STORIES IN GREY by Barry Pain. First Edition, First Printing published in 1911 by T Werner Laurie.
Good; Original grey/green cloth with black titles and ruled border, gilt stamped titles to the spine. Corners are bumped/scuffed, rubbed along block board edges and hinges, some scuffing, small chips to the tips of the spine, some light marks to the cloth, publisher’s device to lower board. Contents generally clean and tightly bound.
Contains: ‘Smeath’ About a Shady Stage Hypnotist who hires Smeath, an ugly dwarfish man, as an assistant…when Smeath is under hypnosis he is completely Clairvoyant. Bellowes (who makes me think of Freddie Jones in Lynch’s The Elephant Man) sets up shop exploiting Smeath who under hypnosis chances to reveal that he is a wanted Murderer. Bellowes does not last long” -Bleiler
Also contains ‘Rose Rose’ about an artists model who is killed in an accident, regardless she still turns up to her sittings….
‘The Woman in the Road’ is about a Gypsy Woman who is killed and returns to haunt the scene of the crime’
And ‘Linda’ about a man who starts living with his dead wife’s sister only to find out she is both unpleasant and gifted with paranormal abilities. Ancestral Witch Re-Incarnation, a pact with the Devil and Murder naturally follow. Others include ‘Burdon’s Tomb’, ‘The Doll’, ‘Miniatures’ and ‘Locris of the Tower’
Widely considered to be Pain’s best collection of Supernatural Ghost Stories. “One of Pain's best collections from the standpoint of horror fiction; literate, ironic and vividly nasty in an understated manner.” - Robert Knowlton