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Van Thal and Vampires

Herbert Van Thal – Told In The Dark

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2007

Herbert Van Thal (ed) –  Told In The Dark (Pan, 1950).

Told In The Dark

Mrs. Molesworth – The Shadow In The Moonlight
Phyllis Bentley – Beckermonds
Elizabeth Braddon – The Mystery At Fernwood
E. F. Benson – The Thing In The Hall
Wilkie Collins – The Dead hand
Marjorie Bowen – The Prescription
Catherine Crowe – The Italian’s Story
Ann Bridge – The Accident
Charles Dickens – The Signal-man
Mrs. Riddell – Old Mrs. Jones
Sir Hugh Walpole – The Silver Mask

A very safe collection, this one, favouring the Victorian era with a couple of contemporary authors thrown in. What you get is a strong selection, high on atmosphere, low on gore, but nothing you’ll not have come across before (especially if you collect Hugh Lamb or Richard Dalby). Commendably, there is a definite slant toward including work by female authors, and it seems as though Herbert was making a conscious attempt to prove that ghost stories at their best are works of “serious” literature – whatever that is.

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