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  • By wengore
    Jun 11, 2007
    "Still more synopses from The 2nd BHF Book of Horror Stories" Jacob Raffles by James Stanger: In the future “England had become a waste ground of social cripples and desperate solutions” where the narrator of the story lies in a cell, his punishment to hang from one of the trees in one of the country’s battle-torn fields to “give back something to the world.” When the hangman appears, he introduces himself as Jacob Raffles and opening a suitcase shows the prisoner the tools of his trade: “He turns his attention to the face-shaped object in the suitcase and proceeds to unravel the silver ribbon. Gently he unwraps. It is a mask revealed before me with a gaping mouth of vine and leaves nourishing the cavity. The hollowed-out eyes are surrounded by thick and ripe foliage. They wrap themselves around the eyeholes like photosynthetic tendrils.” With this one, James Stanger presents a bleak story of death in a bleak, apocalyptic future then reveals the story as a strange fable... More > where change and hope are possible. This author’s Pith was one of the surprises to find its way into Filthy Creations 2. The Shadow in the Stacks by Daniel McGachey: St Montague’s is “one of our older and more forgotten colleges.” Perdew is a young and enthusiastic librarian, but when Lawrence wants to find some old and obscure texts, he’s puzzled by Perdew’s reluctance to look in the cellars. At length Lawrence gets a strange story from him about some antique volumes found while rebuilding work was being carried out on the older parts of the library. The volumes had been curiously bound in a substance which even old Harkwell the bookbinder had been unable to identify, and shortly after their discovery a grotesque red form had been seen in the library. The impression that I had was of something crawling just out of sight, into the darkness. Something that was red and peculiarly glistening. Red and wet, like something that you might see in a butcher’s display...” I thought when I started reading this one that it would turn out to be a Lovecraft pastiche; but Daniel McGachey’s story is closer in style and spirit to something by M R James, and there’s a small tip of the head to Count Magnus (if I remember right). I’d previously heard this one through a radio download, but although the broadcast was well-produced, I think it works much better on the page where details don’t get missed through lack of broadcast clarity. There are a lot more of these to go, and besides Maul Mudie's brilliant cover painting and some sketches, there are photos and illustrations by Lawrence Bailey, Paula Fay, Egerton and Christopher Wood (who has also revealed himself as a pretty impressive artist at the BHF site and contributes a story which will get written-up for the next of these posts). Plus the book contains a few pages of ghoulish poems and a preview of the first chapter of a novel planned for publication later this year. Rog Pile< Less
  • By Davis Taylor
    May 25, 2007
    I thought this was a good collection of interesting stories. Worth reading definitely.
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Product Details

First Edition
BHF Books
March 25, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.49 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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