Barry Pain

Barry Pain

Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864–1928) was an English journalist, poet and writer.

Born in Cambridge, he was educated at Sedbergh School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He became a prominent contributor to The Granta. He was known as a writer of parody and lightly humorous stories.

In 1889, Cornhill Magazine's editor, James Payn, published his story "The Hundred Gates", and shortly afterwards Pain became a contributor to Punch and The Speaker, and joined the staffs of the Daily Chronicle and Black and White.

Pain's works include In a Canadian Canoe (1891), papers reprinted from The Granta; Playthings and Parodies (1892); The Kindness of the Celestial (1894); The Octave of Claudius (1897); Eliza (1900); Another English Woman's Love Letters (1901); The Shadow of the Unseen (1907); An Exchange of Souls (1911); and others. Stories in the Dark (1901) and Stories In Grey (1911) contain several of Pain's horror stories, including the famous "The Moon-Slave". Going Home (1921) is a sentimental fantasy story about a winged man.

Barry Pain's An Exchange of Souls is credited with being inspirational to H. P. Lovecraft, specifically in his short story "The Thing on the Doorstep".


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Edited by 2011-01-28 (Seregil of Rhiminee)
Speculative Fiction Novels (7)
1921  Going Home
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1916  Collected Tales: Volume One
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1911  An Exchange of Souls
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1911  Stories in Grey
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1907  The Shadow of the Unseen
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1901  Stories in the Dark
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1891  Stories and Interludes
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Others non-spefi books (4)
1913  The New Gulliver and Other Stories
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1911  Here and Hereafter
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1902  The One Before
1891  In a Canadian Canoe
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