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Alfred Hitchcock – Haunted Houseful

Posted by demonik on May 23, 2009

Alfred Hitchcock [Robert Arthur] (ed.) – Haunted Houseful (Four Square, 1965)

Josh Kirby

Josh Kirby

I’ve not seen a copy, but believe the contents to be the same as the Random House original from 1961, subtitled ‘Nine “COOL” stories about Haunted Houses and Ghosts for Boys and Girls’, which comprise.

Manly Wade Wellman – Let’s Haunt A House
Constance Savery – The Wastwych Secret
Walter R. Brooks – Jimmy Takes Vanishing Lessons
Jack Bechdolt – The Mystery Of Rabbit Run
Elizabeth Coatsworth – The Forgotten Island
John Kendrick Bangs – The Water Ghost Of Harrowby Hall
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Red-Headed League
Mark Twain – The Treasure In The Cave
Donald & Louise Peattie – The Mystery In Four-And-A-Half Street

Would appreciate if someone could confirm or deny! It certainly doesn’t look heavy on horror content, does it?

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Cynthia Asquith – What Dreams May Come

Posted by demonik on May 17, 2009

Cynthia Asquith – What Dreams May Come: Tales Of The Supernatural (Four Square, 1965)

What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

The Lovely Voice
The White Moth
The Follower
‘The Playfellow’
The Corner Shop
The First Night
From What Beginnings?
In A Nutshell
‘God Grant That She Lye Stille’

Blurb:

The young girl in the French hotel who adored the lovely lady, so kind and gentle — only to discover that she was a murderess !
The s schoolgirl who wrote such exquisite and sensational verse, then suddenly refused to produce any more !
The woman haunted all her life by a hideous face in a crowd !
Hyacinth, the image of her young cousin Daphne, who at the same age was grotesquely burnt to death !
Peter Wood, who bought a carved frog in a queer antique shop, and then learnt the chilling story behind it !
Sylvia, whose previously untalented leading man suddenly put on a star turn on the opening night. She is delighted, until she
discovers the reason!
The nurse whose attractive young patient was convinced he was going to die, because the book he was reading forespelled his doom.
Margaret Cleaver, 22, beautiful, rich, who was gradually repossessed by the spirit of her turbulent ancestor !

These people glimpsed beyond the ordinary realities of life … into the inexplicable dimension!

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Elliott O’Donnell – The Screaming Skulls

Posted by demonik on May 17, 2009

Elliott O’Donnell – The Screaming Skulls & Other Ghost Stories (Four Square Horror, September, 1966) [Edited by Harry Ludlam]

Screaming skulls in action

Screaming skulls in action

Blurb:

These gripping true ghost tales, together with some compelling legends, are the cream of those collected by Elliott O’Donnell in over half a century spent ghost-hunting.
He writes of creeping hands, vengeful phantoms and tortured wraiths exactly as they were seen — from accounts by witnesses, and from records made at the time or shortly afterwards.
Besides documenting the cases of others, O’Donnell tells of his own creepy experiences. He has investigated numerous cases of supernatural phenomena, disturbing Me and horrifying, from inexplicable hauntings in lonely country houses to those in the heart of town cursed by appalling events of the past.
No one reading these tales by Britain’s most renowned ghost-hunter can remain, a sceptic … or refrain from a shudder in the dark.

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