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[ Pdf Ghouls in My Grave ✓ planetary-romance PDF ] by Jean Ray É Stephen King recommended book Noted as important to the genre we have been discussing from Ignore the cheesy title, the book is entertaining and imaginative throughout, but stories 2, 5, and 6 are among the most atmospheric, and disturbing supernatural stories in literature, regardless of language or date of composition The translations of Lowell Bair in this collection are solemn and sonorous than the breezier translations by Hugh van Calenbergh for the equally desirable Midnight House collection, MY OWN PRIVATE SPECTRES, which has only two stories in common with this one 2 5 For about Jean Ray, and a comparison of these two collections, see John Eatman s review at We need Jean Ray Sadly, I d already read probably the best stories from this volume elsewhere, but it was well worth tracking down Ray s excellent grasp of the weird and his gallows humor make for some spectacular reading that s right in the line that I long for when I pick up a book of uncanny tales So, why haven t I gotten my hands on a copy of The Horrifying Presence yet I have no excuse.

Far less sophisticated than Ray champions would have you think, but still very much worth reading, especially for lovers of moody, pulpy short horrors of 20s and 30s.
I read two of these stories previously in the Vandermeers collection The Weird The Shadowy Street and The Mainz Psalter These are masterpieces of weird fiction, but what I remembered about them was they weren t just weird, they were actually scary too.
At his best Ray s stories generate a thick, uncanny atmosphere, and some genuinely creepy moments A lot of what happens in these stories is simply not explained, or left open ended in ways that are both thought provoking and quite eerie.
But that said, should you search out this rare expensive book to read these rarely re printed stories I would say no If you ve read The Shadowy Street and The Mainz Psalter you ve read the best this book has to offer.
I d suggest picking up The Weird anthology, it has the best two stories here and it s the same translation Sure, there s a few other good stories in this book, Contains Gold Teeth The Shadowy Street I Killed Alfred Heavenrock The Cemetery Watchman The Mainz Psalter The Last Traveler The Black Mirror Mr Glass Changes Direction Author S Real Name Is Raymundus Joannes De Kremer He Also Published Work Under The Name John Flanders

Jean Ray

[ Pdf Ghouls in My Grave ✓ planetary-romance PDF ] by Jean Ray É pamyatnik.pro John Flanders and Jean Ray He wrote both in Dutch and French.He was born in Ghent, his father a minor port official, his mother the director of a girls school Ray was a fairly successful student but failed to complete his university studies, and from 1910 to 1919 he worked in clerical jobs in the city administration.By the early 1920s he had joined the editorial team of the Journal de Gand Later he also joined the monthly L Ami du Livre His first book, Les Contes du Whisky, a collection of fantastic and uncanny stories, was published during 1925.During 1926 he was charged with embezzlement and sentenced to six years in prison, but served only two years During his imprisonment he wrote two of his best known long stories, The Shadowy Street and The Mainz Psalter From the time of his release in 1929 until the outbreak of the Second World War, he wrote virtually non stop.Between 1933 and 1940, he produced over a hundred tales in a series of detective stories, The Adventures of Harry Dickson, the American Sherlock Holmes He had been hired to translate a series from the German, but he found the stories so bad that he suggested to his Amsterdam publisher that he should re write them instead The publisher agreed, provided only that each story be about the same length as the original, and match the book s cover illustration The Harry Dickson stories are admired by the film director Alain Resnais among others During the winter of 1959 1960 Resnais met with Ray in the hope of making a film based on the Harry Dickson character, but nothing came of the project.During the Second World War Ray s prodigious output slowed, but he was able to publish his best works in French, under the name Jean Ray Le Grand Nocturne 1942 , La Cit de l Indicible Peur, also adapted into a film starring Bourvil, Malpertuis, Les Cercles de L Epouvante all 1943 , Les Derniers Contes de Canterbury 1944 and Le Livre des Fant mes 1947.After the war he was again reduced to hackwork, writing comic strip scenarios by the name of John Flanders He was rescued from obscurity by Raymond Queneau and Roland Stragliati, whose influence got Malpertuis reprinted in French during 1956.A few weeks before his death, he wrote his own mock epitaph in a letter to his friend Albert van Hageland Ci g t Jean Ray homme sinistre qui ne fut rien pas m me ministre Here lies Jean Ray A man sinister who was nothing not even a minister.