The Undying Thing and Others by Barry Pain


  • Edited, with an Introduction, by S. T. Joshi
  • ISBN 978-0-9846386-2-8
  • 375 pp
  • Trade paperback
  • August 2011


Over the course of a long career, chiefly as a humorist, British writer Barry Pain (1864–1928) wrote a substantial body of horror fiction. His early volume, Stories in the Dark (1901), contains a number of powerful specimens, including “The Undying Thing,” a tale of a hideous entity lurking in the woods that was much appreciated by H. P. Lovecraft. Later collections—Here and Hereafter (1911), Stories in Grey (1912), and the untitled collection in the series “Short Stories of To-day and Yesterday” (1928)—each contain their modicum of weird specimens, including such notable items as “Smeath,” involving precognition; “Linda,” a tale of a pact with the Devil; “Not on the Passenger-List,” in which a dead husband torments his living wife on a ship; and “The Reaction,” about a powerful drug. The Undying Thing and Others collects, for the first time, the totality of Pain’s weird writing. This edition features cover art by Allen Koszowski, and an introduction by S. T. Joshi, one of the world’s leading authorities on supernatural fiction.

As a bonus, we have also included the complete text of Barry Pain's rare novel The Shadow of the Unseen (1907), cowritten with James Blyth, an effective tale of witchcraft.


This product was added to our catalog on Monday 02 May, 2011.