THE PAN BOOK OF HORROR STORIES (Book Review)

Selected by: Herbert van Thal

First published by Pan Books in 1959 / Reprinted: 2017

296 pages


THE GHOSTS OF SENSIBILITIES PAST

Pan Book of Horror StoriesHaving released their first mass-market paperback in 1947 (Ten Stories by Rudyard Kipling), publishing giants Pan are this year celebrating their 70th anniversary with a series of reissues of their most popular and iconic titles. Piquing my interest among the twenty classics receiving a new lease of life was a reprint of the first ever volume of collected horror stories; 22 macabre tales from authors renowned (Bram Stoker, Peter Fleming, C.S. Forester) and unheard of.

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The Travelling Bag (Book Review)

Written by: Susan Hill

Published in the UK by: Profile Books, 29th September 2016

183 pages


 

Image result for the travelling bag susan hillCLASPING AT MOTHS
Kickstarting a cash cow of a franchise which has spawned two feature-length box office hits for the resurrected Hammer Films and a seemingly ineradicable West End theatre production, The Woman in Black has cemented author Susan Hill’s sovereignty as the Queen of gothic ghost stories. Amidst a prolific bibliography which spans the genres and demographics, in the 33 years since its publication, Hill has often returned to supernatural fiction, always with great anticipation.

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The Pier Falls (Book Review)

Written by: Mark Haddon, 2016

Published in the UK by: Jonathan Cape/Penguin Random House

Pages: 347


From the historical disaster account of the titular tale to quasi-supernatural psychological horror (“Wodwo”) via tragic almost-romances (“Bunny”, “The Weir”), this selection of nine short stories from the pen of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time scribe Mark Haddon must be commended for the astounding diversity of their perspectives and authorial voices – even if they don’t necessarily sit well alongside one another in this recent hardback collection from Jonathan Cape.

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