Our first ghost story collection was Shadows At Midnight from William Kimber and Co London in 1979. It sold well in hardback, a lot of copies to libraries. It reviewed well, local newspapers and the like. The publishers wanted another similar book from us but we were young and foolish and wanted to expand our horizons and explore different types of stories. Crazy really as ghost stories have always been our first love and have remained conceived for over forty years.
The Kimber edition had a lovely Ionicus cover depicting a scene from the novella in the collection, Border End.
In 1999 Sarob Press brought out a revised and expanded limited hardback edition with two extra stories and with each of the previous ten having been revised. the cover featuring a scene from one of the new stories - Do Ghosts Cast Shadows? - was by Walter Douglas.
In 2014 Enigmatic Press brought out a paperback and ebook for the revised collection as part of the eight volume set of Maynard Sims Library books bringing all our stories and novellas - collected and uncollected - in uniform editions. Covers by Iain Maynard.
This free story won an Honorable Mention from Ellen Datlow and is deliberately old fashioned as well as being forty years old.
"A really creepy collection, they conjure up gruesome influences to linger after the book is done." Southend & District Standard.
"In this masterly collection of tales, the authors take us into that unquiet land, in the witching time of night, where malign presences seek to entwine the unwary in their web of evil. Their ghosts, or evil spirits, or gruesome influences – no one expression sums them all up – remain lingering in their chosen abodes, be it wardrobe, cradle or tomb, to threaten the existence of the innocent. But not all the spirits are terrifying. Some, like the laughing children of Border End, seek to enthrall by cajolery, though their threat remains as great. The authors do not delve too far into explanations for their phantoms. Indeed how could they? For who can explain the midnight land?" William Kimber & Co, London.
"All the tales are totally intriguing – whether they are about a boy visiting his aunt, or a man inheriting his aunt’s house, a house purchaser, a vicar, a brass rubbings enthusiast, or a mother and her baby’s cradle."
Grimsby Evening Telegraph.
"Ten ghost stories for lovers of the supernatural. A book that will haunt you."
Manchester Evening News.
"Present the uncanny in a civilised way."
Yorkshire Evening Post
“The two authors have been writing together for more than twenty-five years, and produce some of the finest examples of supernatural fiction seen today. These stories can be described as coming from the same mould as the masters of the genre, James, Wakefield, and Benson. They are a fine collection of traditional ghost stories.” SAROB PRESS, UK.
“The authors have a grasp of craftsmanship which many a writer might envy, alongside an eye for detail and a knack for unobtrusive but telling characterisation.” ZENE.
“A welcome re-issue.” STEVE JONES, BEST NEW HORROR 2000
“Truly none should miss out on ‘Border End’. The authors affinity for the tumult of emotions that an adolescent experiences rivals the sympathetic hand of the great Robert Westall.” – Bill Barnett ALL HALLOWS.
“This is another excellent book from Sarob. If ghost tales are your thing, get hold of this collection.” – David Howe, SHIVERS.
“There is nothing wrong with the writing here, and this book is to be thoroughly recommended.” – Paul Brazier, INTERZONE.
“The stories are still all good examples of the understated.” JOHN PELAN
“Sarob Press must be congratulated in producing this fine limited edition hardback which would be a welcome addition to any collection.” – Steve Lockley, HWA.