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Contents9 · Kersh the Demon Prince · Harlan Ellison · in 15 · The ueen of Pig Island · ss The Strand Mar ’49 29 · Frozen Beauty as by Waldo Kellar · ss John Bull Nov 29 ’41 35 · The Brighton Monster “The Monster” · ss The Saturday Evening Post Feb 21 ’48 51 · Men Without Bones · ss Esuire Aug ’54 63 · Busto Is a Ghost Too Mea. Loaned to me by fellow writer and dear friend Jack Mace this remarkable anthology of 11 storeis by a brilliant writer Gerald Kersh unknown to me only a few years ago Oh perhaps I have encountered his name somewhere along the line in one or then obscures references to him by Harlan Ellison or Ray Bradbury or any one of the writers I admire in an article or essay describing authors they admire Nightshade Damnation 11 Storeis of the Weird the Unspeakable the Bizarre since its publication in 1968 continues to surface in the ranks of the enthusiasts libraries regularly attracting new raving fans With stories of this magnitude picking favorites is a bit of a struggle but inevitably somehow your favorites emerge From this collection my chosen include The ueen of Pig Island Men Without Bones The King Who Collected Clocks Voices In The Dust of Annan and perhaps my very favorite Whatever Happened to Corporal CuckooI am resolved to find my very own copy of this anthology I will cherish it all my days Kersh was born in England uit school before taking a degree and continued his education in a series of jobs salesman baker fish and chips cook nighclub bouncer freelance newspaper journalist while writing his first two novels The publication of is third novel NIGHT AND THE CITY in 1937 put him on the map and marked him as among the front ranks of young British writers Twenty novels later he created what he considered his masterpiece FOWLER S END which is widely regarded as one of the outstanding novels of the 20th century Throughout his career he wrote a number of distinguished short stories many if not most in this anthology were printed first in the US by THE SATURDAY EVENING POST PLAYBOY ESUIRE and ON AN ODD NOTE among othersKersh fought with the Coldstream Guards in WWII and after traveling extensively settled in America and gained citizenship circa 1960 and from about that time lived uietly in Cragsmoor in a remote section of the Shawangunk Mountains in New York State The Black Ice Score (Parker, ueen of Pig Island · ss The Strand Mar ’49 29 · Frozen Beauty as by Waldo Kellar · ss John Bull Nov 29 ’41 35 · The Brighton Monster “The Monster” · ss The Saturday Evening Post Feb 21 ’48 51 · Men Without Bones · ss Esuire Aug ’54 63 · Busto Is a Ghost Too Mea. Loaned to me by fellow writer and dear friend Jack Mace this remarkable anthology of 11 storeis by a brilliant writer Gerald Kersh The Black Painting unknown to me only a few years ago Oh perhaps I have encountered his name somewhere along the line in one or then obscures references to him by Harlan Ellison or Ray Bradbury or any one of the writers I admire in an article or essay describing authors they admire Nightshade Damnation 11 Storeis of the Weird the Unspeakable the Bizarre since its publication in 1968 continues to surface in the ranks of the enthusiasts libraries regularly attracting new raving fans With stories of this magnitude picking favorites is a bit of a struggle but inevitably somehow your favorites emerge From this collection my chosen include The Fire and Desire ueen of Pig Island Men Without Bones The King Who Collected Clocks Voices In The Dust of Annan and perhaps my very favorite Whatever Happened to Corporal CuckooI am resolved to find my very own copy of this anthology I will cherish it all my days Kersh was born in England The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox uit school before taking a degree and continued his education in a series of jobs salesman baker fish and chips cook nighclub bouncer freelance newspaper journalist while writing his first two novels The publication of is third novel NIGHT AND THE CITY in 1937 put him on the map and marked him as among the front ranks of young British writers Twenty novels later he created what he considered his masterpiece FOWLER S END which is widely regarded as one of the outstanding novels of the 20th century Throughout his career he wrote a number of distinguished short stories many if not most in this anthology were printed first in the US by THE SATURDAY EVENING POST PLAYBOY ESUIRE and ON AN ODD NOTE among othersKersh fought with the Coldstream Guards in WWII and after traveling extensively settled in America and gained citizenship circa 1960 and from about that time lived The Illusionists uietly in Cragsmoor in a remote section of the Shawangunk Mountains in New York State

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?; Karmesin · ss The Saturday Evening Post Dec 15 ’62 133 · A Lucky Day for the Boar · ss Playboy Oct ’62 143 · Voices in the Dust of Annan · ss The Saturday Evening Post Sep 13 ’47 161 · Whatever Happened to Corporal Cuckoo · nv The Brighton Monster London Heinemann 1953; Star Science Fiction Stories #3 ed Frederik Pohl Ballantine 1954. I d never heard of this guy before I read this book with an introduction slobbering all over him by Harlan Ellison but all these stories were interesting and very very odd

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N to Give Us a Fright “Lunatic’s Broth” as by P J Gahagan · ss Courier Spr ’38 77 · The Ape and the Mystery “The Mysterious Mona Lisa Smile” · ss The Saturday Evening Post Jun 26 ’48 89 · The King Who Collected Clocks “Royal Impostor” · nv The Saturday Evening Post May 3 ’47 117 · Bone for Debunkers “The Karmesin Affair?. Much whimsical and science fictional than horror which is how I ve seen this collection typically billed but very enjoyable nonetheless


10 thoughts on “Nightshade and Damnations

  1. says:

    WHY THE HADN’T I READ ANTYHING WRITTEN BY GERALD KERSH UNTIL NOW?OK Now I’m feeling better That sense of betterment is derived not only f

  2. says:

    Loaned to me by fellow writer and dear friend Jack Mace this remarkable anthology of 11 storeis by a brilliant writer Gerald Kersh unknown to me only a few years ago Oh perhaps I have encountered his name somewhere along the line in one or then obscures references to him by Harlan Ellison or Ray Bradbury or any one of the writers I admire in

  3. says:

    Gerald Kersh wrote to make a living and these eleven stories – originally published between 1938 and 1962 – are for the most part

  4. says:

    Gerald Kersh is like a pulp magazine Georges Luis Borges Kersh's story structure is the same as Borges weird and uncanny stories told within the frame of obscure documents dubious narrations of suspect old characters and hodge podge collections of overheard facts This collection features 11 short fictions all of them tight short stories most with a witty zinger at the end that can be both breathtaking and groan induci

  5. says:

    Not so much horror as stories of the fantastic Many of these would have felt right at home on the Twilight Zone of old

  6. says:

    Much whimsical and science fictional than horror which is how I’ve seen this collection typically billed but very enjoyable nonetheless

  7. says:

    I'd never heard of this guy before I read this book with an introduction slobbering all over him by Harlan Ellison but all these stories were interesting and very very odd

  8. says:

    A collection of horror stories making the incredible sound reasonable Many of them like stories you might run across in the National Enuirer except sounding believable They aren't bloody or gross horror but intellectual Listed in Stephen King's Danse Macabre as one of the best collections of short story horror

  9. says:

    A collection of short stories from the 1940s and 1950s somewhat pulpy but it’s a testament to Kersh’s style and POV that he has aged better than most I’d heard Kersh’s name for a while now and knew his work from Jules Dassin’s “Night the City” before I knew who he was I definitely recommend this book

  10. says:

    The ueen of Pig Island Frozen Beauty oThe Brighton MonsterMen Without BonesBusto is a Ghost Too Mean to Give Us a FrightThe Ape and th

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