Randalls Round - Nine Nightmares by Eleanor Scott

British Library Tales of the Weird

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Randalls Round: Nine Nightmares by Eleanor Scott, edited by Aaron Worth / 235-page paperback from the British Library's "Tales of the Weird" series, published in 2022 / ISBN 9780712354059 / new copies with minor wear from inbound shipping


A thrilling collection of strange stories by Eleanor Scott, ranging from depictions of ritualistic folk horror to tales of ancient forces versus humanity. An author who, despite being hugely influential to the Folk Horror and Weird genres, remains relatively unknown with few collections of her work published, Scott has an incredibly varied bibliography, writing Crime Fiction and domestic female-centric narratives.

‘These stories have all had their origins in dreams... Terrifying enough to the dreamer... I hope that some readers will experience an agreeable shudder or two in the reading of them.’

A malignant entity answers the call of an ancient curse on the coast of Brittany; a traveler’s curiosity delivers him to an abominable Hallowe’en ritual; the curious new owner of a haunted mansion discovers something far worse than ghosts in the night.

Randalls Round has long been revered by devotees of the weird tale. First published in 1929, its stories of ritualistic folk horror and M. R. James-inspired accounts of ancient forces terrorizing humanity are thoroughly deserving of wider recognition. This collection includes a new introduction exploring Eleanor Scott’s impact on weird and folk horror fiction, and two chilling stories by N. Dennett – speculated to be another of the author’s pseudonyms.

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