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John Burke – New Tales Of Unease

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2007

John Burke (ed.) – New Tales Of Unease (Pan, 1976)

Cover photography: Chris Yates

These tales are not about ghosts: not really, not ghosts pure and simple. They are not crime stories, or gruesome stories: well …. not All of them. They tell of ordinary people in an everyday world, people you may know, people you may recognize.

So what is there to be uneasy about?

Rosemary Timperley – Double Wedding
Miles Tripp – Commuter
George Mackay Brown – Two Horses, Rose And Terror
Barry Sutton – Jane Howard, Where Are You Now?
Elizabeth Walter – The Hollies And The Ivy
Stephen Meadows – It Had Happened Before
Charles Eric Maine – Joe Three Eyes
Jay Gilbert – Out Of Reason
Philip Evans – Tale-Telling
Peter Collins – Absence Without Leave
R. M. Stephenson – Janet
Michael Cornish – Mr. Gupta’s Marionettes
R. Andrew Hall – Autumn’s Dream
Keith Turner – Little Jimmy
Brian Morse – About Ghosts
John Burke – And Cannot Come Again

Third and final book in the series.

Elizabeth Walter – The Hollies And The Ivy: Gus and Judith Pentecost move into The Hollies, previously owned by old Mrs. Dyer whose husband vanished, presumed murdered by wife although no body was ever recovered. From the first, Gus fights a losing battle versus the unruly ivy which clings to the walls and taps on the windows at night. Come Christmas, and they’re entombed by the fist-thick roots. Another cracker for the Vegetation! thread.

Miles Tripp – Commuter: For forty years, Sidney Hinds reflects, he’s commuted to his dull job analysing unemployment figures before returning home to his joyless marriage. But today the station is deserted, the train doesn’t arrive, and so he has no option but to return home and be nagged by Mabel for getting “under her feet” …. just as he has every day for years since he took an axe to her. Today, in a rare moment of clarity, Sidney realises he’s no reason to stay at the gloomy bungalow any longer, so he has a last hack at the corpse, packs some provisions and sets up camp in the waiting room of the obsolete station. When two youths break in, he defends his property entirely oblivious to the express train belting along the rails …

Stephen Meadows – It Had Happened Before: Short-short. Another bitter marriage with every day, every excuse for a conversation a repetition of one that has gone before. Husband takes out the iron and creeps up on wife as she’s watching TV.

Philip Evans – Tale-Telling: Contract killer in the confessional box. The previous night he committed his first murder for non-financial gain, shooting a beautiful woman he’d just picked up and made love to, Rosa Selvaggio, and he can’t explain why. He’s even more at a loss as to why she merely laughed as bullet after bullet sank into her without having any effect whatsoever. She appears behind her killer in the box, as does the Priest. He’s mighty odd, too.

More on Vault of Evil NewTales Of Unease thread

Thanks to Jerrylad of Vault Of Evil for kindly providing me with a copy of this book!

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John Burke – More Tales of Unease

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2007

John Burke – More Tales of Unease (Pan 1969)

John Burke - More Tales Of Unease

Andrea Newman – She’ll be Company for You
Herbert Harris – The Escort
Virginia Ironside – The Young Squire
Miles Tripp – Snow
John Christopher – A Cry of Children
Arnost Lustig – The Beginning and the End
Jeffry Scott – He Said I Could
John Brummer – Speech is Silver
Stewart Farrar – The Girl in Question
Christine Hickman – So Dark the Rose
Alexander Walton – Clegson’s Folly
Elizabeth Lemarchand – Time to be Going
Penelope Wallace – Tell David…
Alex Hamilton – The Flies on the Wall
Victor Lucas – Here Comes a Candle
R. Andrew Hall – Split Image
E. C. Tubb – Little Girl Lost
Michael Cornish – They’ll Have to Go
Alan C. Jenkins – The Blind Man
Stephen Meadows – Frances
Arthur Sellings – Jukebox
John Burke – Be our Guest

Thanks to blackmonk of Vault for providing the coverscan and details of this one.

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John Burke – Tales Of Unease

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2007

John Burke (ed.) – Tales of Unease (Pan, 1966)

Tales Of Unease


D’Arcy Niland – The Sound and the Silence
R.A. Hall – The Other Woman
Andrea Newman – Such a Good Idea
Penelope Mortimer – The Skylight
John Christopher – Rendezvous
Christine Brooke-Rose – Red Rubber Gloves
Michael Cornish – Superstitious Ignorance
B.S. Johnson – Sheela-Na-Gig
Joan Fleming – Gone is Gone
Brian Aldiss – A Pleasure Shared
Jack Griffith – Black Goddess
John Kippax – Reflection of the Truth
Charles Eric Maine – Short Circuit
John Marsh – The Appointment
Cressida Lindsay – Watch Your Step
Paul Tabori – Janus
Marten Cumberland – The Voice
Kate Barlay – A Mistake of Creation
Jeffry Scott – Out of the Country
Alex Hamilton – End of the Road
Dell Shannon – The Practical Joke

Not the first book I’ve got rid of and later wondered what the Hell I was playing at. The first of Burke’s three Unease collections. Here are a few tasters:

Brian Aldiss – A Pleasure Shared: “Public houses are the inventions of the devil, Mrs. Meacher”. A Saint in his own mind, Mr. Cream is fastidious to a fault due to his strict upbringing and there’s not a day goes by he doesn’t thank his parents for instilling in him a strong streak of self-discipline. Indeed, loose women so annoy him that he invites them back to his lodgings for a damn good throttling. When Flossie Meacher stabs a fellow tenant after he makes drunken advances toward her, she turns to Cream to help her dispose of the body, pointing out that she’s just seen Miss Colgrave’s corpse propped up in his room.

John Marsh – The Appointment: After squandering his inheritance on gambling, a man on the verge of suicide receives tomorrow’s newspaper from a mysterious figure at the tube station. Over the following months he accumulates a fortune but then, on the eve of his wedding to his long term girlfriend, he buys his customary newspaper from the stranger, only to be confronted with the screaming headline Bridegroom Dies In Sleep. He narrates his story while desperately trying to stay awake.

Jeffry Scott – Out of the Country: short-short in which Mr. Bullivant makes good his promise to smuggle a murderer across the sea – ground up in a hundred tins of dog food!

Alex Hamilton – End of the Road: Disorientated driver Henry winds up taking his nagging wife and sister through the windscreen.

Joan Fleming – Gone is Gone: The ghostly voice of Clowd over the telephone shortly after his funeral is too much for the scheming Comfort to take. For years he’s hated the man who was his partner in the antique shop because he would always outsmart him. Now, just as he’s about to cheat Clowd’s wife out of her estate, Comfort is turned over again – by a gramophone record.

Andrea Newman – Such A Good Idea: The narrator locks her husband in his study on a whim, wondering how long it will take him to realise. The situation escalates from the moment he does ….

Dell Shannon – The Practical Joke: Griffith’s has written a book scoffing at all things supernatural, and his friends decide to put his scepticism to the test. When the quiet Welshman takes a holiday cottage in a remote Somerset village, they rope in some locals to give him the full Blair Witch Project experience, unaware that the place is only empty in the first place due to its previous owner being an old creep who got his kicks from torturing small animals.See the Vault Of Evil Tales Of Unease thread.

My thanks to Peter C. for his kindness in providing me with a copy of this book.

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