Randalls Round: Nine Nightmares by Eleanor Scott edited by Aaron Worth
Trade Paperback – British Library – Sep 2022 – 235 pages
‘These stories have all had their origins in dreams… Terrifying enough to the dreamer… I hope that some readers will experience an agreeable shudder or two in the reading of them.’
A malignant entity answers the call of an ancient curse on the coast of Brittany; a traveler’s curiosity delivers him to an abominable Hallowe’en ritual; the curious new owner of a haunted mansion discovers something far worse than ghosts in the night.
Randalls Round has long been revered by devotees of the weird tale. First published in 1929, its stories of ritualistic folk horror and M. R. James-inspired accounts of ancient forces terrorizing humanity are thoroughly deserving of wider recognition. This collection includes a new introduction exploring Eleanor Scott’s impact on weird and folk horror fiction, and two chilling stories by N. Dennett – speculated to be another of the author’s pseudonyms.