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• The Beckoning Fair One

• "The Cigarette Case"

• A new Introduction and story notes

"Beautiful, seductive, dead. She would reach across the grave to have him... "

The quintessential English ghost story returns to haunt the twenty-first century!

THE BECKNONING FAIR ONE, by OLIVER ONIONS, has been referred to as "the favorite ghost story of ghost story writers." Once you read it and fall under its cold grip, you will agree. Atmospheric, elegant, and subtle in its escalating terror, a seductive sense of evil practically spills from the words. Originally published in the collection Widdershins, this numinous novella features the most fearful femme fatale to ever appear in fiction. Onions' vision is tragic, psychologically complex, realistic, and horrifying.

Featuring some of the most chilling moments in literary history, THE BECKONING FAIR ONE features a stressed novelist who moves to a new apartment to write. But he is not alone. Soft laughter, faded perfume, and stealthy movements pursue him. A woman moves in the dark, enticing his body and smothering his mind. Will an old female friend be able to save him or will he rush into the cold arms of death -- or maybe something worse?

Edited and with an introduction by supernatural fiction author and critic WILLIAM P. SIMMONS, this third volume of Shadow House Publishing's HORROR HALL OF FAME NOVELLAS features a bonus Oliver Onions short story, "The Cigarette Case", which shows a vastly different aspect of the supernatural and the feminine.



• Introduction

• The Beckoning Fair One

• "The Cigarette Case"


About the Editor: William P. Simmons is a supernatural fiction author, critic, & journalist. Seven of his stories earned Honorable Mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror. By Reason of Darkness was praised by Publisher's Weekly, All Hallows & Cemetery Dance. Graham Masterton, Hugh B. Cave & T.M. Wright endorsed his fiction. He has interviewed such authors as Richard Matheson, F. Paul Wilson & Caitlin Kiernan.

HORROR HALL OF FAME NOVELLAS Series: "Horror hundreds of years in the making!" This series presents classic and rare supernatural, horror, and weird novellas that have been neglected due to major publisher's commercial disdain for the form.

SHADOW HOUSE PUBLISHING preserves our horror heritage with authoritative and affordable special editions of supernatural literature.

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  • Publication Date: September 9, 2020
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  • Print Length: 110 Pages
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