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    Download The Pan Book of Horror Stories review  PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Herbert van Thal Herbert van Thal Ï 6 review From 1958 to 1988 The Pan Book of Horror Stories was the annual British gorefest It started out here the very first of the 30 with a

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    Herbert van Thal Ï 6 review review  PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Herbert van Thal (EBOOK / PDF) The Pan Book of Horror Stories I liked a couple of these stories but overall most of them were very dated and very boringI read a short story in between reading bo

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    Download The Pan Book of Horror Stories Herbert van Thal Ï 6 review review  PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Herbert van Thal These are the books which fed my burgeoning appetite for horror in my late teens and early twenties Almost all the stories in this collection fr

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    Herbert van Thal Ï 6 review (EBOOK / PDF) The Pan Book of Horror Stories The First Pan Book of Horror Stories has a lot to answer for It was the first horror anthology I ever read some fourteen yea

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    (EBOOK / PDF) The Pan Book of Horror Stories Growing up I never remember my mother reading anything but one of this endless than 30 vol series So I read them too Good bedtime reading if you like this sort of thing

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    Download The Pan Book of Horror Stories review  PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Herbert van Thal Herbert van Thal Ï 6 review Worth it for Nigel Kneale alone

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    (EBOOK / PDF) The Pan Book of Horror Stories review  PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ï Herbert van Thal Herbert van Thal Ï 6 review One of my early exposures to horror fiction and it hooked me This is the first place I found Contents of the Dead Man's po

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    (EBOOK / PDF) The Pan Book of Horror Stories Classic horror stories that seem a bit outdated now Favorites were 'WS' by LP Hartley 'Behind the Yellow Door'

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    (EBOOK / PDF) The Pan Book of Horror Stories Although I only read a few volumes at that time the Pan Books of Horror Stories made a big impact on me in my adolescence For a short time I loved these gruesome tales with their shocking twist endings Around the same time I ate up most of the Edgar Allan Poe stories A little later I went off horror for a while

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    (EBOOK / PDF) The Pan Book of Horror Stories I think I had about twenty of the thirty volumes that make up this series I clearly recall being bowled over by a tale involving a man whose skull had been invaded by spiders I don’t know which anthology that story is in Not this one It doesn’t matter because what is in here is fantastic Of the twenty two tales only

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The Deepest Sin eEr psychology outing this time a study of persecution I found it utterly believable and no less frightening than a fictional vampire forxampleThat leaves two twin highlights for me both top notch stories among my very favourite from the genre They re also very different in tone Jack Finney the guy who wrote INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS contributes CONTENTS OF THE DEAD MAN S POCKET a brilliantly conceived anecdote about a guy walking on an apartment ledge hundreds of feet up in the air It s the tensest thing I ve read and worked specially well for me as I suffer from vertigo Utterly realistic this had my stomach in knots throughout Stephen King s a big fan of this one and ven wrote a variation on the story although it s not on par with thisMy other favourite is the Lovecraftian HORROR IN THE MUSEUM by Hazel Heald with Lovecraft s help Jam packed with hideous nightmare creatures plenty Lovecraft s help Jam packed with hideous nightmare creatures plenty suspense and slithering horror this makes use of Lovecraft s creations in an original thoroughly ntertaining way and is one of my favourite Cthulhu stories of all time A real highlight this From 1958 to 1988 The Pan Book of Horror Stories was the annual British gorefest It started out here the very first of the 30 with a most unscary black cat on the cover and with some kind of literary aspirations Within a few years it fell nay it swandived into the filthiest of sewers it became caked with disgust and it revelled in relentless crueltyYay There seem to be hardly any reviews of this nasty stuff so here I boldly go The favourites from this first rather feeble volume are AL Barker Submerged Young lad had secret solo river swim sessions Woman bursts on to the riverbank during one such pursued by a man She falls in the river and is drowned The man is later arrested for murder Beautifully writtenOscar Cook His Beautiful Hands A manicurist xtracts deliberately protracted revenge on a man who wronged writtenOscar Cook His Beautiful Hands A manicurist xtracts deliberately protracted revenge on a man who wronged mother Incest rotting fingers and a deformed baby also loom large Never let it be said that Oscar Cook Whoever He Was whoever he was things by halvesGeorge Fielding Eliot The Copper Bowl Exuisite boy s own tale of torture the hero tied up his sweetheart tied down the vil Chinese intend to xtract the vital information from him never never I say I laugh in the fact of death oh but what s this A rat placed on his sweetheart s naked stomach and uickly covered by the copper bowl and a hot coal placed on the upturned bowl what will the rat driven mad by heat then do Nooo anyway the idea turned up later in American Psycho so clearly it must be a good oneJack Finney Contents of the Dead Man s Pocket Companion piece to Jack London s To Build a Fire one of the all time great short stories This guy lives way up on the 16th floor in a NYC apartment and is writing a crucial work related document a window is opened wind blows document out of the window where it comes to rest on the small ledge which runs under the windows but about 15 feet away He steps outside to retrieve it and the nightmare begins Great contrast between inside normal and outside hell Apparently Stephen King ripped off this idea for one of his storiesNigel Kneale Oh Mirror Mirror Creepometer reading 77Lunatic aunt keeps pretty blonde girl relative prisoner and convinces her she s ugly Great study of insanityAnthony Vercoe Flies A starving tramp breaks into a vacant Elizabethan house in Holborn and is transported back in time to the height of the Great Plague He finds a rotting corpse and big blowflies attack him Oh well you had to be thereAngus Wilson Raspberry Jam Two batty old lesbian alcoholics have an inappropriate friendship with a boy This is a good oneI guess these horror anthologies are like a time capsule of the fears and obsessions of the age If so people in 1958 were scared of hulking retired surgeons with a Nazi past and a big libraryAnd now on to volume two Classic horror stories that seem a bit outdated now Favorites were WS by LP Hartley Behind the Yellow Door by Flavia Richardson The Suaw by Bram Stoker Flies by Anthony Vercoe and The Kill by Peter Fleming Growing up I never remember my mother reading anything but one of this ndless than 30 vol series So I read them too Good bedtime reading if you like this sort of thing I liked a couple of these stories but overall most of them were very dated and very boringI read a short story in between reading books so I ve been reading these off and on for monthsSadly I disliked than I likedTwo stars only because of the few stories that were actually ok All reviews can be found Ror like The Fly or His Beautiful Hands; and of utter chilling terror like The Horror in the MuseumThe perfect bedside book for those with nerves of ste. ,


Although I only read a few volumes at that time the Pan Books of Horror Stories made a big impact on me in my adolescence For a short time I loved these gruesome tales with their shocking twist adolescence For a short time I loved these gruesome tales with their shocking twist Around the same time I ate up most of the Edgar Allan Poe stories A little later I went off horror for a while because I was suffering from OCD and depression and had too many horrible ideas already in my head to want to add any It would be a number of years before my taste for horror returnedNow I m starting in at the first volume with the intention of reading them allHere are my thoughts on the stories which make up that classic first collection Joan Aiken Jugged HareThis is a subtly creepy tale of menace something to whet the appetite for the xplicit horrors that come in later storiesAL Barker SubmergedAnother subtle psychological story of lingering uneaseOscar Cook His Beautiful HandsThe Grand Guignol really kicks in with this deliciously vile storyGeorge Fielding Eliot The Copper BowlA simple historical tale about a fiendish form of torture which has probably been used in reality I first ncountered it in the movie Terror at Orgy Castle 1972 the watching of which is also a form of tortureJack Finney Contents of the Dead Man s PocketJack Finney was the author of the much filmed novel Invasion of the Body Snatchers This story deals with a very different form of terror one to which I am particularly susceptible fear of heights Once again a simple story but one that might well have you hanging onto the arm of your chair as you read itPeter Fleming The KillA very well written if a little predictable werewolf story written by Ian Fleming s younger brother Like so many of the stories in these books this would make a perfect segment in one of those multi story horror moviesCS Forester The Physiology of FearA tale of sadistic Nazi xperiments by the author of the Midshipman Hornblower books You may well guess the nding but its jet black sense of irony is something special anywayLP Hartley WSLike Stephen King s Misery well the movie anyway I ve never read the book this is a writer s nightmare and when that writer writes as beautifully as Hartley it is a joy to read This one really had me intrigued from the first paragraphHazel Heald The Horror in the MuseumThis Hazel Heald woman must have been a real HP Lovecraft fan I said to myself as I read this story with its references to ancient Gods and tentacled creatures including Cthulu Later I discovered that it was ghost written by Lovecraft for Heald It s a classic Once again I would love to see it filmed Le valeureux guerrier even if the descriptions Lovecraft gives of his infernal beasties allow us to conjure up something horrific thanven the most imaginative special Snowflakes on the Sea effects could probably do justiceHester Holland The LibraryAnother very simple story butffectively creepy because of its detailsFielden Hughes The MistakeNot one of my favourites The central idea is good but I thought it could have been presented a bit powerfullyNigel Kneale Oh Mirror MirrorThis second person narrative that is one which places you as a character within the story who is being addressed by the narrator is one of the most unusual and disturbing in the book It is a intimate depiction of an all too believable Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy evil Nigel Kneale is most famous as the creator of the uatermass television series and moviesNoel Langley Serenade for BaboonsThis fine story is reminiscent of the old EC Comics stories of horrible people meeting anven horrible fateHamilton Worth it for Nigel Kneale alone These are the books which fed my burgeoning appetite for horror in my late teens and arly twenties Almost all the stories in this collection frightened me when I read them first I daresay they would have lesser impact now that my palate has been jadedThe Copper Bowl Contents of the Dead Man s Pocket WS and Oh Mirror I think I had about twenty of the thirty volumes that make up this series I clearly recall being bowled over by a tale involving a man whose skull had been invaded by spiders I don t know which anthology that story is in Not this one It doesn t matter because what is in here is fantastic Of the twenty two tales only one hit a bum note it being THE HOUSE OF HORROR by Seabury uinn It s one of his Jules de Grandin yarns many of which I ve read lsewhere and just felt a little out of place in this otherwise sterling collection Highlights were THE COPPER BOWL by George Fielding Eliot gruesome FLIES by Anthony Vercoe and the brilliant THE PORTOBELLO ROAD by Muriel Spark It s four de. Specially selected for Pan here are 22 terrifying tales of horror by such famous authors as Peter Fleming CS Forester Bram Stoker Angus Wilson Noel Lang. Cades or so since I last read this anthology I didn t remember any of the stories they all felt fresh and new to me and I had a blast I can t wait to start on volume two One of my arly xposures to horror fiction and it hooked me This is the first place I found Contents of the Dead Man s pocket by Jack Finney and I thought it was just the perfect horror storie There s a lot of good stuff here though including Flies and others The First Pan Book of Horror Stories has a lot to answer for It was the first horror anthology I ver read some fourteen years ago now I guess I was hooked from the start and I went back and re read it straight away It
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me to seek out seuels along with a whole many other anthologies besides so it will always hold a special place in my heartLooking back at it now I see that it s a bit of a varied collection and some of the stories are weak But the ones that stay with you are the ones to look for and on that note alone I give this a five star ratingAltogether I found three stories here less than average Joan Aiken s JUGGED HARE which opens the collection is short and to the point but doesn t really have time to get going I found the characters interesting but the horror less so THE LIBRARY by Hester Holland is an old fashioned housekeeper arrives at weird house and finds horror type story and never ngaged with me at all There are a couple of good ideas here but the finale is very predictable THE MISTAKE by Fielden Hughes is a Poe like story about an asylum inmate troubled by a frightening dream and very tame and dated by today s standardsNext are the stories that are fairly ntertaining although not ones I d want to revisit Peter Fleming s THE KILL is moderately njoyable mixing family curses and werewolves but never lifts above the norm for the genre I liked the writing style the best C S Forester s THE PHYSIOLOGY OF FEAR is one that The Fix explores the horrors of the Nazi death camps and makes for gruelling reading but the subject matter is such that I couldn t necessarilynjoy reading it L P Hartley s W S conjures up a nice sense of foreboding in its story of postcards from a sinister nemy and is a fun little ffort OH MIRROR MIRROR is uatermass author Nigel Kneale s contribution about the horrible life of a young girl worthy because of the great twist nding THE LADY WHO DIDN T WASTE WORDS is young girl worthy because of the great twist nding THE LADY WHO DIDN T WASTE WORDS is Hamilton Macallister It s short and ambiguous about a weird train passenger Plenty of unusual stuff going on here Chris Massie s A FRAGMENT OF FACT is the usual spooky house on the moor stuff which has a few moments of Desire in Seven Voices excellence amid the typical ingredients Flavia Richardson s BEHIND THE YELLOW DOOR has a predictable plot but some gruelling surgical horror behind it that makes forxtremely macabre reading Angus Wilson s RASPBERRY JAM is about a couple of grotesue old ladies and has a moment of inconseuential violence that turned my stomach than anything in the rest of the bookFinally are the stories that really hit home A L Barker s SUBMERGED a simple story about an idyllic recreation spot chilled me to the bone through louent language and late term horror Oscar Cook my favourite grotesue author despite the sparsity of his surviving stories only half a dozen or so remain delivers HIS BEAUTIFUL HANDS a loathsome and disgusting read which has a great sense of time and place attached to itGeorge Fielding Eliot s THE COPPER BOWL is a historical yarn in which a French soldier is subject to a new form of torture by a Chinese warlord It s pretty sick and downbeat with it Noel Langley s SERENADE FOR BABOONS sees a British doctor in South Africa caught up in witch doctery and really hits home I love reading about Africa in fiction and this one brings the nation s belief in magic and curses to life Seabury uinn s THE HOUSE OF HORROR is a pure pulp outing taken from the pages of WEIRD TALES It s xtremely ghastly and hard OF HORROR is a pure pulp outing taken from the pages of WEIRD TALES It s The Casa Mono Cookbook extremely ghastly and hard and the author wrings maximum torment out of the disturbing shenanigans Full of action andxcitement thisMuriel Spark s THE PORTOBELLO ROAD is something lse ntirely a character study dealing with themes of alienation loneliness obsession and friendship It s no horror story at least not by my definition but the grasp of characterisation shown by the author makes for an nthralling read if it is a little overlong Anthony Vercoe s FLIES is another sickening one about bluebottles providing visceral shock after visceral shock and a good xample of charnel house nastiness Alan Wyke s NIGHTMARE which closes the collection is anoth. Ley Jack Finney and LP HartleyStories of the uncanny jostle with tales of the macabre Stories of subtle beastliness like Raspberry Jam; of sickening hor. The Pan Book of Horror Stories