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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!


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The village cursed by a vengeful ghost. A series of inexplicable suicides. The helpless man trapped in a dark place (but not alone). Two sinister tales of seafaring spirits. 

All these chilling stories and more await the unwary in Terror by Gaslight.

First published in 1975, this collection is renowned anthologist Hugh Lamb’s companion piece to his popular Victorian Tales of Terror. This new Memorial Edition features the original fourteen stories plus three more selected from Hugh’s collection of unused material, marking their first appearance in an anthology of this type. You will also find a new Afterword from Mike Ashley, noted anthologist and longtime friend of Hugh Lamb.

The Victorian era was a heyday for supernatural storytelling and Terror by Gaslight showcases some of the best the period had to offer. So, switch on the gas lamp, close the window against the fog and settle back to enjoy the pleasing terror of these Victorian tales of the macabre.

‘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