The Horror on the StairThe Horror on the Stair
by Arthur Quiller-Couch

Edited, with an Introduction, by S.T. Joshi

Dust jacket by Paul Lowe

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ISBN: 1-899562-90-7

Ash-Tree Press, 2000; 265 pp; limited to 500 copies

Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch—who published much of his fiction under the pseudonym 'Q'—was born in Cornwall in 1863, and the county, its history, and its people were to have a marked influence on his life and writing. After moving to London to pursue a writing career, the author returned to his native county in 1892, and maintained a permanent residence there until his death in 1944.

He established a reputation as a literary critic and editor, and was also a successful novelist: his final, unfinished novel, Castle D'Or, was completed by another writer with strong Cornish connections, Daphne du Maurier. Yet Quiller-Couch was also interested in the unseen and unknown, and this prompted him to turn his hand, time and again, to supernatural stories, which are scattered amongst his collections of short stories.

S.T. Joshi has now collected together the finest of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's weird tales. They range from the gently humorous drolls 'Widdershins' and 'My Grandfather, Hendry Watty' to the outright horror of 'The Haunted Dragoon' and 'The Legend of Sir Dinar', and include such classics of the supernatural as 'A Pair of Hands', 'The Seventh Man', and Quiller-Couch's best-known ghost story, the haunting 'The Roll-Call of the Reef'. In his introduction, Joshi discusses the author's life and times, providing a fascinating look at this most accomplished and respected writer.

CONTENTS:
Introduction (S.T. Joshi)
Psyche
"Doubles" and Quits
Old Aeson
A Dark Mirror
The Magic Shadow
The Haunted Dragoon
A Blue Pantomime
The Roll-Call of the Reef
My Grandfather, Hendry Watty
Widdershins
The Legend of Sir Dinar
Oceanus
The Seventh Man
The Room of Mirrors
A Pair of Hands
The Lady of the Ship
The Mystery of Joseph Laquedem
The Laird's Luck
Phoebus on Halzaphron
The Haunted Yacht
John and the Ghosts
The Talking Ships
The Horror on the Stair
The Bend of the Road
Mutual Exchange, Limited
Not Here, O Apollo!

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