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Title: A Terribly Strange Bed Title Record # 93499
Author: Wilkie Collins
Date: 1852-04-24
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Language: English
Note: Although this story is not actually supernatural (events in it have natural explanations), it has been printed in enough collections of supernatural and ghostly stories to qualify as a "genre" story. First published in the magazine Household Words, April 24, 1852.
Synopsis: Faulkner visits a low gambling house where he wins a large amount. One of the hosts serves him coffee and urges him not to try going home with his money through the dark streets while he is drunk, instead offering him a bed for the night. Faulkner lies on the large four-poster bed, feels sick, and is wide awake. He sees the canopy slowly and quietly descending. Scrambling out from under, he sees the canopy being lowered by a screw. He realizes that the coffee was drugged but a too-strong dose of the drug had the opposite effect, and that he was supposed to be smothered and disappear without reporting that he had been robbed.
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Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1852 The Story of a Terribly Strange Bed
1852 A Terribly Strange Bed [as by William Wilkie Collins]
1856 The Traveler's Story of a Terribly Strange Bed
Year Language Title
1968Translated by Hans Wollschläger
German Ein seltsam schreckliches Bett
1973Translated by Mihai Rădulescu and Grigore Năstase
Romanian
Povestea călătorului despre un pat teribil de straniu?Povestea calatorului despre un pat teribil de straniu
[as by William Wilkie Collins]
1975Translated by Viorica Vizante
Romanian Un pat teribil de ciudat
1975Translated by Biggy Winter.
German Das unheimliche Bett
1980Translated by A. L. Spoorenberg
Dutch Een Vreselijk Vreemd Bed

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
After Dark 1856-00-00 Wilkie Collins Tauchnitz     377
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After Dark 1856-02-00 Wilkie Collins Smith, Elder & Co.      
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After Dark 1862-00-00 Wilkie Collins Smith, Elder & Co.     v+
392
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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After Dark 1894-00-00 Wilkie Collins Chatto & Windus     392
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Masterpieces of Mystery in Four Volumes: Riddle Stories 1920-00-00 ed. Joseph Lewis French Doubleday, Page & Company     ix+
258
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
A Century of Thrillers: From Poe to Arlen 1934-00-00 ed. uncredited Daily Express Publications     1087
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
A Century of Horror Stories 1935-00-00 ed. Dennis Wheatley Hutchinson   3/6 1024
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Century of Thriller, Volume II 1937-00-00 ed. uncredited President Press     vi+
373
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Strange Stories 1938-00-00 ed. R. W. Jepson Longmans, Green and Co.     191
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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The Story Survey 1939-00-00 ed. Harold Blodgett J. B. Lippincott     797
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Tales of Terror and Surprise 1942-11-00 ed. uncredited Mitre Press   2/- 127
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Jeff Cook  
Seven Strange Stories 1943-12-00 ed. John L. Hardie Art & Educational Publishers   1/3 80
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1944-00-00 ed. Phyllis Fraser, Herbert A. Wise Modern Library G72 $2.95 xix+
1080
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth George Salter Checkmark
Twenty-Two Strange Stories 1946-00-00 ed. John L. Hardie Art & Educational Publishers   8/6 280
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
In the Grip of Terror 1951-00-00 ed. Groff Conklin Permabooks P117 $0.35 xii+
364
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Tales of Suspense 1954-00-00 Wilkie Collins The Folio Society     255
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Great Ghost Stories 1960-00-00 ed. Herbert van Thal Weidenfeld & Nicolson   12/6 238
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Great Ghost Stories 1960-00-00 ed. Herbert van Thal Hill and Wang     239
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Weird Stories 1961-00-00 ed. Charles Higham Horwitz PB82 3/9 127
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Spine Chillers: an Anthology of Mystery and Horror 1961-00-00 ed. Elizabeth Lee Elek   25/- 528
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Great Ghost Stories 1962-00-00 ed. Herbert van Thal Panther   2/6  
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Spooks in Your Cupboard 1963-00-00 ed. Kay Pankey Seven Seas Publishers   3/6 260
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Tales of Terror and Suspense 1963-10-00 ed. Stewart H. Benedict Dell 8466 $0.45 288
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Macabre Stories 1964-09-00 ed. uncredited Corgi Books / Transworld Publishers SN7049 2/6 141
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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Great Ghost Stories 1964-12-00 ed. Herbert van Thal Panther 1426 4/- 143
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Basil Rathbone Selects Strange Tales 1965-08-00 ed. Basil Rathbone Belmont Books B50-633 $0.50 157
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Tales of Terror and Suspense 1967-06-00 ed. Stewart H. Benedict Dell 8466 $0.50 288
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Simpson Checkmark
Terribly Strange Tales 1967-11-00 ed. Elizabeth Hough Sechrist, Janette Woolsey Macrae-Smith Company     253
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Frankenstein wie er mordet und lacht 1968-00-00 ed. Edward Reavis Bärmeier & Nikel     324
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Heiner Hoier Checkmark
Basil Rathbone Selects Strange Tales 1968-08-00 ed. Basil Rathbone Belmont Books B50-839 $0.50 157
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1971-00-00 ed. Phyllis Fraser, Herbert A. Wise Hammond, Hammond & Co. 0-242-78551-4   832
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Stein Checkmark
Frankenstein wie er mordet und lacht 1971-07-00 ed. Edward Reavis dtv 3-423-00767-2 DM 4.80 256
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Celestino Piatti Checkmark
Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1972-00-00 Wilkie Collins Dover Publications 0-486-20307-7 $3.00 ix+
294
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
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Ghouls and Ghosts 1972-04-00 ed. Kurt Singer W. H. Allen 0-491-00339-0 £2.50 320
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Tales of Terror and Suspense 1972-04-00 ed. Stewart H. Benedict Dell (Laurel-Leaf library) 8466 $0.60 288
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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Frankenstein wie er mordet und lacht 1972-05-00 ed. Edward Reavis dtv 3-423-00767-2 DM 4.80 256
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Celestino Piatti Checkmark
Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1972-06-00 Wilkie Collins Peter Smith Publisher 0-8446-4725-X $11.00 ix+
294
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Nightfrights: An Anthology of Macabre Tales That Have Terrified Three Generations 1972-10-00 ed. Peter Haining Gollancz 0-575-01446-6   254
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Nightfrights: Occult Stories for All Ages 1973-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Taplinger 0-8008-5556-6 $6.50 254
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Rus Anderson Checkmark
Povestiri stranii: pagini antologice din literatura Anglo-Saxonă?Povestiri stranii: pagini antologice din literatura Anglo-Saxona
1973-00-00 ed.
Grigore Năstase?Grigore Nastase
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Mihai Rădulescu?Mihai Radulescu
Editura Dacia (Scorpionul)     362
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth L. Bardocz  
Tales of Terror and Suspense 1973-10-00 ed. Stewart H. Benedict Dell Laurel-Leaf 8466 $0.75 288
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Tales of Terror and Suspense 1974-07-00 ed. Stewart H. Benedict Dell 8466 $0.95 288
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Simpson Checkmark
Nightfrights: An Anthology of Macabre Tales That Have Terrified Three Generations 1975-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Peacock Books / Penguin 0-14-047082-4 £0.80 301
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth David Smee Checkmark
Fantastica întîlnire din zori 1975-00-00 ed. uncredited Editura Junimea (Fantomas #21)      
unknown?The publication record was created from a secondary source and the publication format is unknown.
anth  
Grüße aus der Totengruft 1975-02-04 ed. Kurt Luif Pabel (Vampir Taschenbuch #18) VTB18 DM 2.80 143
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Karel Thole Checkmark
The 9th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories 1975-04-00 ed. Mary Danby Fontana 0-00-613929-9 £0.45 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1977-00-00 ed. Phyllis Fraser, Herbert A. Wise Book Club Associates CN 4361   832
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Undesirable Properties: Thirteen Haunted Houses 1977-01-00 ed. Peter C. Smith William Kimber 0-7183-0275-3 £3.95 216
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Ionicus  
Fireside Reader 1978-00-00 ed. Editors of Reader's Digest Reader's Digest     639
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Adventure Stories for Girls 1978-00-00 ed. John Canning Octopus Books 0-7064-0691-5   400
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Ron Sutherland Checkmark
The 9th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories 1980-00-00 ed. Mary Danby Fontana 0-00-615823-4 £0.75 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Van Edgar Allan Poe tot Roald Dahl: De Vijftig Beste Griezel-Verhalen 1980-00-00 ed. Erik Lankester Publiboek / Baart 90-6513-012-8   514
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Kate Higgins Checkmark
The 9th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories 1981-07-00 ed. Mary Danby Fontana 0-00-615823-4 £0.95 192
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
65 Great Tales of Horror 1981-09-00 ed. Mary Danby Octopus Books 0-7064-1729-1   688
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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Tales of Imagination and Suspense 1982-00-00 ed. uncredited Silver Burdett Press (Silver Classic) 0-382-09995-8   273
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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The Third Target Book of Horror 1985-02-00 ed. Kurt Singer Target 0-426-20154-X £1.60 142
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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13 x Frankenstein wie er mordet und lacht 1985-12-00 ed. Edward Reavis Goldmann 3-442-06898-3 DM 7.80 279
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Heiner Hoier Checkmark
The Star Bumper Horror Book 2 1986-11-00 ed. Kurt Singer Star 0-352-31945-3 £2.50 142
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Gänsehaut-Geschichten für sensible Leser / Frankenstein wie er mordet und lacht 1987-06-00 ed. Edward Reavis Goldmann 3-442-10154-9 DM 10.00 544
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Heiner Hoier Checkmark
The Best Supernatural Stories of Wilkie Collins 1990-11-00 Wilkie Collins Robert Hale 0-7090-4224-8 £14.95 303
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Helen Hale  
Horror by Lamplight 1993-08-00 ed. uncredited Chancellor Press 1-85152-315-4 £4.99 504
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Paul Williams (II) Checkmark
Mad Monkton and Other Stories 1994-00-00 Wilkie Collins Oxford University Press (Oxford World's Classics) 0-19-282260-8 £5.99 xxxviii+
383
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Caspar David Friedrich Checkmark
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1994-00-00 ed. Phyllis Cerf Wagner, Herbert Wise Modern Library 0-679-60128-7 $25.95 xix+
1034
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Henry Fuseli Checkmark
Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1994-10-00 ed. uncredited Bracken Books 1-85891-137-0 £5.99 611
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1994-10-00 ed. Phyllis Cerf Wagner, Herbert Wise Modern Library 0-679-60128-7 $21.00 xix+
1034
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Fuseli Checkmark
Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories 1996-00-00 Rex Collings Wordsworth Editions (Wordsworth Classics) 1-85326-186-6 £ x+
289
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Caspar-David Friedrich Checkmark
The Raven and the Monkey's Paw 1998-09-00 ed. uncredited Modern Library 0-375-75216-1 $12.00 x+
210
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Caspar David Friedrich  
The Dream-Woman and Other Stories 1998-09-00 Wilkie Collins Phoenix (Phoenix Short Stories) 0-7538-0454-9 £3.99 x+
241
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Richard Prideaux  
The Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories 2004-00-00 ed. uncredited Wordsworth Editions 1-84022-056-2   1149
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
The Haunted Hotel & Other Strange Stories 2006-00-00 Wilkie Collins Wordsworth Editions (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural) 1-84022-533-5   xiii+
317
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
After Dark 2008-10-08 Wilkie Collins Project Gutenberg 1626 $0.00  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Wilkie Collins: Volume 2 2009-07-00 Wilkie Collins Leonaur Ltd 978-1-84677-823-0 £14.99 584
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
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The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of Wilkie Collins: Volume 2 2009-07-00 Wilkie Collins Leonaur Ltd 978-1-84677-824-7 £22.99 584
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
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After Dark 2011-09-23 Wilkie Collins Dunda Books (Dunda Books Classic) 978-1-4663-6696-1 $17.95 302
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
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Short Ghost and Horror Collection 018 2012-10-28 ed. LibriVox LibriVox   $0.00  
digital audio download?Digital recording in any format that is downloaded directly from the Internet. This category includes podcasts.
anth  
Murder Mayhem Short Stories 2016-07-15 ed. Laura Bulbeck Flame Tree Publishing 978-1-78361-987-0 £20.00 479
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Gabor Ruszkai , Slava Gerj Checkmark
Murder Mayhem Short Stories 2016-11-12 ed. Laura Bulbeck Flame Tree Publishing   $18.00 479
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
anth Gabor Ruszkai , Slava Gerj  
Curiosities, #3 Summer 2018 2018-07-19 ed. Kevin Frost Kevin Frost 978-1-948396-04-2 $2.99  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
mag  
Curiosities, #3 Summer 2018 2018-07-19 ed. Kevin Frost Kevin Frost 978-1-948396-03-5    
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
mag  
Tales of Terror and the Supernatural date unknown Wilkie Collins Dover Publications 0-486-20307-7 $6.50 ix+
294
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Fred Walker Checkmark
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural date unknown ed. Phyllis Cerf Wagner, Herbert Wise Modern Library 0-679-60128-7 $25.95 xix+
1034
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Henry Fuseli Checkmark
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural date unknown ed. Phyllis Cerf Wagner, Herbert Wise Modern Library 0-394-60446-6 $9.95 xix+
1034
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Sara Eisenmann Checkmark
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