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SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS INDEX
The Ghost Story Society has, since its inception, published several occasional booklets. Five of these were given free to members as part of their subscription, while the sixth was published to mark the occasion of the first GSS convention, held in Chester, England in October 1993. Details of these special publications are as follows:
by A. M. Burrage
Ghost Story Society, 1989; edited by Jack Adrian; illustrated by Dallas Goffin; 21pp
Contents: Introduction by Jack Adrian; 'Un-paying Guests' (article); 'Behind the Panels' (story); 'The Black Diamond Tree' (story)
The booklet contained three previously uncollected pieces by one of the masters of the ghost story. ''Un-paying Guests' originally appeared in the Home Magazine in December 1919 (as 'Ghost Stories'), while 'Behind the Panels' was originally published in the Weekly Tale-Teller on 19 June 1915. 'The Black Diamond Tree' may have appeared in the Evening Standard in 1931 or 1932; it was published in The Evening Standard Book of Strange Stories in 1934.
WHEN SPIRITS TALK:
THE TRUE STORY OF GHOST STORIES
Ghost Story Society, 1990; edited by Mike Ashley; illustrated by Alan Hunter; 29pp
Contents: 'What the Spirits Told: Introduction' by Mike Ashley; 'Child or Demon—Which?' by Victor Rousseau; 'A Soul With Two Bodies' by Urann Thayer.
Ashley's introduction looks at the magazine Ghost Stories, one of only two pulp magazines to have specialised in the genre. Fifty-six issues were produced between 1926 and 1931, and Ashley's introduction looks at the magazine, and those who contributed to it. 'Child or Demon—Which?' appeared in Ghost Stories in 1926, while 'A Soul With Two Bodies' appeared in 1928. Four covers from the magazine are also reproduced (in black-and-white).
NO. 472 CHEYNE
WALK—CARNACKI:THE UNTOLD STORIES
by A. F. Kidd and Rick Kennett
Ghost Story Society, 1992; illustrated by Allen Koszowski, Alan Hunter, and Dallas Goffin; 31pp
Contents: Introduction by A. F. Kidd and Rick Kennett; 'The Darkness' by A. F. Kidd; 'The Silent Garden' by Rick Kennett; 'The Steeple Monster' by A. F. Kidd and Rick Kennett; 'Matheson's Inheritance' by A. F. Kidd; Author notes.
The booklet contains the further adventures of William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost-Finder, and the introduction explains how the two authors—who live on opposite sides of the world and have never met—simultaneously came up with the idea of writing more Carnacki stories.
OUT OF THE PAST:
THE INDIANA GHOST STORIES OF ANNA NICHOLAS
edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Ghost Story Society, 1992; illustrated by Dallas Goffin; 30pp
Contents: 'Local Color Ghosts: Introduction' by Jessica Amanda Salmonson; 'Out of the Past'; 'An Occult Experience'; 'Was It All a Dream?'.
These three stories are by Anna Nicholas (1849–1929), an American regional writer who did for Indiana village life what Sarah Orne Jewett did for Maine. 'An Occult Adventure' was originally published in 1898, while the other two stories date from 1915.
IRONY AND HORROR:
THE ART OF M. R. JAMES by Samuel D. Russell
Ghost Story Society, 1993; illustrated by Alan Hunter (with illustrations from the original publication by Charles W. Stewart); 26pp
Contents: Introduction by Rosemary Pardoe; 'Irony and Horror: The Art of M. R. James' by Samuel D. Russell; Notes; Bibliography.
In 1942, an American fan magazine called The Acolyte was launched, and ran for fourteen issues, folding in 1946. The Fall 1945 edition contained the lengthy study 'Irony and Horror: The Art of M. R. James' by Samuel D. Russell; although the article was later slightly revised by the author, the original 1945 text was reprinted here.
THE GHOST STORY
SOCIETY CONVENTION HANDBOOK
edited by Barbara and Christopher Roden
Ghost Story Society, 1993; illustrated by Nick Maloret and ionicus; 24pp
Contents: 'Welcome to Chester' by Barbara and Christopher Roden; 'The Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James' by Jack Adrian; 'Impressions' by Mike Ashley; 'A Warning to the Curious' by Christopher Roden; 'M. R. James: An English Elegist' by Mark Valentine; 'Considering Seaburgh' by Barbara Roden; 'Recollections of a Jamesian Collector' by Richard Dalby; Biographies.
The first GSS convention was held at The Mill Hotel, Chester, over the weekend of 30 October 1993, and this booklet was produced for participants. The artwork by Nick Maloret has a distinctly Chester-ish feel (the famous Eastgate Clock appears on the cover), while noted ghost story illustrator ionicus, a guest at the convention, contributed a new illustration to the booklet (the original was auctioned off during the course of the weekend).
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