THIS MORTAL COIL. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1947. Octavo, pp. [1-6] [1-3] 4-245 [246: colophon], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. 2609 copies printed. This collection of seven stories and two novelettes was published later in the UK as WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, with altered contents. Cynthia Asquith (1887-1960), British anthologist and short story writer, is best known for her peerless anthologies of weird fiction, starting with THE GHOST BOOK (1926), which became one of the foremost ghost story anthology series of the twentieth century. "Asquith's own collection of creepy stories, THIS MORTAL COIL ... demonstrates that she herself was a skillful, sometimes powerful writer in the genre, with a particular knack for putting her characters (and readers) in situations of excruciating vulnerability." - Jack Sullivan. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 4-5. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-5. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 54. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-10. Bleiler (1978), p. 11. Reginald 00597. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with 11 mm closed tear at the lower edge of the front panel. (#154979).