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04-16-2010, 09:27 PM
I was reading my copy of Don't Turn Out the Light edited by Stephen Jones when I came across some info about some old horror anthologies called the Not at Night series. These books were originally published from the mid 1920s to mid 1930s. I thought I might buy a copy on ABEbooks and check them out. Well, the prices for these books range from $500 to close to $2,000 each. The book I was reading is in the new Not at Night series published by PS Publishing. Stephen Jones wrote a three page article on the original series. Here is a brief history of the series:

Previously publsihed titles in the Not at Night Series edited by Christine Campbell Thomson

1. Not at Night (1925)
2. More Not at Night (1926)
3. You'll Need a Night Light (1927)
4. Gruesome Cargoes (1928)
5. By Daylight Only (1929)
6. Switch on the Light (1931)
7. At Dead of Night (1931)
8. Grim Death (1932)
9. Keep on the Light (1933)
10. Terror By Night (1934)
11. Nightmare By Daylight (1936)

Omnibus editions of the Not at Night series:

Edited by Herbert Ashbury
1. Not at Night! (1928)

Edited by Christine Campbell Thomson
2. The "Not at Night" Omnibus (1937)
3. Not at Night (1960)
4. More Not at Night (1961)
5. Still Not at Night (1962)
6. Never at Night (1972)
7. Only by Daylight (1972)

The new Not at Night series edited by Stephen Jones

1. Keep Out the Night (2002)
2. By Moonlight Only (2003)
3. Don't Turn Out the Light (2005)







04-17-2010, 05:05 AM
For images of all of those great jackets (courtesy of Bob Weinberg) and full contents listing can I suggest the Christine Campbell Thomson (http://www.tartaruspress.com/t3.htm) page at the Supernatural Fiction database.
All the best

04-17-2010, 12:24 PM
Great dust jackets.

Of course, without the dust jackets, one can pick up Not at Night books for a reasonable price. I own a couple of them myself.

05-11-2010, 01:12 PM
A couple more nice books. (descriptions and prices from Abebooks.com)


The Wolf Leader by Alexandre Dumas. Philadelphia: Prime Press, 1950. First Edition. Originally serialized in Weird Tales in 1932, this translation has been edited by L. Sprague de Camp. Chalker & Owings call it "one of the best werewolf novels ever written. " Issued in an editiion of only 1, 500 copies. With striking cover art, endpapers and interior illustrations by Mahlon Blaine. This edition with the dust jacket ranges in price from $230 - $600.


The Beetle by Richard Marsh. London: Skeffington & Son Ltd., 1897. First edition, first printing. Original red decorated cloth with gilt titles to spine and front panel. An early supernatural mystery/horror novel published in the same year as Dracula and, like Dracula, developing a vein of gothic terror first popularised by Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho and later by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Price $5,740

06-20-2010, 10:43 AM
A few more nice books that I found on Abebooks.com.


First U.S. edition. Metcalfe's first book, collecting eighteen stories including the classic horror tale "The Smoking Leg." Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3- 147. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1168. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 156. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 290-91. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-179. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 364. Bleiler (1978), p. 138. Reginald 10083. A fine copy in near fine pictorial dust jacket (striking illustration by Juan Oliver on the front panel) A fresh, attractive example of this rare jacket.

Bibliographic Details
Publisher: Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company,
Publication Date: 1926
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition



Decorated red cloth, front panel with author, title and decorations stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind. First edition, first printing. Posthumous collection of nine stories. "Dracula's Guest" is a previously unpublished episode from an early draft of DRACULA. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-187. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1551. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 207. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 404. Bleiler (1978), p. 187. Reginald 13728. Dalby 22a. The rare jacket with stunning illustration by Handforth is quite a nice example and is one of a very few first printing jackets known to have survived.

Bibliographic Details
Publisher: London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., [1914]
Publication Date: 1914
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition


Professor Angell.
06-20-2010, 01:36 PM
woah. Even the covers are amazing.

06-20-2010, 07:46 PM
I'd love to have a copy of the Metcalfe book; great cover!

07-07-2010, 12:03 PM
Some more interesting collectable horror books. (Info from Abebooks.com)


First Photoplay Edition, illustrated with scenes from the Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer feature film starring Lon Chaney, Ivan Linow, and Lila Lee. The scarce photoplay edition for Lon Chaney's last film and only talking picture, a remake of an earlier silent film in which Chaney also starred. Includes photographic dustjacket depiction of Chaney and co-stars. One of the scarcest of the horror genre photoplays and especially so in attractive condition. Near Fine in a bright example of the dustjacket.

Bibliographic Details
Publisher: A. L. Burt and Co. New York [1930]
Publication Date: 1930
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition



Collins London Book Company, UK, 1930. Cloth. Wonderful period artwork for the wrapper. A scarce book with the dust jacket.

Bibliographic Details
Publisher: Collins London Book Company, UK
Publication Date: 1930
Binding: Cloth
Book Condition: Very Good ++
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+
Edition: New Edition


Cyril Tourneur
10-06-2010, 08:00 PM
a few days ago, i was talking to a fellow collector who told me that he works with Vincent Chong to get special book bindings (in this case Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind)


he also has an antiquarian store (a place which looks like Tim's closet, I suppose ;) )

buecherwelten (http://www.buecherwelten.de/index.php?id=6&L=2)

Gray House
10-06-2010, 11:20 PM
Creeps by Night is an anthology edited by Dashiell Hammett. The picture below is of the first edition, published by John Day in 1931. Its contents are impressive, and includes Hanns Ewers' "The Spider", the first appearance in hardcover of Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily", and, with "The Music of Erich Zann", Lovecraft's first ever appearance in hardcover. I own the second edition, published the same year as the first, by Blue Ribbon Books.


10-29-2010, 09:38 AM
Info from Abebooks.com


First edition. Original anthology collecting ten stories by Lord Dunsany, Birkin (as "Charles Lloyd"), Russell Thorndike and others. Part of the classic fourteen volume "Creeps" series. Dust jacket illustrated by Philip Simmonds.

Bibliographic Details
Publisher: London: Philip Allan, [1934]
Publication Date: 1934
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition



First edition. Original anthology collecting eleven stories by Clifford Knight, W. J. Pollock and others. Part of the classic fourteen volume "Creeps" series.

Bibliographic Details
Publisher: London: Philip Allan,
Publication Date: 1936
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition



First edition. Apocalyptic horror thriller, issued in conjunction with "Creeps" series; alien vampires come to earth via comet, devastate civilization. In one sense low-grade Wellsian SF, but highly entertaining in its own roughhewn fashion, also anticipating Colin Wilson's THE SPACE VAMPIRES by 40-odd years. ". Remarkable . told with very considerable vigor." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 607. "Strange and effective," number 3 of 13 best science fiction horror novels cited by Karl Wagner (TWILIGHT ZONE, August 1983). Front panel showing giant bats attacking humans in London is bright and sharp.

Bibliographic Details
Publisher: London: Philip Allan, [1935]
Publication Date: 1935
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition


02-09-2011, 05:21 AM
This book has always been a favorite of mine.

Dark Carnival by Ray Bradbury


Bibliographic Details
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton, London
Publication Date: 1948
Binding: Hard Cover
Illustrator: Michael Ayrton
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition

First Printing of the First British Edition. Cloth boards in original Ayrton dust wrapper, with the original price present. Signed by Ray Bradbury. Scarce U.K. edition.

You can get a nice copy with the dust jacket for about $600

03-03-2011, 02:43 PM
Two examples of my favorite cover for Dante's Inferno. Usually listed as undated, this edition was published circa 1900.



04-21-2012, 11:26 PM
I just saw this beauty on eBay. It is the first time I have seen this dust jacket by Mahlon Blaine.

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Man-Born-Again-Paul-Busson-First-American-edition-/00/s/MTYwMFgxMTY2/%24%28KGrHqNHJ%210E9qHLBHDNBPkKBcJ%28u%21~~60_35.J PG

Title: The Man Who Was Born Again
Author: Paul Busson
Publisher: John Day, NY
Binding: Hardback with dust jacket
Size: (approx. width x height) 5.50 x 7.75 inches
Copyright Year: 1927
Edition: First American