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The collected nightmare worlds of a master of the bizarre
American author Edward Lucas White was born in Bergen, New Jersey in 1866 and was an academic who, after attending John Hopkins University, taught at the University School for Boys in Baltimore. He wrote several notable historical fiction novels, and laboured for years on a massive work of utopian science fiction, 'Plus Ultra' which remains unpublished and is estimated to be 500,000 words in length. However, White's most noteworthy literary legacy is his outstanding shorter fiction of horror and the bizarre, much of which was apparently inspired by his own nightmares. Readers familiar with the author's name will probably be aware of his renowned story 'Lukundoo'. based on one of White's own darkly troubled dreams. It tells of an explorer who, following a witch doctor's curse, develops pustules all over his body from which emerge, head first, tiny men! This is the story which most regularly appears in anthologies and, of course, it also appears here in this comprehensive Leonaur collection of Edward Lucas White's fiction of the fantastical and strange. White died by his own hand in 1934, a week after the death of his wife, by gassing himself in his bathroom.
This collection comprises twenty-five marvellous tales including 'The Picture Puzzle', 'The Snout', 'The Message on the Slate', 'The House of the Nightmare', 'Sorcery Island' and 'The Death Rattle', among many others.
Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.