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    • Academy Chicago Publishers
      An imprint of the Chicago Review Press. Features a number of interesting authors, most long out of print, plus some other odds and ends, including some horror stories by Conan Doyle.
    • Crippen & Landru
      Crippen & Landru publish mystery short story collections. Of particular interest is what they call "Lost Classics," a series of anthologies of mostly uncollected stories by authors who might be enjoyed by a new generation of readers.
    • Dean Street Press
      This small British publisher has a great many classic crime books in its much broader catalog. They are bringing back many Golden Age classics by authors who deserve another chance at a new audience.
    • Felony & Mayhem
      This publisher specializes in classic mysteries, broadly defined, including newer mysteries that adhere to classic standards. They have just overhauled their website to make it much more informative and user-friendly.
    • Locked Room International
      A small press, specializing in very good English-language translations of (so far) mostly-French authors of locked room and impossible crime stories. They publish in Print-On-Demand and electronic editions.
    • Merion Press
      The Merion Press is an independent publisher of out-of-print works that were originally published over 75 years ago, but are enduring even today.
      The brainchild of editor/anthologist/author/bookstore-owner Otto Penzler, the Mysterious Press has recently returned to life and now works with Open Road Media as an electronic book publisher. It is already republishing the work of a lot of classic authors, with more books on the way.
    • Oconee Spirit Press
      A small, independent publisher committed to publishing "lively fiction, and provocative non-fiction." Most of their list covers early works by established authors writing traditional mysteries, such as Carolyn Hart and Margaret Maron.
    • Oleander Press
      This small eclectic British publisher has begun publishing a series of classic British mystery novels, primarily from the Golden Age. The series is grouped into a section of their catalogue named "London Bound," as the books are set in London.
    • Ostara Publishing
      "Ostara Publishing re-issues titles that have unjustifiably become unavailable either through the ravages of time or the forces of publishing economics. We specialise in Crime and Thriller fiction titles and our range goes from the1920s through to the 21st century. We publish thematically and currently have six series available. All our titles are published in a 'trade paperback' format and printed to order."
    • Poisoned Pen Press
      Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Poisoned Pen Press publishes a fairly wide variety of mysteries. Some are reprints; many are new, by newer authors. Their website has a great deal of information about their books and authors.

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    October 25, 2012


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    Joan Kyler

    I'm completely with you, Les, regarding The Haunting of Hill House. I read this book as a teenager and was totally intrigued. I wanted to be a parapsychologist and hunt ghosts, long before the current real-TV (is it really real??) series hit the air. Anyway, The Haunting of Hill House is one of my all-time favorite books and the Julie Harris / Claire Bloom movie is one of my favorites, too. Just can't beat either of them.

    Les Blatt

    Joan, I still get chills remembering Julie Harris sitting up in an otherwise empty bed and saying, quietly, "Then whose hand was I holding?" Brr. (It's been years, but I'm pretty sure I have that right...)


    I saw the movie ages and ages ago but remember little but Julie Harris' painted toenails as the camera shows her bare feet going up the stairs. It seemed bizarre to me that a woman like Julie Harris' character would have such deeply dark painted toe nails. Obviously this movie is not for me. :)

    I mean, I must have been frightened. But all I remember is the toenails.

    I should probably see it again.

    Haven't read the book either. But then I was never very fond of reading ghost stories.

    This was an interesting list. I've only read one of them.

    Is there any hope for me, Les?

    Les Blatt

    Oh by all means, Yvette. For my other visitors, if you haven't seen Yvette's list of 10 great Halloween movies, go to and take a look - it's a terrific list, even if it DOESN'T have "The Haunting." I don't remember the toenails, but then it's a black-and-white movie (and a very effective one). And, yes, you should read the book - and/or watch the movie again!


    Good list. Maybe it could have done with some Le Fanu, but I guess it was geared more toward ones that had been made into movies.

    Les Blatt

    Good point about Le Fanu, Bill, who certainly belongs on such a list. Ditto Lord Dunsany!

    Patti Abbott

    My. Blatt-I can't believe I didn't find you until Peter Eisinger sent me an email today. This is a wonderful blog and I will link to it immediately. If you ever care to contribute a review to my Friday's Forgotten Books, I would be so pleased.
    I even see Yvette on here right now. Oh, my. How nice this is.

    Les Blatt

    Thank you so much! I have meant to get in touch about Friday's Forgotten Books, which I think is an astoundingly good idea, and a very enjoyable one at that. (For other visitors who aren't familiar with the feature, here's a sample: I'll be in touch about contributing to the feature. And I have added a link to my blogroll on the right.

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