Friday, August 2, 2019

Book 3 of 7

Book 3 is my favorite horror and supernatural anthology of all time, The Supernatural Reader, as edited by Groff Conklin.  I never appreciated an editor until I read this anthology.  Conklin really knows how to select and assemble short stories, and thankfully his taste leans towards the eclectic reader.

Originally, I got this book from my father, who read it and passed it along to me.  I lost that copy somehow, and found a replacement a few years back on Amazon.  The individual stories are difficult to find at best, quite possibly many are unavailable these days - which is a real shame.

So here it is: Choice Three, with a commentary on a few of the stories below.

The Supernatural Reader by Groff Conklin

The Angel With Purple Hair by Herb Paul
A test pilot encounters a very unusual friend who enjoys flying.

For the Blood Is the Life by F. Marion Crawford
Not vampires, no.  But what?

The Stranger by Richard Hughes

Mrs. Manifold by Stephen Grendon
Just what happens to Mrs. Manifold is chilling.

Piffingcap by A. E. Coppard

Shottle Bop by Theodore Sturgeon
An excellent story!  One of the best in the book.

Gabriel-Ernest by H. H. Munro
They might be orphans for a reason.

The Lost Room by Fitz-James O'Brien

The Traitor by James S. Hart

Angus MacAuliffe and the Gowden Tooch by Charles R. Tanner

Are You Run-Down, Tired— by Babette Rosmond and Leonard M. Lake
Too much of a good thing...

The Nature of the Evidence by May Sinclair

The Tree's Wife by Mary Elizabeth Counselman
Another chilling tale.

The Pavilion by E. Nesbit

Pick-Up for Olympus by Edgar Pangborn

The Swap by H. F. Heard

The Tombling Day by Ray Bradbury

Minuke by Nigel Kneale
An absolutely terrifying story.

Bird of Prey by John Collier
Read it, and... well, I don't know what.

The Thing in the Cellar by David H. Keller
You ever wonder why children are afraid of the dark?

Devil's Henchman by Will Jenkins

Lost Hearts by M. R. James

Thirteen at Table by Lord Dunsany
Classic Dunsany, and a great read.

Lights by Philip Fisher

The Silver Highway by Harold Lawlor

The Moonlit Road by Ambrose Bierce

The Curate's Friend by E. M. Forster

All the others are great stories, but these few stood out to me.  Find a copy and read it for yourself.  You'll enjoy it.

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