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E SuawAnother classic story from the author f Dracula It s not hard to foresee the gruesome climax to this story but that is what gives it its suspense and it is hard to foresee the gruesome climax to this story but that is what gives it its suspense and it is presented with black humour a ear for dialogue r rather monologue as the main character seldom shuts up and indelibly gruesome imagesAnthony Vercoe FliesThe central concept is a common ne in horror stories but Vercoe makes something unforgettable Brannigans Baby outf it by conjuring up a skin crawling sense f disgustAngus Wilson Raspberry JamOne Of The Very Best of the very best in the collection The child s view f the adult world the complex and believable characters and the shocking but believable ending make this a mini masterpiece These Ghosts Are Family of the macabreAlan Wykes NightmareA fine examplef the paranoia story Classic horror stories that seem a bit Plain Sanctuary outdated now Favorites were WS by LP Hartley Behind the Yellow Door by Flavia Richardson The Suaw by Bram Stoker Flies by Anthony Vercoe and The Kill by Peter Fleming Onef my early exposures to horror fiction and it hooked me This is the first place I found Contents f the Dead Man s pocket by Jack Finney and I thought it was just the perfect horror storie There s a lot f good stuff here though including Flies and Il tempo e le ore. 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Con gadget others Worth it for Nigel Kneale alone Growing up I never remember my mother reading anything butne f this endless than 30 vol series So I read them too Good bedtime reading if you like this sort f thing The First Pan Book Breakaway (Hideaway Legacy of Horror Stories has a lot to answer for It was the first horror anthology I ever read some fourteen years ago now I guess I was hooked from the start and I went back and re read it straight away It inspired me to seekut the seuels along with a whole many Bushfire Bride other anthologies besides so it will always hold a special place in my heartLooking back at it now I see that it s a bitf a varied collection and some Saving His Little Miracle of the stories are weak But thenes that stay with you are the Drop Dead Gorgeous ones to look for andn that note alone I give this a five star ratingAltogether I found three stories here less than average Joan Aiken s JUGGED HARE which Silk, Swords and Surrender opens the collection is short and to the point but doesn t really have time to get going I found the characters interesting but the horror less so THE LIBRARY by Hester Holland is anld fashioned housekeeper arrives at weird house and finds horror type story and never engaged with me at all There are a couple f good ideas here but the finale is very predictable THE MISTAKE by Fielden Hughes is a Poe like story about an asylum inmate troubled by a frightening dream and very tame and dated by today s standardsNext are the stories that are fairly entertaining although not nes I d want to revisit Peter Fleming s THE KILL is moderately enjoyable mixing family curses and werewolves but never lifts above the norm for the genre I liked the writing style the best C S Forester s THE PHYSIOLOGY OF FEAR is New Years Kisses one that explores the horrorsf the Nazi death camps and makes for gruelling reading but the subject matter is such that I couldn t necessarily enjoy reading it L P Hartley s W S conjures up a nice sense The Spanish Billionaires Mistress (Latin Lovers, of foreboding in its storyf postcards from a sinister enemy and is a fun little effort OH MIRROR MIRROR is uatermass author Nigel Kneale s contribution about the horrible life No One Needs to Know (Made in Montana, of a young girl worthy becausef the great twist ending THE LADY WHO DIDN T WASTE WORDS is by Hamilton Macallister It s short and ambiguous about a weird train passenger Plenty Man Behind the Facade of unusual stuff goingn here Chris Massie s A FRAGMENT OF FACT is the usual spooky house Captive in the Millionaires Castle on the moor stuff which has a few momentsf excellence amid the typical ingredients Flavia Richardson s BEHIND THE YELLOW DOOR has a predictable plot but some gruelling surgical horror behind it that makes for extremely macabre reading Angus Wilson s RASPBERRY JAM is about a couple Empire, War Cricket in South Africa: Logan of Matjiesfontein of grotesueld ladies and has a moment The Private Affairs of Lady Jane Fielding of inconseuential violence that turned my stomach than anything in the restf the bookFinally are the stories that really hit home A L Barker s SUBMERGED a simple story about an idyllic recreation spot chilled me to the bone through elouent language and late term horror Oscar Cook my favourite grotesue author despite the sparsity Must Like Kids of his surviving storiesnly half a dozen Rugrats And Rawhide or so remain delivers HIS BEAUTIFUL HANDS a loathsome and disgusting read which has a great sensef time and place attached to itGeorge Fielding Eliot s THE COPPER BOWL is a historical yarn in which a French soldier is subject to a new form Crven Ban of torture by a Chinese warlord It s pretty sick and downbeat with it Noel Langley s SERENADE FOR BABOONS sees a British doctor in South Africa caught up in witch doctery and really hits home I love reading about Africa in fiction and thisne brings the nation s belief in magic and curses to life Seabury uinn s THE HOUSE OF HORROR is a pure pulp Bride of Shadow Canyon (Bride, outing taken from the pagesf WEIRD TALES It s extremely ghastly and hard going and the author wrings maximum torment Temporary Bride (Silhouette Romance, outf the disturbing shenanigans Full f action and excitement thisMuriel Spark s THE PORTOBEL. Ley Jack Finney and LP HartleyStories f the uncanny jostle with tales The Tiny Journalist of the macabre Storiesf subtle beastliness like Raspberry Jam; f sickening hor. ,


I think I had about twenty f the thirty volumes that make up this series I clearly recall being bowled Commitment over by a tale involving a man whose skull had been invaded by spiders I don t know which anthology that story is in Not thisne It doesn t matter because what is in here is fantastic Of the twenty two tales Claiming The Forbidden Bride (Regency Silk Scandal, onlyne hit a bum note it being THE HOUSE OF HORROR by Seabury uinn It s Modern Box Set 5-8/Carrying the Sheikhs Baby/Awakening His Innocent Cinderella/The Tycoons Shock Heir/One Night with the Forbidden Princes onef his Jules de Grandin yarns many The Disgraceful Lord Gray (The Kings Elite of which I ve read elsewhere and just felt a littleut Alessandros Prize of place in thistherwise sterling collection Highlights were THE COPPER BOWL by George Fielding Eliot gruesome FLIES by Anthony Vercoe and the brilliant THE PORTOBELLO ROAD BY MURIEL SPARK IT S by Muriel Spark It s decades Arsons Captive or so since I last read this anthology I didn t remember anyf the stories they all felt fresh and new to me and I had a blast I can t wait to start n volume two Although I nly read a few volumes at that time the Pan Books The Guardian of Horror Stories made a big impactn me in my adolescence For a short time I loved these gruesome tales with their shocking twist endings Around the same time I ate up most Turning the Good Girl Bad of the Edgar Allan Poe stories A little later I wentff horror for a while because I was suffering from OCD and depression and had too many horrible ideas already in my head to want to add any It would be a number MECANIQUE - 1ER PARTIE 2E PARTIE - 2 TOMES - 1ER PARTIE : CINEMATIQUE STATIQUE DYNAMIQUE - 2E PARTIE : RESISTANCES PASSIVES STATIQUE GRAPHIQUE RESISTANCE DES MATERIAUX CINEMATIQUE APPLIQUEE - EDITION CORRIGEE ET REIMPOSEE. of years before my taste for horror returnedNow I m starting in at the first volume with the intentionf reading them allHere are my thoughts n the stories which make up that classic first collection Joan Aiken Jugged HareThis is a subtly creepy tale f menace something to whet the appetite for the explicit horrors that come in later storiesAL Barker SubmergedAnother subtle psychological story A Call To Joy of lingering uneaseOscar Cook His Beautiful HandsThe Grand Guignol really kicks in with this deliciously vile storyGeorge Fielding Eliot The Copper BowlA simple historical tale about a fiendish formf torture which has probably been used in reality I first encountered it in the movie Terror at Orgy Castle 1972 the watching Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai of which is also a formf tortureJack Finney Contents The Australians Convenient Bride/The Millionaires Marriage Claim of the Dead Man s PocketJack Finney was the authorf the much filmed novel Invasion The Bridesmaids Proposal of the Body Snatchers This story deals with a very different formf terror Delaceys Angel (Regency Series, one to which I am particularly susceptible fearf heights Once again a simple story but Miss Prims Greek Island Fling one that might well have you hangingnto the arm f your chair as you read itPeter Fleming The KillA very well written if a little predictable werewolf story written by Ian Fleming s younger brother Like so many f the stories in these books this would make a perfect segment in Relentless (In Too Deep onef those multi story horror moviesCS Forester The Physiology Midnight Touch (Harlequin Blaze of FearA talef sadistic Nazi experiments by the author Cracking the Coding Interview of the Midshipman Hornblower books You may well guess the ending but its jet black sensef irony is something special anywayLP Hartley WSLike Stephen King s Misery well the movie anyway I ve never read the book this is a writer s nightmare and when that writer writes as beautifully as Hartley it is a joy to read This ne really had me intrigued from the first paragraphHazel Heald The Horror in the MuseumThis Hazel Heald woman must have been a real HP Lovecraft fan I said to myself as I read this story with its references to ancient Gods and tentacled creatures including Cthulu Later I discovered that it was ghost written by Lovecraft for Heald It s a classic Once again I would love to see it filmed even if the descriptions Lovecraft gives f his infernal beasties allow us to conjure up something horrific than even the most imaginative special effects could probably do justiceHester Holland The LibraryAnother very simple story but effectively creepy because f its detailsFielden Hughes The MistakeNot ne Contract Law Directions of my favourites The central idea is good but I thought it could have been presented a bit powerfullyNigel Kneale Oh Mirror MirrorThis second person narrative that isne which places you as a character within the story who is being addressed by the narrator is Votre cerveau est dfinitivement extraordinaire ! - 50 nouvelles astuces de mentaliste qui vont vous changer la vie onef the most unusual and disturbing in the book It is a intimate depiction Remarkables of an all too believable evil Nigel Kneale is most famous as the creatorf the uatermass television series and moviesNoel Langley Serenade for BaboonsThis fine story is reminiscent Citizen Outlaw of theld EC Comics stories A Pimps Life of horrible people meeting an even horrible fateHamilton McAllister The Lady Who Didn t Waste WordsThis is a really strangene It doesn t provide any answer to its central mystery but has a delicious sense Gigolos Get Lonely Too of black comedyChris Massie A Fragmentf FactAnother strange A Winter Wonderland (A Lucy Stone Mystery, one Definitely imaginative but a mystery with no solutionSeabury uinn The Housef HorrorI m pretty jaded when it comes to horror but this ne conjures up an idea so hideously depraved that it shocked even meFlavia Richardson Behind the Yellow DoorAnother gruesome classic with a very memorable final lineMuriel Spark Portobello RoadA well written ghost story told from the point f view f the ghost by Muriel Spark author f The Prime f Miss Jean BrodieBram Stoker Th. Specially selected for Pan here are 22 terrifying tales f horror by such famous authors as Peter Fleming CS Forester Bram Stoker Angus Wilson Noel Lang. LO ROAD is something else entirely A CHARACTER STUDY DEALING WITH THEMES character study dealing with themes alienation loneliness Unbound obsession and friendship It s no horror story at least not by my definition but the graspf characterisation shown by the author makes for an enthralling read if it is a little An Extreme Modification (Milked by Royalty, overlong Anthony Vercoe s FLIES is another sickeningne about bluebottles providing visceral shock after visceral shock and a good example Feminized Sissy Justice, A Forced Feminization Sissy Story of charnel house nastiness Alan Wyke s NIGHTMARE which closes the collection is another psychologyuting this time a study f persecution I found it utterly believable and no less frightening than a fictional vampire for exampleThat leaves two twin highlights for me both top notch stories among my very favourite from the genre They re also very different in tone Jack Finney the guy who wrote INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS contributes CONTENTS OF THE wrote invasion f the body snatchers contributes contents f OF THE BODY SNATCHERS contributes CONTENTS OF MAN S POCKET a brilliantly conceived anecdote about a guy walking n an apartment ledge hundreds Japonia w sześciu smakach of feet up in the air It s the tensest thing I ve read and worked especially well for me as I suffer from vertigo Utterly realistic this had my stomach in knots throughout Stephen King s a big fanf this Aqidah Islam one and even wrote a variationn the story although it s not Tank! on par with thisMyther favourite is the Lovecraftian HORROR IN THE MUSEUM by Hazel Heald with Lovecraft s help Jam packed with hideous nightmare creatures plenty Geek Feminist Revolution of suspense and slithering horror this makes usef Lovecraft s creations in an Lucky Luciano original thoroughly entertaining way and isne A Reader& of my favourite Cthulhu storiesf all time A real highlight this These are the books which fed my burgeoning appetite for horror in my late teens and early twenties Almost all the stories in this collection frightened me when I read them first I daresay they would have lesser impact now that my palate has been jadedThe Copper Bowl Contents The Ladys Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness of the Dead Man s Pocket WS and Oh Mirror Mirror are somef the stories which I still remember I liked a couple Churchill of these stories butverall most Euripides Fabulae: Vol. II: (Sup., El., Her., Tro., Iph.Tau., Ion): 2 of them were very dated and very boringI read a short story in between reading books so I ve been reading theseff and Jean-Paul Sartre on for monthsSadly I disliked than I likedTwo starsnly because f the few stories that were actually k All reviews can be found at From 1958 to 1988 The Pan Book In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, of Horror Stories was the annual British gorefest It startedut here the very first How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper of the 30 with a most unscary black catn the cover and with some kind Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, of literary aspirations Within a few years it fell nay it swandived into the filthiestf sewers it became caked with disgust and it revelled in relentless crueltyYay There seem to be hardly any reviews Bambi and Me of this nasty stuff so here I boldly go The favourites from this first rather feeble volume are AL Barker Submerged Young lad had secret solo river swim sessions Woman burstsn to the riverbank during Pocahontas one such pursued by a man She falls in the river and is drowned The man is later arrested for murder Beautifully writtenOscar Cook His Beautiful Hands A manicurist extracts deliberately protracted revengen a man who wronged her mother Incest rotting fingers and a deformed baby also loom large Never let it be said that Oscar Cook whoever he was did things by halvesGeorge Fielding Eliot The Copper Bowl Exuisite boy s Bala Santa own talef torture the hero tied up his sweetheart tied down the evil Chinese intend to extract the vital information from him never never I say I laugh in the fact Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies of deathh but what s this A rat placed Bald Eagle (Zeuss Pack on his sweetheart s naked stomach and uickly covered by the copper bowl and a hot coal placedn the upturned bowl what will the rat driven mad by heat then do Nooo anyway the idea turned up later in American Psycho so clearly it must be a good The Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth I, oneJack Finney Contentsf the Dead Man s Pocket Companion piece to Jack London s To Build a Fire Wolfsong onef the all time great short stories This guy lives way up Ultimate Memory Book on the 16th floor in a NYC apartment and is writing a crucial work related document a window ispened wind blows document Pelnrušķis un trollis outf the window where it comes to rest Far Strike (The Transcended Book 3) on the small ledge which runs under the windows but about 15 feet away He stepsutside to retrieve it and the nightmare begins Great contrast between inside normal and O Mistério do Infante Santo outside hell Apparently Stephen King rippedff this idea for Disgrace (Department Q, onef his storiesNigel Kneale Oh Mirror Mirror Creepometer reading 77Lunatic aunt keeps pretty blonde girl relative prisoner and convinces her she s ugly Great study Monsoon of insanityAnthony Vercoe Flies A starving tramp breaks into a vacant Elizabethan house in Holborn and is transported back in time to the heightf the Great Plague He finds a rotting corpse and big blowflies attack him Oh well you had to be thereAngus Wilson Raspberry Jam Two batty Slice by Slice old lesbian alcoholics have an inappropriate friendship with a boy This is a goodneI guess these horror anthologies are like a time capsule Angels Flight (Legion of Angels Book 8) of the fears andbsessions Ice Maiden of the age If so people in 1958 were scaredf hulking retired surgeons with a Nazi past and a big libraryAnd now Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle on to volume two. Ror like The Flyr His Beautiful Hands; and Seducing the Heiress of utter chilling terror like The Horror in the MuseumThe perfect bedside book for those with nervesf ste. ,
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