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Peter Haining – Beyond The Curtain Of The Dark

Posted by demonik on May 12, 2009

Peter Haining – Beyond The Curtain Of The Dark (Four Square, October, 1966: Nel, 1972)


Bruce Pennington

Foreword – Judith Merril
Introduction – Peter Haining

Robert Bloch – Lizzie Borden Took An Axe
Patricia Highsmith – The Snail Watcher
Ambrose Bierce – Chickamauga
Harry Harrison – At Last, The True Story Of Frankenstein
Guy De Maupassant – The Horla
Ray Bradbury – Fever Dream
Theodore Sturgeon – The Other Celia
Edgar Allan Poe – The Oval Portrait
W. C. Morrow – The Monster Maker
Frederic Brown – Come And Go Mad
H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth – The Survivor
H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth – The Ancestor
Mary Shelley – The Mortal Immortal
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
Henry Kuttner – By These Presents
Henry Slesar – Whosits Disease
Edgar Allan Poe – King Pest
Harold Lawlor – Mayaya’s Little Green Men
F. Marion Crawford – For The Blood Is The Life
Edogawa Rampo – The Human Chair
J. S. Le Fanu – The Fortunes Of Sir Robert Ardagh
Robert Bloch – Return To The Sabbath
Clive Pemberton – The Will Of Luke Carlowe
Isaac Asimov – Eyes Do More Than See

I think the Haining legend really starts picking up momentum with this collection. Other early ones like the same years Where Nightmares Are and The Hell Of Mirrors relied too much upon those classics we all have a billion times over, but this looks like the work of a man who loves, and is widely read in the genre. This is where I first read Bierce’s decidedly non-escapist Chickamauga, a detached account of a war crime and one of the most horrible stories ever written. Maupassant’s The Horla is a coming race story of, literally, insane genius and Edogawa Rampo (say it fast) is kinky-cute in the extreme. Of the Frankenstein variations, W. C. Morrow’s ghastly The Monster Maker just shades it from Harrison’s short ‘n nasty effort.

Four Square edition, cover by Josh Kirby

Four Square edition, cover by Josh Kirby

Thanks to Nightreader for scanning the Four Square cover.

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Peter Haining – The Frankenstein File

Posted by demonik on September 15, 2007

Peter Haining (ed.) – The Frankenstein File (Nel, Oct 1977)


Peter Haining – The World Of Frankenstein
Mary Shelley – How I Created Frankenstein
Anon – The Old Tower Of Frankenstein
Anon – Bringing The Dead Alive!
Ron Haydock – The Real Castle Frankenstein
Modern Monsters Magazine – The Frankenstein Movies
Forrest J. Ackerman – Universal’s Classic Frankenstein
Boris Karloff – The Life Of A Monster
Ron Haydock – Boris Karloff: The King Of Horror Films
Ted Le Berthon – Demons Of The Film Colony
Dennis Gifford – My Funny Frankenstein
Donald Glut – Peter Cushing: Dr. Frankenstein I Presume?
Peter Cushing – Dr. Frankenstein And I
Christopher Lee – Frankenstein, Dracula And Me
W. C. Morrow – The Monster Maker
Robert Bloch – Mannikins Of Horror
Harry Harrison – At Last, The True Story Of Frankenstein

A Select Guide To The Films: Sixty-Five Years Of Frankenstein On The Screen


Of all monsters throughout history, Dr Frankenstein’s is surely the greatest. Originally conceived by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in 1816, Frankenstein’s monster has not only taken on his creator’s name, but has been the subject of innumerable plays, films, books and television programmes, intriguing and terrifying the world for generations.

This book is both a tribute to and a record of that fascinating legend. It tells how the Frankenstein films have developed from the first Frankenstein in 1910 to the most recent, Paul Morrisey’s Flesh for Frankenstein in 1975, including such unlikely titles Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter and Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster.

It contains articles written by such diverse authorities as Mary Shelley, Boris Karloff, Harry Harrison, Christopher Lee and Robert Bloch, linked by Peter Haining’s entertaining anecdotes and supported by a wealth of photographs, line drawings and cartoon strips.

The result is a compelling record that will amuse, enthrall and horrify you!

Similar in approach to the mighty Dracula Scrapbook, but to this reader it’s not quite as accomplished somehow. It’s probably something to do with the presentation, slick and glossy on this occasion as opposed to the glorified fanzine approach of the vampire volume. Still, any book that boasts contributions from Karloff, the Cush, C. Lee, Donald Glut, Denis Gifford and Forrest J. Ackerman, is gonna be entertaining and there are decent examples of monster fiction from Robert Bloch, Harry Harrison, W. C. Morrow and an anonymous eighteenth century scribe.

Needless to say, perhaps, it is indeed “lavishly illustrated”.

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