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The Beast with Five Fingers and Other Stories: the collected weird tales of W. F. Harvey (54 classic stories of horror, the occult and the subconscious mind) [Kindle Edition]

W. F. Harvey
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Book Description

W. F. Harvey’s complete weird stories, never before published in one collection, can now be yours with this brand-new edition specially optimised for Kindle.

Give yourself a good old-fashioned fright with fifty-four tortured tales of horror, the occult and the subconscious mind, including all Harvey’s best-loved stories: ‘The Beast with Five Fingers’, ‘August Heat’, ‘The Ankardyne Pew’ and many more.

William Fryer Harvey, master storyteller of the Edwardian era, plumbs the darker recesses of the human psyche. In place of the clanking ghosts and marauding monsters served up by so many of his contemporaries, Harvey offers more subtle and chilling horrors, such as the man who stumbles upon a tombstone bearing his own name, complete with his dates of birth and death already engraved.

Nothing is ever quite as it seems in Harvey’s warped version of reality, and every story springs a surprise – often a very nasty one indeed. Harvey challenges and confounds the reader with a cast of twisted, malevolent and just plain weird characters who inhabit a shadowy parallel world of premonitions, obsessions, evil secrets and murderous plots.

This Kindle edition has been carefully edited and formatted, and comes complete with an Introduction, an active Table of Contents and section markers to enable easy browsing and ensure a smooth, enjoyable reading experience. With a total length of 187,000 words, equivalent to over 500 paperback pages, this huge collection also offers outstanding value. Enjoy all these stories in full:

The Beast with Five Fingers – The Ankardyne Pew – The Heart of the Fire – The Angel of Stone – Midnight House – The Dabblers – Unwinding – A Middle-Class Tragedy – Mrs Ormerod – Double Demon – The Tool – Ghosts and Jossers – The Clock – Peter Levisham – Pelly’s Gambit – Miss Cornelius – The Man Who Hated Aspidistras – Sambo – The Star – Across the Moors – Six to Six-Thirty – The Follower – August Heat – Sarah Bennet’s Possession – Miss Avenal – Last of the Race – Deaf and Dumb – The Fern – The Tortoise – Two and a Third – Blinds – The Desecrator – The Sleeping Major – The Educationalist – Dead of Night – The Double Eye – The Devil’s Bridge – Mishandled – The Habeas Corpus Club – Full Circle – The Long Road – After the Flower Show – The Lake – Chemist and Druggist – Euphemia Witchmaid – Ripe for Development – Atmospherics – The Vicar’s Web – Dark Horses – The Arm of Mrs Egan – Old Masters – No Body – Account Rendered – The Flying Out of Mrs Barnard Hollis.

Also check out these other great Kindle titles in the same series (search for “Fast Editions” using quotation marks):

‘The Lady Chillers’ – classic ghost and horror stories by women writers.

‘The Collected Ghost Stories of E. F. Benson’ – fifty-four spooky tales by an Edwardian master of the genre.

‘The Gap in the Curtain’ – John Buchan’s fascinating borderline science fiction story of predestiny and free will.

'The Greatest Ghost Stories of M. R. James and His Circle (1871-1928)' - 24 haunting tales from the golden age of supernatural short fiction.

‘The Open Door’ – collected ghost stories of Charlotte Riddell, Victorian mistress of the macabre.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1266 KB
  • Print Length: 495 pages
  • Publisher: Fast Editions (14 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008A6P32G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beast with Five Fingers 25 Jan. 2014
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Many years ago I read a story called August Heat, and never forgot the shock ending, even though I'd long forgotten the author's name. So when I saw it listed in this collection, buying the book was a certainty. I haven't been disappointed, this is a terrific collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value! 7 July 2014
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Having read Harvey's "The Clock" in another compilation, I wanted to try more of his stories. This is a bit of a mixed bag - the stories range from very good to very weak. The biggest disappointment was the title story "The Beast With Five Fingers" - although I never read this before, I had heard of it, and of course the movie adaptation. Therefore it was a it of a let-down to find that it is in fact the most awful rubbish.

However there are so many stories contained in this book that there is bound to be something to please every ghost story fan, and it is excellent value. Just a tip - for the sake of continuity, "Miss Cornelius" should be read directly before "The Clock".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab! 10 Aug. 2013
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Absolutely love this book and this style! Proper horror at its best. Very, very happy with this purchase! Totally recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars but nicely 3 Dec. 2014
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Sometimes over-convoluted, but nicely done
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