Johnson Looked Back: The Collected Weird Stories of Thomas Burke


  • The Classics of Gothic Horror Series
  • Edited by S. T. Joshi
  • 292 pp
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781614982159
  • Cover art by Aeron Alfrey
  • Cover design by Daniel V. Sauer



This volume presents the weird fiction of the British writer Thomas Burke (1886–1945), author of the scintillating horror collection Night-Pieces (1935). But Burke—celebrated for his evocative tales of London’s Chinatown, gathered in Limehouse Nights and other volumes—wrote other weird tales, scattered through his many other collections. One of the most distinctive is “Johnson Looked Back,” a tour de force of second-person narration. This volume constitutes the first occasion when Burke’s complete supernatural writing has been gathered in a single volume.



Table of Contents

  Introduction, by S. T. Joshi 

The Bird 

The Tablets of the House of Li 

The Bloomsbury Wonder 

The Hands of Mr Ottermole 

Desirable Villa 

The Secret of Francesco Shedd 

The Yellow Imps 

Miracle in Suburbia

Yesterday Street 


Uncle Ezekiel’s Long Sight 

The Horrible God 

Father and Son 

Johnson Looked Back 

Two Gentlemen 

The Black Courtyard 

The Gracious Ghosts 

Jack Wapping 

One Hundred Pounds

The Man Who Lost His Head 

Murder under the Crooked Spire 

The Lonely Inn 

The Watcher 

Events at Wayless-Wagtail 

The Hollow Man 

The Golden Gong 






The Classics of Gothic Horror series seeks to reprint novels and stories from the leading writers of weird fiction over the past two centuries or more. Ever since the Gothic novels of the late 18th century, supernatural horror has been a slender but provocative contribution to Western literature. Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, the Victorian ghost story writers, the “titans” of the early twentieth century (Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Lord Dunsany, M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft), the Weird Tales writers, and many others contributed to the development and enrichment of weird fiction as a literary genre, and their work deserves to be enshrined in comprehensive, textually accurate editions. S. T. Joshi, a leading authority on weird fiction, has done exactly that in establishing this series. Using scholarly resources honed over decades of wide-ranging research, he has assembled volumes featuring not only the complete weird writings of the authors in question, but exhaustive bio-critical introductions and bibliographical data.



This product was added to our catalog on Friday 04 May, 2018.