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The Best of Weird tales

by John Betancourt;

  Print book : Fiction

Selected story summaries   (2020-05-12)

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"The Well" by Julian Kilman - Hubbard murders Harper over a land dispute and tosses the body down a well on the Eldridge farm that Simpson is renting. A lightning strike splits an oak by the side of the well and a skull and arm bone fall into the well from a body that had been hid in the oak decades ago. Hubbard tells Simpson that he should fill up the well but Simpson is determined to rescue the skeleton parts because he wants to wire it together and exhibit it hanging off the tree branch. Hubbard goes into the well and retrieves the skeleton parts. Hubbard's conscience is bothering him, and when Simpson tells him that he was joking about letting him fill up the well, Hubbard takes to running at night where he always finishes up at the well. Eventually he throws himself into it.

"The Grave" by Orville R. Emerson - A soldier is trapped in a dugout by a cave-in. After some days he is able to dig himself out but the sight of another man causes him to flee and he breaks his neck when he falls into a trench.

"The Purple Heart" by Herman Sisk - A man comes across a haunted cabin in the woods where a ghost has lured a man in to torment every year for the past ten years on the anniversary of his father's murder.

"The Bloodstained Parasol: A Study in Madness" by James Ravenscroft - A physician loses both his love interest and eventually his sanity after she surprises him in the laboratory vivisecting a dog.

"Beyond the Door" by J. Paul Suter - A man's uncle is haunted by his spurned lover after she kills herself and he disposes of the body down a dried up well in the cellar.

"Lucifer" by John D. Swain - A father consults with a Satanist to cure his crippled child. The Devil provides the boy a straightened body but takes his life.

"The Devil Plant" by Lyle Wilson Holden - A man leads his rival to a Venus flytrap-type plant which devours him.

 

 




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