Encyclopedia Phantasmagoria

Guide to the Fontana Ghost, Horror & Tales of Terror series’.

Fancett – Furnas

Posted by demonik on May 22, 2007

Elizabeth Fancett – Elaina: Her first evening back at home after her husband’s funeral. She was driving and blames herself for the fatal accident. He is trying to communicate with Elaina, believing her to be the ghost. Elaina feels his cold hand on her arm as she puts her lonely meal into the gas oven … (Ghost 12)

Elizabeth Fancett – Dark Dream: A woman watches helpless as her surfer husband is picked off by a blue pointer shark. (Horror 9)

Elizabeth Fancett – Someone In the Room: Her husband having walked out after yet another vicious row, she’s alone in the new house save for their son, Peter. She awakens with the awful realisation that there’s an intruder in her room! After an age of suspense as she pretends to be asleep, the woman grabs a makeshift weapon and … and that’s when the horror really starts … (Horror 11)

Eleanor Farjeon – Spooner (London Terror)

Jeffery Farnol – The Cupboard (Ghost 17)

Rick Ferreira – Summer And Miss Swanson: Hampstead Heath, 1969. Fairly is interested in renting an attic room and the landlady is suspiciously eager for him to do so at an amazingly low £2 a week and no rules. It transpires that she’s had great difficulty letting the place for more than one night as its haunted by the ghost of a lonely young woman who threw herself off the balcony. Despite a nervy first night Fairly stays for six years, having answered the note the dead woman wrote on his shopping list. His compassionate act sets her free.

I’m not normally one for gentle ghosts (or upbeat stories), but found this one delightful. (Ghost 12)

Rick Ferriera – The Girl From Tomango: Movie writer Sinclair returns to Tomango to find Lily Carew, the girl he fell in love with when they visited the shunned Turk Island together. She insisted on returning to the mainland alone, but hasn’t been seen since. Only one man ever takes a boat across to Turk and that’s old Ramos, Lily’s father. Why would he maroon his own daughter on such an inhospitable island, where row upon row of carrion crabs, “big as turtles”, crucify their victims before stripping their skeletons of meat? (Horror 9)

James Fisher – Here Today … (Ghost 15)

Joan Fleming – Gone Is Gone: The ghostly voice of Clowd over the telephone shortly after his funeral is too much for the scheming Comfort to take. For years he’s hated the man who was his partner in the antique shop because he would always outsmart him. Now, just as he’s about to cheat Clowd’s wife out of her estate, Comfort is turned over again – by a gramophone record. (London Terror)

Duncan Forbes – 28 Tower Street: Oxford. Students Simon, Lizzy and the narrator share a flat at the due for demolition 28 Tower Street. Lizzy is uneasy about the place from the first, a situation not helped by an episode on the day they move in when she’s surprised by an unseen somebody whistling a Mozart concerto as they climb the staircase. The boys nickname their ghost ‘Eileen’ after the woman who used to run a hairdressing salon from the premises, and the narrator points out that skeletons have just been found by workmen digging a trench outside in the street. Simon mischievously rigs his tape recorder to give the couple a scare (resulting in Lizzy moving back to her bedsit) but he’s insistent that he wasn’t behind the original incident. The lads decide to keep all night vigil with each of them taking in turns to keep watch for the spectre …   (Ghost 13)

C. S. Forester – The Turn Of The Tide: Lawyer Slade is facing disgrace and when his young colleague Spalding proves impervious to corruption, Slade kills him thuggee style then drags the weighted body across the beach and into the sea. So much for there being no such thing as the perfect murder. But …. (Horror 7)

Bryn Fortey – The Substitute: In his dream world, put-upon office worker Larry is transformed into Lacksidaisical ‘Lacky’ Macey, revolutionary, terrorist and ladies man, striking a blow against the Bennington dictatorship. Gradually, the main players from his fantasy cross over into his dull everyday life with disastrous consequences for his mother and work colleagues. (Frighteners 2)

Bryn Fortey – Merry-Go-Round: David Morgan is duped into committing murder by his conniving lover Jane. When he learns of her scheming, he kills both her and the husband he didn’t know she had, then blows his own brains out. He finds himself four months back in the past, on the very night he met Jane. Has he been given a chance to set things right? (Horror 12)

Bryn Fortey – Shrewhampton North-East: The boy narrator and his mother find themselves marooned at Shrewhampton amongst a small group of strangers, none of whom can remember why they set out for this place they’d never heard of. When it becomes apparent there’s no way out of the station, it’s decided to pool their food supplies which don’t amount to much. Then one of the party dies. Reminiscent of Dr. Terror’s House Of Horrors minus the flashbacks and Dr. Schreck. (Horror 15)

Sally Franklin – The People Opposite: The new neighbours have something of the Addams Family about them. The terminally inquisitive Jane Varley invites them over … (Horror 11)

Celia Fremlin – Angel Face: Never tell a bright, introverted seven year old boy that there really are such things as angels and they only appear to good little boys. Otherwise, like Simon, they will let their imaginations dream up nightmarish vulture like beings climbing the stairs at night … and drive their step-mother’s insane through sleep deprivation. (Horror 7)

Daphne Froome – Crimson Lake: Rex and Owen Ainsworth of rock band Crimson Lake inherit the Banks Playhouse and prepare to stage their first gig. Unfortunately the late Mr. Banks’ ghost is skulking around and he’s no lover of pop music. It makes for a memorable reopening night. (Ghost 13)

Daphne Froome – Christmas Entertainment: Fusty old Professor Harold Conway is imposed upon to give over his cottage to host the Christmas party for the children of the college staff. By way of entertainment, he settles on giving the youngsters a thrill with a spectre fashioned from a dummy and mirrors. He models his “ghost” on the cottage’s previous owner, his old sparring partner Sir Arthur Stanbrock with whom he fell out over their conflicting beliefs toward the supernatural. The illusion is rather more successful than he’d prepared for and unleashes a vicious poltergeist. (Ghost 15)

Daphne Froome – The Last Innings: Kay, a reluctant spectator at her fiancee Bill’s cricket match, is startled to witness several players slowly fade to nothing or, in one case, reduced to a skeleton as he leaves the pitch. When a fierce storm greets the final innings she realises she’s had a premonition of a disaster that’s about to unfold and must prevent Bill and his tedius uncle Tony from entering the pavilion. (Ghost 17)

Daphne Froome – Outside Agency: Grandpa Grant’s game improves ten-fold when he acquires the golf clubs that once belonged to a World War II pilot. (Ghost 18)

Daphne Froome – Still Life (Ghost 19)

Daphne Froome – The Rip Current (Ghost 20)

J. C. Furnas – The Laocoon Complex (Horror 17)

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