5 August 2010

Forgotten book: SUPERNATURAL SLEUTHS, Peter Haining

The things I really love about participating in Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books weekly project are firstly, scrutinising my little "green book", which is beginning to look a bit dilapidated these days, and then, doing some research about the book I've picked out.
My green book contains records of what I read for the period 1975-2000.

Today's forgotten book SUPERNATURAL SLEUTHS edited by Peter Haining made its appearance on 20 August 1987, just under 23 years ago.

My research today has uncovered this information:

Supernatural sleuths, stories of occult investigators, edited by Peter Haining.
Published 1986 by W. Kimber in London .
Written in English.
Table of Contents
    The ghost detective / Mark Lemon    
    Selecting a ghost / Sir Arthur Conan Doyle    
    The story of the Moor Road / E. and H. Heron    
    A victim of higher space / Algernon Blackwood    
    Case of the haunting of Grange / Sax Rohmer    
    The telepather / Henry A. Hering    
    The poltergeist / Seabury Quinn    
    The sinister shape / Gordon MacCreagh    
    Panic in Wild Harbor / Gordon Hillman    
    The case of the bronze door / Margery Lawrence    
    The case of the red-headed women / Dennis Wheatley    
    Apparition in the sun / Joseph Payne Brennan.

Peter Haining (1940-2007) according to Fantastic Fiction edited a large number of anthologies, predominantly of horror and fantasy short stories, wrote non-fiction books on a variety of topics from the Channel Tunnel to Sweeney Todd and also used the pen names "Ric Alexander" and "Richard Peyton" on a number of crime story anthologies. In the Seventies he wrote three novels, including The Hero (1973), which was optioned for filming.
He wrote several reference books on Doctor Who, including the 21st anniversary special Doctor Who: A Celebration Two Decades Through Time and Space (1983), and also wrote the definitive study of Sherlock Holmes on the screen, The Television Sherlock Holmes (1991) and several other television tie-ins featuring famous literary characters, including Maigret, Poirot and James Bond.

He won the British Fantasy Awards Karl Edward Wagner Award in 2001.


pattinase (abbott) said...

I only have a sporadic record of what I read and I regret this.

George said...

I've read several Peter Haining collections and they've been first-rate.

Todd Mason said...

I'm a fan of Haining's anthologies...even when they select relatively minor work from the writers at hand, they were almost always entertaining...


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