Published in 2008 by Dover.
Prepare yourself for a spine-tingling journey into the heart of darkness. In this bone-chilling collection, you’ll encounter thirteen long-lost tales of terror by famed authors. Whether the setting is an English village, the Brazilian countryside, or the Barbados coast, the madness lurking beneath the beauty of each location will haunt your imagination long after the last page is turned.
In Dick Donovan’s “The Mystic Spell,” a young man finds the love of his life in Rio, but the deadly curse of an old crone could destroy their dreams if they marry. “The Black Reaper” by Bernard Capes, takes place in 1665 during The Great Plague, a time of wild fear and confusion. When the residents of an English village come face-to-face with the deadly scythe of the Black Reaper, only one daring act of courage can save their lives. In “A Tropical Horror” by William Hope Hodgson, the crew of a ship undergoes a series of attacks by a giant, eel-like sea monster. Will the young apprentice who relates this story survive? Filled with a mix of the macabre, the mysterious, the supernatural, and the sinister, this anthology is Victorian suspense at its finest.
The Pride of the Corbyns • (1875) • novelette by Isabella Banks
Maw-Sayah • (1893) • short story by Charles J. Mansford
The Mystery of the Felwyn Tunnel • (1897) • novelette by L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace
The Black Reaper • (1899) • short story by Bernard Capes
The Devil’s Manuscript • (1899) • novelette by S. Levett-Yeats
The Mystic Spell • (1899) • novelette by Dick Donovan
Nightmare-Touch • (1900) • essay by Lafcadio Hearn
Un Peu d’Amour • (1915) • novelette by Robert W. Chambers
The Spirit of the Fjord • (1901) • short story by John C. Shannon
The Strange Story of Northavon Priory • (1904) • short story by Frank Frankfort Moore
A Tropical Horror • (1905) • short story by William Hope Hodgson
The Woman with a Candle • (1908) • short story by W. Bourne Cooke
Mrs Rivers’s Journal • (1908) • novelette by Perceval Landon