Gaslit Nightmares


Published in 2006 by Dover.

A man’s mysterious “journey home” takes him back in time to familiar faces and places. A deserted ship transports a ghastly cargo in its sealed hold. A strange occupant of a newly rented house terrifies the tenants.

Sixteen shocking tales–teeming with sinister figures, mystical spells, and nameless terrors–fill the pages of this chilling anthology. Long-neglected classics by Mary Wilkins-Freeman, Jerome K. Jerome, Lady Dilke, and other renowned writers include “The Undying Thing,” “The Serpent’s Head,” “The Drunkard’s Death,” “The Haunted Mill,” “The Page-Boy’s Ghost,” “Mysterious Maisie,” and ten other compelling tales of horror.


The Undying Thing – Barry Pain
The Serpent’s Head – Lady Dilke
The Phantom Model – Hume Nisbet
The Accursed Cordonnier – Bernard Capes
The Vengeance of the Dead – Robert Barr
The Beckside Boggle – Alice Rea
In the Court of the Dragon – Robert W. Chambers
The Old House in Vauxhall Walk – Mrs. J. H. Riddell
The Drunkard’s Death – Charles Dickens
Luella Miller – Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
A Psychological Experiment – Richard Marsh
A Derelict – J. A. Barry
The Haunted Mill – Jerome K. Jerome
An Unexpected Journey – J. H. Pearce
The Page Boy’s Ghost – The Countess of Munster
Mysterious Maisie – Wirt Gerrare


This anthology, and the 2008 Gaslit Horror, also published by Dover, were new editions containing the stories first published in Hugh Lamb’s acclaimed Gaslit Nightmares (1988) and Gaslit Nightmares 2 (1991).


This is one of the most enjoyable collections of supernatural stories of the 19th Century available today. Many of the stories are quite impossible to find elsewhere. Hugh Lamb did the literary world a great service in providing introductions to the stories, authors, and authors’ works; these help immeasurably in the enjoyment of the collection as a whole.

Emmett Hoops
Goodreads Reviewer

Other Editions

Paperback – Published in 1988 by Futura

Paperback – Published in 1991 by Futura

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