Gruesome Cargoes

Horror fiction 1925-1937: ‘Not At Nights’ & ‘Creeps’


Posted by demonik on August 15, 2007

Charles Lloyd (ed) – Quakes (Phillip Allan, 1933)


Many thanks to Raymond Russell and Rosalie Parker of Tartarus Press and the excellent Supernatural Fiction Database for kindly granting me permission to use this cover scan.

Mirabel Cobbold – The Incredible
Phyllis Stone – B72
P. Beaufoy Barry – The Man In The Mirror
Charles Lloyd – Old Mrs. Strathers
H. Glyn-Ward – The Spirit Of Higgins
Hester Gorst – Littlesmith
Ismay Trimble – The Terror By Night
Douglas Newton – The People Of Darkness
A.J. Woodgate – Death Is Avenged
Charles Lloyd – The Actor’s Story
Edith Olivier – Dead Men’s Bones
Elliott O’Donnell – The Cupboard Of Dread
Charles Cullum – Queer

The terror that lurked and laughed in the night, the Thing that screamed in the crypt, the baby with webbed hands, the monster that came out of the mirror – these are among the unpublished stories by Edith Olivier, Douglas Newton, Elliott O’Donnell, Charles Lloyd, and other brilliant writers.

Charles Lloyd – Old Mrs. Strathers: Paralysed by a stroke, old Mrs. Strathers is powerless to intervene on her doting son’s behalf when his faithless wife, Molly, sets about poisoning him. As Ronnie lies dying, with a supreme effort she raises herself from her chair, and … pitches headfirst into the fireplace ….

Edith Olivier – Dead Men’s Bones: When Southover church was under construction, workmen excavated a pile of bones indicating that the site had once been a burial ground. The remains are stored away en masse. A young girl is given the job of locking the vault for the night and walks in on a huge commotion. The bones are trying to sort themselves out.

… and that’s all I can tell you about Quakes at this moment in time.


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