Stories in the Dark


Published in 2017 by HarperCollins.

Jerome K. Jerome’s reputation as a humorist, renowned for his comic novel Three Men in a Boat, has thrown into undeserved obscurity his fine efforts in the ghost story genre.

Stories in the Dark collects Jerome’s major horror stories, together with a selection from two of his friends with whom he founded the magazines The Idler and Today – the journalist Robert Barr and the humorist Barry Pain. Like Jerome, their stories of terror and the supernatural have been overlooked for many years.


Introduction – Hugh Lamb
The Skeleton – Jerome K. Jerome
The Snake – Jerome K. Jerome
The Dancing Partner – Jerome K. Jerome
The Moon-Slave – Barry Pain
The Undying Thing – Barry Pain
Purification – Robert Barr
The End of a Show – Barry Pain
The Unfinished Game – Barry Pain
The Haunted Mill – Jerome K. Jerome
The Glass of Supreme Moments – Barry Pain
The Vengeance of the Dead – Robert Barr
Smeath – Barry Pain
The Hour and the Man – Robert Barr
The Green Light – Barry Pain
The Woman of the Sæter – Jerome K. Jerome
The Case of Vincent Pyrwhit – Barry Pain
Not According to the Code – Robert Barr
Linda – Barry Pain
Silhouettes – Jerome K. Jerome
The Tower – Barry Pain
The Four-Fingered Hand – Barry Pain
Transformation – Robert Barr
The Gray Cat – Barry Pain
An Alpine Divorce – Robert Barr


This anthology was republished in 2017 by HarperCollins, under the title Three Men in the Dark. It features the addition of the story The Mystery of Black Rock Creek.


There were quite a few very imaginative, well-told stories here; many told in the vein of three-men-smoking-cigars-after-dinner-and-swapping-ghost-stories. It’s a familiar way of reading such tales of horror from back in the day. Of course, horror these days is much more visceral and scarier. Times have changed. Regardless of being somewhat outdated, they are still quite interesting; sometimes disturbing tales.

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