Classic and modern tales of horror presented for you in wide SCREAM Horrorscope....
Crawling forth from the Depression years - from the haunted pages of Strange Tales, Weird Tales, Ghost Stories, Spicy Mystery Stories, Black Book Detective, and elsewhere - Wildside presents an omnibus of vintage nightmares, twenty-six of the best horror tales of Hugh B. Cave.
"Solid Pulp Horror stories"
Terror Lurks beneath the waves.... In Dame Marie, sleeping villagers walk in the dead of night - they return without memory, naked and soaking from the sea...when they return at all.... Dr. Stephen Spence is new to the village, but he has seen Evil before - when the darkest rites of Voodoo nearly cost him his life. But Voodoo has two faces; and the Doctor is beginning to see that only the village Houngan - Voodoo priest - may have medicine strong enough to defeat the forces calling from the cove.
Nebulon, a sleepy little Florida town: It had never known trouble, never expected it from its smallest, most innocent residents - the children. But something awful was growing in the youngest minds. It began with a child's brutal attack on her mother's lover. A pet obscenely mutilated. A baby drowned in the lake. A man blinded, then savagely stabbed to death. As the small, familiar faces turned away without feeling, the clues lead to old Gustave Nebulon's house and a door that, if opened, may release all the hate the world could hold....
In the1930s and '40s, Black Mask was the single most important magazine for the modern mystery field. Here writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Earl Stanley Gardner reshaped the established view of mystery fiction, creating the "hard-boiled" private eye. Now this series resurrects from those pages the toughest of tough detectives in sonic dramatizations from the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear.
The Bennett family moved to Jamaica after inheriting a coffee plantation in the Blue Mountains. This novel covers three generations of their lives, loves, triumphs and failures as the build an amazing, profitable plantation, producing some of the finest coffee in the world, and then run afoul of history. This novel , in many ways, parallels the amazing life of it's author, Hugh B. Cave, who owned a plantation on the last road into the Blue Mountains in Jamaica, only to lose it to the government.
"The Best By Far"
An eccentric boarding house denizen winds up dead; his presumed killer, a fellow boarder, has vanished. The baffling case unfolds through the testimony of witnesses, who are themselves suspect.
"Great Quick Listen"
They're baaaaaaaaaaaaacckkkkk!!! Rocky Coast Radio Theatre returns with yet another copious cornucopia of classic concoctions, crafted and compiled for the captive congregation (gotta love that thesaurus!). Nightmares on Congress Street, Part V offers dramatized adaptations (complete with music and sound effects) of chilling stories penned by Edgar Allan Poe, Hugh B. Cave, and H. P. Lovecraft, as well as a few additional treats.
From its launch in 1920 until its demise in 1951, the magazine Black Mask published pulp crime fiction. The first hard-boiled detective stories appeared on its pages. Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, and John D. MacDonald all got their start in Black Mask. The urban crime stories that appeared in Black Mask helped to shape American culture. Modern computer games, films, and television are rooted in the fiction popularized by the magazine.
Did a spoiled rich girl die in a plane crash, or is she hiding with her homicidal lover in the Florida Keys? Whose body is that in the wreckage? Who put it there?
An uncanny device takes possession of the minds of "law abiding citizens" and molds them into murdering tools. A rather mad scientist combines hypnotic waves with radio waves, and thus The Murder Machine.
In 1934, a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names - the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines - weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Terror Tales was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day.
Where can you hide when the Earth wants you dead? In the near-future, crime, drugs, and pollution make the cities uninhabitable. Gangs roam the streets ravaging at will, the police have all but surrendered, and the air and water are slowly killing the population. One small group determines to survive.
A strange young man, Barry Clinton. Unlike most young missionaries, who came to the island to save souls, this one had come with a belligerent skepticism and a driving determination to battle sickness and starvation. He had come to the Ile du Vent with a Bible and a few meager medical supplies - ready to make the little Caribbean island a better place in which to live.
Ever since the terrible year when first his mother and then his brother died, 12-year-old Peter Devon has been sent away to school. This summer, he hopes to convince his father to let him stay year-round on Kilmarnie, their Jamaica coffee plantation. But Mr. Devon is still preoccupied with his loss. Into their lives comes Zackie Leonard, an independent island boy. Peter admires Zackie's pride and knowledge of the land, and to his delight, Mr. Devon also takes an interest in Zackie. But Zackie is burdened, too....