Tuesday, 5 October 2010

HORROR REVIEW: Pan Book of Horror - Ed Herbert Van Thal

Release Date: 01/10/10


Fifty years ago Pan launched a series of books that were to delight and disgust - sometimes even on the same page - readers for thirty years. From classics in the genre to scraping-the-barrel nastiness, The Pan Books of Horror had them all and they continue to be a major influence in published anthologies to the present day. We're delighted, therefore, to announce the reissue of the very first Pan Book of Horror . Specially selected for Pan, here are 22 terrifying tales of horror by such famous authors as Peter Fleming, C. S. Forester, Bram Stoker, Angus Wilson, Noel Langley, Jack Finney and L. P. Hartley - stories of the uncanny jostle with tales of the macabre, stories of subtle beastliness - like 'Rasberry Jam'; of sickening horror - like 'The Fly' or 'His Beautiful Hands'; and of utter chilling terror - like 'The Horror of the Museum'! This is the perfect bedside book - for those with nerves of steel!


Horror over the last few years has come on leaps and bounds so it’s a great shame when a title is re-released that sadly shows its age. This is the case with this offering from Pan originally released in 1959 which is more a book with a twist at the end of the short stories, which whilst by some of the names who made their name in horror, are sadly now no longer identifiable for the modern reader in situation or in character.

It was a brave move by Pan, it definitely had potential but the market has long since moved on with the readers tastes and demands having changed. A sad shame to be honest as I loved the nostalgic look of the cover which could bring back some nostalgic memories for your parents or grandparents.

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