FINGERS OF FEAR. New York: Covici, Friede, Publishes, . Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-2] 3-309 [310-314: blank] [note: first and last two leaves are blanks], original green cloth, spine panel stamped in black, top edge stained yellow, other edges rough trimmed. First edition. A tale of mystery and horror set in New England at the ancestral home of the Ormes family "which, lost in one of the wildest and most isolated reaches of the Berkshires, was the topic of whispered and fearful comment by the natives for miles around." "... an outrageous horror novel done with admirable panache. A brief plot synopsis would be impossible (not to mention improbable), but hauntings, vampirism, incest, lycanthropy, dead babies, and sexual deviance provide only some of the mayhem confronting the cowardly hero at Ormesby. The book can be read straight, or straight up, but it certainly makes a stylish, literate exercise in grand guignol horror." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 300. "Piles horror upon horror until there is not a shiver left in the reader's spine." - New York Times. "Horror laid on thick ... Written forty years too early. Today it would make a fine horror film." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1233. Carter, The Vampire in Literature, p. 84. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 148. Reginald 10683. Hubin (1994), p. 602. Bookplate of collector William Harry Hopkins affixed to front paste-down. Some dust soiling to top and fore-edges of text block, else a bright, near fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket (designed by Hawkins) with small chip from bottom right corner of front flap (affecting three words of copy) and two short closed tears at top edge of front panel with small internal tape mends. A scarce book rarely found in jacket. (#149284).
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