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SUMMARY The Black Veil Other Tales of Supernatural Sleuths 109 ☆ To Sherlock Holmes the supernatural was a closed book but other great detectives have always been ready to do battle with the dark instead This volume brings together sixteen chilling cases of these supernatural sleuths pitting themselves against the peril of ultiRr's Eugene Valmont who may have inspired Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Donald Campbell's young explorer Leslie Vane the James Bond of the jazz age who battles against occult enemies of the British Empire And the collection is completed by some of the best tales from the pens of modern psychic sleuth author. There are some great stories in this book Unfortunately also some stories that should never have been written Funnily enough it seems theat the shorter the stories in the book are the better they are Never before have I seen such a correlation in a book

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The Victorian haunted house investigators John Bell and Flaxman Low from Carnacki the Edwardian battler against the abyss and from horror master Arthur Machen's Mr Dyson a man about town and meddler in strange things Connoisseurs will find rare cases such as those of Allen Upward's ‘The Ghost Hunter’ Robert Ba. A varied collection of stories from what you might describe as a niche sub genre of the ghost story the psychic detective tale These range from classic late Victorian stories to very recent ones and as you might expect is something of a mixed bag in terms of uality There are some fantastic and very chilling stories including one by perhaps the greatest exponent of the genre William Hope Hodgson and some that are little than early twentieth century pulp All in all an interesting literary detour C

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The Black Veil Other Tales of Supernatural SleuthsTo Sherlock Holmes the supernatural was a closed book but other great detectives have always been ready to do battle with the dark instead This volume brings together sixteen chilling cases of these supernatural sleuths pitting themselves against the peril of ultimate evilHere are encounters from the casebooks of. In a market flooded by books chronicling the activities of detectives dealing with all sorts of supernaturalparanormal menace in different categories YAgothicsci fi etc this slim and very very reasonably priced book should be read to get a good idea about the genre Edited by Mark Valentine it has the following contents Introduction an overview of the genre and its 'evolution' over past couple of centuries1 THE WARDER OF THE DOOR by Robert Eustace LTMeade a very very good story that describes an adventure of John Bell the ghost exposer The anthology begins with a very strong note with this story2 THE STORY OF SEVENS HALL by E H Heron a Flaxman Low adventure that is chilling and compels the reader to look for of his adventures fortunately available now Ghosts being the experiences of Flaxman Low With twelve illustrations by B E Minns3 THE GATEWAY OF THE MONSTER by William Hope Hodgson This Carnacki tale holds an august position in the pantheon of occult detectives' adventures and once you have read it you would never be able to take the concept of occult detectives lightly so utterly terrifying the story is4 'The Red Hand' by Arthur Machen the uality starts dipping as the author presents a tale that is concerned with its depiction of gothic themes events than in frightening the reader5 The Haunted Woman by Allen Upward a good mystery that is presented properly and tied up neatly6 The Ghost with the Club foot by Robert Barr an enjoyable and light Eugene Valmont adventure7 'The Curious Activities of Basil Thorpenden' by Vernon Knowles an overwritten story that reads like some teenager's amateurish effort than a story becoming of this collection8 The Necromancer by Donald Campbell the worst piece in this book that might force a reader to abandon the pursuit altogether; what made Mark Valentine waste an entire paragraph on this trash in his introduction is a mystery worth investigating9 Waste Manor by L Adams Beck a poignant story that deserves greater appreciation and hence I would also like to recommend the author's The Ninth Vibration and Other Stories10 THE HOUSE OF FENRIS by John Cooling one of the high points of this collection and it is a sad thing that stories by this author is not readily available11 THE PRINCE OF BARLOCCO by Mark Valentine a superb adventure of the Connoisseur and for of his recollections I would recommend The Collected Connoisseur12 THE LEGACY OF THE VIPER by CP Langeveld a superb story and it is a tragedy again to find that of the adventures of 'The Professor' are not readily available13 THE SHEELAGH NA GIG by Mary Anne Allen a brilliant and somewhat apocalyptic story recounted by the author literary name of Rosemary Pardoe the famous editor of Ghosts Scholars's heroine Jane Bradshawe for of her adventures I would like to hastily recommend you towards THE ANGRY DEAD14 THE BLACK VEIL by AFKidd an attempt to tale a story that had been hinted by WHHodgson in one of his Carnacki tales brilliantly accomplished by the author the literary name of Chico Kidd and for of her works in similar vein No 472 Cheyne Walk Carnackithe Untold Stories15 LIKE CLOCKWORK by RBRussell a neat gentle and yet very very scary story told by one half of the Tartarus Press16 SPIRIT SOLUTIONS by Rosalie Parker a brilliant story by the other half of Tartarus Press that invents the concept of consulting occult detective and then inverts it with a terrifying twist at the endOverall out of 16 stories 10 are absolutely first rate and should honour any anthology; 3 are enjoyable 2 are inferior and one entails the author a public flogging Hence highly recommended