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Bookwomble
Cries of Terror | Anthony Masters
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2nd Story: "The Open Window" by Saki: A slight, somewhat amusing tale. Teenagers! ? 3/5?

GingerAntics Another creepy photo!!! 8h
Bookwomble @GingerAntics Ha, ha! I'm just trying to give you sleepless nights 😀 The next story is by Lovecraft, so no promises the upcoming photo will be any more calming 😉 8h
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 jokes on you!!! I watch Buzzfeed Unsolved Supernatural to unwind before bed (and laugh so much I get funny looks 🤷🏼‍♀️). 🤣😂🤣 8h
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Bookwomble
Cries of Terror | Anthony Masters
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1st Story: "The Hands of Mr Ottermole" by Thomas Burke.
While rather different in plot, the atmosphere of the story suggests Hitchcock's silent film, "The Lodger", and Lang's "M". A city in the grip of terror during the deadly reign of The London Strangler! Hitchcock did adapt it for his TV show, and in 1949, the tale was voted the best crime story ever!
Burke was already famous for his Limehouse stories of London's Chinese immigrants, banned??

Bookwomble ...in some quarters for shocking bourgeoisie sensibilities by referring to intimate relations between Chinese men and white British women ?
Interesting that in "Ottermole", the panicked Londoners cannot believe an Englishman could commit such heinous and baffling crimes, and therefore suspicion descends on Eastern European and Middle Eastern immigrant scapegoats: plus ça change...
A wonderfully executed non-supernatural chiller. 4/5?
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vivastory Everyone carries on about the brilliance of Lang's "Metropolis," for me "M" was the masterpiece 8h
Bookwomble @vivastory I do love "Metropolis", but, yes, I think "M" is the better film. Have you seen his Dr. Mabuse films? I haven't, but keep thinking I should. 8h
vivastory I saw one many years ago, but don't remember enough to recommend it. I've been meaning to give it another try. 7h
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Bookwomble
Cries of Terror | Anthony Masters
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"Criminologists and detectives tell us that 'every' murderer, however intelligent or cunning, always makes one slip in his tactics - one little slip that brings the affair home to him. But that is only half-true. It is only true of the murderers who are caught. Scores of murderers are not caught: therefore scores of murderers did not make any mistake at all. This man didn't."
- 'The Hands of Mr. Ottermole' by Thomas Burke

GingerAntics This picture is creepy!!! 13h
Bookwomble @GingerAntics The film is creepy! If you don't mind silent films, I'd recommend it. It's Hitchcock's third film, but the one he considered his first significant work: The Lodger. A serial killer on the loose in foggy of London Town! 12h
GingerAntics Oh I love a good Hitchcock film. I‘ve never watched a silent one. That screenshot is still tremendously creepy. I suppose you have to use more of the visual side of creepiness when you‘re limited on soundtrack. That guy looks straight up Jack the Ripper quality creepy. 9h
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GingerAntics Excuse me, ma‘am, there is a serial killer on the loose. Don‘t let that man in!!! He‘s creepy!!! He could be Jack the Ripper, reincarnated on your front step. Slam that door in his face and lock it!!! (edited) 9h
Bookwomble @GingerAntics Good call - Hitchcock was inspired by the Ripper killings. The film was released in 1927, within the living memory of many for whom the Ripper would have been all too recent a horror. 9h
GingerAntics I thought I had heard he did one inspired by the Ripper. That guy looks a lot like different drawings and descriptions I‘ve seen of Jack the Ripper. He really looks the part. I really want her to shut that door. lol 8h
Bookwomble @GingerAntics The actor is Ivor Novello, more famous as a songwriter, and for whom a prestigious British songwriting award is named. 8h
GingerAntics Is it possible he could have actually been Jack the Ripper? Or the son/nephew of Jack? This one might actually give me nightmares. 😂 8h
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Bookwomble
Cries of Terror | Anthony Masters
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"Fear of the unknown is mankind's greatest horror."

I hadn't realised that the editor of this horror anthology, Anthony Masters, was also the author of a book of vampire lore that I used to scare myself with when I was 13. Old stories, but there are several I already know and love, so I'm hopeful of finding some new favourites ??‍♀️
Terrifying #catsoflitsy ???

Aimeesue Cats of Litsy! 😂😂😂 19h
Bookwomble @Aimeesue Apart from the uncanny bipedal posture, I think it's the cat's navel that really freaks me out! 🙀 18h
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Cries of Terror | Anthony Masters
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Forty years a tbr, tonight its time has come! Some classics in this one, including Lovecraft, Doyle, Hodgson, James and Jacobs. The cover illustration is freaky!

vivastory That cover illustration is intense! 1d
Bookwomble @vivastory I know, right!? Kitchen out back of the Clown Motel 😂🤡 23h
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craftysilicate
The Outcast Hours | Mahvesh Murad, Jared Shurin
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Anthologies are always hit or miss, as I think I have said recently already, but this one definitely leaned more toward hit. The stories I expected to be good were good, I didn't absolutely hate anything in it, and I found some new authors to read more of. Success!

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craftysilicate
The Outcast Hours | Mahvesh Murad, Jared Shurin
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I was very excited to see Genevieve Valentine had a story in here, and it did not disappoint me.

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Zoes_Human
The New Voices of Science Fiction | Nino Cipri, Kelly Robson, Hannu Rajaniemi, Alexander Weinstein, Sam J. Miller, Amal El-Mohtar, E. Lily Yu, Sarah Pinsker, Lettie Prell, Rebecca Roanhorse, Rich Larson, Suzanne Palmer, Alice Sola Kim, S. Qiouyi Lu, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Darcie Little Badger, David Erik Nelson, Jacob Weisman, Jamie Wahls, Jason Sanford, Amman Sabet, Samantha Mills
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An exceptional collection of stories set in diverse and fascinating worlds, where the eternal dramas of the human experience are acted out in new and interesting ways as each author explores the mysteries of identity, relationships, and the human condition in their own unique style. While there is an overall tone of hope, substance was never sacrificed for joy, and readers will find depth throughout the collection.

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Owlizabeth
The Mythic Dream | Naomi Novik, Stephen Graham Jones, Ann Leckie, Seanan McGuire, Leah Cypess, Kat Howard, Jeffrey Ford, Carlos Hernandez, T. Kingfisher, Alyssa Wong, Amal El-Mohtar, John Chu, Indrapramit Das, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah Gailey, Rebecca Roanhorse, Arkady Martine, J.Y. Yang
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I‘m not much of an anthology reader, and I don‘t have a deep mythology background, but I picked this book up at the library based on the contributors and I have been so pleasantly surprised so far. I‘m almost glad the kiddo woke up at 5 so I could keep reading...almost.

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Zoes_Human
The New Voices of Science Fiction | Nino Cipri, Kelly Robson, Hannu Rajaniemi, Alexander Weinstein, Sam J. Miller, Amal El-Mohtar, E. Lily Yu, Sarah Pinsker, Lettie Prell, Rebecca Roanhorse, Rich Larson, Suzanne Palmer, Alice Sola Kim, S. Qiouyi Lu, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Darcie Little Badger, David Erik Nelson, Jacob Weisman, Jamie Wahls, Jason Sanford, Amman Sabet, Samantha Mills
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“My intern screamed. That‘s rarely a good sign.” 😂