London: T. Werner Laurie, 1911. First Edition. Cloth. An exemplary example of "Pain's best general short story collection." (Wilson) 8vo: ,320,[10, advertisements]pp. Publisher's sea green textured cloth, front and back covers stamped in black, spine lettered in gilt, title page (with vignette) printed in blue and black. Light spotting to preliminary pages and fore- and bottom edges, dust-soiled top edge, else a tight, bright, fresh copy, about Fine. Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 317. Bleiler Checklist, p. 153. Bleiler (Guide to Supernatural Fiction) 1282. Wilson (Shadows in the Attic), p. 401. Clute and Grant, p. 742. Fine-. Item #BB1573
First Edition of the collection of ghost stories widely considered Pain's best. Included are: "'Smeath,' which combines physical horror with the supernatural, tells of a clairvoyant murderer. . . . 'Rose Rose' is based on artistic Bohemia. Rose is so conscientious as a model that after she dies, leaving the picture for which she was posing unfinished, she returns to pose. . . . 'Linda' is a fine story of the purportedly supernatural, probably to be explained by madness. To save Linda from Hell, because she is a witch, her brother murders her." (Penguin Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.