"Introduction" by Kirby McCauley
"At Midnight, in the Month of June" by Ray Bradbury
"A: B: O." by Walter de la Mare
"Minnesota Gothic" by Thomas M. Disch
"The Jugular Man" by Joseph Payne Brennan
"Alice and the Allergy" by Fritz Leiber
"The Island" by L. P. Hartley
"Yesterday’s Witch" by Gahan Wilson
"Wet Season" by Dennis Etchison
"Innsmouth Clay" by H. P. Lovecraft & August Derleth
"Call First" by Ramsey Campbell
"From Beyond the Stars" by Richard L. Tierney
"The Funny Farm" by Robert Bloch
"The Face in the Wind" by Carl Jacobi
"Goodman’s Place" by Manly Wade Wellman
"Kellerman’s Eyepiece" by Mary Elizabeth Counselman
"Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner
"The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes"
by Marjorie Bowen
“At midnight, in the month of June,
I stand beneath the mystic moon.
An opiate vapor, dewy, dim,
Exhales from out her golden rim…”
The list goes on and on.
Karl Edward Wagner’s “Sticks” is included here for the first time. It has since become
Wagner’s most anthologized story. And this is for a good reason.
It’s a nice Lovecraftian Mythos type of tale which was inspired by a
true story. You can read it here…
I even have a copy of “Worse Things Waiting” which has lots of those “Lee Coye Brown”
Stick drawings in it!
Now lets guess which film ripped off this idea of "Sticks" in the woods?
Another goody is “Call First” by Ramsey Campbell. I remember reading this later in one of
Wagner’s “Year’s Best Horror Stories” anthologies. It’s a nice cautionary tale for potential
home invaders. At least don’t break into the homes of people who borrow lots of black magic
tomes from the library!
The Robert E. Howard story “People of the Black Coast” is more or less a throw away story.
It’s still chock full of that REH over the top insanity that we’ve all come to love and respect!
Two Castaways and giant intelligent Crabs! Mix them all together and hilarity ensues!
It’s a wonderfully wonky “AVENGE ME!!” kind of tale.
“Yesterdays Witch” by Gahan Wilson” is one of my all time favourite Halloween stories.
And all I’ll say is that maybe you’ll get more trick than treat on Halloween.
As Warren Zevon once said, “and it aint that pretty at all!”. This is a fun and creepy story.
Just look at all the names listed in the contents! This is a regular “Arkham House”
or “Weird Tales” who’s who.
You should definitely buy this if you can find a copy of it somewhere.
I want to mention the cover.
To me this looks like an “Osama bin Laden” zombie.
And while I’m speaking of “Osama bin Laden” zombies, I’ll leave you with this……
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