Seattle, WA; Midnight House, 2000. Fine in Fine dj. 1st hardcover. Charles Birkin was the acknowledged master of the conte cruel or psychological horror story. His first collection was published in the 1930s as part of the famous Creeps series. After a lapse of nearly 30 years he returned to the field at the urging of Dennis Wheatley, rapidly turning out remarkably powerful collections that have profoundly influenced the field of modern horror. This present collection was assembled by the author with the assistance of noted editor Mike Ashley and was intended as a retrospective sampling of the author's work. The elegant and cruel tales of Charles Birkin have been too long unavailable to the modern reader; hopefully this will not be the last volume collecting his best stories. Limited to 450 numbered copies. Edited by Mike Ashley.