Victorian Tales of Terror


Published in 2019 by Kingsbrook Publishing

The dead man playing a violin, the young doctor tasked with saving a doomed life, the deformed creatures and their mysterious mother, the desperate chase to kill a murderous monster.

The Victorian era was a heyday for tales of the supernatural and macabre. Alongside such well known stories as The Signalman, The Monkey’s Paw and A Warning to the Curious were hundreds of other, lesser known but equally accomplished, short stories. Victorian Tales of Terror, first published in 1974, brought together 15 long forgotten works of spooky fiction by writers such as Charles Dickens, J. Sheridan le Fanu and Ambrose Bierce.

Over the course of 47 years, Hugh Lamb became one of the most celebrated anthologists of lost or forgotten tales of the supernatural and macabre.

This new edition of Victorian Tales of Terror, featuring an extra story not found in the original edition, is presented as a commemoration of his life and his work.


 Introduction – Richard Lamb
Foreword – Hugh Lamb
Xélucha – M. P. Shiel
The Black Veil – Charles Dickens
The Mystery at Fernwood – Elizabeth Braddon
The Black Lady of Brin Tor – Guy Boothby
The Were-wolf – Clemence Housman
The Mother of Monsters – Guy De Maupassant
The Murderer’s Violin Erckmann-Chatrian
The Mask – Richard Marsh
The Dead Man of Varley Grange – Anonymous
My Favourite Murder – Ambrose Bierce
The Shadow in the Moonlight – Mrs. Molesworth
The Last of Squire Ennismore – Mrs. J. H. Riddell
The Red Warder of the Reef – J. A. Barry
Wolverden Tower – Grant Allen
Madam Crowl’s Ghost – Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The Cave of Blood – Dick Donovan
About the Editor


The story The Were-wolf by Clemence Housman appeared in Hugh Lamb’s original story list for Victorian Tales of Terror, but was removed in the published edition (most likely for page count reasons).

Other Editions

Hardcover – Published in 1974 by W. H. Allen

Hardcover – Published in 1975 by Taplinger

Paperback – Published in 1976 by Coronet

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