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Fengriffen and Other Stories [Fengriffen; Strange Roots; Among the Wolves]
Macdonald & Co., London 1971 - Three Tales of Horror and Suspense. The three stories are Fengriffen; Strange Roots; Among the Wolves. Jacket design by Chris Scott. Jacket photograph by John Stanley. Scarce title, with Trove listing only 2 copies held in Australian libraries. The short story Fengriffen was first published in the US in 1970 by Hill & Wang, New York. Titled "Fengriffen: A Chilling Tale", it was 133 pages in length. This 210-page First UK Edition, published the following year in 1971, includes the two additional stories by David Case. From inner front flap of dustjacket (in full): "Fengriffen, Strange Roots and Among the Wolves are tales of horror and suspense which demonstrate - in very different ways - the author's tremendous powers of imagination and his ability to suspend disbelief. David Case's previous collection in this genre, The Cell, was described by the Evening News as 'three psychological shockers, enough to refrigerate any spine'. Here his gift for brilliant and hideously macabre story-telling is used to even greater effect". Wikipedia notes: "David Case was born in 1937 in upstate New York. Outside of the horror genre, Case has written over 300 books under at least 17 different pseudonyms, ranging from porn to Westerns. In Fengriffen, Case brilliantly reinvents the Gothic, and with commendable succinctness. He begins with a nod to Poe, that great moderniser of the mode, and proceeds to develop his tale along the lines of psychological enquiry Poe pioneered but follows them where Poe might never have dreamed they would lead. In other ways too he's ahead of the game: the tale precedes the systematic development of erotic horror fiction by some years. Fengriffen was adapted into the film And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) by director Roy Ward Baker". Printed in Great Britain. Bound in original black boards with bright gilt lettering to spine, in publisher's unclipped pictorial dustjacket. Slight shelfwear with small closed tears & mild rubbing to dustjacket, faint staining to inside edge of dustjacket (not apparent on outside at all), otherwise overall a very nice clean tight solid hardcover copy. The dustjacket is now protected in a removable clear Bro-dart cover. 210pp. RARE. SB-227. Size: 20.5 x 13.5cm [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bookwood]
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