Darkness, Mist & Shadow - The Collected Macabre Tales of Basil Copper: Volume 1
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Darkness, Mist & Shadow - The Collected Macabre Tales of Basil Copper: Volume 1

by Basil Copper
Release date: April 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, short stories

Edited by Stephen Jones. Introduction by Stephen Jones. Cover art by Stephen E. Fabian (interior art by various artists).

Volume One

Compiled and Edited by Stephen Jones

"An outstanding British writer in the genre."
August Derleth

"He beguiles the mind as he lures the imagination beyond the outposts of reality."
Donald Wandrei

Collected together for the first time in two handsomely produced volumes from PS Publishing are all the supernatural and macabre short stories and novellas of legendary British writer Basil Copper.

Drawn from numerous collections, anthologies and magazines as varied as the legendary Pan Book of Horror Stories series, rare and collectible compilations edited by Peter Haining and Richard Dalby, and the author's own highly-prized books from Arkham House, these two extensive collections contain more than four decades' worth of weird fiction from one of the genre's most renowned practitioners.

In this initial volume you will find such classics of the macabre as the author's first professionally published short story, 'The Spider', along with memorable tales like "Camera Obscura' (adapted by Rod Serling for the TV series Night Gallery), 'The Academy of Pain', 'Amber Print', 'The Recompensing of Albano Pizar' (dramatised by BBC Radio 4) and the author's terrifying Cthulhu Mythos novella, 'Shaft Number 247'.

With an historical Introduction by editor Stephen Jones, Volume One of Darkness, Mist and Shadow: The Collected Macabre Tales of Basil Copper also contains original illustrations by Dave Carson, Les Edwards, Bob Eggleton, Gary Gianni and Allen Koszowski, along with a stunning cover painting by Stephen E. Fabian.


  • Introduction by Stephen Jones
  • The Spider
  • Camera Obscura
  • The Janissaries of Emillion
  • The Cave
  • The Grey House
  • Old Mrs. Cartwright
  • Charon
  • The Great Vore
  • The Academy of Pain
  • Doctor Porthos
  • Archives of the Dead
  • Amber Print
  • Out of the Fog
  • The House by the Tarn
  • The Knocker at the Portico
  • The Second Passenger
  • The Recompensing of Albano Pizar
  • The Gossips
  • A Very Pleasant Fellow
  • A Message from the Stars
  • Cry Wolf
  • The Trodes
  • Dust to Dust
  • The Flabby Men
  • The Way the World Died
  • The Treasure of Our Lady
  • Justice at the Crossroads
  • Mrs. Van Donk
  • The Stranger
  • The Madonna of the Four-Ale Bar
  • Shaft Number 247
updated 2010-12-28

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