A Retrospective Collection of Classic Occult and Supernatural
Detective Stories by Some of the Field's Greatest and Best-Known
Weird Fiction Authors Since the gaslit nights at the end of the
nineteenth century, the occult detective has been a beloved and
recurring archetype. Mixing the best aspects of the detective tale
and weird or supernatural fiction, and capitalizing in part on the
massive popularity of Sherlock Holmes, these stories portrayed men
and women pitted against surreal and horrifying foes, usually with
little to defend them but their own savvy, experience, and
know-how. From William Hope Hodgson's Thomas Carnacki, to Seabury
Quinn's fearless Frenchman Jules de Grandin, to Jessica Salmonson's
Penelope Pettiweather, the occult detective has taken a variety of
forms, investigated a wide array of supernatural and otherworldly
cases, and entertained generations of readers. This new collection
compiles thirty-one all-time classic occult detective stories as it
traces the genre's growth from its nineteenth-century origins to
the late twentieth century, showcasing the work of acclaimed
pioneers of weird tales alongside cult favorites and exciting
modern talents. So, step into the shadows, join us on this journey
into the dark, and become a fighter of fear . . . CONTENTS
Introduction, Mike Ashley Green Tea, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The
Shining Pyramid, Arthur Machen The Haunted Child, Arabella Kenealy
The Mystery of the Felwyn Tunnel, L. T. Meade & Robert Eustace
The Story of Yand Manor House, E. & H. Heron The Tapping on the
Wainscott, Allan Upward Samaris, Robert W. Chambers The Whistling
Room, William Hope Hodgson The Woman with the Crooked Nose, Victor
Rousseau The Sorcerer of Arjuzanx, Max Rittenberg The Ivory Statue,
Sax Rohmer The Stranger, Claude & Alice Askew The Swaying
Vision, Jessie Douglas Kerruish The Sanatorium, F. Tennyson Jesse
The Villa on the Borderive Road, Rose Champion de Crespigny The
Room of Fear, Ella Scrymsour The Seven Fires, Philippa Forest The
Subletting of the Mansion, Dion Fortune The Jest of Warburg
Tantavul, Seabury Quinn The Soldier, A. M. Burrage The Horror of
the Height, Sydney Horler The Mystery of Iniquity, L. Adams Beck
The Thought-Monster, Amelia Reynold Long The Shut Room, Henry S.
Whitehead Dr. Muncing, Exorcist, Gordon MacCreagh The Case of the
Haunted Cathedral, Margery Lawrence The Shonokins, Manly Wade
Wellman The Dead of Winter Apparition, Joseph Payne Brennan The
Garden of Paris, Eric Williams St. Michael and All Angels, Mark
Valentine Jeremiah, Jessica Amanda Salmonson
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