The Black Veil and Other Tales of Supernatural Sleuths
Edited by Mark Valentine.
The Gateway of the Monster… The Red Hand… The Ghost Hunter
To Sherlock Holmes the supernatural was a closed book: but other great detectives have always been ready to do battle with the dark instead. This volume brings together sixteen chilling cases of these supernatural sleuths, pitting themselves against the peril of ultimate evil.
Here are encounters from the casebooks of the Victorian haunted house investigators John Bell and Flaxman Low, from Carnacki, the Edwardian battler against the abyss, and from horror master Arthur Machen's Mr Dyson, a man-about-town and meddler in strange things. Connoisseurs will find rare cases such as those of Allen Upward's ‘The Ghost Hunter’, Robert Barr's Eugene Valmont (who may have inspired Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot) and Donald Campbell's young explorer Leslie Vane, the James Bond of the jazz age, who battles against occult enemies of the British Empire. And the collection is completed by some of the best tales from the pens of modern psychic sleuth authors.
Introduction by Mark Valentine
The Warder of the Door by Robert Eustace and L. T. Meade
The Story of Sevens Hall by Hesketh Prichard and Kate Prichard (as by E. Heron and H. Heron)
The Gateway of the Monster by William Hope Hodgson
The Red Hand by Arthur Machen
The Haunted Woman by Allen Upward
The Ghost with the Club-foot by Robert Barr
The Curious Activities of Basil Thorpenden by Vernon Knowles
The Necromancer by Donald Campbell
Waste Manor by L. Adams Beck
The House of Fenris by John Cooling
The Prince of Barlocco by Mark Valentine
The Legacy of the Viper by Colin Langeveld
The Sheelagh-na-gig by Rosemary Pardoe
The Black Veil by Chico Kidd
Like Clockwork by R. B. Russell
Spirit Solutions by Rosalie Parker
Mark Valentine is an English author, biographer and editor.
Valentine’s short stories have been published by a number of small presses and in anthologies since the 1980s, and the exploits of his series character, "The Connoisseur", an occult detective, were published as The Collected Connoisseur in 2010.
As a biographer, Valentine has published a life of Arthur Machen in 1985 (Seren Press), and a study of Sarban, Time, A Falconer (Tartarus Press), is published in 2010. He has also written numerous articles for the Book and Magazine Collector magazine, and introductions for various books, including editions of work by Walter de la Mare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Saki, J. Meade Falkner and others.