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OUT OF PRINT TITLE INFORMATION
CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE
AND OTHER STORIES
by H. R. Wakefield
with an Introduction
by Barbara Roden
1-899562-45-1; xxii + 267pp
Published 27 April 1998 in an edition of 500 copies
Originally published in Great Britain in 1940, The Clock Strikes Twelve was H.R. Wakefields first collection of original supernatural stories since 1929s Old Mans Beard, and was to be the last book the author had published in Britain during his lifetime. Originally consisting of fourteen stories, the book contained some of Wakefields most memorable supernatural tales, such as Luckys Grove, From Outer Darkness, The First Sheaf, and Farewell Performance.
The volume had only limited success in its original incarnation; but in 1946 it was reprinted by Americas legendary Arkham House, in an edition which contained a further four stories and a fascinating introduction by the author, Why I Write Ghost Stories. There is, I believe, something there, said Wakefield about the possibility of ghosts, but I shall never know what; and, rest assured, neither will you.
The Ash-Tree Press edition of The Clock Strikes Twelve contains all eighteen stories from the two earlier editions, plus the authors own introduction. It also contains a further three stories which have never been collected with Wakefields weird fiction, making this an essential volume of stories for any lover of the classic supernatural tale.
Barbara Rodens introduction to this new volume, the fourth in the Ash-Tree Press series which will collect all of Wakefields supernatural fiction, covers the eventful decade of the 1930s, which saw many changes for the author in both his personal and professional lives. Creatively, it was Wakefields most prolific period; he could not have known that after publication of The Clock Strikes Twelve, he would have only one other book published during his lifetime. This new volume includes a further previously unpublished photograph of the author.
Jacket art by Paul Lowe.
Contents: Introduction by Barbara Roden; [THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE]: Why I Write Ghost Stories; Into Outer Darkness; The Alley; Jay Walkers; Ingredient X; "I Recognised the Voice"; Farewell Performance; Not Quite Cricket; In Collaboration; A Stitch in Time; Luckys Grove; Red Feathers; Happy Ending?; The First Sheaf; Masrur; A Fishing Story; Used Car; Death of a Poacher; Knock! Knock! Whos There?; [WEIRD TALES]: From the Vasty Deep; Out of the Wrack I Rise; A Black Solitude.
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