UNCANNY TALES by F Marion Crawford, PRESENTATION COPY, First Edition, first printing published in 1911 by T Fisher Unwin, Adelphi Terrace, London. 307pp. Vg, Publisher’s original plum cloth with gilt stamped titles to the upper board and spine, the original spine has been very skilfully re-backed. Rubbed corners, tips of spine are straight and square thanks to the re-backing. Titles are faded on spine but bright and fresh to the upper board. Light foxing to the front and rear of the book, pages lightly toned. Attractive bookplate and ownership signature of ‘Casper Swinley’ + two others. Stamped Presentation Copy to the title page. A true rarity in this genre.
Contains; ‘The Upper Berth’, the Story of a Suicide Haunted State Room and one of the most reprinted Ghost Stories in History.
‘The Upper Berth is Crawford’s weird masterpiece; and is one of the most tremendous horror-stories in all literature’ H P Lovecraft in ‘Supernatural Horror in Literature’
Also contains ‘The Dead Smile’, ‘Heavy emotion, charnal horror, what with a banshee-like shrieking and a secret that must be overlooked’ Bleiler
‘The Screaming Skull’ In which the Skull of the Murdered Dr Pratt’s Wife moves about by itself, bites people, screams and rattles…it will have it’s revenge and ‘For the Blood of Life’ is a story of ‘Moon-Cursed Vampirism’, also The Doll’s Ghost and Others, if titles like that don’t do it for you, nothing will!
‘Crawford has a skill for raising his fiction to heights of terrifying power and he ranks almost unequalled among the masters of fear’ Mike Ashley