46 years of Vintage Horrors

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For 46 years, Hugh Lamb collected and edited vintage tales of the supernatural and macabre, carving out for himself a reputation as one of the UK’s foremost authorities on Victorian ghost stories and other vintage tales of terror. This website, created and run by family and friends, with some input from the late man himself, is intended as a one-stop resource for all things Hugh Lamb!


If you’d like to know more about the man behind the books, then this is your place. He would have been the first to claim that his books are the most interesting thing about him, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.


Interested in Hugh’s output since his first publication in 1972? Use this comprehensive bibliography to follow Hugh’s career as a highly respected anthologist of vintage tales of the macabre.


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The dead man playing a violin, the young doctor tasked with saving a doomed life, the deformed creatures and their mysterious mother, the desperate chase to kill a murderous monster…

Happy Halloween! We are delighted to announce the release of a new edition of Victorian Tales of Terror. Out of print for 43 years, Hugh Lamb’s third anthology now comes with the addition of an extra story, originally planned for the first edition, as well as a new introduction.

In 1974, Victorian Tales of Terror brought together 15 long forgotten works of spooky fiction by writers such as Charles Dickens, J. Sheridan le Fanu and Ambrose Bierce and cemented Hugh Lamb’s reputation as one of the world’s most celebrated anthologists of lost or forgotten tales of the supernatural and macabre. This new edition is presented as a commemoration of his life and his work.

‘The world of shadows and superstition that was Victorian England was unique. While the foundations of so much of our present knowledge of subjects like medicine, public health, electricity, chemistry and agriculture, were being mapped out, people could still believe in the existence of devils and demons. And why not? A good ghost story is pure entertainment. It was not until well into the twentieth century that ghost stories began to have a deeper significance and to become allegorical; in fact, to lose their charm. At what other point in literary history could a man, standing over the body of his fiancee, say such a line as this:

“Speak, hound! Or, by heaven, this night shall witness two murders instead of one!”

Those were the days.’

Hugh Lamb