First edition, first printing. Publisher's original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Top edge red, as issued. A very good copy, the binding square and firm, the cloth a little marked and lightly rubbed at the extremities. The red top stain is a little dusty. The contents with evidence of a small bookplate removed from the bottom edge of the front pastedown and with very light spotting or the odd finger mark to the margins are otherwise clean throughout, entirely complete and without loose or torn pages. Very scarce.
A collection of 17 Ghost stories or studies in the macabre and 2 poems which the author dedicates to Fryn Tennyson Jesse, M. R. James and William Hope Hodgson. The stories include The Dean's Bargain; The Master of Lostwick Hall; The Making of the Melpomene Press; Even the Dead are Lucky Sometimes; Knucklebones; The House on the Rynek; Honourable Dog; Does She Want Help?; The Old Man in Green; Episode in Budapest; James and John; Wymond Icy; A Holiday in Visby; Taxi! Taxi!; The Story That Never Can be Told; Three Bed-Time Stories, 1. Regina versus Pump, 2. The Last Laugh, 3. Little Annabel; Little Red Shoes. The two poems: The Pleasant House; The House Under the Hill. The title story was previously published the year before in Nightmare by Daylight (No. 11 in Selwyn and Blount's "Not At Night" series)
Stock code: 18018