new life to the dead. Fascinating in story and tone, Sharp carries readers through two fascinating worlds to an unexpected and deeply satisfying conclusion.
  3. Angela Slatter’s ‘Egyptian Revival’ is a great private eye story, flipping the gender of the detective and engaging the reader in a 1950s world where Egyptian gods are back in fashion, and resurrection is something that can be traded … or stolen. With tight prose, a great set of characters, and a knack for blending the fantastic with the intriguing, Slatter’s story is a whole lot of fun.
  4. ‘The Queen in Yellow’ uses the time-traveling science fiction characters of author Kage Bakers The Company series. This one plays with a lot of the more traditional mummy tropes, and using a tomb-raiding, 1920s Egypt as setting and flavor for a story of cyborgs and time-travelers feels a little like a Star Trek:TNG holodeck episode. It’s a great introduction to Baker’s larger body of work, but not one of the strongest stories in the anthology.
  5. John Langan is a horror writer who’s made a career of taking traditional monsters and turning them on their heads. With his response to the mummy genre, ‘On Skua Island,’ Langan knocks it out of the park with a deeply unsettling tale of a cursed body buried in a bog on an island outside the Shetlands, and its impact on one man who still carries the fear of that experience. A great story, and one that works as a palate cleanser for a reader between tales of Egypt.
  6. ‘Ramesses on the Frontier’ is a strange genre smash-up from author Paul Cornell, with a mummy’s waking in a tourist attraction museum and his journey across a surreal United States towards an afterlife. Cornell was a writer of Dr. Who, and this story shares a similar vibe. Funny, bizarre, and sweet, this addition to the anthology is charming and unexpected.
  7. In one of the creepier tales of the anthology, Australian horror author and fantasist Terry Dowling’s ‘The Shaddowwes Box’ is steeped in the intrigues and morals of Egyptologists, and upsetting clockwork. Dowling’s dark imagination fills this story with strangeness, and has a wonderfully ghoulish ending that will make horror fans grin.
  8. In ‘Egyptian Avenue’ by author Kim Newman, a tomb leaking sand and beetles sends Richard Jeperson, agent of Newman’s entertaining Diogenes Club, on a supernatural adventure. Long time readers of Newman’s world will enjoy this entry, and new readers might go running for Newman’s backlist if they’ve never heard of the occult mystery series. A solid entry, and a fun read.
  9. Gail Carriger, author of the Parasol Protectorate series of Victorian-era urban fantasy stories, offers up an amusing story with the amazing title of ‘The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t, the Mummy that Was, and the Cat in the Jar.’ Carriger’s characters can seem cartoony at times, but with monsters and mayhem in the heyday of the British Empire, all of it seems to work. Another fun read, if a little lighter than the others.
  10. ‘The Night Comes On’ by Steve Duffy is an interesting take on the idea of cursed objects and academics with no regard for those curses. Duffy’s prose can be a little dense, but it is filled with ideas and concrete elements that really bring the history to life … and the thing in the crate.
  11. Stephen Graham Jones tells a story of dark deeds and dark revenge in ‘American Mummy.’ Like an episode of Tales from the Crypt, Jones delivers a solidly creepy story with just the right twist of the knife at the end. Great build-up of suspense, and filled with great reveals, Jones is a master of short fiction.
  12. Outrageous and darkly hilarious, ‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ is one of Joe R. Lansdale’s more notorious stories that crackles from the page. It starts off like a story you’d overhear in a bar–So, Elvis is in this nursing home in Texas, right? And his buddy’s this old guy who thinks he’s JFK and his brain is running on batteries at the White House. Then there’s Egyptian hieroglyphs of dirty jokes, and a sassy nurse, and a mummy … and gets crazier and crazier. Lansdale is a brilliant writer, fearless and utterly unique, and this mummy story is unlike any other.
  13. ‘Fruit of the Tomb: A Midnight Louie Past Life Adventure’ by Carole Nelson Douglas is quirky, and kind of a hard sell to This Is Horror readers. If the concept of a cat detective dealing with the supernatural is your thing, you’ve come to the right place, but you’d better have a high tolerance for puns. Could be charming to the right audience, though.
  14. In ‘The Chapter of Coming Forth by Night,’ authors Lois Tilton & Noreen Doyle explain a forgotten epilogue to the Book of the Dead–new instructions for what comes after. This is a darkly delightful tale, expanding upon myth and legend to shed new light on the secrets of the mummy.
  15. Norman Partridge, a master of horror, comes in swinging with ‘The Mummy’s Heart.’ This one is genuinely scary, a Halloween nightmare come to life. Partridge is always worth a read, and if this anthology gets him more followers, they won’t be disappointed.
  16. ‘The Emerald Scarab’ by Keith Taylor blends the mystery and mysticism of mummification with the enchantment of ancient Egypt. It follows Archpriest Kamose, follower of Anubis, and a stolen jeweled scarab. An entertaining story, filled with rich details.
  17. In Helen Marshall’s ‘The Embalmer,’ a kid with an interest in embalming–not the modern-day techniques involving chemicals, but the ancient Egyptian techniques he learned from a museum–goes a little too far in this creepy, modern horror story. Marshall is one of the recent stars of weird fiction and horror, and this story shines like a dark jewel.
  18. ‘Tolland’ by Adam Roberts is an alternative-history monster story. It’s strange, imaginative, and a wild ride. Roberts is great at pacing his story, but there’s a learning curve to get into the world the author has created. A very interesting take on the mummy, for sure.
  19. With ‘Three Memories of Death’, author Will Hill wraps up the anthology with a beautifully-written story of the relationship between a pharaoh and the man who will finish the burial rites. Fascinating, and filled with details about mummification, it’s a strong story to complete a strong anthology.

In the Mammoth Book of the Mummy, Paula Guran has curated an anthology that could do more for mummy fiction than anything has in decades.”

For more information about Paula Guran’s, and a list of all of her books, visit her website, here…

http://paulaguran.com/books/

(Article Source: This Is Horror blog)

A Treasury of American Horror Stories, ed. McFerry, Jr., Waugh, Greenberg, 1985, TOC

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xi • Introduction: The Monster Tour (A Treasury of American Horror Stories) • essay by Frank D. McSherry, Jr. and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh [as by Frank McSherry, Jr. and Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh]
1 • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge • (1890) • short story by Ambrose Bierce
9 • Lost Face • (1908) • short story by Jack London
19 • Being • (1954) • novelette by Richard Matheson
45 • One Happy Family • (1983) • short story by John S. McFarland
53 • Return to the Sabbath • (1938) • short story by Robert Bloch
65 • The Autopsy • (1980) • novella by Michael Shea
95 • The Believers • (1941) • short story by Robert Arthur
109 • A Teacher’s Rewards • (1970) • short story by Robert S. Phillips
117 • Chico Lafleur Talks Funny • short story by Suzette Haden Elgin
133 • The Legend of Joe Lee • (1964) • short story by John D. MacDonald
143 • Seventh Sister • (1943) • short story by Mary Elizabeth Counselman
157 • The Isle of Voices • (1893) • novelette by Robert Louis Stevenson
173 • One Man’s Harp • (1943) • short story by Babette Rosmond
181 • Cannibalism in the Cars • (1868) • short story by Mark Twain
189 • The Smell of Cherries • (1982) • short story by Jeffrey Goddin
201 • Away • short story by Barry N. Malzberg
205 • Twilla • (1974) • novelette by Tom Reamy
235 • His Name Was Not Forgotten • (1943) • short story by Joel Townsley Rogers
247 • Désirée’s Baby • (1893) • short story by Kate Chopin
253 • The Children of Noah • (1957) • short story by Richard Matheson
267 • The Man Who Collected Poe • (1951) • short story by Robert Bloch
279 • Pickman’s Model • (1927) • short story by H. P. Lovecraft
289 • The Screwfly Solution • (1977) • short story by James Tiptree, Jr.
307 • The Unpleasantness at Carver House • (1967) • short story by Carl Jacobi
319 • Mute Milton • (1966) • short story by Harry Harrison
325 • Dumb Supper • (1950) • short story by Kris Neville [as by Henderson Starke]
335 • Lonely Train a’ Comin’ • (1981) • short story by William F. Nolan (variant of The Train)
345 • Children of the Corn • (1977) • novelette by Stephen King
369 • Legal Rites • (1950) • novelette by Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl
391 • The Devil and Daniel Webster • (1936) • short story by Stephen Vincent Benét
403 • The Master of the Hounds • (1966) • novelette by Algis Budrys
425 • The Devil of the Picuris • (1921) • novelette by Edwin L. Sabin
445 • The Garrison • (1965) • short story by Donald A. Wollheim
451 • The Desrick on Yandro • [John the Balladeer] • (1952) • short story by Manly Wade Wellman
461 • Shaggy Vengeance • (1984) • novelette by Robert Adams
479 • The Horsehair Trunk • (1946) • short story by Davis Grubb
487 • The Curse of Yig • short story by H. P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop [as by Zealia Brown Reed Bishop]
501 • Peekaboo • (1979) • short story by Bill Pronzini
507 • Bird of Prey • (1949) • short story by Nelson S. Bond
521 • The Haunter of the Dark • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1936) • novelette by H. P. Lovecraft
539 • Song of the Slaves • (1940) • short story by Manly Wade Wellman (variant of The Song of the Slaves)
549 • The Eagle-Claw Rattle • (1980) • short story by Ardath Mayhar
555 • Our Town • (1955) • novelette by Jerome Bixby
571 • Perverts • (1983) • short story by Whitley Strieber
581 • The Goddess of Zion • (1941) • short story by David H. Keller, M.D.
591 • Alannah • (1945) • short story by August Derleth
603 • His Coat So Gay • [Brigadier Ffellowes] • (1965) • novelette by Sterling E. Lanier
623 • Bigfish • short story by Edward D. Hoch
629 • Lonely Road • (1956) • short story by Richard Wilson
639 • Beyond the Threshold • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1941) • novelette by August Derleth
659 • The Monster of Lake LaMetrie • (1899) • short story by Wardon Allan Curtis

Travellers by Night, ed. August Derleth, 1967, TOC

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3 • The Cicerones • short story by Robert Aickman
17 • Episode on Cain Street • short story by Joseph Payne Brennan
33 • The Cellars • short story by Ramsey Campbell [as by J. Ramsey Campbell]
51 • The Man Who Rode the Trains • short story by Paul A. Carter
69 • A Handful of Silver • short story by Mary Elizabeth Counselman
78 • Denkirch • short story by David Drake
95 • The Wild Man of the Sea • (1926) • novelette by William Hope Hodgson
120 • The Unpleasantness at Carver House • short story by Carl Jacobi
138 • The Terror at Anerley House School • novelette by Margery Lawrence [as by Margery H. Lawrence]
172 • The Horror from the Middle Span • short story by H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth
195 • Not There • short story by John Metcalfe
210 • Family Tree • short story by Frank D. Thayer, Jr.
221 • Death of a Bumblebee • novelette by H. Russell Wakefield
255 • The Crater • short story by Donald Wandrei

“The Voice of the People” a Creepy Story by Alison Moore, from Shadows and Tall Trees, Vol. 7, Undertow Books, 2017

The Voice of The People

Alison Moore, 2017

(This story originally appeared in Shadows and Tall Trees, Vol. 7, ed. Michael Kelly, IMG_4134Undertow Books, 2017)

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On the day of the protest, Glenda decided to drive out to the retail park to buy weedkiller. She was just setting out, getting into third gear, when a pigeon dawdling in the road caused her to brake hard. The pigeon seemed oblivious, even when Glenda’s two-tonne car was virtually on top of it. Perhaps the car actually was on top of it, because having stopped dead, Glenda could not see the pigeon anywhere. She was just about to get out to look beneath her wheels when she saw the pigeon wandering to the side of the road. She watched its strangely sluggish progress, and then drove on, towards the edge of the village.

The garden was really Dougie’s responsibility, but work was taking it out of him these days. On his day off, he just lay on the sofa, with the cat asleep on top of him, or sometimes the cat fell asleep on the carpet or in the lengthening grass, wherever it happened to be. Dougie himself did not really sleep, he just lay there, with no energy for Glenda, or for his projects: at the far end of the overgrown garden, a half-dug pond had been abandoned; and the second-hand furniture that he had bought to spruce up was gathering dust in the spare room. The last piece he had done was the little table on which their telephone stood: he had spent weeks sanding and then staining and varnishing it, although Glenda hated it, the darkness of its wood, and its rickety, skeletal legs.

She had just got onto a faster stretch of road leading out of the village when another pigeon staggered out in front of her car, not even flinching away from the vehicle as she skimmed past. She wondered what was wrong with these pigeons; they were like zombies.

It was not just Dougie; it seemed to be everyone who worked at that factory. They had all lost their pep. No one in the village liked the factory, although the men needed the jobs; it employed hundreds of them. It was an ugly, stony-faced building, ruining what had been a nice stretch of riverside, at a spot where the locals used to swim—some still did, but not many. The women had been worrying about the factory’s emissions, about what exactly was going into the air. Sometimes the smoke that went into the clouds looked yellow. And was anything going into the river, anything that should not be? Dougie used to fish there, but he did not do that anymore. And there was that terrible smell, which had to be coming from the factory.

At the bend, where the road turned away from the river, there was a pigeon, flattened against the tarmac. Its grey wings were splayed around its crushed body. Its underbelly was turned up to face the sky, to face the wheels of the oncoming traffic. These pigeons reminded Glenda of the summer outbreak of flying ants, which did not fly off at the flap of a hand as houseflies did; or they reminded her of the houseflies themselves, the listlessness that came over them at the end of the summer, leaving them too slow to avoid the swatter. But she had never before noticed the phenomenon in birds or other creatures.

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