GHOSTS, GHOULS AND GALLOWS. London, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Rider & Co., n.d. [1946]. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] 7-176, original red cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. "The first forty-six pages of the book provide a rambling account of Marson's own encounters with the supernatural. The remainder collects eighteen stories by this clergyman, some rather brief. Four of the stories set up a frame narrative for tales told in a cozy club setting by Police Superintendent Maclane, a Scot with a respect for the uncanny -- thus a quasi-psychic detective -- about cases he has worked on that involved the supernatural. A fifth involves Maclane but without the club setting. A solid collection (despite its silly title) of traditional supernatural tales that has been curiously overlooked by collectors. All but two or three of the stories make use of the supernatural. Marson is a minor figure to be sure, but his work is no worse than that of many other sought-after ghost story writers such as Munby, Wintle, Roger Pater and Baring-Gould. Tuck's description of the book (The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, p. 300) as nonfiction and "a collection of weird reports," is inaccurate. The book is clearly divided into two parts: the first is autobiographical, related in the first person; the second is fictional, related in the third person with all the usual accouterments of fiction -- characters, plot, dialogue, etc." - Robert Eldridge. Bleiler (1978), p. 134. Reginald 09713. Hubin (1994), p. 555. A fine copy in very good dust jacket with light shelf wear at edges, tiny chip from bottom spine end, and dust soiling to rear panel. Still a nice copy of a scarce book. (#150549).

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