Encyclopedia Phantasmagoria

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

Ibanez – Kuttner

Posted by demonik on May 22, 2007

Vincente Blasco Ibanez – Man Overboard! (Sea Terror)

Hammond Innes – South Sea Bubble: A widower decides to sell up, invest in a boat, and live out his days on the ocean. Unfortunately for him, Samoa, (snapped up at the essential ludicrously low price) is haunted by an assassin with a winch. (Sea Terror)

Washington Irving – Governor Manco And The Soldier (Ghost 7)

Washington Irving – Guests From Gibbet Island (Ghost 19)

Margaret Irwin – The Earlier Service (Ghost 11)

Margaret Irwin – The Book: Mr. Corbett, a mild-mannered stockbroker, inherits his late uncle’s library. Among its contents, a hand-written Latin manuscript which, on translation, proves to be a DIY black magic manual. His career prospers even as he loses his grip, alienating his family and colleagues. As the book takes over, it demands more and more of him, to the point where it orders him to murder the baby. (Horror 2)

Margaret Irwin – Monsieur Seeks A Wife (Horror 12)

Shirley Jackson – The Lottery: On the morning of June 27th, the villagers assemble in the square where Mr. Summers will preside over the annual lottery. The lottery seems to have its roots in a nature offering, but that’s all forgotten now and there’s even talk among the crowd that some places have actually dispensed with the tradition altogether. Old Man Warner scowls at such an outrage: “Pack of crazy fools. Listening to young folk, nothin’s good enough for them.”
So, the head of each household takes their turn to draw a paper from the battered black box, hoping they’ll be lucky again this year. Because if they’re not … (Horror 5)

W. W. Jacobs – Jerry Bundler: The Boars Head, Torchester. A few nights before Christmas and the locals are putting the willies up the commercial travellers with their ghost stories. One old timer relates the tale of Jerry Bundler, highwayman and pickpocket, who, sixty years ago, hung himself in an upstairs room rather than fall into the clutches of the Bow Street Runners. Hirst, an amateur player in the dramatic society, decides to give one of the guests a late night fright … (Ghost 5)

W. W. Jacobs – The Three Sisters: Malletts Lodge, a dreary, desolate house on the marshes and home to Ursula, Tabitha and Eunice, three loveless spinsters living out their days in mutual misery. On the death-bed Ursula, the eldest, instructed Tabitha to leave her room untouched and lock it as she will want it when she returns to fetch she and Eunice at the moment of their own deaths. Tabitha wasn’t best pleased at her demands, less so when she learned the old coot had left her money to Eunice who promptly decided it would remain unspent until enough interest has been acquired to sponsor a children’s hospital!
The years pass and the lodge becomes ever more depressing. Encouraged by the faithful servant, Eunice decides to move out as Ursula’s presence seems to have infested the place and her weak heart can’t take the strain of waiting for her ghost to materialise. On the eve of her departure, however, a ghastly figure steals into her room ….
(Ghost 14)

W. W. Jacobs – His Brother’s Keeper: Keller murders Martle in a moment of instantly-regretted anger. On the plus side, nobody knows that Martle was visiting him and he successfully conceals the body beneath a new rockery. But his guilt is a terribly thing and when the rockery is vandalised he starts coming apart. The vandal is himself: he’s taken to sleepwalking. (Horror 5)

W. W. Jacobs – The Well: Jem Benson is to marry the local beauty but his cousin Wilfred, facing ruination, is blackmailing him over some letters to a former lover. Wilfred disappears shortly after their argument and Jem begins to display a previously unremarked horror of the old well in the park where he and fiancee Alice conduct much of their courtship. When Alice loses her bracelet in the murky waters he has no option but to retrieve it. The following morning, with two of his trusted servants manning the ropes, he descends to the bottom …. (Horror 12)

Henry James – The Romance Of Certain Old Clothes (Horror 3)

M. R. James – Number 13 (Gaslight Terror)

M. R. James – A School Story (Ghost 4)

M. R. James – Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book (Ghost 16)

M. R. James – A View From A Hill (Horror 7)

Clodagh Gibson Jarvie – First-Foot: Hogmanay, and old Janet receives a New Year’s kiss from Robbie Mack, the man she’d dreamt of marrying, who visits her cottage for a drink. Dr. Bull calls after midnight to break the sad news. Robbie Mack died yesterday evening. (Ghost 12)

James Jauncey – The Veritable Verasco: The veteran magician is playing his annual monthly stint at the Empire Variety Theatre, the only time of the year the venue packs out and makes some money. Of the chorus girls competing to be his assistant, only two are in with a realistic shout – the beautiful, fiery Liza and cute, good-natured Rose. So you’ve guessed who wins and you’ve guessed who skulks off nursing a grudge.

Verasco’s latest prop is his Turkish box, an iron maiden by any other name except, of course, perfectly harmless. Unless somebody with revenge in their heart were to tamper with the safety mechanism … (Gaslight Terror)

Jerome K. Jerome – The Dancing Partner: Furtwangen, Black Forest. On hearing his daughter Olga and her friends complaining about the clumsiness of the local young men, Herr Geibel, a toymaker of genius is inspired to create his masterpiece: Lieutenant Fritz, the mechanical dancing partner. Annette, “a bright, saucy little girl fond of frolic” is the first to put Fritz through his paces and, were she still capable of submitting a report when their waltz is eventually terminated, it’s certain she’d have mentioned his one, fatal flaw. He doesn’t know when to stop … (Ghost 5)

Jerome K. Jerome – Christmas Eve In The Blue Chamber: … is the revenant of an evil man who murdered a carol singer with a lump of coal (a direct hit straight down the throat), a coronet player, an Italian organ-grinder, poets and sundry musical nuisances. He is quite the serial killer. Jerome befriends him. (Ghost 17)

Pamela Hansford Johnson – The Swan (Ghost 16)

Pamela Hansford Johnson – The Empty Schoolroom: Maud remains behind with M. Fournier and Marie during the school holidays and encounters the sobbing ghost of an ugly girl in a dunces cap. She had been mistreated and humiliated by the embittered headmistress and now it is time to exact revenge … (Ghost 18)

Mor Jokai – The Drop Of Blood: More psychological horror. Pseth. Rich landowner S walks into a surgery, insisting that if Dr. K. won’t remove the invisible carbuncle from his hand that is causing him excruciating pain, he will do so himself. K reluctantly complies, but it’s only a temporary reprieve. A letter from the doomed S reveals his guilty secret. (Horror 15)

Gwyn Jones – The Pit: Ystrad, Wales. Akerman, boarding with the Bendles at their charming cottage, has designs on his hostess, a fact that her husband seems unaware of. After what’s left of him finally emerges from the derelict mine he’s stubbornly insisted on investigating, however, it’s a fair bet that Mrs. Bendle won’t be the only woman to give him a wide berth from now on. (Horror 8 )

Glyn Jones – Cadi Hughes: Begins with the news that Ifan is literally dying by inches and goes on to describe the hideous damage gangrene is wreaking on his legs. The story then gives way to an appraisal of his devoted wife Cadi, a bossy, very practical woman who is already preparing his wake making particular note of her petty spite toward honest pit worker Ifan down the years. Finally, God turns up on the doorstep. I bet you didn’t know he was a card-carrying misogynist, did you? Truly bizarre. (Welsh Terror)

Gwyn Jones – Jordan: A giant of a man with a hideously scarred face and body hopping along on an iron leg, and he’s only interested in buying one thing – corpses. Jordan is clearly not a man to cheat, but that’s exactly what the narrator and his fellow con-merchant Danny try to do, the latter masquerading as a recently dug up body and scarpering once he’s been paid for. Come the day when, prayerbook in hand and singing his favourite funeral dirge, Jordan bears down on the tavern to claim what’s rightfully his … (Welsh Terror)

Marie Luise Kachnitz – Ghosts (European Terror)

Franz Kafka – In The Penal Settlement (European Terror)

Valentin Katayev – Our Father Who Art in Heaven: Odessa during WWII. A bitter winter, and the Nazi’s are rounding up Jews. A young mother realises that to be herded into the ghetto is death and decides to make a break for it with her little boy. Dodging the German patrols, she eventually arrives at Shevchenko Park where a figure half-covered in frost sits motionless on a bench. Mother and son join the man who has frozen to death. (European Terror)

John D. Keefauver – Kali: “Terrible things give me happiness ..”: Calcutta. An American tourist falls for a beautiful tour guide who lures him to the temple of her namesake. He finds himself possessed of an insatiable appetite for sacrificing goats to the Goddess, one a night for the rest of his life. (Oriental Terror)

Rick Kennett – Kindred Spirits (Ghost 18)

Rick Kennett – Drake’s Drum (Ghost 19)

Rick Kennett – The Roads Of Donnington (Ghost 20)

Gerald Kersh – Comrade Death (Horror 7)

Dorothy Kilmurry-Hall – Bert’s Resurrection: I’ve got my suspicions about Dorothy Kilmurry-Hall and her(?) Bert’s Resurrection. Perhaps I’m doing the author an injustice and it’s nothing more than them sharing a double-barrelled surname, but the laugh a millennium “comic” touch, lines like “When I goes, Maud, scatter me on my favourite vegetable plot, scatter me on them their ‘taters”, and Bert’s eventual reappearance as a half-man, half potato, tend to suggest Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes may be in no small way to blame for this abomination. (Horror 11)

Gary Kilworth – The Tryst (Ghost 19)

Garry Kilworth – Love Child: Colonialist Burnett pursues his estranged and pregnant lover, Siana, to a village in the Malay jungle. He’s informed that she is dead but its not all bad news – the local witchdoctor salvaged the foetus from her corpse and has used black sorcery to reanimate it as a logi. Regrettably, the magician is inexperienced and has lost control of the supernatural child, so would Burnett be so kind as to kill it for them? (Horror 15)

Francis King – The Doll : Reynolds, Sir Malcolm’s man-servant, is acting shifty following the abduction (and probable murder) of a pretty, mentally-handicapped girl, an article of whose blood-stained clothing is all that has been seen of her since she disappeared. Reynolds is convinced that he is the killer and even leads the police to the spot where her body is buried. But a bus conductor has already been apprehended and he’s confessed to the crime. (Horror 4)

Francis King – Mess (Horror 4)

Francis King – The Puppets (Oriental Terror)

Stephen King – The Reaper’s Image: An enchanted antique mirror that has claimed several lives , the victims simply vanishing once they’ve seen a black smudge on the glass which, on close inspection, is revealed to be the image of death. Spangler has to try it out for himself … (Ghost 17)

Rudyard Kipling – The Return Of Imray (Ghost 9)

Rudyard Kipling – At The End Of The Passage (Horror 3)

Rudyard Kipling – The Mark Of The Beast: Fleete, new to India, gets drunk with the Brit ex-pats on New Years Eve and, staggering home past the Temple of Hanuman defaces the image of the monkey god by stubbing his cigar out on its forehead. As his friends Strickland and the narrator try to placate the worshippers, a leper slips from a recess and lays his hand on Fleete’s chest. He rapidly degenerates into a were-leopard …. until his mates torture the leper until he lifts the spell. The narrator at least has the grace to admit “we have disgraced ourselves as Englishmen for ever.” (Oriental Terror)

Russell Kirk – Sorworth Place (Ghost 6)

Nigel Kneale – The Pond: An old man whose hobby is trapping and killing the frogs in his garden pond, which he then stuffs and fits out in elaborate constumes to display on his table. Finally, the frogs have had enough of it. Kneale in ghoulish EC comic mood – you can almost hear the Old Witch cackling her appreciation. (Horror 1)

Nigel Kneale – The Photograph: Mother is convinced that little Raymond is dying and arranges for him to leave his sick bed and travel into town to have his photograph taken. It doesn’t do his fever any good and in his delirium he’s tormented by the ghastly face in the picture threatening him that they will soon change places. (Horror 2)

Nigel Kneale – Chains: 1731. A slave trader inspects the wares of a gnarled old sea salt, winds up crushed beneath twenty fathoms of anchor chain. The old boy had served time as a galley slave … (Horror 4)

Manuel Komroff – So You Won’t Talk: Being a cop killer, Handsome Dan has little chance of escaping the death sentence but, as he points out to Captain Quill who is grilling him for the name of his accomplice, they can only kill him. Meanwhile Russian scientists are experimenting with a dog’s severed head and an artificial heart … (Horror 8 )

Manuel Komroff – Siamese Hands (Oriental Terror)

Tom Kristensen – The Vanished Faces (Oriental Terror)

Henry Kuttner – The Graveyard Rats
: Salem. old Masson, the cemetery caretaker, supplements his income by robbing the dead of their gold teeth and jewellery. Comes the rainy night when he digs up a grave to find the rats have gnawed a hole in it and dragged the corpse off along one of they innumerable tunnels. He crawls in after them ..

An incredibly busy plot – Kuttner even drags an animated, festering corpse into the proceedings – in it’s day this was probably as ghastly a full-on horror story as had ever been written. (Horror 5)

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