CRIMES, CREEPS AND THRILLS : Forty-Five New Stories of Detection, Horror and Adventure by Eminent Modern Authors.

Edited anonymously by John Gawsworth
First edition, first printing published in 1936 by E H Samuel.
 
Description: 560pp, Book: Fine, Original publisher's lavender cloth with blind stamped borders, gilt stamped titles to the spine, some very pale spotting to cloth which is exceptionally clean and fresh, the corners are square and sharp, the spine is superb, the gilt stamping bright and vibrant. Internally there isn't a mark, very tightly bound the pages falling crisp and flush, the book has almost certainly not been read or handled much at all.
Wrapper: Near Fine, small chip/loss to the top corner of spine (not effecting titles) small chips to hinge corners otherwise quite superb. A predominantly white wrapper it is bright and fresh, the striking upper panel design has vibrant colour, boldly priced at 2/6 to upper panel and spine, list of contributors running the spine length. Very rarely do you see dustjackets from the 1930s in this condition. It's an uncommon title regardless, in this condition highly, highly desirable.
 
Bleiler (452) 'Guide to Supernatural Fiction' Lists ten of the Supernatural/Horror titles in the anthology including E H Visiak's novel 'The Shadow' which was only printed in this anthology. Many other Supernatural tales include numerous short stories by each of the individual authors R Edison Page, A L Davis, Richard Middleton , M P Shiel, Frederick Carter, Nugent Barker, E H W Meyerstein and Edgar Jepson as well as many others
Some standout stories include:
Middleton's 'The Hand' & 'Murray's Child'
Visiak's 'The Shadow' (Compared to Marryat's 'The Phantom Ship)
Edgar Jepson's 'The Lost Meadow' and 'The Shifting Growth'
Edison Page's 'The Eyes of Obi' and 'The Ninth Year
Oswell Blakeston's 'The House Opposite'
 
"Over and above their general high quality ... Gawsworth's large anthologies of horror and supernatural Fiction –- ranging from quality ghost stories to mediocre contes cruels –- are notable for the amount of original material they contain, much of this coming from authors of considerable interest, including Oswell Blakeston, Thomas Burke, Frederick Carter, Louis Golding, Edgar Jepson, Arthur Machen, Richard Middleton, Eimar O'Duffy, M. P. Shiel and E. H. Visiak –- as well as Gawsworth himself, none of whose short stories have been collected separately. His early stories, like 'Above the River' (1931) and 'Scylla and Charybdis' (1934) are wistful nature fantasies in the style of Algernon Blackwood, but his later 'collaborations' with Shiel, Visiak and particularly Jepson ('The Shifting Growth' 1936, included in this collection) are more sinister and portentous, shadowing death." - Clute and Grant

CRIMES, CREEPS AND THRILLS (Horror Anthology 1936) Edited John Gawsworth

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