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E Us a Fright “Lunatic’s Broth” as by P J Gahagan · ss Courier Spr ’ · Nightshade and Kindle The Ape and the Mystery “The Mysterious Mona Lisa Smile” · ss The Saturday Evening Post Jun ’ · The King Who Collected Clocks “Royal Impostor” · nv The Saturday Evening Post May ’ · Bone for Debunkers “The Not so much horror as stories of the fantastic Many of these would have felt right at home on the Twilight Zone of old

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Nightshade and Damnations

Contents · Kersh the Demon Prince · Harlan Ellison · in · The ueen of Pig Island · ss The Strand Mar ’ · Frozen Beauty as by Waldo Kellar · ss John Bull Nov ’ · The Brighton Monster “The Monster” · ss The Saturday Evening Post Feb ’ · Men Without Bones · ss Esuire Aug ’ · Busto Is a Ghost Too Mean to Giv WHY THE HADN T I READ ANTYHING WRITTEN BY GERALD KERSH UNTIL NOWOK Now I m feeling better That sense of betterment is derived not only from the fact that I have somehow managed to get that feeling which had been plaguing me ever since I had picked up the book out in the open I m feeling better because I m uite sure that many many of you esteemed readers would be in the same boat and I can only hope that my humble comments might succeed in motivating you to rectify the situation ASAPValancourt Books has performed a seminal service to readers everywhere by publishing this slim but attractive collection It contains the following An introduction from Harlan Ellison titled Kersh the Demon Prince which had graced the 1968 edition and remains totally valid even now in all its rants ramblings Then comes the stories which are 1 The ueen of Pig Island2 Frozen Beauty3 The Brighton Monster4 Men Without Bones5 Busto Is A Ghost Too Mean to Give Us A Fright 6 The Ape and the Mystery7 The King Who Collected Clocks8 Bone For Debunkers9 A Lucky Day for the Boar10 Voices in the Dust of Annan11 Whatever Happened to Corporal CuckooIf I try to summarise the stories accompanied by my personal opinion with respect to each of them the whole thing would be a travesty mockery of the genius that was Kersh He had in his often poetic often sharp and rather hauntingly mocking prose created worlds here These worlds are dream like in the sense that they are entirely recognisable painful joyous fascinating strange and totally elusive when you try to capture them with your awake yet befuddled hands These stories have generated tropes that have been encashed by Hollywood as well as all kinds of entertainers literary or otherwise without us ever knowing that it was Kersh who had gifted us with these conceptsBetter hurry and grab a copy of this book before you again forget and deprive yourself of the pleasure of reading Kersh

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Karmesin Affair” Karmesin · ss The Saturday Evening Post Dec ’ · A Lucky Day for the Boar · ss Playboy Oct ’ · Voices in the Dust of Annan · ss The Saturday Evening Post Sep ’ · Whatever Happened to Corporal Cuckoo · nv The Brighton Monster London Heinemann Star Science Fiction Stories ed Frederik Pohl Ballantine I d never heard of this guy before I read this book with an introduction slobbering all over him by Harlan Ellison but all these stories were interesting and very very odd


10 thoughts on “Nightshade and Damnations

  1. says:

    WHY THE HADN’T I READ ANTYHING WRITTEN BY GERALD KERSH UNTIL NOWOK Now I’m feeling better That sense of betterment is derived not only from the fact that I have somehow managed to get that feeling which had been plaguing me ever since I had picked up the book out in the open I’m feeling better because I’m uite sure that man

  2. says:

    Loaned to me by fellow writer and dear friend Jack Mace this remarkable anthology of 11 storeis by a brilliant writer Gerald Kersh unknown to me only a few years ago Oh perhaps I have encountered his name somewhere along the

  3. says:

    Gerald Kersh wrote to make a living and these eleven stories – originally published between 1938 and 1962 – are for the most part potboilers Many of them follow the sort of formula in which the narrator meets a chum who settles back in his armchair lights his pipe and says “Did I ever tell you the ueer tale of the marmoset who played Mozart” And then we get the ueer taleand that’s it But Kersh for all his hack

  4. says:

    Gerald Kersh is like a pulp magazine Georges Luis Borges Kersh's story structure is the same as Borges weird and uncanny stories to

  5. says:

    Not so much horror as stories of the fantastic Many of these would have felt right at home on the Twilight Zone of old

  6. says:

    Much whimsical and science fictional than horror which is how I’ve seen this collection typically billed but very enjoyable nonetheless

  7. says:

    I'd never heard of this guy before I read this book with an introduction slobbering all over him by Harlan Ellison but all these stories were interesting and very very odd

  8. says:

    A collection of horror stories making the incredible sound reasonable Many of them like stories you might run across in the National Enuirer except sounding believable They aren't bloody or gross horror but intellectual Listed in Stephen King's Danse Macabre as one of the best collections of short story horror

  9. says:

    A collection of short stories from the 1940s and 1950s somewhat pulpy but it’s a testament to Kersh’s style and POV that he has aged better than most I’d heard Kersh’s name for a while now and knew his work from Jules Dassin’s “Night the City” before I knew who he was I definitely recommend this book

  10. says:

    The ueen of Pig Island Frozen Beauty oThe Brighton MonsterMen Without BonesBusto is a Ghost Too Mean to Give Us a FrightThe Ape and the Myste

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