Title: A Terribly Strange Bed

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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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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
After Dark 1856-00-00 Wilkie Collins Tauchnitz     377 hc? coll  
After Dark 1856-02-00 Wilkie Collins Smith, Elder & Co.       hc? coll  
After Dark 1862-00-00 Wilkie Collins Smith, Elder & Co.     v+
392
hc? coll  
After Dark 1894-00-00 Wilkie Collins Chatto & Windus     392 hc? coll  
Masterpieces of Mystery in Four Volumes: Riddle Stories 1920-00-00 ed. Joseph Lewis French Doubleday, Page & Company     ix+
258
hc? anth Checkmark
A Century of Thrillers: From Poe to Arlen 1934-00-00 ed. uncredited Daily Express Publications     1087 hc? anth  
A Century of Horror Stories 1935-00-00 ed. Dennis Wheatley Hutchinson   3/6 1024 hc? anth Checkmark
Century of Thriller, Volume II 1937-00-00 ed. uncredited President Press     vi+
373
hc? anth  
Strange Stories 1938-00-00 ed. R. W. Jepson Longmans, Green and Co.     191 hc? anth  
The Story Survey 1939-00-00 ed. Harold Blodgett J. B. Lippincott     797 hc? anth Checkmark
Tales of Terror and Surprise 1942-11-00 ed. uncredited Mitre Press   2/- 127 tp? anth Jeff Cook  
Seven Strange Stories 1943-12-00 ed. John L. Hardie Art & Educational Publishers   1/3 80 tp? anth  
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1944-00-00 ed. Herbert A. Wise, Phyllis Fraser Modern Library #G72 $2.95 xix+
1080
hc? anth George Salter Checkmark
Twenty-Two Strange Stories 1946-00-00 ed. John L. Hardie Art & Educational Publishers   8/6 280 hc? anth  
In the Grip of Terror 1951-00-00 ed. Groff Conklin Permabooks #P117 $0.35 xii+
364
pb? anth Checkmark
Tales of Suspense 1954-00-00 Wilkie Collins The Folio Society     255 hc? coll  
Great Ghost Stories 1960-00-00 ed. Herbert van Thal Weidenfeld & Nicolson   12/6 238 hc? anth  
Weird Stories 1961-00-00 ed. Charles Higham Horwitz #PB82 3/9 127 pb? anth  
Spine Chillers: an Anthology of Mystery and Horror 1961-00-00 ed. Elizabeth Lee Elek   25/- 528 hc? anth  
Great Ghost Stories 1962-00-00 ed. Herbert van Thal Panther   2/6   pb? anth  
Spooks in Your Cupboard 1963-00-00 ed. Kay Pankey Seven Seas Publishers   3/6 260 pb? anth  
Tales of Terror and Suspense 1963-10-00 ed. Stewart H. Benedict Dell #8466 $0.45 288 pb? 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? anth  
Great Ghost Stories 1964-12-00 ed. Herbert van Thal Panther #1426 4/- 143 pb? anth Checkmark
Basil Rathbone Selects Strange Tales 1965-08-00 ed. Basil Rathbone Belmont Books #B50-633 $0.50 157 pb? anth Checkmark
Tales of Terror and Suspense 1967-06-00 ed. Stewart H. Benedict Dell #8466 $0.50 288 pb? anth Simpson Checkmark
Terribly Strange Tales 1967-11-00 ed. Elizabeth Hough Sechrist, Janette Woolsey Macrae-Smith Company     253 hc? anth  
Basil Rathbone Selects Strange Tales 1968-08-00 ed. Basil Rathbone Belmont Books #B50-839 $0.50 157 pb? anth Checkmark
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1971-00-00 ed. Herbert A. Wise, Phyllis Fraser Hammond, Hammond & Co. 0-242-78551-4   832 hc? anth Stein Checkmark
Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1972-00-00 Wilkie Collins Dover Publications 0-486-20307-7 $3.00 ix+
294
tp? coll  
Ghouls and Ghosts 1972-04-00 ed. Kurt Singer W. H. Allen 0-491-00339-0 2.50 320 hc? anth  
Tales of Terror and Suspense 1972-04-00 ed. Stewart H. Benedict Dell (Laurel-Leaf library) #8466 $0.60 288 pb? anth  
Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1972-06-00 Wilkie Collins Peter Smith Publisher 0-8446-4725-X $11.00 ix+
294
hc? coll  
Nightfrights: An Anthology of Macabre Tales That Have Terrified Three Generations 1972-10-00 ed. Peter Haining Gollancz 0-575-01446-6   254 hc? anth  
Nightfrights: Occult Stories for All Ages 1973-00-00 ed. Peter Haining Taplinger 0-8008-5556-6 $6.50 254 hc? anth Rus Anderson Checkmark
Povestiri stranii: pagini antologice din literatura Anglo-Saxonă? 1973-00-00 ed. Mihai Rădulescu?, Grigore Năstase? Editura Dacia (Scorpionul)     362 pb? anth L. Bardocz  
Tales of Terror and Suspense 1973-10-00 ed. Stewart H. Benedict Dell Laurel-Leaf #8466 $0.75 288 pb? anth Checkmark
Tales of Terror and Suspense 1974-07-00 ed. Stewart H. Benedict Dell #8466 $0.95 288 pb? 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? anth David Smee Checkmark
Fantastica ntlnire din zori 1975-00-00 ed. uncredited Editura Junimea (Fantomas #21)       unknown? anth  
Gre aus der Totengruft 1975-02-04 ed. Kurt Luif Pabel (Vampir Taschenbuch #18) #VTB18 DM 2.80 143 pb? 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? anth  
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1977-00-00 ed. Herbert A. Wise, Phyllis Fraser Book Club Associates #CN 4361   832 hc? anth Checkmark
Undesirable Properties: Thirteen Haunted Houses 1977-01-00 ed. Peter C. Smith William Kimber 0-7183-0275-3 3.95 216 hc? anth Ionicus  
Fireside Reader 1978-00-00 ed. Editors of Reader's Digest Reader's Digest     639 hc? anth Checkmark
Adventure Stories for Girls 1978-00-00 ed. John Canning Octopus Books 0-7064-0691-5   400 hc? 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? 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? 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? anth  
65 Great Tales of Horror 1981-09-00 ed. Mary Danby Octopus Books 0-7064-1729-1   688 hc? anth  
Tales of Imagination and Suspense 1982-00-00 ed. uncredited Silver Burdett Press (Silver Classic) 0-382-09995-8   273 pb? anth  
The Third Target Book of Horror 1985-02-00 ed. Kurt Singer Target 0-426-20154-X 1.60 142 pb? anth  
The Star Bumper Horror Book 2 1986-11-00 ed. Kurt Singer Star 0-352-31945-3 2.50 142 pb? anth  
The Best Supernatural Stories of Wilkie Collins 1990-11-00 Wilkie Collins Robert Hale 0-7090-4224-8 14.95 303 hc? coll Helen Hale  
Horror by Lamplight 1993-08-00 ed. uncredited Chancellor Press 1-85152-315-4 4.99 504 hc? 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? 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? 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? 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? anth Fuseli Checkmark
Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories 1996-00-00 Rex Collings Wordsworth Editions (Wordsworth Classics) 1-85326-186-6 x+
289
tp? 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? 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? coll Richard Prideaux  
The Wordsworth Book of Horror Stories 2004-00-00 ed. uncredited Wordsworth Editions 1-84022-056-2   1149 tp? 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? coll  
After Dark 2008-10-08 Wilkie Collins Project Gutenberg #1626 $0.00   ebook? 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? coll  
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? coll  
After Dark 2011-09-23 Wilkie Collins Dunda Books (Dunda Books Classic) 978-1-4663-6696-1 $17.95 302 tp? coll  
Short Ghost and Horror Collection 018 2012-10-28 ed. LibriVox LibriVox   $0.00   digital audio download? anth  
Tales of Terror and the Supernatural date unknown Wilkie Collins Dover Publications 0-486-20307-7 $6.50 ix+
294
tp? 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? anth Henry Fuseli Checkmark
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural date unknown ed. Phyllis Cerf Wagner, Herbert Wise Modern Library #394-60446-6 $9.95 xix+
1034
hc? anth Sara Eisenmann Checkmark
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