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The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two

av James D. Jenkins (Redaktör), Ryan Cagle (Redaktör)

Andra författare: Mary Elizabeth Braddon (Bidragsgivare), John Buchan (Bidragsgivare), R. Chetwynd-Hayes (Bidragsgivare), Isabel Colegate (Bidragsgivare), Basil Copper (Bidragsgivare)9 till, Thomas De Quincey (Bidragsgivare), Stephen Gregory (Bidragsgivare), Michael McDowell (Bidragsgivare), John Metcalfe (Bidragsgivare), Beverley Nichols (Bidragsgivare), Nevil Shute (Bidragsgivare), Bernard Taylor (Bidragsgivare), Russell Thorndike (Bidragsgivare), Robert Westall (Bidragsgivare)

Serier: The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories (2)

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Valancourt Books has earned a reputation as one of the foremost publishers of lost and rediscovered classics, reissuing more than 400 unjustly neglected works from the late 18th century all the way to the early 21st. In this second volume of rare horror stories, the editors of Valancourt Books have selected fourteen tales ?? all by Valancourt authors ?? for this new collection spanning two centuries of horror. This volume features a previously unpublished ghost story by Nevil Shute, a brand-new tale by award-winning author Stephen Gregory, and twelve other tales that have never or seldom been reprinted.

In this volume, you will encounter tales of ghosts, haunted houses, witchcraft, possession, demonic pacts, and ancient, nameless horrors. Stories of the strange and macabre, of a man tormented by an age-old evil, a corpse returned from the dead, a brutal killer with a shocking secret, a contraption with the power to trap its victims eternally inside a nightmare. With stories ranging from frightening to horrific to weird to darkly humorous, by a lineup of authors that includes both masters of horror fiction and award-winning literary greats, this is a horror anthology like no other.

Features stories by: Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • John Buchan
  • R. Chetwynd-Hayes
  • Isabel Colegate ? Basil Copper
  • Thomas De Quincey
  • Stephen Gregory
  • Michael McDowell
  • John Metcalfe
  • Beverley Nichols
  • Nevil Shute
  • Bernard Taylor
  • Russell Thorndike
  • Robert Westall… (mer)
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Once again, the gentlemen over at Valancourt Books knocked their anthology out of the park-maybe even out of the state! Last year's Volume 1 was outstanding and Volume 2 is as well. My favorites of this volume are as follows:

Stephen Gregory's never before published: "The Boys Who Wouldn't Wake Up" was poignant and, in a way, beautiful. It was also very much unlike any other Gregory story I've read. I'm a huge fan of this author and this tale did NOT disappoint.

"The Nice Boys" by Isabel Colegate was a spectacularly eerie story, set in a relentlessly foggy Venice, Italy. A young woman heads there to vacation away a recent bad break up and meets two young men. As the tension grows the reader is drawn in, but the vivid and disturbing scene towards the end ensures this story will not soon be forgotten.

"Herself" by M.E. Braddon involved two of my favorite tropes-haunted houses and haunted mirrors. I'm not sure which it was, exactly, but I'm going with a combination of the two. I love these types of stories-where people are called in to help but are rendered helpless by circumstance and can only witness as bystanders the evil that occurs.

"Halley's Passing" by Michael McDowell. It's no secret that I adore Michael McDowell. (You do too, if you love Beetlejuice or The Nightmare Before Christmas.) This tale, however, is shocking and extra bloody which is unusual for him, but at the same time: so much FUN.

"The Elemental" by R. Chetwynd-Hayes. Another FUN tale featuring a psychic that no one takes seriously. At first.

"Samhain" by Bernard Taylor. Taylor is an author that I was unfamiliar with until Valancourt Books republished some of his work. I am now an unabashed fan and stories like this are exactly why. Everything is going along, you think you have a handle on things, and then BAM! He punches you right in the face. It's often a bloody punch too, and this is no exception. I laughed out loud at the ending because I was surprised, it was bloody and I loved it!

"The Bell" by Beverly Nichols. A beautifully told tale about a man who was completely dependent upon his valet/butler and what happens when that butler dies. Who will then come to the insistent ringing of the bell?

Just like with Volume 1, I could list each and every story as a standout, because they were ALL just that good. Also like with Volume 1, is the fact that most of these stories have not been published over and over again. I'm not sure if it happens with all genres, but the same horror stories often appear ad nauseam in anthologies and it's irritating. With the cost of books these days, it's disappointing to buy an anthology only to discover you've read half the stories already in other anthologies. Rest easy, because that is not the case here.

Each story in this volume is prefaced by a bit of background on the story and on the author, many of whom were not known for writing in the horror genre. I think that fact brings a certain freshness to this collection that is often lacking in others. The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two is simply EXCEPTIONAL and belongs in the collection of any serious fan of the genre.

My highest recommendation!

You can pre-order your copy here: The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two

*This book was provided by Valancourt in exchange for my honest review. This is it.* ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
This is a great horror anthology. Almost every story in the collection is a winner. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed them. I would recommend this to people looking to expand their horizons and read some authors you may not have read before. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
This was a surprisingly good collection of unusual horror stories. I only skipped reading two of the older, longer ones, by John Metcalfe and Thomas De Quincey. The most memorable (and horrific) were, I think, the contributions by Michael McDowell, Isabel Colegate, and M. E. Braddon. There were also a few darkly funny stories that I appreciated, by Bernard Taylor, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, and Robert Westall. This entertaining little volume makes me want to pick up the first volume, as well as some of Velancourt's reprinted novels. ( )
  sturlington | Nov 9, 2017 |
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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Jenkins, James D.Redaktörprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Cagle, RyanRedaktörhuvudförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Braddon, Mary ElizabethBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Buchan, JohnBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Chetwynd-Hayes, R.Bidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Colegate, IsabelBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Copper, BasilBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
De Quincey, ThomasBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Gregory, StephenBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
McDowell, MichaelBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Metcalfe, JohnBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Nichols, BeverleyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Shute, NevilBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Taylor, BernardBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Thorndike, RussellBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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Our first collection of horror stories received such a positive response that we decided to assemble a second volume of tales by Valancourt authors, and , if possible, to make this one even better than the last. (Editors' Foreword)
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Fiction. Horror. Literary Anthologies. Suspense. HTML:

Valancourt Books has earned a reputation as one of the foremost publishers of lost and rediscovered classics, reissuing more than 400 unjustly neglected works from the late 18th century all the way to the early 21st. In this second volume of rare horror stories, the editors of Valancourt Books have selected fourteen tales ?? all by Valancourt authors ?? for this new collection spanning two centuries of horror. This volume features a previously unpublished ghost story by Nevil Shute, a brand-new tale by award-winning author Stephen Gregory, and twelve other tales that have never or seldom been reprinted.

In this volume, you will encounter tales of ghosts, haunted houses, witchcraft, possession, demonic pacts, and ancient, nameless horrors. Stories of the strange and macabre, of a man tormented by an age-old evil, a corpse returned from the dead, a brutal killer with a shocking secret, a contraption with the power to trap its victims eternally inside a nightmare. With stories ranging from frightening to horrific to weird to darkly humorous, by a lineup of authors that includes both masters of horror fiction and award-winning literary greats, this is a horror anthology like no other.

Features stories by: Mary Elizabeth Braddon

John Buchan R. Chetwynd-Hayes Isabel Colegate ? Basil Copper Thomas De Quincey Stephen Gregory Michael McDowell John Metcalfe Beverley Nichols Nevil Shute Bernard Taylor Russell Thorndike Robert Westall

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