Thursday, October 22, 2009

Welsh Tales of Terror

Some Halloween reading picked up, this morning, from the normally barren pastures of the PDSA charity shop on Albany Road. Amidst a well-thumbed phalanx of discarded Barbara Taylor Bradfords and Dan Browns nestled this splendid copy of Welsh Tales of Terror (1973). This particular edition - with the fantastical cover - is the 1975 Fontana reprint. And what a stunning cover it is too. I imagine the subterranean landscape of your average Valleys town to look exactly like this. The actual stories contained within are a mixed bag, but The Shining Pyramid by Arthur Machen; Jordan by Glyn Jones; and Be This Her Memorial by Caradoc Evans are well worth the £1.80 forked out for the paperback.