August Derleth – Who Knocks?
Posted by demonik on August 13, 2007
August Derleth (ed.) – Who Knocks? (Panther, 1964)
Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman – The Shadows On The Wall
A.E. Coppard – Old Martin
Ray Bradbury – The Lake
H. R. Wakefield – The Seventeenth Hole At Duncaster
Theodore Sturgeon – It
Seabury Quinn – The Phantom Farmhouse
J. Sheridan Le Fanu – Squire Toby’s Will
E. F. Benson – Negotium Perambulans
May Sinclair – The Intercessor
Edward Lucas White – The House of the Nightmare
Lady Cynthia Asquith – The Follower
Henry S. Whitehead – The Ravel ‘Pavane’
WE WARN YOU
It is only fair to warn the reader that if too many of these stories are read at one sitting in the dead of nght we cannot hold ourselves responsible for the damage to his nervous system that may result. However, one or two stories, if read in a comfortable sitting room with warm sunlight streaming in, will cause no ill effects unless someone tiptoes in and taps the reader on the shoulder.
Originally published in hard covers as Who Knocks? Twenty Masterpieces of the Spectral for the Connoisseur (Rinehart, 1946), it’s another of those collections that was chopped down for the paperback edition. The hardback included Algernon Blackwood’s Running Wolf, ‘Stephen Grendon’ (Derleth)’s Alannah, W. Fryer Harvey’s The Ankerdyne Pew, Wilbur Daniel Steele’s The Woman At Seven Brothers, Alice-Mary Schnirring’s The Dear Departed, Edward Lloyd-Hampton’s A Revision To Type, Lovecraft’s The Shunned House and Arthur J. Burks’ The Ghosts of Steamboot Coulee.