The Stuff of Dreams: The Weird Stories of Edward Lucas White edited by S.T. Joshi
Trade Paperback – Dover – Apr 2016 – 213 pages
This original compilation presents chilling tales of terror by an unjustly neglected author. Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe as well as his own vivid nightmares, Edward Lucas White (1866-1934) weaves a tapestry of weird stories populated by ghouls, monsters, a witch doctor, and creatures of ancient myths. The collection features White’s most famous story, “Lukundoo,” a gripping fable of an American explorer who incurs the wrath of an African sorcerer. Other tales include “Sorcery Island,” an uncanny foreshadowing of television’s The Prisoner, “The Flambeau Bracket,” “The House of the Nightmare,” “The Song of the Sirens,” and five other stories. Additional selections include the haunting poems “Azrael” and “The Ghoula” and an essay in which the author reflects on the influence of dreams in his fiction. Editor S. T. Joshi provides an informative Introduction to White’s life and work.