UNCANNY TALES. Crawford, Marion.

UNCANNY TALES. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1911. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-307 [308: printer's imprint] [note: first leaf is a blank], title page printed in orange and black, original purple cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind. First edition. The major collection of Crawford's weird tales. Issued in the U.S. two weeks later as WANDERING GHOSTS. ... Crawford's reputation rests mostly on his short horror fiction, collected posthumously as WANDERING GHOSTS ... but written mostly in the 1890s. Paramount among them is the tale of the suicide-haunted stateroom, 'The Upper Berth,' one of the most reprinted of all ghost stories. Others are the vampire story 'For the Blood is Life,' and ghost tales 'The Screaming Skull' and 'The Dead Smile.' Crawford has a skill for raising his fiction to heights of terrifying power and he ranks almost unequaled among the masters of fear." - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 59. "... legendary collection of ghost and horror stories ... [Crawford's] short stories ... rank among the best in weird fiction." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 100-01. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-17. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 448. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 2054-58. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-63. Bleiler (1978), p. 52. Reginald 03546. BAL 4248. Minor foxing to endpapers, page edges and first few leaves, a nearly fine copy, the pages mostly snow-white, the cloth unworn, the gilt sharp. An excellent copy and quite uncommon thus. (#149277).

Price: $2,750.00

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