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Frankenstein

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“It proved a wet, ungenial summer, and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house… In the evenings we crowded around a blazing wood fire, and occasionally amused ourselves with some German stories of ghosts, which happened to fall into our hands. These tales excited in us a playful desire of imitation… ‘We will each write a ghost story,’ said Lord Byron; and his proposition was acceded to.”

Collier Books 1961

At this challenge Mary Shelley began work on the “ghost story” that was to  evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and became the rage of London. In generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equalled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense.

You’ve read the book (haven’t you?!) now watch the film! Tomorrow, 3rd December, those lovely people behind the Classic Horror Campaign are holding an all day horror fest at the Rock Inn, Brighton, with book signings, stalls, loads of giveaways and of course some great films! We are going to be there with a few nice books so stop by and say Hi. More details below and over at: Frighten Brighton.

Pan Books 1979

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The Birds

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Pan Books 1977.

Daphne du Maurier has a rare gift for dragging up those irrational fears that lurk just behind the smooth plaster of existence. In ‘The Birds’ she somehow lends probability to an impossibility which is nearly too fearful to imagine. United by mad hatred the birds – the gulls, finches, crows and tits – have combined to wipe out humanity. This strange haunting fantasy has been chosen by Alfred Hitchcock for the making of a horror film.

I’m posting this because I got bitten by  a seagull today (don’t ask – it’s a long and bloody story, though not as long or as bloody as this one).

Below is the Penquin 1963 edition with cover art by Virgil Burnett.

Bewitched

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They were young, married and doing what comes supernaturally!

For the first time in book form – the hilarious extra-sensory relations between America’s most over-hexed husband and his all too enchanting wife…

Samantha –

A witch in wife’s clothing.

A perfectly charming lady with earthbound tastes, magical twitches, and some ideas about love that are out of this world.

Bewitched. A novel by Al Hine.

First Dell printing February 1965.

Over-hexed? Extra-sensory relations?! Whoever wrote the back copy sure earned their money for this one! Bewitched was one of my favourite TV shows growing up. One of the funniest characters was Samantha’s mum, Endora. A quick flick through the pages of this book and I’m pleased to see she makes an appearance! So my Halloween reading is sorted!

Domnei

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Domnei

By James Branch Cabell. With an introduction by Joseph Hergesheimer. Illustrated by Frank C. Papé. First published in 1927. Reprinted 1928.

This is a beautiful book, and the sentences sing like lutes. It has a sensitive and splendid introduction by Mr. Joseph Hergesheimer. – Spectator.

Subtitled ‘A Comedy of Woman Worship’, Domnei is a fantasy-romance set in the imaginary French province of Poictesme during the second half of the 13th century.

I just love the artwork on this one, the dust jacket’s a little war weary but wouldn’t you be if you were over eighty years old?

Frontispiece by Frank C. Papé.