UNCANNY TALES. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1913. Octavo, pp. [1-2: blank] [3-8] [1-2] 3-307 [308: printer's imprint], title page printed in orange and black, publisher's purple cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind. Second printing. The major collection of Crawford's weird tales. Issued in the U.S. two weeks later as WANDERING GHOSTS. ... Crawford's reputation rests mostly on his short horror fiction, collected posthumously as WANDERING GHOSTS ... but written mostly in the 1890s. Paramount among them is the tale of the suicide-haunted stateroom, 'The Upper Berth,' one of the most reprinted of all ghost stories. Others are the vampire story 'For the Blood is Life,' and ghost tales 'The Screaming Skull' and 'The Dead Smile.' Crawford has a skill for raising his fiction to heights of terrifying power and he ranks almost unequaled among the masters of fear." - Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 59. "... legendary collection of ghost and horror stories ... [Crawford's] short stories ... rank among the best in weird fiction." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 100-01. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-17. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 448. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 2054-58. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-63. Bleiler (1978), p. 52. Reginald 03546. A clean, tight, nearly fine copy. A lovely copy and uncommon thus. (#172443).
First Edition, . . . 1911. / Second Impression, . . . 1913" on copyright page.