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Joseph Payne Brennan (1918–1990)

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Verk av Joseph Payne Brennan

Nine Horrors and a Dream (1958) 70 exemplar
The shapes of midnight (1980) 61 exemplar
Stories of Darkness and Dread (1973) 51 exemplar
Adventures of Lucius Leffing (1989) 25 exemplar
Act of Providence (1979) 19 exemplar
Creep to Death (1981) 18 exemplar
The casebook of Lucius Leffing (1973) 17 exemplar
The Borders Just Beyond (1986) 14 exemplar
Evil Always Ends (1982) 13 exemplar
Nightmare Need (1964) 10 exemplar
The feaster from afar (2008) 10 exemplar
Sixty Selected Poems (1985) 9 exemplar
The Dark Returners (1959) 4 exemplar
Horror Gems, Volume Two, Joseph Payne Brennan and others (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar

Associerade verk

Tales of Terror (1986) — Bidragsgivare — 316 exemplar
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories Not for the Nervous (1966) — Bidragsgivare — 304 exemplar
Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural (1968) — Bidragsgivare — 235 exemplar
Gallery of Horror (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 227 exemplar
The Disciples of Cthulhu (1976) — Bidragsgivare, vissa utgåvor219 exemplar
Alfred Hitchcock's Monster Museum (1965) — Bidragsgivare — 150 exemplar
Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors (1988) — Bidragsgivare — 143 exemplar
Acolytes of Cthulhu (2000) 118 exemplar
Stories to Stay Awake By (1971) — Bidragsgivare — 103 exemplar
Whispers: An Anthology of Fantasy and Horror (1977) — Bidragsgivare — 96 exemplar
Demons! (1941) — Bidragsgivare — 73 exemplar
Greystone Bay (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 67 exemplar
Night Visions 2: Dead Image (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 64 exemplar
65 Great Tales of Horror (1981) — Bidragsgivare — 59 exemplar
Alfred Hitchcock Presents More Stories My Mother Never Told Me (1964) — Bidragsgivare — 56 exemplar
Shadows 7 (1984) — Bidragsgivare — 53 exemplar
Fine Frights (Anthology) (1988) — Bidragsgivare — 53 exemplar
The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories (1963) — Bidragsgivare — 48 exemplar
Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories (2020) — Bidragsgivare — 48 exemplar
Nameless Places (1975) — Bidragsgivare — 47 exemplar
Tales by Moonlight II (1988) — Bidragsgivare — 46 exemplar
The Ghost Slayers: Thrilling Tales of Occult Detection (2022) — Bidragsgivare — 46 exemplar
Midnight (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 46 exemplar
I Want My Mummy (1981) — Bidragsgivare — 41 exemplar
Stories To Stay Awake By [abridged] (1971) — Bidragsgivare — 41 exemplar
Shadows 9 (1986) — Bidragsgivare — 37 exemplar
Doom City (1987) — Bidragsgivare — 35 exemplar
Over the Edge (1964) — Bidragsgivare — 34 exemplar
The Complete Masters of Darkness (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 32 exemplar
Dark Mind, Dark Heart (1962) — Bidragsgivare — 32 exemplar
The Seventh Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1971) — Bidragsgivare — 31 exemplar
Strange Beasts and Unnatural Monsters (1968) — Bidragsgivare — 29 exemplar
After Midnight (1986) — Bidragsgivare — 29 exemplar
Weird Tales, No. 2 (1980) — Bidragsgivare — 26 exemplar
Thrillers and More Thrillers (1968) — Bidragsgivare — 25 exemplar
Travellers by Night (1967) — Bidragsgivare — 23 exemplar
Night chills : stories of suspense and horror (1975) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar
Vampire and Werewolf Stories (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar
Fire and Sleet and Candlelight: New Poems of the Macabre (1961) — Bidragsgivare — 16 exemplar
Monsters, monsters, monsters (1974) — Bidragsgivare — 15 exemplar
Ghastly, Ghoulish, Gripping Tales (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 10 exemplar
When the Black Lotus Blooms (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 8 exemplar
Eerie, Weird and Wicked (1977) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
A Tide of Terror; An Anthology of Rare Horror Stories. (1972) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
All the devils are here (1986) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar
Ghosts and Ghastlies (1976) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar
The Face of fear and Other Poems (1982) — Inledning — 2 exemplar
Weird Worlds #6 (1980) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar


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The Shapes of Midnight by Joseph Payne Brennan

I went into this book blind. I did not know who the author was, or when the book was written, only that the cover looked interesting and it was in one of my favorite genres (the horror anthology). I am very glad that I did, because it was like some kind of mirror into my own reading history.

In the afterword, there is a quote from Stephen King that calls Brennan "one of the most effective writers in the horror genre" and I have to agree. Not because of the actual chills in the stories (honestly, I didn't find that many) but because of the obvious influence he had on the genre, particularly Stephen King himself.

Reading the book, unaware of the history behind it, I felt myself thinking "This would have been perfect for Weird Tales." more than once. I was, of course, 100% right. Brennan wrote hundreds of stories for that classic magazine.
I also found myself thinking, "This guy loved him some Stephen King." It turns out I had it backwards!

These stories are nothing all that unique to the experienced reader of horror, and the "twists" in them are not twists at all, today. But this is because Brennan literally created many of them.

Of the stories in this collection, I found I liked The Pavillion best. A story of murder, guilt, and revenge(?) from beyond the grave, I found myself imagining it shot for shot in some early 80s horror anthology movie (Creepshow, of course).

Disappearance is another proto-King story. Indeed, I can see direct influences of several King stories here--the taciturn farmer with a secret, the missing family member, the grisly discovery. They all seem buried deep in our horror conscience now, thanks to stories like this.

As horror, honestly, there probably isn't much here for the modern fan, but as a glimpse into the roots of the genre this is a very interesting (and still quite fun!) read.

I'd like to thank the publisher for the review copy!
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JimDR | 2 andra recensioner | Dec 7, 2022 |
This was a short but fun anthology featuring stories of madness, sorrowful memories, and murder.
My favorites were Diary of a Werewolf in which a recovering drug addict begins to feel a strong compulsion to run wild in the woods, and Pavilion in which a murderer returns to the scene of his crime. The rest were just ok reads for me, though others may enjoy them more than I did. If you are into short horror stories give this one a read.

I received a complimentary copy for review.
IreneCole | 2 andra recensioner | Jul 27, 2022 |
Perfect slim collection of old school frights. Written for Weird tales but a mite better than the average WT fare; the kind of tale that scared the crap out of you before we became more jaded. Even where the ending is predictable to those of us who have read too many of this kind of tale, we love it when Brennan delivers the payoff.

Highly recommended.
Gumbywan | 1 annan recension | Jun 24, 2022 |
These are some of Brennan's non-Lucius Leffing stories, though one of them mentions him in its opening. They are a more varied lot. Many are basic straight horror stories, a genre I generally like less than occult detectives.
The opening story (City of the Seven Winds) is more like Dunsany, and has the benefit (from my point of view) that the first-person narrative actually turns the tables on the villain and escapes, which does not happen that often in horror stories. My only objection to it is that although it is supposedly set on the Syrian border, the "feel" of the city is more old-European than Arabian.… (mer)
antiquary | Oct 4, 2017 |



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