Title A Haunting Beauty: Stories Of The Macabre.
Book Condition Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).
Edition First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher Midnight House: Seattle, CA. 2000.
0967515742 / 9780967515748
Seller ID 04073
Collects 13 weird/supernatural stories, with a five page preface by Mike Ashley, and four page introduction from the author. 450 numbered hardcover copies printed.
''In the 1960's one author was almost solely responsible for keeping the horror genre alive in Britain, Sir Charles Birkin. In the years from 1964 to 1971 the author produced a string of powerful collections including The Kiss of Death, Spawn of Satan, and The Smell of Evil. In the early 1980's the author and editor Mike Ashley undertook the preparation of a retrospective showcase of the author's work. Efforts to market the volume were curtailed by Birkin's death in 1986 and the collection, A Haunting Beauty has remained lost -- until now. With a special introduction by Sir Charles Birkin nearly two decades after the author and editor began work on it. In this volume the full range and diversity of the author's work is demonstrated by tales that run the gamut from the eerie supernatural thriller ''Ballet Negre'' to the poignant ghostly tale ''Little Boy Blue'' and the grotesqueries of ''Lords of the Refuge''. Also included are a pair of fine examples of stories based on the author's war-time experiences, ''The Mouse Hole'' and a story that has to rank as a masterpiece, ''Waiting for Trains''. While best-known for his disturbing tales of psychological horror, Birkin was also adept at the supernatural tale of terror as is amply demonstrated by this collection''.