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  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his outstanding ghost and horror stories. This selection gives a marvellous insight into the strength and diversity of Pain's writing. Collection includes "The Missing Years", "Rose Rose", "Miracles", "The End of a Show", "The Giraffe Problem", "The Green Light", "The Tree of Death", "The Case of Vincent Pyrwhit" and "The...read more

  • Barry Pain

    "Eliza" was the first volume of the Eliza Stories by Barry Pain (1864-1928). It was published in 1900 and was the first of these stories that appeared in cheap editions and were sold on Railway bookstalls. The stories were hugely popular and made Pain's name. Although the book is titled "Eliza" it is her husband who is it's comic hero. The husband, whose name we never learn, is an overbearing, pretentious prig who believes he is right about everything but is constantly undermined and proved wrong by his long-suffering wife. He is without doubt one of the great comic creations in the tradition of Mr Pooter in "The Diary of a...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer, best known as a writer of parody and lightly humorous stories. The Giraffe Problem tells the story of an evening at the Problem Club, a secret society of gentlemen in London who meet once a month in a private room above a restaurant, where one of the waiters is the admirable Leonard. Every month Leonard sets the members a problem or challenge. The one who is able to complete the feat successfully wins that month's share of the membership fees. In this tale, Leonard's challenge involves inducing an unwitting woman spontaneously to utter the words: "You ought to have been a giraffe". Which of the gentlemen will be able...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer. The Green Light is an iconic horror story describing graphically the rapid decline into psychosis of a man who has murdered his...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his ghost and horror stories. Rose Rose is a hauntingly beautiful ghost story about an artist and his exquisite if somewhat unreliable model, Miss Rose Rose, who is sitting for his great painting of Aphrodite. Miss Rose Rose, on this occasion, is not as unreliable as...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer. The End of a Show is a poignant tale of a quack showman and seller of dubious stomach pills who carries out what he believes to be his first-ever act of kindness - an act which horrifies and saddens in equal...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his ghost and horror stories. \"The Missing Years\" is the haunting tale of Sylvia Hetheril, who goes out to post letters one day and fails to return. All enquiries and advertisements fail to trace her, and eventually her family are forced to abandon the search. On the same day that Sylvia Hetheril disappears, a mysterious woman named Sylvia arrives at a remote house near the coast. She is suffering from amnesia and remembers nothing about her past, her family or where she came from. She only knows that she is needed at this house...and indeed her arrival saves a man\'s life. Two years later...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his ghost and horror stories. \"Miracles\" is the tale of two extraordinarily talented men, Best and Bliss, who develop a way of communicating nonverbally and use it for a career on the stage as mind readers. But when a bereaved mother asks them to try to contact her dead son, things take on a highly unexpcted...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his ghost and horror stories. This Is All tells the story of Alexander Wyatt ,who has a morbid fear of dying. Unfortunately Wyatt is ill with a heart condition which, in combination with his paranoid anxiety and depression, threatens to become life threatening. His doctor prescribes a strict regime of early nights and no caffeine. But when the manservant absent-mindedly brings Wyatt a cup of coffee, a set of terrible events is set in...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his ghost and horror stories. "The Magnet" is the uncanny story of a very unusual copycat mass...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his ghost and horror stories. The Tree of Death is a haunting story with something of a fairy tale character to it...but a fairy tale that turns into a gruesome horror story as the narrative unfolds. A wealthy young man falls in love with a young girl in his village, but she does not return his love. But when the storyteller tells the tale of The Tree of Death, she reveals to the young man that it has been foretold that a man bringing her the seed of that tree will be her lover. He immediately sets about his plans to obtain this very dangerous seed. But his actions set in motion a set of...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his outstanding mystery and horror stories, often with a strange twist at the end. "A Considerable Murder" is the odd tale of a retired gentleman and his daughter who are suddenly imposed upon by an old, sick and highly cantankerous old man... a former friend of their father and grandfather, who had helped them out in earlier years. The old man is dying... is not expected to live more than a few days... and desperately needs somewhere to stay. But the old man does not die. For weeks... months... he hangs on, terrorizing the household. And in the desk, there are little packets of two drugs, which...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his outstanding ghost and horror stories. 'The Grey Cat' is a supernatural story about a very peculiar and sinister cat which follows an explorer home from Central Africa to London. It bears an uncanny resemblance to an old carved jade statuette of a cat which the man purchased before his departure...the one which the antiquarian dealer had tried to buy back from him hours later for double the price paid...and which is eagerly sought by a wealthy African gentleman in a grey...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Pain's parody takes a sharp knife to ASM Hutchinson's best selling novel 'If Winter Comes'. We follow the professional and marital decline of long suffering (and loving it), Luke Sharper, as his marriage to Mabel flounders while his love for Jona flourishes. It could only end in tears.....Or could it? ( Summary by Nigel Boydell...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Pain was noted for his humorous tales of "Eliza" and her husband but his tales of the weird and supernatural are equally noteworthy. This volume of More "Tales in the Dark" contains eight of them. They are: "The Gray Cat" "Post-Mortem" "Linda" "The Unfinished Game" "The Widower" "The Unseen Power" "The End of a Show" "This is...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Pain was noted for his humorous tales of "Eliza" and her husband but his tales of the weird and supernatural are equally noteworthy. This volume contains seven of them. They are: "The Undying Thing" "The Moon-slave" "The Case of Vincent Pyrwhit" "The Four-fingered Hand" "The Glass of Supreme Moments" "The Green Light" "The...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his outstanding ghost and horror stories. 'The Grey Cat' is a supernatural story about a very peculiar and sinister cat which follows an explorer home from Central Africa to London. It bears an uncanny resemblance to an old carved jade statuette of a cat which the man purchased before his departure...the one which the antiquarian dealer had tried to buy back from him hours later for double the price paid...and which is eagerly sought by a wealthy African gentleman in a grey...read more

  • Barry Pain

    Barry Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer, best known as a writer of parody and lightly humorous stories. The Giraffe Problem tells the story of an evening at the Problem Club, a secret society of gentlemen in London who meet once a month in a private room above a restaurant, where one of the waiters is the admirable Leonard. Every month Leonard sets the members a problem or challenge. The one who is able to complete the feat successfully wins that month's share of the membership fees. In this tale, Leonard's challenge involves inducing an unwitting woman spontaneously to utter the words: 'You ought to have been a giraffe'. Which of the gentlemen will be able...read more

  • Barry Pain

    A rollicking parody of the Margot Asquith memoirs, in which Pain's character, Marge, beguiles us with the most personal details of her dysfunctional family, and delights in relating every cringing, if not wholly accurate, minutiae of her exciting private life. (Summary by Nigel...read more

  • Barry Pain

    A gentle, yet deliciously humourous series of anecdotes following the life of the main character and his wife, Eliza. Full summary to follow. (Summary by Nigel...read more