The 11th Book in our Past Masters of Horror Series (IV)!
From the Introduction by editor Stuart David Schiff
When I was given the offer to collect the tales of almost any author, I could have chosen H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, of Clark Ashton Smith—however, I’d read all of their available stories, and figured a reader of this book would have as well. I chose Saki (H. H. Munro) as I had only read )and loved) his two most famous stories, “The Open Window” and “Sredni Vashtar.” The editing task would give the chance to read his other 135 stories and make my usual eclectic selections you readers. I found some new favorites (The Schartz-Metterklume Method,” “Louis,” “Tobermory,” and “The Blind Spot”) to add to his high honor roll—although I uncovered many other book-worthy examples within his great range of subject matter (from elephants to Filboid Studge to werewolves and even a stuffed dog). Saki had a verbal adroitness that reflected the time in which he lived (pre-World War I), and his crisp Edwardian dialogue was unequaled. Get set for some shudders and high comedy.