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Peter Haining – More Weird Tales

Posted by demonik on June 1, 2009

Peter Haining  (ed.) – More Weird Tales (Sphere, 1978)


Manly Wade Wellman – The Valley Was Still
Ken Gary – A Weird Prophecy
Ray Bradbury – Bang! You’re Dead!
Robert Bloch – The Beasts of Barsac
The Eyrie – Readers’ Letters
Nictzin Dyalhis – The Heart of Atlantan
Fritz Leiber – The Phantom Slayer
Caroline Evans – San Francisco
Alice Olsen – Winter Night

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Peter Haining – Terror!

Posted by demonik on August 19, 2007

Peter Haining – Terror! A History Of Horror Illustrations From The Pulp Magazines (Sphere, 1978)


This book is not for the faint-hearted. Between these pages lurks a collection of the most gruesome monsters, the most bloody atrocities ever to haunt your wildest dreams – straight from the fertile imaginations of pulp publishing’s most famous artists. Here are the illustrations that over nearly two hundred years have brought to life the grisly characters created by the cream of horror writers, from the 19th Century ‘penny dreadfuls’ to classic modern magazines such as Terror Tales, Amazing Stories and Weird Tales.

If your nerves can take it, let your eyes feast on this banquet of petrifying pics – in all their grim graphic glory!

Especially good on the pulp era artists like Lee Coye, Marion Brundage and, really, anybody who submitted great work to Weird Tales, Strange Tales, the ‘sex & sadism’ pulps, etc.  A beautiful book.

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Peter Haining – Weird Tales

Posted by demonik on August 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – Weird Tales (Sphere, 1978)

Peter Haining - Weird Tales

Introduction – Peter Haining

Edmund Hamilton – The Man Who Returned
Robert E Howard – Black Hound of Death
August W Derleth – The Shuttered House
Seabury Quinn – Frozen Beauty
Robert E Howard – Haunting Columns
H. P. Lovecraft – Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Clark Ashton Smith – The Garden of Adompha
Vincent Starrett – Cordelia’s Song
Henry Kuttner – Beyond the Phoenix
G. G. Pendarves – The Black Monk
Henry S Whitehead – The Passing of a God
Leah Bodine Drake – They Run Again

The Eyrie – Readers’ Letters

Edmond Hamilton – The Man Who Returned: John Woodward awakens to find himself encoffined in the family vault. Buried alive! Terrified, he struggles and scrapes until he eventually frees himself, and staggers off home to tell his wife the good news. A lot has changed in the time he’s been away …

Robert E. Howard – Black Hound Of Death: Egypt. The psychotic Tope Braxton breaks jail, killing two men in the process. Kirby Garfield, the narrator, goes to warn the reclusive Richard Brent of the escape. Passing through the woods he meets a dying negro, hideously mutilated, who looks as though a pack of dogs have torn him apart, although he insists with his last breath that a white man he was guiding to Brent’s hideout performed these abominations.

Garfield is soon attacked himself, but escapes to alert Brent, who obviously knows more than he’s letting on about the murder and comes on all terrified at mention of the word “hounds”.It transpires that, some years earlier, Brent had left his friend Adam Grimm to be tortured by the Devil Monks of Mongolia while he made a run for it, and these fiends had transformed Grimm into a werewolf. Sworn to vengeance, he has teamed up with Braxton and together they cut a bloody swathe through the land as they hones in on their target. They’ve also lured Brent’s neice, Gloria, from New York for the purpose of skinning her alive.

The ‘bloke who get’s tortured in the jungle and goes all surly about it’ theme is also used to good effect in Seabury Quinn’s Suicide Chapel (a far better De Grandin than the average Frozen Beauty, IMO).

Seabury Quinn – Frozen Beauty:  Dr. Paviovitch is assassinated by Tsarists before he can revive Nikokova, the girl he froze when illness prevented her fleeing the country with he and her lover. De Grandin releases the girl from her twenty-year suspended animation and takes out the entire evil death squad.

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Peter Haining – The Wild Night Company

Posted by demonik on August 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Wild Night Company: Irish Tales Of Terror  (Sphere, 1971)

Peter Haining - The Wild Night Company

Foreword – Ray Bradbury
Introduction – Peter Haining

Giraldus Cambrensis – The Man Wolf
Traditional – Teig O’Kane And The Corpse
Daniel Defoe – The Friendly Demon
Charles Maturin – The Parracide’s Tale
T. Crofton Croker – The Soul Cages
J. S. Le Fanu – Wicked Captain Walshawe Of Wauling
Lady Wilde – Legends Of Witches, Fairies And Leprechauns
Oscar Wilde – The Canterville Ghost
Charlotte Riddell – The Banshee’s Warning
William Carleton – The Legend Of Finn M’Coul
George Moore – Julia Cahill’s Curse
W. B. Yeats – The Crucifixion Of The Outcast
A. E. Coppard – The Man From Kilsheelan
F. Marion Crawford – The Dead Smile
James Joyce – Hell Fire
Lord Dunsany – Witch Wood
William Hope Hodgson – The House Among The Laurels
Shane Leslie – The Coonian Ghost
Elliott O’Donnell – The Haunted Spinney
H. P. Lovecraft – The Moon-Bog
Sinead de Valera – The Fairies’ Revenge
Ray Bradbury – A Wild Night In Galway

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Peter Haining – Ancient Mysteries Reader

Posted by demonik on August 5, 2007

Peter Haining (ed) – The Ancient Mysteries Reader (Gollancz 1975, Sphere (2 vols.) , 1978)



Edgar Allan Poe – MS. Found In A Bottle
Edward Bulwer-Lytton – The Coming Race
H. G. Wells – The Grisley Folk
Lafcadio Hearn – The Mound Builders
Arthur Machen – The Shining Pyramid
H. P. Lovecraft – The Call Of Cthulhu
A. Merritt – The Moon Pool
Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle – The Terror Of Blue John Gap


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