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Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories by Charles Beaumont.

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Title: Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories.
Author: Charles Beaumont.
Genre: Fiction, literature, short stories, horror, science fiction, fantasy.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1952-1961 (this collection 2015).
Summary: This collection includes 23 short stories in the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres. In Perchance to Dream (1958), a man seeks the help of a psychiatrist when he believes that he has lost control of his imagination in his dreams, and is convinced he would die the next time he allows himself to sleep. In The Jungle (1954), in an over-populated and half-exhausted world, Richard Austin builds a high-tech city that replaces the jungles of Kenya, but there is a severe clash with the local native population, and they have ancient and menacing powers at their disposal. In Sorcerer's Moon (1959), the last two warlocks left on earth try to do away with each other with the help of an opportunistic private detective. In You Can't Have Them All (1956), an exhausted and emaciated man relates to his doctor his fantastic and obsessive quest of conquering every woman in the world he finds attractive. In Fritzchen (1953), a pet shop owner's son finds a strange creature in a cove of shallow water, and the father makes the ill-advised choice to add the thing to his shop. In Oh Father of Mine (aka Father, Dear Father) (1956), a man is possessed with the question of what would happen if he went back in time and killed his own father before he himself was conceived, and gets a chance to satisfy his burning curiosity when he succeeds in building a time machine. In The Howling Man (1959), an American man recovering from a sudden illness in an abbey in a small town in Germany, comes across a mysterious man locked away from the world who may or may not be Satan himself. In A Classic Affair (1955), a man decides to take advantage of his friend's sudden fixation on a car to swindle him out of a wife. In Place of Meeting (1953), after all humans on earth perish of a disease, a mysterious group of all somehow left alive gathers for a meeting. In A Song for a Lady (1960), a newly-married couple take a British cruise on a decrepit cruiser on her last voyage, but soon notice the boat is full of only elderly people who don't seem too thrilled with the newlyweds' presence. In Blood Brother (1961), a vampire comes to a psychiatrist to complain about his blood-thirsty existence. In In His Image (aka A Man Who Made Himself) (1956), a man suffering with muddled memories finally comes to face the tragic origins of his own existence. In The Monster Show (1956), two movie executives discuss their new vapid, brain-washing programming techniques with a sinister ulterior motive. In The Beautiful People (1952), a young woman living in a world where people are modified to be perfect and flawless at the age of nineteen fights against the society she lives in to remain herself. In Free Dirt (1955), a man obsessed by bargains begins to spin out of control when he realizes that the free cemetery dirt the cemetery makes vegetables thrive in large amounts, and becomes obsessed with getting more. In The Magic Man (1960), an old travelling magician drawing to the end of his career, makes an ill-advised choice of trying to repay the town who's loved him the most. In Last Rites (1955), a dying man summons a priest, a good friend of many decades, to his death bed to present him with a stunning theological and philosophical conundrum. In The Music of the Yellow Brass (1958), an impoverished young man is thrilled when he's finally given the chance at fame and fortune as a Matador, but finds out the tragic truth of his newfound dream-come-true shortly before his match. In The New People (1958), after a young family moves into a new neighbourhood, they soon find out their neighbours are engaged in a bizarre and dangerous games of seeking to alleviate their ever-present boredom. In A Death in the Country (aka Deadly Will to Win) (1957), an ageing and broke race-car driver enters a small-town race and is threatened in his need to win by a enthusiastic and young but rash and inexperienced driver. In Träumerei (1955), two criminal lawyers who lost a case for their death-row client discuss his claims that the world is his dream and if they put him to death, they will cease to exist. In Night Ride (1957), a jazz band gets an incredibly talented but depressed pianist, and things get dark when it turns out the band's manager believe only the heart-broken and damaged can play good music. In The New Sound (1955), an audiophile's life begins to spin out of control as he gets deeper and deeper into his obsession, deciding to create the world's most comprehensive library of death sounds.

My rating: 7.5/10.
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The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten by Various (edited by Judika Illes). (2/2)

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Title: The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten: Tales of the Supernatural, Strange, and Bizarre.
Author: Arthur Machen, Dion Fortune, Algernon Blackwood, Marie Corelli, Lord Dunsany, Edgar Allan Poe, Hanns Heinz Ewers, and W.W. Jacobs (compiled and edited by Judika Illes).
Genre: Fiction, literature, short stories.
Country: Wales, England, U.S. and Germany.
Language: English, Welsh, and German.
Publication Date: 1845, 1894, 1895, 1902, 1907, 1908, 1915, 1926.
Summary: This volume collects 18 short stories. (Stories 10-18 in this post, refer to PART 1 for 1-9). In The Inmost Light (1894) by Arthur Machen, a man tries to untangle his friend's mysterious investigations into an otherworldly woman, a mysterious murder, and an allegedly stolen artifact that turns out to be the epitome of horror. In Blood Lust (1926) by Dion Fortune, a man comes across a case of vampirism, though in a different form from commonly-believed, while playing assistant to the psychic detective Dr. Taverner. In The Woman's Ghost Story (1907) by Algernon Blackwood, a woman recounts to a group of skeptics her encounter with a ghost and his unexpected request of her. In The Lady with the Carnations (1895) by Marie Corelli, a woman encounters a tragic ghost of a lady after coming across her portrait in the Louvre. In The Guest (1915) by Lord Dunsany, a restaurant patron has dinner with an invisible dark guest, who makes his presence known before long. In The Oval Portrait (1845) by Edgar Allan Poe, a man learns the mysterious story behind a beautiful, but frighteningly life-like painting of the painter's wife. In The Spider (1908) by Hanns Heinz Ewers, a medical student investigates a mysterious hotel room in which three people hung themselves three weeks in a row. In The Monkey's Paw (1902), when an old man doesn't heed warnings and uses a monkey's paw that allegedly grants its bearer three wishes, he realizes too late that the wishes come at a terrible cost.


My rating: 8/10
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The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten by Various (edited by Judika Illes). (1/2)

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Title: The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten: Tales of the Supernatural, Strange, and Bizarre.
Author: Bram Stoker, H.D. Everett, M.R. James, Oscar Wilde, Richard Le Gallienne, Robert W. Chambers, H.P. Lovecraft, Sonia H. Greene, Charles Dickens, W.B. Yeats (compiled and edited by Judika Illes).
Genre: Fiction, literature, short stories.
Country: Ireland, England, Britain, U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1887, 1895, 1897, 1904, 1912, 1914, 1917, 1920, 1922.
Summary: This volume collects 18 short stories. (Stories 1-9 in this post, refer to PART 1 for 10-18). In Dracula's Guest (1914) by Bram Stoker (originally a chapter of Dracula that was excised from the final product), Jonathan Harkness encounters an unexpected horror and receives unexpected help when he's lost in an abandoned village on a wintry Walpurgisnacht outside Munich, while on his way to Romania. In A Water Witch (1920) by H.D. Everett, a woman is summoned to the Scottish moors to take care of her new sister-in-law, who experiences strange auditory hallucinations and seems distressed by the local folklore, as well as her strange relationship with her Italian tutor. The Ash Tree (1904) by M.R. James is a tale of the dark and curious things that happen in the aftermath of a witch trial. The Canterville Ghost (1887) by Oscar Wilde is a humorous story about an ancient ancestral ghost, and the American family newly moved into his mansion that not only refuses to be frightened by him, but harasses the ghost right back. In The Haunted Orchard (1912) by Richard Le Gallienne, a man renting out a cottage for the summer encounters a ghost in its orchard, and learns a tragic love story. The Yellow Sign (1895) by Robert W. Chambers is a story where an artist and his model deal with a terrible and mysterious play, a horrible foreshadowing dream, and a mysterious but revolting church watchman that seems to haunt both their waking and dream lives. Dagon (1917) by H.P. Lovecraft is a testament of a tortured, morphine-addicted man who relates an incident that occurred during his service as an officer during World War I, when, stranded on an island, he came across an ancient and inhuman horror. In The Horror at Martin's Beach (1922) by H.P. Lovecraft and Sonia H. Greene, a giant, terrifying, ancient horror comes calling out of the stormy waves. In The Twisting of the Rope (1897) by W.B. Yeats, a concerned mother must take matters into her own hands when the infamous Owen "Red" Hanrahan, a schoolmaster said to have been kidnapped by the Celtic fairies, puts a wooing spell on her daughter during a celebration.

My rating: 8/10
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The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre by Various (edited by Robert Morrison and Chris Baldick).

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Title: The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre.
Author: John Polidori, Horace Smith, William Carleton, Edward Bulwer, Allan Cunningham, James Hogg, N.P. Willis, Catherine Gore, Charles Lever, Letitia E. Landon, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Anonymous (edited by Robert Morrison and Chris Baldick).
Genre: Fiction, short stories, horror, vampire fiction, dreams, ghost stories, politics, crime, secret societies,
Country: Britain, Ireland, Scotland, U.S..
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1819, 1823, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836, and 1838 (this collection 1997).
Summary: A collection of 14 short stories of horror, mystery, and macabre. The Vampyre (1819) by John Polidori is about a young man that encounters and is fascinated with a cold and mysterious young Count, but his life is quickly plunged into misery and horror when he realizes the Count is not what he seems. In Sir Guy's Eveling's Dream (1823) by Horace Smith, a man of loose morals dreams of a woman that he falls in love with, but when he encounters her in real life, he soon finds she hides a horrific secret. Confessions of a Reformed Ribbonman (1830) by William Carleton tells of the real occurrence where a group of Ribbonmen (a movement of poor Catholics in Ireland) takes violent revenge upon a family that had accused them of theft and assault. In Monos and Daimonos (1830) by Edward Bulwer, a man who has spent most of his life wandering through the wild places of the world and revelling in solitude, gets stranded on an island with a man he loathes who, after an act of violence, inexplicably becomes the permanent companion of his life. In The Master of Logan (1831) by Allan Cunningham, a man who makes light of the spirits of the dead is visited by a beautiful neighbor late at night, who turns out to be not who or what she seems. The Victim (1831) by Anonymous, based on real circumstances, is a story about the dangers and horrors of the practice of buying medical cadavers from shady sources. Some Terrible Letters From Scotland (1932) by James Hogg is written as a series of letters from around Scotland, talking of the spread of Cholera. In The Curse (1832) by Anonymous, a man who comes back to his ancestral home after years of absence learns of a curse that haunts his family, and then enacts it in a moment of mad passion. In Life in Death (1833) by Anonymous, a man who steals a vial of substance that can resurrect the dead from his father's death-bed makes arrangements for his own children to resurrect him in a moment of death. In My Hobby,⁠—Rather (aka The Disturbed Vigil) (1834) by N.P. Willis, a man watching over a dead body has a terrifying experience. The Red Man (1835) by Catherine Gore is a tale of a man who, traumatized by the infidelity of his wife, tries too hard to protect his daughter from the "life of sin," with terrible consequences. Post-Mortem Recollections of a Medical Lecturer (aka The Dream of Death) (1836) by Charles Lever is a tale about a doctor who remains conscious after his body has died. In The Bride of Lindorf (1836) by Letitia E. Landon, a young Count discovers an imprisoned beautiful girl in his uncle's house, and seeks to liberate her, but the truth behind her circumstances is not what it seems. In Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess (1838) by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, an orphaned countess come to live at her uncle's house finds herself in the middle of a diabolical plot for her fortune and her life.

My rating: 7.5/10.
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Night Shift by Stephen King. (2/2)

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Title: Night Shift.
Author: Stephen King.
Genre: Fiction, short stories, horror.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1968, 1975, 1976, 1978, (this collection 1978).
Summary: A collection of 20 short stories. (Stories 11-20 in this post, refer to PART 1 for 1-10). In Strawberry Spring (1968), a man recalls the last time he saw a strawberry spring, when a serial killer called Springheel Jack began his murderous career, and now, eight years later, he believes the killer is back, on the heels of another strawberry spring. In The Ledge (1976), a man trying to run away with a millionaire's wife is instead forced into a terrifying ordeal of having to traverse a skyscraper around on a thin ledge many stories above the ground. In The Lawnmower Man (1975), a man hires a man to mow his lawn, but the man is not a man, and his methods of mowing the lawn are nothing short of horrifying. In Quitters, Inc. (1978), Dick Morrison is referred to a clinic that gives him a 100% guaranteed freedom from his cigarette addiction through their program, but he quickly finds their methods of making such a promise comes with some very unorthodox methods. In I Know What You Need (1976), a young college student begins to suspect that her boyfriend's uncanny ability to preempt her every want and desire may come through supernatural means, and may be manipulating her feelings for him as well. In Children of the Corn (1977), a couple's exploration of a strange town and their encounters with its denizens after their vacation is sidelined by a car accident gets increasingly more alarming when all the adults seem to be missing, and there may just be something lurking in the corn fields. In The Last Rung on the Ladder (1978), when a man finds out his estranged sister has committed suicide by jumping off a building, he recalls their childhood growing up on a farm called Hemingford Home (appearing in It, 1922, and The Children of the Corn), and the game they used to play by jumping from a high loft into soft hay, which ends only with an accident that requires him to save his sister's life. In The Man Who Loved Flowers (1977), a young man with a bouquet of flowers touches everyone he passes with the clear puppy-love written all over his face and posture, and though he says he's on the way to meet a girl he loves, his true purpose and mental state turn out to be darker than any passerby can even begin to imagine. In One for the Road (1977) (a sequel to the novel Salem's Lot, connected to the story Jerusalem's Lot (see Part 1 of this compendium)), a couple of local men drinking in a tavern are terrified when a man bursts in during the night and asks them to help retrieve his family, stuck in a car in the middle of a blizzard in the neighbouring town - the infamous Jerusalem's Lot. The Woman in the Room (1978) is narrated from the perspective of a man burdened with deep remorse, pain, and his demons, and concerns his decision to euthanize his terminally ill mother with painkillers.

My rating: 7.5/10.
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Night Shift by Stephen King. (1/2)

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Title: Night Shift.
Author: Stephen King.
Genre: Fiction, short stories, horror.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978 (this collection 1978).
Summary: A collection of 20 short stories. (Stories 1-10 in this post, refer to PART 2 for 11-20). In Jerusalem's Lot (1978) (a prequel to the novel Salem's Lot and story One for the Road (see Part 2 this compendium)), when Charles Boone returns to his ancestral home and comes upon the abandoned village of Jerusalem's Lot, he discovers an undead horror that has haunted his blood-line for generations. In Night Shift (1970), when a group of workers recruited to deal with a seeming infestation of rats in a decrepit textile mill's basement, they find they are not prepared for the horrors actually residing down there. In Night Surf (1969) (eventually developed into the novel The Stand), a group of young survivors from a plague that has wiped out most of the world have a single hope that they have the anti-bodies from a similar related virus that has left them immune. I Am the Doorway (1971) relates a disabled former astronaut's account of the terrifying change he undergoes after being exposed to an extraterrestrial mutagen, during a space mission to Venus. In The Mangler (1972), a police detective investigating a sudden rash of grisly deaths caused by an industrial laundry press, called a mangle, begins to suspect the machine is possessed by a demon. In The Boogeyman (1973), a man who has buried three young children describes to a psychiatrist how he believes they were taken by an entity that has been following his family. In Gray Matter (1973) (a story within the It universe), a group of men during a bad snowstorm go to investigate a small boy's claim that after his father drank a "bad" can of beer, he has been slowly transforming into an inhuman blob-like abomination that detests light and craves warm beer. In Battleground (1972), a professional hit-man who has just assassinated a toy-maker gets a package from the deceased's mother that includes a toy-sized G.I. Joe Vietnam Footlocker, which immediately begin to wage war on him, much more successfully than he could have ever expected. In Trucks (1973), the narrator and a handful of strangers find themselves trapped together in a freeway truck stop diner after semi-trailers and other large vehicles are suddenly brought to independent life by an unknown force and proceed to gruesomely kill every human in sight. In Sometimes They Come Back (1974), sixteen years after Jim's brother is killed by a group of boys, Jim encounters the boys again, unchanged, unaged, and menacing, in the highschool he comes to teach in.

My rating: 7.5/10.
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Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan.

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Title: Vampire Mountain.
Author: Darren Shan.
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, horror, YA, vampire fiction.
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2001.
Summary: Darren Shan and Mr. Crepsley embark on a dangerous trek to the very heart of the vampire world. But they face more than the cold on Vampire Mountain—the vampaneze have been there before them.. Will a meeting with the Vampire Princes restore Darren's human side, or turn him further towards the darkness? Only one thing is certain—Darren's initiation into the vampire clan is more deadly than he can ever have imagined.

My rating: 6.5/10.
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Ghost Stories b y E.F. Benson.

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Title: Ghost Stories.
Author: E.F. Benson.
Genre: Fiction, literature, short stories, horror.
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1906, 1912, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1926 (this collection 2016).
Summary: This book collects 9 ghost and horror stories. In Spinach (1924), a brother and sister who make their living holding séances and communicating with the dead are contacted by a disturbed spirit seeking to have them right a wrong he's committed during his lifetime. In the Tube (1923) examines the concept of time, when a man has a vision in the tube of something that hasn't occurred yet, but he realizes he is nonetheless unable to prevent. In The Man Who Went Too Far (1912), a man's plunge into neo-paganism in order to connect intimately with nature and find fulfillment leads down a scary and dark path. In Mrs. Amworth (1923), when an exuberant and outgoing woman moves into a small village in Sussex, one of the residents who dedicates his life to studying the occult begins to suspect she is actually a vampire. In The Room in the Tower (1912), a man who has a recurring nightmare throughout his life comes to live it when he's invited to a friend's estate, and housed in a tower with a menacing and familiar portrait, and an air of premonition of evil. The Bus Conductor (1906) is a fatal-crash premonition tale about a person haunted by a hearse driver. In Negotium Perambulans (1922), a man returns to a beloved childhood village to make his home, but encounters horrifying experiences with a haunted church panel that depicts a gruesome supernatural murder, and an artist that lives in a cursed house that appears to be connected with it. In And No Bird Sings (1926), two friends explore a mysterious forest into which all living things refuse to go, and discover an ancient and menacing creature living there. In Caterpillars (1912), a man recalls his awful experiences when staying in an Italian villa that begin with him having horrible nightmares about a locked room filled with giant caterpillars.

My rating: 7.5/10
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The Bone Mother by David Demchuk.

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Title: The Bone Mother.
Author: David Demchuk.
Genre: Fiction, literature, mythology, horror, fantasy.
Country: Canada.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2017.
Summary: Three neighbouring villages on the Ukrainian/Romanian border are the final refuge for the last of the mythical creatures of Eastern Europe. Now, on the eve of the war that may eradicate their kind―and with the ruthless Night Police descending upon their sanctuary―they tell their stories and confront their destinies. The Rusalka, the beautiful vengeful water spirit who lives in lakes and ponds and lures men and children to their deaths; The Vovkulaka, who changes from her human form into that of a wolf and hides with her kind deep in the densest forests; The Strigoi, a revenant who feasts on blood and twists the minds of those who love, serve and shelter him; The Dvoynik, an apparition that impersonates its victim and draws him into a web of evil in order to free itself; the Bone Mother, a skeletal crone with iron teeth who lurks in her house in the heart of the woods, and cooks and eats those who fail her vexing challenges, and many more. Eerie and unsettling like the darkest fairy tales, these portraits of ghosts, witches, sirens, and seers―and the mortals who live at their side and in their thrall―chill the marrow and tear at the heart.

My rating: 8.5/10.
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Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan.

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Title: Tunnels of Blood.
Author: Darren Shan.
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, horror, YA, vampire fiction.
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2000.
Summary: When corpses are discovered—drained of blood—Darren Shan, the vampire's assistant, and Evra the snake-boy are compelled to leave the carnival for the big city and hunt down the foul creature that is committing such acts. Beneath the streets, evil stalks. But could the culprit be one of their own? And can they escape, or are they doomed to perish in the tunnels of blood?

My rating: 8/10.
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