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THE SHINING HAND AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR by Dick Donovan. Seattle, WA; Midnight House; 2004. 1st edition hardcover. Midnight House is pleased to announce a new edition of the fabulously rare collection Stories Weird & Wonderful by J.E. Muddock. Muddock, who went on to fame as "Dick Donovan" authored his first collection of weird tales in 1889. This volume is considered by experts to be far more scarcer than even his later book, Tales of Terror. Midnight House is pleased to not only reprint these classic ghostly tales of the Victorian era, but to offer an expanded edition with the addition of the novella "The Prophecy" which was written by Muddock in his later years and published under the Donovan byline in Chamber's Journal in 1926. This highly sought after collection of horror stories has been unavailable since its first appearance in 1889. This new edition features a essay on Muddock by editor John Pelan and gathers together these outstanding stories of the macabre that have previously been found only in the original volume or in scarce anthologies. This book marked an important turning point in the development of the modern ghost story and is a must for any serious collection of weird fiction. With wenty-three chilling tales spanning over three-hundred pages, there are many hours of chilling reading ahead... Midnight House is dedicated to the preservation of classic horror and weird fiction in handsome, inexpensive editions. Printings are limited to 500 numbered hardcover copies. The Shining Hand and other Tales of Terror features a striking cover by noted artist Allen Koszowski. Fine in fine dj.