The stories in this chilling new collection - featuring such elements as the returning dead, haunted places, weird creatures, the superhuman, fantasy, and the cosmic - are guaranteed to send frissons of fear down the backs of horror and ghost-story fans everywhere. In "The Return of the Soul" by Robert Hichens, a man discovers that his adored wife is possessed by the soul of a cat he tortured to death long before, which is eager for vengeance. Erckman-Chatrian's "The Queen of the Bees" describes how a blind girl mysteriously sees through the eyes of her hive of bees. In "The Mummy's Foot" by Theophile Gautier, a young man who bought the dessicated foot of the divine Princess Hermonthis for use as a paperweight finds that the princess herself is remarkably well preserved for her age - but her father insists that he is 4000 years too young for her. In Lafcadio Hearn's "Of a Promise Broken," a beautiful second wife makes the acquaintance of her predecessor, who has been decaying at the foot of the garden. And in Ambrose Bierce's "The Discomfited Demon," we find the devil himself so terrified at meeting a "fiend in human form" that he is last seen racing away over the hills of the graveyard. Other well-known masters of the horror genre represented in this fine collection include Algernon Blackwood, J. Sheridan LeFanu, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Walter de la Mare, and Lord Dunsany.
Used availability for S T Joshi's Great Tales of Terror
March 2002 : USA Paperback
February 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition