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Since 2005, Valancourt Books has earned a reputation as one of the foremost publishers of lost and rediscovered classics, reissuing more than 400 unjustly neglected works from the past 250 years. In this third volume of horror stories, the editors of Valancourt Books have selected fifteen tales (and one macabre poem) – all by Valancourt authors – for this new collection fe Since 2005, Valancourt Books has earned a reputation as one of the foremost publishers of lost and rediscovered classics, reissuing more than 400 unjustly neglected works from the past 250 years. In this third volume of horror stories, the editors of Valancourt Books have selected fifteen tales (and one macabre poem) – all by Valancourt authors – for this new collection featuring horror from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This volume features previously unpublished contributions by Steve Rasnic Tem, Eric C. Higgs, and Hugh Fleetwood, as well as thirteen other tales that have never or seldom been reprinted. ​ In this volume, you will encounter tales of ghosts, haunted houses, black magic, monsters, demonic babies, and vengeful spirits. Stories of the strange and sinister, of a boy who unwisely disobeys his grandfather's warning never to go up the stairs, a man whose apparently irrational terror of fire proves all too justified, an unpopular man who discovers a shocking new way of making friends, an ancestor who exerts a chilling influence from beyond the grave. With stories ranging from frightening to horrific to weird to darkly humorous, by a lineup of authors that includes both well-known masters of horror fiction and acclaimed authors of literary fiction, this is a horror anthology like no other. Table of Contents Foreword by James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle Don't Go Up Them Stairs (1971) by R. Chetwynd-Hayes Courage (1918/1941) by Forrest Reid Pete Barker's Shanty (1898) by Ernest G. Henham The Parts Man (2018) by Steve Rasnic Tem The Face in the Mirror (1903) by Helen Mathers The Life of the Party (2013) by Charles Beaumont The Poet Gives His Friend Wildflowers (2018) by Hugh Fleetwood Monkshood Manor (1954) by L. P. Hartley Blood of the Kapu Tiki (2018) by Eric C. Higgs On No Account, My Love (1955) by Elizabeth Jenkins Underground (1974) by J. B. Priestley Mr Evening (1968) by James Purdy Mothering Sunday (1960) by John Keir Cross The Bottle of 1912 (1961) by Simon Raven “With What Measure Ye Mete . . .” (1906) by Ethel Lina White Beelzebub (1992) by Robert Westall


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Since 2005, Valancourt Books has earned a reputation as one of the foremost publishers of lost and rediscovered classics, reissuing more than 400 unjustly neglected works from the past 250 years. In this third volume of horror stories, the editors of Valancourt Books have selected fifteen tales (and one macabre poem) – all by Valancourt authors – for this new collection fe Since 2005, Valancourt Books has earned a reputation as one of the foremost publishers of lost and rediscovered classics, reissuing more than 400 unjustly neglected works from the past 250 years. In this third volume of horror stories, the editors of Valancourt Books have selected fifteen tales (and one macabre poem) – all by Valancourt authors – for this new collection featuring horror from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This volume features previously unpublished contributions by Steve Rasnic Tem, Eric C. Higgs, and Hugh Fleetwood, as well as thirteen other tales that have never or seldom been reprinted. ​ In this volume, you will encounter tales of ghosts, haunted houses, black magic, monsters, demonic babies, and vengeful spirits. Stories of the strange and sinister, of a boy who unwisely disobeys his grandfather's warning never to go up the stairs, a man whose apparently irrational terror of fire proves all too justified, an unpopular man who discovers a shocking new way of making friends, an ancestor who exerts a chilling influence from beyond the grave. With stories ranging from frightening to horrific to weird to darkly humorous, by a lineup of authors that includes both well-known masters of horror fiction and acclaimed authors of literary fiction, this is a horror anthology like no other. Table of Contents Foreword by James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle Don't Go Up Them Stairs (1971) by R. Chetwynd-Hayes Courage (1918/1941) by Forrest Reid Pete Barker's Shanty (1898) by Ernest G. Henham The Parts Man (2018) by Steve Rasnic Tem The Face in the Mirror (1903) by Helen Mathers The Life of the Party (2013) by Charles Beaumont The Poet Gives His Friend Wildflowers (2018) by Hugh Fleetwood Monkshood Manor (1954) by L. P. Hartley Blood of the Kapu Tiki (2018) by Eric C. Higgs On No Account, My Love (1955) by Elizabeth Jenkins Underground (1974) by J. B. Priestley Mr Evening (1968) by James Purdy Mothering Sunday (1960) by John Keir Cross The Bottle of 1912 (1961) by Simon Raven “With What Measure Ye Mete . . .” (1906) by Ethel Lina White Beelzebub (1992) by Robert Westall

41 review for The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Three

  1. 4 out of 5

    Char

    THE VALANCOURT BOOK OF HORROR STORIES: VOLUME THREE is the latest entry in Valancourt Books' excellent anthology series. I certainly hope they continue this outstanding tradition next year! What I like best about all of these anthologies is the fact that I haven't read any of the stories before. Introducing me to new authors, some I enjoy, some not so much, Valancourt has expanded my reading horizons and for that, I will always be grateful. I can't get into all of the stories but I will mention t THE VALANCOURT BOOK OF HORROR STORIES: VOLUME THREE is the latest entry in Valancourt Books' excellent anthology series. I certainly hope they continue this outstanding tradition next year! What I like best about all of these anthologies is the fact that I haven't read any of the stories before. Introducing me to new authors, some I enjoy, some not so much, Valancourt has expanded my reading horizons and for that, I will always be grateful. I can't get into all of the stories but I will mention those that had the biggest effect on me: THE PARTS MAN by Steve Rasnic Tem. This man is a legend and he's a national treasure as far I'm concerned. This short story had wonder and grief all mixed together and I thought it was somehow both beautiful and sad. BRAVO! (This story is original to this collection.) DON'T GO UP THEM STAIRS by R. Chetwynd Hayes. I loved the tone of this tale so much I bought one of his other books from Valancourt as soon as I was done. THE FACE IN THE MIRROR by Helen Mathers. A terrific little ghost story wherein the lady saves the day! THE LIFE OF THE PARTY by Charles Beaumont. A sad tale of an acne-ridden boy at a school dance. The introduction to this one states that it's partly autobiographical. BLOOD OF THE KAPU TIKI by Eric C. Higgs. A creepy little story with an ending that made me chuckle. THE BOTTLE OF 1912 by Simon Raven. A man returns home after WWII after serving as a spy. He returns with the hope of seeing his family again and celebrating with a special bottle of wine. BEELZEBUB by Robert Westall. Next to THE PARTS MAN , this was my favorite story in the collection. Robert Westall was super talented and I wish he had written more tales in the dark fiction vein because I've loved every one of them I've read. Once again, Valancourt Books knocks it out of the park! Consistently full of rare stories that offer up a diverse range of horrors-this anthology has something for everyone. This, the third in a series of anthologies containing authors that Valancourt has already published, is as much of a MUST-READ as the first two. THE VALANCOURT BOOK OF HORROR STORIES: VOLUME 3 receives my highest recommendation! You can order it and other fine books directly from Valancourt here, with FREE shipping from now until the end of 2018: http://www.valancourtbooks.com/ *I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Oakes

    Every volume in Valancourt's (so-far) three-book series is without doubt one every serious reader of horror/supernatural fiction should have in his or her library. There is not a single misstep in this entire collection, something I can't always say about most horror anthologies I read. Normally I find at least one story that just doesn't work; that is just not the case here. Here's something else that's great about this book: the arrangement of the stories is excellent. It starts off with R. Ch Every volume in Valancourt's (so-far) three-book series is without doubt one every serious reader of horror/supernatural fiction should have in his or her library. There is not a single misstep in this entire collection, something I can't always say about most horror anthologies I read. Normally I find at least one story that just doesn't work; that is just not the case here. Here's something else that's great about this book: the arrangement of the stories is excellent. It starts off with R. Chetwynd-Hayes' somewhat humorous "Don't Go Up Them Stairs" and concludes with Robert Westall's "Beelzebub" (dark humor as well), almost as if the editors thought they'd put their readers through enough horror in between. I don't know about anyone else, but I tend to carry tension while reading horror, so beginning and ending with touches of humor here is perfect. While each and every story in this book is top notch, I did have a few personal favorites, with "Mr. Evening" by James Purdy at the top of the list. It is probably the most atypical horror story in the book, but in my case, it did its job. The chills grow slowly in this one, increasing in increments until the end where I had a sort an overall bird's-eye view of what was happening here, and then I actually had to put the book down for a while to recover as the actual horror of it all left its impact. When I come across a story like this one where the implications are truly frightening, sometimes they scare me much more than the ones where all is explained. I'm beyond happy that James and Ryan have continued the tradition they started with the first Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, compiling these amazing tales written by the authors whose work they publish. As I've said all along, they have an uncanny feel for knowing not only what's good, but also unique; I appreciate both of them for having such great taste. The same applies to Valancourt's publications in general; as I've also said all along, they somehow manage to publish exactly what I want to read. And as for this book in particular, to be honest, at this point it just wouldn't be Halloween without a volume of Valancourt horror stories in my hands. https://www.oddlyweirdfiction.com/201...

  3. 4 out of 5

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  4. 5 out of 5

    David

    There aren’t enough superlatives for these collections. There isn’t a bad story in the bunch, and it’s refreshing to read an anthology that doesn’t contain even a single story that I’ve already read. Looking forward to Volume Four!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jay Rothermel

    Absolutely first rate. The Purdy and Westall tales are particularly well-chosen. It is such a pleasure after 40 years of reading horror to open an anthology and find that all the stories are new to me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    Perfect compliment to the season. An excellent variety of the old, new, gothic, horrifying and humorous. You can pretty much take Valancourt's impeccable taste to the bank with every release, and their legendary standards continue here. Highly recommended not only for October but for any time of the year.

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