UNCANNY TALES by F Marion Crawford. First Edition, second printing published in 1913 by T Fisher Unwin, Adelphi Terrace, London. 307pp. Good+, Publisher’s original plum cloth with gilt stamped titles to the upper board and spine. Rubbed/bumped corners, spine tips have light scuffing/rubbing also, faint wear along the hinge lengths. Spine has dulled and there is some marking to the lower board. Title page printed in red and black, pages are tightly bound and clean, endpapers have toned and there is a previous owner's inscription to the fpd.
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