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A Haunting Beauty: Stories Of The Macabre., Birkin,  Charles
1 Birkin, CharlesA Haunting Beauty: Stories Of The Macabre. 04073
Midnight House: Seattle, CA. 2000.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
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''.


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Dark Sanctuary., Gregory,  H. B.
2 Gregory, H. B.Dark Sanctuary. 07129
Midnight House: Seattle, CA. 2001.
First edition thus (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Originally published in 1940 (Rider & Co.: London), this reprint contains a new introduction by D. H. Olson. Scarce in it's original edition, Karl Edward Wagner listed this book as one of the thirteen best novels of supernatural terror (Twilight Zone, 1983). 460 numbered copies printed.

''the novel opens with Anthony Lovell, Sr., master of the ancient abbey of Kestrel and its like-named island off the Cornish coast, raving in madness and fear over the ancient family curse that ''dwells in the bowels of the abbey rock.'' What has caused his madness is unclear, but it is obviously linked to something seen or experienced in Kestrel's ancient crypts. Lovell's son is called back from London and, soon thereafter, John Hamilton, a free-lance journalist and friend to the younger Lovell, makes his way to Kestrel as well. The first thing worth noting in Dark Sanctuary is its use of a historical record to provide authenticity. The history of Kestrel given in chapter one is as fictitious as the abbey and island itself, but it includes just enough real historical data to be believable. Positioned as it is, early in the novel, it also has the benefit of pulling the reader into the story almost immediately.''


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The Beasts Of Brahm., Hansom,  Mark
3 Hansom, MarkThe Beasts Of Brahm. 07744
Midnight House: Seattle, CA. 2001.
First edition thus (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
Reprint of the scarce 1937 weird thriller: new six page introduction by John Pelan. 450 numbered copies printed.

''The Beasts ot Brahm is a good example of Mr. Hansom's work, which has come into prominence since the publication of ''The Wizard of Berner's Abbey.'' The dead and mangled body of a man is found in a lonely valley in Surrey, and it is thought that he has been mauled by an escaped wild beast. The inhabitants find themselves in the midst of a reign of terror, which continues until one of their number who has a knowledge of Eastern mysteries discovers the solution. The plot is carefully constructed and the identity of the murderer is not revealed until the last'' (a review in The Launceston Examiner, 4 September 1937, no less!).


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My Own Private Spectres., Ray,  Jean
4 Ray, JeanMy Own Private Spectres. 01810
Midnight House: Seattle, CA. 1999.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
First english language edition of a collection of weird and supernatural stories by Belgium writer Jean Ray, 16 stories plus full bibliography: his only previous english translations have been four stories published in Weird Tales in the 1930's, plus one paperback edition of his work from the 1960's. LIMITED EDITION: 370 numbered hardcover copies printed (of which 350 were for sale).

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The Idol Of The Flies And Other Stories., Rice,  Jane
5 Rice, JaneThe Idol Of The Flies And Other Stories. 11651
Midnight House: Seattle, CA. 2003.
First edition (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
372-page retrospective of Jane Rice's sixty-year career in weird fiction: introduction and afterword by editors Stefan Dziemianowicz and Jim Rockhill respectively. 500 numbered copies printed.

''from her earliest stories for John Campbell's Unknown Worlds, through the 1950's tales written for Charm and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science-Fiction, to the recent novelette ''The Sixth Dog'', all of Ms. Rice's macabre fiction is collected in this book. Editors Stefan Dziemianowicz and Jim Rockhill have done a splendid job of tracking down stories from a wide variety of sources. Ms. Rice herself did revisions on several pieces to restore previously excised supernatural elements. Additionally, rrumour had long been rampant of ''missing'' Jane Rice stories written for Campell's Unknown Worlds and these have also been tracked down by the editors and now represent the author's preferred version''.


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Echo Of A Curse: A Novel., Ryan,  R. R.
6 Ryan, R. R.Echo Of A Curse: A Novel. 09958
Midnight House: Seattle, CA. 2002.
First edition thus (& 1st printing).
Hardcover.
20-page introduction and essay on Ryan by Dwayne Olson entitled Honor, Sadism And Dysfunction: The Dark, Demented World Of R. R. Ryan. Originally published in 1939, the author is credited with several of the most compelling and over-the-top novels in the horror genre. The only author with three entries on Karl Edward Wagner's list of the 39 best horror novels of all time, Ryan's work has been known to only a few devotees: this novel is a descent into madness, perversion, and the supernatural like no other, one of the most deeply disturbing works to ever appear in the genre.

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