FIRES BURN BLUE. New York: Longmans, Green & Co. London: Edward Arnold & Co., 1948. Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition, U.S. issue. Second and last collection of ghost stories much in the vein of those by M. R. James. Collects thirteen stories including "Authorship Disputed," featuring a vampire that feeds on creativity. Several of the stories are "based on his experience as a civil servant in Southeast Asia. Most notable and nasty is 'What's In a Name?'" - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 4-33. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 337. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 66-7. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-55. Bleiler (1978), p. 37. Reginald 02443. Mild bump to lower front corner tip, small "25" written in ink at upper right corner of front free endpaper, a nearly fine copy in very good dust jacket with light wear at edges, small tear and crease at lower rear spine fold, and general dust soiling. (#162025).
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