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Tales From Beyond The Grave
« Thread started on: Jul 10th, 2006, 05:59am »

Tales From Beyond The Grave (Editor uncredited: Octopus, 1982)

Robert Graves - The Shout
Ambrose Bierce - The Man And The Snake
Hume Nisbet - The Haunted Station
E. F. Benson - Mrs Amworth
James Thurber - The Night The Ghost Got In
Guy De Maupassant - The Horla
Oliver Onions -Io
Edward Bulwer-Lytton - The House And The Brain
Ray Bradbury - Fever Dream
J. S. LeFanu - Green Tea
H. G. Wells - The Inexperienced Ghost
M. G. Lewis - The Monk [extract]
J. R. Tolkien - The Fellowship Of The Ring [extract]
George MacDonald - The Grey Wolf
M. R. James - Lost Hearts
Nikolai Gogol - The Overcoat
Seabury Quinn - And Give Us Yesterday
Mrs Gaskell - The Old Nurse's Story
Mark Twain - A Ghost Story
Oscar Wilde - The Picture Of Dorian Gray [extract]
Robert Bloch - Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper
Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle - The Brown Hand
Charles Dickens - To Be Taken With A Grain Of Salt
E. M. Forster - The Story Of The Siren
Algernon Blackwood - The Doll
R. Chetwynd-Hayes - She Walks On Dry Land
Edgar Allan Poe - The Black Cat

Another hardcover missing its dustjacket This would maybe have been improved if it had gone easier on the extracts. Very strange to find Seabury Quinn's obscure And Give Us Yesterday among this company.
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The inn sign ... was in the nature of a coffin supported by six headless bearers goose-stepping towards a white headstone, and underneath this somewhat forbidding daub with grim irony, the legend 'Ye Journey's End' - Guy Preston, The Inn.

Re: Tales From Beyond The Grave
« Reply #1 on: Aug 11th, 2006, 6:14pm »

The cover of my copy is laminated onto this 1989 Treasure Press reprint... but unfortunately, the boards are half off it.

The Shout by Robert Graves: While keeping score at a cricket match given by the inmates of a lunatic asylum - which must be one of the most novel means devised of narrating a story - Crossley tells a story of Richard and Rachel, who both have a dream of walking in the sand hills near the sea.

They are pleased because they do everything together, and now it seems they even dream together. Then Richard meets ‘Mr Charles’ and invites him home. Mr Charles had lived with the black fellows in Northern Australia and learned their magic, and tells Richard he can kill him with his voice alone. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that Mr Charles wants to take over Richard’s place, and Rachel is apparently completely in his power.

The Haunted Station by Hume Nisbet: The title story of a collection published in 1894, this tells of an escaped convict in the Australian bush who finds an empty house with a good supply of provisions laid in, but two of the former occupants, a mother and daughter, lying dead in an upper room, murdered.

Deciding to make the best of the situation, he makes himself a meal, and notices some oil paintings, doubtless the likenesses of the two murder victims upstairs and ‘the fiend who had murdered them.’

In the best tradition of such stories, a storm has broken, and now the convict finds he is sharing the table with the fiend of the painting, a man whose wet hair indicates that he has come from outside. Discontent with his insubstantial lot, the ghost tells the man that he wants to be a man once more – that he intends to possess and become the other man.

Superficially similar to the more recent Russell Kirk story, There’s a Long, Long Trail A-Winding, The Haunted Station is a well-enough told story for those who like the traditional ghost tale.
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