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late teens and 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 Worth it for Nigel Kneale alone Although I nly read a few volumes at that time the Pan Books Uomini ad Auschwitz: Storia del più famigerato campo di sterminio nazista 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 f the Edgar Allan Poe stories A Little Later I Went little later I went 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 f years before my taste for horror returnedNow I m starting in at the first volume with the intention A History of the Crusades, Volumes I, II and III (Boxed Set) of reading them allHere are my thoughtsn the stories which make up that classic first collection Joan Aiken Jugged HareThis is a subtly creepy tale Love is the Enemy of menace something to whet the appetite for the explicit horrors that come in later storiesAL Barker SubmergedAnother subtle psychological storyf 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 form Exhalation of torture which has probably been used in reality I first encountered it in the movie Terror at Orgy Castle 1972 the watchingf which is also a form Galileo of tortureJack Finney Contentsf the Dead Man s PocketJack Finney was the author Oglinda salvata of the much filmed novel Invasionf the Body Snatchers This story deals with a very different form f terror ne to which I am particularly susceptible fear Nemico of heights Once again a simple story butne that might well have you hanging Cannella e polvere da sparo onto the armf 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 ne f those multi story horror moviesCS Forester The Physiology f FearA tale f sadistic Nazi experiments by the author f the Midshipman Hornblower books You may well guess the ending but its jet black sense DOGA AST of 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 Thisne 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 Poems (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) of 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 becausef its detailsFielden Hughes The MistakeNot Bleach, Volume 05 onef 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 is Gather Together in My Name 1ST Edition one which places you as a character within the story who is being addressed by the narrator isne Pentimento of the most unusual and disturbing in the book It is a intimate depictionf an all too believable evil Nigel Kneale is most famous as the creator La maga delle spezie of the uatermass television series and moviesNoel Langley Serenade for BaboonsThis fine story is reminiscentf the The Last Testament old EC Comics storiesf horrible people meeting an even horrible fateHamilton McAllister The Lady Who Didn t Waste EC Comics stories f horrible people meeting an even horrible fateHamilton McAllister The Lady Who Didn t Waste is a really strange ne It doesn t provide any answer to its central mystery but has a delicious sense Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear of black comedyChris Massie A Fragmentf FactAnother strange The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults 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 The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Vol. 2 of the ghost by Muriel Spark authorf The Prime f Miss Jean BrodieBram Stoker The 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 all 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 No Puedo Perderte outf it by conjuring up a skin crawling sense In Every Heartbeat of disgustAngus Wilson Raspberry JamOnef the very best stories in the col. 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. The Pan Book f Horror Stories

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D 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 La fabbrica di cioccolato 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 Klara with A K 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 Serving Sera of a young girl worthy becausef the great twist ending THE LADY WHO DIDN T WASTE WORDS Is By Hamilton is by Hamilton It s short and ending THE LADY WHO DIDN T WASTE WORDS is by Hamilton Macallister It s short and about a weird train passenger Plenty Samurai! of unusual stuff goingn here Chris Massie s A FRAGMENT OF FACT IS THE USUAL SPOOKY HOUSE ON OF FACT is the usual spooky house La meglio gioventù on 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 f grotesue ld ladies and has a moment Solea 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 By the Light of the Moon of his surviving storiesnly half a dozen Molly Fyde and the Darkness Deep 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 Iconologia, Ovvero Immagini Di Tutte Le Cose Principali a Cui l'Umano Talento Ha Finto Un Corpo, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint) 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 uting taken from the pages f WEIRD TALES It s extremely ghastly and hard going and the author wrings maximum torment Morte a credito outf the disturbing shenanigans Full OS Graficos Do Ventilador: Identificando a Assincronia Paciente Ventilador E Otimizando as Definicoes of action and excitement thisMuriel Spark s THE PORTOBELLO ROAD is something else entirely a character study dealing with themesf alienation loneliness Keely and Du 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 Mill Hill overlong Anthony Vercoe s FLIES is another sickeningne about bluebottles providing visceral shock after visceral shock and a good example Star Wars Dooku: Jedi Lost of charnel house nastiness Alan Wyke s NIGHTMARE which closes the collection is another psychologyuting this time a study This Poison Will Remain of 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 DEAD MAN S POCKET a brilliantly conceived anecdote about a guy walkingn an apartment ledge hundreds Un eroe dei nostri tempi 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 Geldsack one and even wrote a variationn the story although it s not Rescued by a Horse: True Stories of Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing 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 The Secret of the Glass of suspense and slithering horror this makes usef Lovecraft s creations in an Discovery: Poetry and Art by Rick and Jan Sikes original thoroughly entertaining way and isne The Genealogy of the Family of Francis Beaman, Sr Northampton County, North Carolina (American Surname Series) of my favourite Cthulhu storiesf all time A real highlight this One Lions and Tigers and Snares of my early exposures to horror fiction and it hooked me This is the first place I found Contentsf 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 thers I think I had about twenty Fox Play of the thirty volumes that make up this series I clearly recall being bowledver by a tale involving a man whose skull had been invaded by spiders I don t know which anthology that story is in Not this Star Wars: Lando one It doesn t matter because what is in here is fantastic Of the twenty two talesnly Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture one hit a bum note it being THE HOUSE OF HORROR by Seabury uinn It sne f his Jules de Grandin yarns many f which I ve read elsewhere and just felt a little Aria Appassionata outf place in this therwise 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 four decades r so since I last read this anthology I didn t remember any The Untold Story: My 20 Years Running the National Inquirer of the stories they all felt fresh and new to me and I had a blast I can t wait to startn volume two. Ror like The Fly r His Beautiful Hands; and f utter chilling terror like The Horror in the MuseumThe perfect bedside book for those with nerves f ste. Lection The child s view f the adult world the complex and believable characters and the shocking but believable ending make this a mini masterpiece Caught in the Net of the macabreAlan Wykes NightmareA fine examplef the paranoia story I liked a couple Blue Road to Atlantis of these stories butverall most Bioetica Della Sessualita, Della Vita Nascente E Pediatrica of them were very dated and very boringI read a short story in between reading books so I ve been reading theseff and Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light on for monthsSadly I disliked than I likedTwo starsnly because Itinerari nel sacro. L'esperienza religiosa giapponese of the few stories that were actuallyk All reviews can be found at Growing up I never remember my mother reading anything but ne f this endless than 30 vol series So I Read Them Too Good Bedtime Reading If You Like This them too Good bedtime reading if you like this f thing Classic horror stories that seem a bit utdated now Favorites were WS by LP Hartley Behind the Yellow Door by Flavia Richardson The Suaw
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Bram Stoker Flies Anthony Vercoe and The Kill by Peter Fleming From 1958 to 1988 The Pan Book Lettere: 1942-1943 of Horror Stories was the annual British gorefest It startedut here the very first L'ipocrisia dell'Occidente. Il Califfo, il terrore e la storia of the 30 with a most unscary black catn the cover and with some kind The Fire of Origins 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 Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy (Critical Heritage) 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 Pasto nudo 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 Escaping Me 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 Goodbye Marianne of deathh but what s this A rat placed The Maxx: Maxximized Vol. 3 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 Il cacciatore oneJack Finney Contentsf the Dead Man s Pocket Companion piece to Jack London s To Build a Fire The Unscratchables onef the all time great short stories This guy lives way up Therapy on the 16th floor in a NYC apartment and is writing a crucial work related document a window ispened wind blows document The Hug outf the window where it comes to rest The Resurrection Tree and Other Stories 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 Autostop con Buddha: Viaggio attraverso il Giappone outside hell Apparently Stephen King rippedff this idea for Speak the Ocean 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 Newark's Little Italy: The Vanished First Ward 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 ld lesbian alcoholics have an inappropriate friendship with a boy This is a good neI guess these horror anthologies are like a time capsule Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story of the fears andbsessions Second Sight (Circle of Three, of the age If so people in 1958 were scaredf hulking retired surgeons with a Nazi past and a big libraryAnd now Strife on to volume two The First Pan Bookf 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 seek Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath out the seuels along with a whole manyther anthologies besides so it will always hold a special place in my heartLooking back at it now I see that it s a bit Baby Colossus (Short Story) of a varied collection and somef the stories are weak But the Roy Al ones that stay with you are thenes to look for and n that note alone I give this a five star ratingAltogether I found three stories here less than average Joan Aiken s JUGGED HARE which pens 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 an Panzer Baron: The Military Exploits of General Hasso von Manteuffel old fashioned housekeeper arrives at weird house and finds horror type story and never engaged with me at all There are a couplef 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 Apple Training Series ones I d want to revisit Peter Fleming s THE KILL is moderately enjoyable mixing family curses an. Ley Jack Finney and LP HartleyStoriesf the uncanny jostle with tales A Little Bit Psychic: Pride Prejudice with a Modern Twist of the macabre Storiesf subtle beastliness like Raspberry Jam; f sickening hor. .