“Ancient Lights” by Algernon Blackwood (1912)

From Southwater, where he left the train, the road led due west. That he knew; for the rest he trusted to luck, being one of those born walkers who dislike asking the way. He had that instinct, and as a rule it served him well. “A mile or so due west along the sandy road … Continue reading “Ancient Lights” by Algernon Blackwood (1912)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Drunkard’s Dream” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1838)

Being a Fourth Extract from the Legacy of the Late F. Purcell, P. P. of Drumcoolagh "All this he told with some confusion and Dismay, the usual consequence of dreams Of the unpleasant kind, with none at hand To expound their vain and visionary gleams. I've known some odd ones which seemed really planned Prophetically, … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Drunkard’s Dream” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1838)

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu 1814-1873 Over lunch, I was reading the Wikipedia article on horror fiction and came across a reference to Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu, of whom I had never heard.   I went to the article and found out some interesting things (granted, Wikipedia is not the most respected source, but … Continue reading Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu

“The Terror” from the Wen Fu

Here is an interesting section/stanza from the ancient Chinese work Wen Fu (The Art of Writing).  It is entitled "The Terror". I worry that my ink well will run dry, that right words cannot be found ; I want to respond to the moment's inspiration. I work with what is given ; that which passes … Continue reading “The Terror” from the Wen Fu

The Saturday Night Special: “The Last Kiss” by Maurice Level

The Last Kiss by Maurice Level (1912) The Project Gutenberg E-Text This eBook is made available at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg of Australia License which may be viewed online at http://gutenberg.net.au/licence.html   "Forgive me...Forgive … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Last Kiss” by Maurice Level

The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

THE "Red Death" had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avator and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

Reprint: The Real Dracula’s Castle — Stop 2 of the World’s Greatest Horror Locales

Bună dimineața! I published this on my website a few years ago, but this morning I thought I would re-post just for my followers in Romania. Enjoy.  If you live in Romania or are from there originally, I would like to see your comments on this article. Tell me if I am on the spot … Continue reading Reprint: The Real Dracula’s Castle — Stop 2 of the World’s Greatest Horror Locales

The Saturday Night Special: “The Drunkard’s Dream” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1838)

Being a Fourth Extract from the Legacy of the Late F. Purcell, P. P. of Drumcoolagh "All this he told with some confusion and Dismay, the usual consequence of dreams Of the unpleasant kind, with none at hand To expound their vain and visionary gleams. I've known some odd ones which seemed really planned Prophetically, … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Drunkard’s Dream” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1838)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Fearsome Touch of Death” by Robert E. Howard (1930)

As long as midnight cloaks the earth With shadows grim and stark, God save us from the Judas kiss Of a dead man in the dark. Old Adam Farrel lay dead in the house wherein he had lived alone for the last twenty years. A silent, churlish recluse, in his life he had known no … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Fearsome Touch of Death” by Robert E. Howard (1930)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Street of the Four Winds” by Robert W. Chambers (1895)

"Ferme tes yeux à demi, Croise tes bras sur ton sein, Et de ton cœur endormi Chasse à jamais tout dessein." "Je chante la nature, Les étoiles du soir, les larmes du matin, Les couchers de soleil à l'horizon lointain, Le ciel qui parle au cœur d'existence future!" I The animal paused on the threshold, … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Street of the Four Winds” by Robert W. Chambers (1895)

The Saturday Night Special: “What was it?” by Fitz-James O’Brien (1859)

It is, I confess, with considerable diffidence that I approach the strange narrative which I am about to relate. The events which I purpose detailing are of so extraordinary a character that I am quite prepared to meet with an unusual amount of incredulity and scorn. I accept all such beforehand. I have, I trust, … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “What was it?” by Fitz-James O’Brien (1859)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Boarded Window” by Ambrose Bierce (1891)

In 1830, only a few miles away from what is now the great city of Cincinnati, lay an immense and almost unbroken forest. The whole region was sparsely settled by people of the frontier--restless souls who no sooner had hewn fairly habitable homes out of the wilderness and attained to that degree of prosperity which … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Boarded Window” by Ambrose Bierce (1891)

The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

THE "Red Death" had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avator and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe (1850)

The Saturday Night Special: “Ancient Lights” by Algernon Blackwood (1912)

From Southwater, where he left the train, the road led due west. That he knew; for the rest he trusted to luck, being one of those born walkers who dislike asking the way. He had that instinct, and as a rule it served him well. “A mile or so due west along the sandy road … Continue reading The Saturday Night Special: “Ancient Lights” by Algernon Blackwood (1912)

Update, November 30, 2019: Progress on New Story Collection “Slattery’s Classic Tales of Horror”

If you have followed my website, you know that I usually post a short horror story from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on Saturday nights. I call it "The Saturday Night Special". I have accumulated somewhere around 36+ stories, all of which are in the public domain. I have decided to collect these into … Continue reading Update, November 30, 2019: Progress on New Story Collection “Slattery’s Classic Tales of Horror”