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R. Thurston Hopkins – Cavalcade Of Ghosts

Posted by demonik on July 12, 2007

R. Thurston Hopkins – Cavalcade Of Ghosts (Panther, April 1963: originally Worlds Work, 1956)

R. Thurston Hopkins – Introductory Survey


The Nameless Horror Of Berkley Square
The Wicked lord And The Veiled Phantom
Fitzalan’s Dog
The Demon Mummy Case
The Strange Mystery Of Julia Sheward
The Obstinate Phantom Of Calverley Hall
The Cold Phantom Of Kemp Town
The Curse Over Chung Ling Soo
The Mystery Of The Seven Hunters
The Witch Of Tucks Wood
The Hand On The Wheel
The Renishaw Coffin
Behold This Dreamer
Frank D. Gardner -Only The Dreamers Die
Nancy Price – The Powers Of Darkness
S. Baring-Gould – Parson Rudall’s Ghost


E. G. Swain – The Man With The Roller
E. G. Swain – The Indian Lampshade
Anon (R. Thurston Hopkins) – The Glass Staircase
Anon – The Restless Dead
Brigadier C. A. L. Brownlow, DSO – The Man With The Crumpled Ear
Brigadier C. A. L. Brownlow, DSO – Shadrach, Meshach And Abed-nego
Michael Saltmarsh – Old Godet’s Ghost
Michael Saltmarsh – Haunted Hands
Michael Saltmarsh – The Riddle Of The Thetford Vampire

The Michael Saltmarsh stories feature “the famous ghost-hunter and detective” Valentine Vaughn. Old Godet’s Ghost is harmless enough – an inventor in search of his suicide note – while Haunted Hands features a High Priest Of Kali whose soul has been trapped inside a bear. More interesting is The Riddle Of The Thetford Vampire. Colonel Bardolph of Abbot’s House in Norfolk asks Vaughn to investigate the cause of the wasting disease that afflicts his daughter, Ann, and seems to have something to do with the plague of bats which have descended on Thetford during a drought. Naomi Vambery, a refugee from Budapest, has stolen the Colonel’s heart, but his housekeeper is deeply suspicious of her and detests her with a passion. Vaughn forces the undead to show herself and in the ensuing struggle she meets her doom.
Vaughn offers that “between the ‘psychic’ folk and the vampire folk are the religious fanatics, split personalities, anarchists, sadists, wife-beaters, people who are cruel to animals and pathological criminals.”

There is no credit to Saltmarsh in the acknowledgements and no mention of where these stories were previously published (if at all) so there remains the possibility that Hopkins wrote them?

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