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J. Sheridan LeFanu
First serialized in The Dark Blue magazine in 1871, and then published in his anthology In a Glass Darkly, in 1872, LeFanu’s novella features an implied, yet fairly obvious obsessive lesbian attraction for her victim by the beautiful vampire. Set in the Austrian province of Styria, the story is told by the victim, Laura, the youthful daughter of a retired civil servant. Haunted since childhood by the image of a beautiful, yet terrifying lady, she is shocked to recognize her in the beautiful stranger who has come to stay at her father’s castle following a carriage wreck. Yet the stranger, Carmilla, appears no older than she, and so couldn’t be the same person. Soon Laura begins to waste away, and the terrifying dreams of childhood begin to reappear.
Carmilla is one of the oldest popular vampire stories, predating Dracula by some 26 years. Our edition includes an Introduction and notes by popular author, playwright and historian J.T. McDaniel.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Robert Lewis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella of a man with a literal and physical split personality continues to fascinate. Inspiring over 100 film adaptations, and dozens of stage and television shows, there are few today who have never heard of the "good" Dr. Henry Jekyll and his "evil" alter-
While by no means the oldest vampire novel, Bram Stoker's Dracula is unquestionably the most influential. Most of the conventional traits now associated with vampires come from this novel. Stoker was a collector of obscure traditions, and he put many of them together for the first time in Dracula.
By profession a theatre critic and theatrical manager, Stoker wrote a number of novels in addition to Dracula, though many were Romance novels of little interest to horror fans. For some years a civil servant in his native Ireland, Stoker also wrote what was for years the standard guidebook for court clerks. Includes over 170 new notes, and a Foreword by popular novelist and editor J.T. McDaniel.
The Lair of the White Worm
Bram Stoker's 1911 horror novel was the inspiration for Ken Russel's 1988 film. The "white worm" is a gigantic snake, possibly surviving from prehistoric times, and dwelling in a deep pit in "Diana's Grove," whence it has preyed upon the locals for centuries. When young Adam Salton comes to live with his grand-
The Time Machine
Originally published in 1895, H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds has remained popular ever since, inspiring a number of film adaptations and sequels. The story of the “Time Traveller” and his adventures in the world of the 802nd century, when humanity has not only evolved, but split into two species, the child-
Our edition is, as usual, carefully edited and annotated, with an insightful Afterword by J.T. McDaniel. This edition is available only from Amazon in most markets, but will not be sold in the United Kingdom, the European Union, Hungary, Iceland, or Israel until January 1, 2017.
Available in Amazon.com Kindle format. List price $1.99.
The Phantom ’Rickshaw
The Phantom 'Rickshaw was first published in 1888, and includes five of Rudyard Kipling's best short stories. All have something to do with the supernatural, whether ghosts, reincarnation, the "living dead," or merely the perception of supernatural dread or action. This collection also saw the first publication of one of Kipling’s best known stories, The Man Who Would be King, which has been the inspiration for several movies and at least one Star Trek episode.
Available from our store ($1.50): ePUb, PDF, Mobi; Amazon.com: Kindle.
The Lost World
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Lost World saw the first appearance of Professor George Edward Challenger, arguably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s second best known protagonist, who would appear in a total of five books between 1912 and 1929. The appropriately named Challenger was generally rude, self-
In The Lost World, after having his claims of finding prehistoric creatures on a remote plateau in South America dismissed as a fraud, Challenger leads a small expedition back to the plateau to have his discoveries confirmed by witnesses. Included in the party are Professor Summerlee, one of his more vocal scientific detractors; Sir John Roxton, an experienced adventurer and sportsman, and Edward Malone, a reporter for the Daily Gazette. Challenger’s initial reaction to Malone had been to give him a black eye, but he warms to him after realizing that Malone actually believes his limited evidence.
After a long journey the party arrives at the plateau. The "easy" way to the top having been blocked by an earthquake, they have to climb a rock pinnacle adjoining the sheer cliff and cut down a huge tree to create a bridge. Once there, the bridge falls into the abyss and the little party is trapped on the top of the plateau. Challenger, it quickly develops, was right. There are dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts in plenty, several of them decidedly unfriendly. Just to keep things interesting, the plateau is also the home to a large tribe of semi-
The modern reader will no doubt find Conan Doyle’s description of the dinosaurs to be rather outdated, but given the state of knowledge in 1912 this is no doubt to be expected. And despite any discrepancies with modern scientific theory, as an adventure story this is still one of the best.
Annotated edition, includes a new Foreword.
The Jewel of Seven Stars
In 1903, Bram Stoker created this curious novel in which the spirit of a ancient Egyptian queen affects the lives of an Edwardian household. Abel Trelawny, noted Egyptologist, has been attacked and now lies in a coma. His house, filled with artifacts, including the mummy of Queen Tera, seems distinctly unhealthy. One of the nurses watching the stricken man falls into a coma herself. Meanwhile, Corbeck, Trelawny’s associate, returns from Egypt only to have the unique lamps he brought back stolen from his hotel room.
Our edition has been carefully edited and annotated, and contains both the “gruesome” original ending, as well as the happier 1912 ending.
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Lust for Blood
Lady Anna Corwin and Suzanne Willis roomed together at school. Three years later, in 1895, Suzanne arrives at Muntglare Manor to visit her old friend. Soon they are again sharing a bed, and each other.
Into this idyllic setting comes a new neighbour, Lord Anthony Ravensbrook, a handsome, charming young man with a terrible allergy to sunlight. Soon, Lady Anna is having frightening, erotic dreams of Lord Ravensbrook, and seems to be suffering a physical decline. A local shop girl, after a similar illness, dies suddenly. Another girl is found near the churchyard with her throat torn out and drained of blood. Is there a vampire plaguing High Coulston?