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The Supernatural Tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: 18 Stories from the Master of the Macabre Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Apr 2002

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy,US; illustrated edition edition (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517162016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517162019
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'. He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes.

He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. He was a passionate advocate of many causes, ranging from divorce law reform and the Channel Tunnel to the issuing of inflatable life-jackets to sailors. He also campaigned to prove the innocence of individuals, and his work on the Edjalji case was instrumental in the introduction of the Court of Criminal Appeal. He was a volunteer physician in the Boer War and later in life became a convert to spiritualism.

His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life. And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction. Penguin publish all the books about the great detective, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes and The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
Doyle is perhaps best known for his detective-fiction, and his Sherlock Holmes has become the most celebrated archetype of the detective-figure. But doyle also wrote some more 'occult'/'supernatural' fiction, and this book contains those stories. perhaps it's best to give the table of contents:
1. The mystery of Sasassa Valley
2. The captain of the 'Polestar'
3. The ghosts of Goresthorpe Grange
4. The silver hatchet
5. The great Keinplatz Experiment
6. John Barrington Cowles
7. The ring of Thoth
8. A pastoral Horror
9. Dr. Profundis
10. Lot No. 249
11. The parasite
12. The story of the brown hand
13. Playing with fire
14. The leather Funnel
15. The silver mirror
16. Through the veil
17. How it happened
18. The bully of Brocas Court
If you are into Poe, and even Lovecraft, you should have this book of Doyle also. It contains vampires, ghosts, ghouls and even mummies
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Literate horror 8 May 2002
By Zack Davisson - Published on
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I love creepy stories. There is something nice about that feeling, the slow tickle at the back of your neck you get when reading well-written horror. Someone, or something, might just be reading over your shoulder. Spooooky.
Horror, like any fiction, is only as good as it's writer. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is just about as good a writer as you are going to find, and "The Supernatural Tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" is one of the best horror books I have read. There is an acknowledged Poe influence in this collection of 16 ghost and mystery stories, but the stories are definitely Doyle. Several of the stories focus on the then-current vogue of Egyptology, including "Lot No. 249" featuring the first "walking Mummy" story. Other gems include "The Leather Funnel," "The Ring of Thoth" and Doyle's first published story, "The Mystery of Sassa Valley."
This slim volume is a treasure-trove of wierd fiction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
There is more to Doyle than Holmes! 14 Mar. 2002
By Mark Pollock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote far more than just the Sherlock Holmes series - he wrote a tremendous collection of short stories and novels, with subjects ranging from the occult to science fiction. Some of these stories are better than most of the Holmes stories, and that's saying a lot!
I cannot recommend enough stories such as "The ring of Thoth", with it's amazing mystery of the ages. Doyle's writing does not diminish with time, and can be read by those who simply are looking for something different.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great book to read on those dark lonely nights !! 7 Nov. 2001
By Valerie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of tales that will make you have a sleepless night. You will begin to Wonder if the tales are real and someone just want you to believe that it is a tale. I really enjoyed this book it sent shivers up my spine and was full of suspense. I had a hard time putting the book down.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A nice treat for Conan Doyle fans 31 Dec. 2001
By V. Stevens - Published on
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This book was exactly what I needed after plowing through my S.Holmes collection for the 10th time. The editing/annotation is quite respectful, even affectionate. It's insightful from a fan perspective to observe Sir Conan Doyle progress as a writer. He wrote some of these yarns for the fun of it, and they're a pleasure to read. A tad naive from our 21st century standpoint, yes, but charming nonetheless.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Greatness of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories shown. Not just his masterpiece Sherlock Holmes 23 Mar. 2012
By Thomas Erickson - Published on
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I'm a huge fan of the late, knighted ,ex MD., Scotsman, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I read his complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories( a 5 star masterpiece collection...see my review) and INM0 in the top 30 book collections ever wrote! He became such a best selling author he gave up his MD. practice.

The Supernatural Tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle easily shows how gifted a writer he was and his diversity of writing.Doyle says he was heavily influenced by his hero Edgar Allan Poe. The 272 page book is a page burner I read in 1 1/2 days. The reader wants to read, getting involved with 18 stories of the odd, supernatural, horror, ghosts, ghouls, terrorizing mummies, mental life sucking parasites (vampire) and more. Don't expect a blood sucking vampire like Dracula. Also some interesting B/W old illustrations.

Doyle wrote more supernatural stories because he became fascinated with life after death and the possibilities of what humankind's mind could do. Peter Hainings in this book does a great job of editing and giving us 18 assorted SACD great stories that are entertaining, exciting, thought provoking and are a pleasure to read.

I've also bought another Sir Arthur Conan Doyle book that has the Lost World, and some more stories I will review. Unfortunately for us readers Doyle did little writing the last ten years of his life but became deeply interested in the supernatural side of life after death. He wrote some "factual" accounts of spiritualism the ten years proceeding his death.

The Supernatural Tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle INMO was not as good as his masterpiece 5 star complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories but were still very good. 4 1/2 stars and proudly added to our family library.
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