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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. 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

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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. WHY THE HADN T I READ ANTYHING WRITTEN BY GERALD KERSH UNTIL NOWOK Now I m feeling better That sense of betterment is derived not only from the fact that I have somehow managed to get that feeling which had been plaguing me ever since I had picked up the book out in the open I m feeling better because I m uite sure that many many of you esteemed readers would be in the same boat and I can only hope that my humble comments might succeed in motivating you to rectify the situation ASAPValancourt Books has performed a seminal service to readers everywhere by publishing this slim but attractive collection It contains the following An introduction from Harlan Ellison titled Kersh the Demon Prince which had graced the 1968 edition and remains totally valid even now in all its rants ramblings Then comes the stories which are 1 The ueen of Pig Island2 Frozen Beauty3 The Brighton Monster4 Men Without Bones5 Busto Is A Ghost Too Mean to Give Us A Fright 6 The Ape and the Mystery7 The King Who Collected Clocks8 Bone For Debunkers9 A Lucky Day for the Boar10 Voices in the Dust of Annan11 Whatever Happened to Corporal CuckooIf I try to summarise the stories accompanied by my personal opinion with respect to each of them the whole thing would be a travesty mockery of the genius that was Kersh He had in his often poetic often sharp and rather hauntingly mocking prose created worlds here These worlds are dream like in the sense that they are entirely recognisable painful joyous fascinating strange and totally elusive when you try to capture them with your awake yet befuddled hands These stories have generated tropes that have been encashed by Hollywood as well as all kinds of entertainers literary or otherwise without us ever knowing that it was Kersh who had gifted us with these conceptsBetter hurry and grab a copy of this book before you again forget and deprive yourself of the pleasure of reading Kersh The Black Painting 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. WHY THE HADN T I READ ANTYHING WRITTEN BY GERALD KERSH UNTIL NOWOK Now I m feeling better That sense of betterment is derived not only from the fact that I have somehow managed to get that feeling which had been plaguing me ever since I had picked Fire and Desire up the book out in the open I m feeling better because I m The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox uite sure that many many of you esteemed readers would be in the same boat and I can only hope that my humble comments might succeed in motivating you to rectify the situation ASAPValancourt Books has performed a seminal service to readers everywhere by publishing this slim but attractive collection It contains the following An introduction from Harlan Ellison titled Kersh the Demon Prince which had graced the 1968 edition and remains totally valid even now in all its rants ramblings Then comes the stories which are 1 The The Illusionists ueen of Pig Island2 Frozen Beauty3 The Brighton Monster4 Men Without Bones5 Busto Is A Ghost Too Mean to Give Us A Fright 6 The Ape and the Mystery7 The King Who Collected Clocks8 Bone For Debunkers9 A Lucky Day for the Boar10 Voices in the Dust of Annan11 Whatever Happened to Corporal CuckooIf I try to summarise the stories accompanied by my personal opinion with respect to each of them the whole thing would be a travesty mockery of the genius that was Kersh He had in his often poetic often sharp and rather hauntingly mocking prose created worlds here These worlds are dream like in the sense that they are entirely recognisable painful joyous fascinating strange and totally elusive when you try to capture them with your awake yet befuddled hands These stories have generated tropes that have been encashed by Hollywood as well as all kinds of entertainers literary or otherwise without Planet of the Bugs us ever knowing that it was Kersh who had gifted Fishes of the Open Ocean us with these conceptsBetter hurry and grab a copy of this book before you again forget and deprive yourself of the pleasure of reading Kersh

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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 from the fact that I have somehow managed to get that feeling which had been plaguing me ever since I had picked up the book out in the open I’m feeling better because I’m uite sure that many many of you esteemed readers would be in the same boat and I can only hope that my hum

  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 an article or essay describing authors they admire Nightshade Damnation 11 Store

  3. says:

    Gerald Kersh wrote to make a living and these eleven stories – originally published between 1938 and 1962 – are for the most part potboilers Many of them follow the sort of formula in which the narrator meets a chum who settles back in his armchair lights his pipe and says “Did I ever tell you the ueer tal

  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 tigh

  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

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    I'd never hea

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    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

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    The ueen of Pig Island Frozen Beauty oThe Brighton MonsterMen Without BonesBusto is a Ghost Too Mean to Give Us a FrightThe Ape and the MysteryThe King Who Collected ClocksBone for DebinkersA Lucky Day for the BoarVoices in the Dust AnnanWhatever Happened to Corporal Cuckoo?

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