STORIES IN THE DARK. London: Grant Richards, 1901. Small octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-191 , original pictorial yellow cloth, front cover printed in red and black, spine panel printed in black. First edition. In addition to the rare large paper limited issue of 250 copies signed by Pain, there were two issues of the trade copies, some bound in pictorial yellow cloth and the others bound in pictorial wrappers in shilling shocker format, this being one of the hardbound copies. This is Pain's core collection of horror fiction, supernatural and psychological, including classic "The Moon-Slave," woman seduced by the Great God Pan, "The Gray Cat," a loathsome familiar, and "The Undying Thing," a Gothic extravaganza featuring a deathless subterranean werewolf. Impressive range of themes and moods, stylish treatment. See Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature Iv, pp. 1662-64. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-156. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1278. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 742. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 88. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 317. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-196. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 400. Bleiler (1978), p. 153. Reginald 11123. Hubin (1994), p. 624. NCBEL IV 698. Cloth a bit dusty and soiled, tiny stain on rear cover, black background on front panel rubbed, a very good copy. Overall, a nice copy of a book seldom found in decent condition due to the fragile nature of the binding. (#156813).
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