Welcome to Hugh Lamb Online
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’d be 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.
Tribute to Hugh Lamb
We are saddened to announce that Hugh Lamb recently passed away, at the age of 73. Follow the link to read a tribute to the man, and the father, by his eldest son Richard.
‘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, ever the pragmatist, decided to donate his body to the London Anatomy Office for medical research. So in lieu of a wake or funeral, it has been decided that those who would like to share their memories and raise a glass to the veteran anthologist should meet up…
Jim Moon just published a wonderful tribute to Hugh Lamb and his works on the website Hypnogoria. Tracing Hugh’s career, from his initial foray into the anthology up to last year’s HarperCollins editions, Moon explores Hugh’s influence on the genre and the importance of his work uncovering lost tales of…
Written by Richard Lamb On the night of 2nd March 2019, Hugh Lamb passed away. He died peacefully, in his sleep, after a long illness that had left him frail and weak. At the end he chose to move on, rather than suffer long months of treatment with no guarantees….