The Screaming Book of Horror–An Anthology of Stories, ed. by Johnny Mains (Screaming Dreams 2012), TOC

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Cover art by Steve Upham.

Table of Contents

1 • Introduction (The Screaming Book of Horror) • (2012) • essay by Johnny Mains
5 • Christenings Can Be Dangerous • (2012) • short fiction by John Llewellyn Probert
17 • Larva • (2012) • short fiction by John Brunner
39 • The Swarm • (2012) • short fiction by Alison Littlewood
57 • Natural Selection • (2012) • short fiction by Robin Ince
57 • One of the Family • (2012) • short fiction by Bernard Taylor
77 • Cut! • (2012) • short fiction by Anna Taborska
93 • The Christmas Toys • (2012) • short fiction by Paul Finch
113 • The Quixote Candidate • (2012) • short story by Rhys Hughes
129 • Helping Mummy • (2012) • short fiction by Kate Farrell
139 • The City of Plenty • (2012) • short story by Alex Miles
149 • The Iron Cross • (2012) • short fiction by Craig Herbertson
173 • Sometimes You Think You Are Alone • (2012) • short fiction by Alison Moore
179 • Bird Doll • (2012) • short fiction by Claire Massey
187 • What Shall We Do About Barker? • (2012) • short fiction by Reginald Oliver
205 • Old Grudge Ender • (2012) • short fiction by David A. Riley
227 • Jack and Jill • (2012) • short fiction by Steve Rasnic Tem
233 • The Blackshore Dreamer • [The Adventures of Dr. Caspian and Bronwen • 4] • (2012) • novelette by John Burke
261 • Imagination • (2012) • short story by Christopher Fowler (variant of Anything Can Happen)
283 • The Baby Trap • (2012) • short fiction by Janine-Langley Wood
293 • The Tip Run • (2012) • short fiction by Johnny Mains
299 • Dementia • (2012) • short fiction by Charlie Higson

Bited Sized Horror–An Anthology of Stories, ed. by Johnny Mains (Obverse Quarterly Books 2011)

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  • The Brighton Redemption • short story by Reggie Oliver
  • The Between • short fiction by Paul Kane
  • His Pale Blue Eyes • short fiction by David A. Riley
  • The Unquiet Bones • short fiction by Marie O’Regan
  • The Rookery • short fiction by Johnny Mains
  • The Carbon Heart • short fiction by Conrad Williams

Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories–A New Collection from the Writers of the Original Bestselling Series, ed. by Johnny Mains (Noose & Gibbet 2010), TOC

The Pan Book of Horror Stories was a British paperback series of short horror story anthologies published by Pan Books Ltd. The series ran to thirty volumes, the first published in 1959. The series was initially collected and edited by Herbert Van Thal. On Van Thal’s death Clarence Paget edited the series, from volume twenty-six until its demise with volume thirty in 1989. The early editions of the Pan Book of Horror Stories were notable for their lurid cover art and Van Thal’s introduction of stories by new authors alongside classics of the genre. Read more: Wikipedia/Pan Book of Horror…

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Cover art by Les Edwards.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword (Back from the Dead) • essay by Shaun Hutson
  • Introduction: The Influence of Pan • essay by David Sutton [as by David A. Sutton]
  • Locked • short fiction by Christopher Fowler
  • Mr. Smythe • short fiction by Tony Richards
  • Acute Rehab • short fiction by John Burke
  • Camera Obscura • (1965) • novelette by Basil Copper
  • The True Spirit • short fiction by David A. Riley
  • Angel • short fiction by Jack Wainer
  • A Good Offence • short fiction by Myc Harrison
  • Gallybagger • short fiction by Roger Clarke
  • Spinalonga • (1972) • short story by John Ware
  • The Forgotten Island • short fiction by Jonathan Cruise
  • Dreaming the Dark • short fiction by J. P. Dixon
  • The Little Girl Eater • (1963) • short story by Septimus Dale
  • Mr. Golden’s Haunt • short fiction by Christina Kiplinger
  • The Stare • short fiction by John Burke
  • The Children • short fiction by Nicholas Royle
  • The Moment of Death • (1983) • short story by Ken Alden
  • A Caribbean Incident • short fiction by Jane Louie
  • The Waiting Game • short story by Craig Herbertson
  • School Crossing • (1979) • short story by Francis King
  • Sounds Familiar • short fiction by Harry E. Turner
  • An Outing With H. • short fiction by Conrad Hill
  • “Lest Ye Should Suffer Nightmares”: Herbert Van Thal: A Biography • essay by Johnny Mains

Acquainted with the Night—A Horror Anthology, ed. by Barbara & Christopher Roden, Ash-Tree Press, 2004, TOC

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Table of Contents

vii • Introduction (Acquainted with the Night) • essay by Barbara Roden and Christopher Roden
3 • Rope Trick • short story by Mark P. Henderson
19 • A Pace of Change • short story by Don Tumasonis
38 • Beneath the Sun • short story by Simon Bestwick
42 • The Old Tailor and the Gaunt Man • short story by Brian J. Showers (variant of The Old Tailor & the Gaunt Man 2005) [as by Brian Showers]
54 • Vado Mori • short story by Joseph A. Ezzo
70 • Breaking Up • short story by Ramsey Campbell
80 • Northwest Passage • novelette by Barbara Roden
105 • Out on a Limb • short story by Gary McMahon
113 • Jenny Gray’s House • short story by Edward Pearce
130 • The Devil’s Number • short story by Reggie Oliver
136 • Visits • short story by Melanie Tem
149 • Weird Furka • novella by Adam Golaski
170 • The Weeping Manse • short story by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
176 • Salvage • [Captain Luis da Silva] • novella by Chico Kidd
199 • Beyond the River • short story by Joel Lane
209 • Only Sleeping • short story by Peter Bell
228 • You Should Have to Live with Yourself • short story by Cathy Sahu
242 • The Sunken Garden • short story by John Whitbourn
252 • Survivors • short story by Edward P. Crandall
266 • Inside William James • short story by Steve Rasnic Tem
272 • Someone Across the Way • short story by Steve Duffy
291 • The Cross Talk • short story by Rick Kennett
294 • The Belfries • novella by Paul Finch
318 • Crazy Little Thing Called Love • short story by John Pelan
326 • Three Fingers, One Thumb • short story by Stephen Volk
330 • Safety Clowns • novelette by Glen Hirshberg
351 • The Listener • short story by Christopher Harman

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“That there is a Devil, is a thing doubted by none but such as are under the influences of the Devil.” —Cotton Mather

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HALLOWEEN READING LIST VI (2018)

Click link following the list below to read the original post from HorrorDelve.com…

I’ve added below, beneath the story names and blurbs,, a link to where you can read the stories online–if they are in the public domain or available free to read elsewhere on the Internet. If not, I’ve added a link to where you purchase a book the has the story in it.

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“The Story of the Spaniards, Hammersmith” by E. And H. Heron (1898) – Legendary occult detective Flaxman Low investigates a friend’s haunted house. The spectral entity seems to take an odd, amorphous form which attempts to suffocate people who sleep in one of its rooms. The house is called the Spaniards, and when Flaxman sleeps in its haunted room, he experiences the ghost’s attack first hand. You can listen to an excellent reading of this one over at the Hypnogoria podcast: http://hypnogoria.blogspot.com/2018/07/great-library-of-dreams-57-story-of.html

Read the story in its original format from Pearson’s Magazine (VOl. V, January – June 1898), here: https://thesanguinewoods.com/2018/10/10/46681/

“Look Up There!” By H.R. Wakefield (1929) – While attempting to convalesce away from work on orders from his doctor due to mental stress, a man encounters a strange pair of men, one large and the other small. The small one keeps looking high up on the wall of any room he’s in, even though there’s nothing there. He eventually learns the smaller man’s story of the time when he spent New Year’s Eve at a house rumored to be the site of a terrible ghostly manifestation on that night every year. What he saw there has deeply scarred him ever since. This is another fantastic ghost story by Wakefield.

Read the story here: https://thesanguinewoods.com/2018/10/10/look-up-there-a-ghost-story-by-h-russell-wakefield-1929/

“The Fly-By-Night” by R. Chetwynd-Hayes (1975) – A father’s adult daughter becomes attached to a strange, bat-like little creature their cat brings into the house. The father notices the creature seems to enjoy whenever he argues with his daughter. He tries to convince her to get rid of it, but she refuses leading to another big fight. The creature quickly grows larger and flies into the town where acts of violence skyrocket. This is a fun tale which introduces a unique monster.

“Lonely Train A’Comin” by William F. Nolan (1981) – This story follows a rugged cowboy who’s driven to discover what happened to his beloved younger sister who disappeared just after sending him a letter excitedly telling him about the old steam locomotive she was about to board on her way to the big city. No one else seems to have seen this train and no one uses steam powered engines anymore either. His investigations into the case leads him to discover a series of strange disappearances. He’s able to determine when and where this mysterious train will appear again in its search for new prey and positions himself to ensure he can board it when it returns. This is a fantasticly creepy tale which would have made for a fun Night Gallery or Tales From the Darkside adaptation.

“Masks” by Douglas E. Winter (1985) – At the funeral for his mother, a young boy insists that the body in the casket isn’t really her but something masked to appear as her. After his father meets and marries someone new, the boy struggles with her demanding rules and the way she treats him. As Halloween night roles around, he finds himself confined to his room while his father is working late again and his brother is out trick-or-treating with friends, leaving only he and the new woman who insists he calls her Mom, in the house. When repeated knockings at the door go unanswered, he investigates, finding the house empty and no one at the door, but eventually he learns that something is indeed actually there.

“Happy Hour” by Ian Watson (1990) – Two married couples meet with a beautiful but secretive woman named Alice at an old bar called The Roebuck every Friday night to share drinks and jokes with each other. The men of the group suspect Alice is something more than human — an ancient supernatural being, such as a fae, or a witch, or perhaps a lamia (a female spirit that preys on travelers), but she never uses her powers on them because she likes them. The group sits beneath a device in the ceiling called an Xtractall which activates to suck up cigarette smoke out of the air. It also isn’t what it seems to be. In my opinion, this is a true masterpiece of horror. It starts off as a subtle, but intriguing exploration of ancient forces exerting their influence on a modern world that has largely forgotten them, but it quickly becomes a terrifying story with a truly horrific monster.

“Treats” by Norman Partridge (1990) – A mother lives in fear of her son whose eyes have gone black and who now leads an army of tiny creatures intent on carrying out an evil plan during Halloween night.

“Hallowe’en’s Child” by James Herbert (1991) – After struggling for years to have a child together, the day finally arrives when a man has been sent home from the hospital to await their call, as his wife is in labor, but the birth is still several hours away. It’s late on Halloween night when he gets the call to head back for the delivery. On the frantic drive, he has a terrifying encounter on the road with a hideous goblinoid creature that threatens dire things to come to for him.

“Her Face” by Ramsey Campbell (2015) – A young boy is sent by his mother to help a woman named June who’s taken over running her family store following the recent death of her mother. It’s close to Halloween, so there are several creepy masks in the front window that sometimes appear to move of their own accord. June seems unnerved in the place and somewhat frightened to be left alone as she deals with not having her domineering mother to rule things anymore. This is a good, creepy Halloween tale that incorporates the inherent creepiness of masks.

“White Mare” by Thana Niveau (2018) – After being forced to move from her hometown in America to a remote village in England for a few months with her father, Heather struggles to be accepted by the locals. She and her father, who’s been raising her alone following the mysterious disappearance of her mother, are only going there for a few months to sell an old farmhouse full of antiques they inherited from a recently departed aunt. Heather’s misgivings about the move are swiftly eased once she discovers the place has a beautiful horse with which she instantly falls in love. When she asks around about Halloween, she is mocked by the local kids and is told that what they have is very different than what she’s used to, but that she’ll find out for herself soon enough. The arrival of Halloween night brings a terrifying horde to their door, where a bizarre ritual takes place. This is another great story with a superbly eerie play-on-words involved which I don’t want to give away here.

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(HorrorDelve text in this post by Matt Cowan.)

Horror Delve

As the season of my favorite holiday rolls around again, another list of fitting suggested stories has been assembled for your enjoyment. Each of these tales captures the spirit of Halloween, even if some may not be set during it. The final two selections on this list can be found in the recent anthology The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories edited by Stephen Jones ( The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories ).

THE STORIES:

  1. “The Story of the Spaniards, Hammersmith” by E. And H. Heron (1898) – Legendary occult detective Flaxman Low investigates a friend’s haunted house. The spectral entity seems to take an odd, amorphous form which attempts to suffocate people who sleep in one of its rooms. The house is called the Spaniards, and when Flaxman sleeps in its haunted room, he experiences the ghost’s attack first hand. You can listen to an excellent reading of…

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Silver Bullets—An Anthology if Werewolf Stories from 1831-1920, ed. by Eleanor Dobson (The British Library 2017) Excerpt + Intro + Link…

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Excerpt from Story 1: “The Man-Wolf” by Leitch Ritchie…

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Introduction by Eleanor Dobson…

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Buy the book here…

https://www.amazon.com/Silver-Bullets-Classic-Werewolf-Stories/dp/0712352201

This One Looks Good!—The Green and the Black, a Newfoundland Horror Novel by William Meikle

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A small group of industrial archaeologists head into the center of Newfoundland, investigating a rumor of a lost prospecting team of Irish miners in the late Nineteenth century.

They find the remains of a mining operation, and a journal and papers detailing the extent of the miners’ activities. But there is something else on the site, something older than the miners, as old as the rock itself.

Soon the archaeologists are coming under assault, from a strange infection that spreads like wildfire through mind and body, one that doctors seem powerless to define let alone control.

The survivors only have one option. They must return to the mine, and face what waits for them, down in the deep dark places, where the green meets the black…

“Just as you think things can’t get any worse in this story, it does. The ending will send chills down your spine. It did mine.”

—Cat After Dark

“William Meikle at his best, delivering strong, deftly-written prose entwined with a highly imaginative and richly-detailed mythological plot. It digs out the most disturbing elements of local folklore and legend and then uses them as a framework for a powerful, atmospheric and slow-burning piece of horror fiction that is often almost unbearably tense.”

—The Sci-Fi and Fantasy

About the Author

William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over twenty five novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. He have books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Dark Renaissance, and his work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines. Meikle lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company and when he’s not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.

“The House of the Red Candle”—A Murder Mystery by Martin Edwards

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The House of the Red Candle

Martin Edwards

To the end of his days, Charles Dickens forbade all talk about the slaying of Thaddeus Whiteacre. The macabre features of the tragedy—murder by an invisible hand; the stabbing of a bound man in a room both locked and barred; the vanishing without trace of a beautiful young woman—were meat and drink to any imaginative mind. Wilkie Collins reflected more than once that he might have woven a triple-decker novel of sensation from the events of that dreadful night, but he knew that publication was impossible. Dickens would treat any attempt to fabricate fiction from the crime as a betrayal, an act of treachery he could never forgive.

Dickens said it himself: The case must never be solved.

His logic was impeccable; so was his generosity of heart. Even after Dickens’s death, Collins honoured his friend’s wishes and kept the secret safe. But he also kept notes, and enough time has passed to permit the truth to be revealed. Upon the jottings in Collins’s private records is based this account of the murder at the House of the Red Candle.

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A crowded tavern on the corner of a Greenwich alleyway, a stone’s throw from the river. At the bar, voices were raised in argument about a wager on a prizefight and a group of potbellied draymen carolled a bawdy song about a mermaid and a bosun. The air was thick with smoke and the stale stench of beer. Separate from the throng, two men sat at a table in the corner, quenching their thirsts.

The elder, a middle-sized man in his late thirties, rocked back and forth on his stool, his whole being seemingly taut with tension, barely suppressed. His companion, bespectacled and with a bulging forehead, fiddled with his extravagant turquoise shirt pin while stealing glances at his companion. Once or twice he was about to speak, but something in the other’s demeanour caused him to hold his tongue. At length he could contain his curiosity no longer.

‘Tell me one thing, my dear fellow. Why here?’

Charles Dickens swung to face his friend, yet when he spoke, he sounded as cautious as a poker player with a troublesome hand of cards. ‘Is the Rope and Anchor not to your taste, then, Wilkie?’

‘Well, it’s hardly as comfortable as the Cock Tavern. Besides, it’s uncommon enough for our nightly roamings to take us south of the river, and you gave the impression of coming here with a purpose.’ He winced as a couple of drunken slatterns shrieked with mocking laughter. The object of their scorn was a woman with a scarred cheek who crouched anxiously by the door, as if yearning for the arrival of a friendly face. ‘And the company is hardly select! All this way on an evening thick with fog! Frankly, I expected you to have rather more pleasurable company in mind.’

‘My dear Wilkie,’ Dickens said, baring his teeth in a wicked smile. ‘Who is to say that I have not?’

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Tonight’s Read: “The Dinosaur Tourist” by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Collected in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2018, ed. by Paula Guran