The Ghost in the Corner and Other Stories by Lord Dunsany







  • May 2017
  • Edited by S. T. Joshi and Martin Andersson
  • Cover image from Queen of the Secret City by Joseph J. Doke (1916); artist unknown.
  • ISBN 978-1-61498-193-0
  • 266 pages
  • Paperback



The Anglo-Irish fantaisiste Lord Dunsany (1878–1957) was immensely prolific. Author of more than a dozen novels, hundreds of stories, essays, and poems, and more than fifty plays, he infused every single work with his unique blend of fantasy, weirdness, and subtle humor.


S. T. Joshi and Martin Andersson, two of the leading authorities on Dunsany’s work, have spent years in unearthing uncollected works by Dunsany, and the present volume is the result of their labors. Here we find stories set in Dunsany’s native Ireland, evoking the real or imagined ghosts, leprechauns, and spirits that haunt that ancient land. Other tales are set in locales around the world, reflecting Dunsany’s far-flung travels through the Middle East and Asia.


The core of the book is a presentation of an untitled short story collection that Dunsany assembled in 1956 but that was never published. Here we find some of the lost jewels of Dunsany’s output: “The Dwarf Holóbolos and the Sword Hogbiter,” a splendid sword-and-sorcery tale that evokes such early masterpieces as “The Sword of Welleran”; “The Dance at Weirdmoor Castle,” a delicate tale of ghosts; “The Stolen Power,” in which the horrors of the atomic age are pungently expressed; and “A Goat in Trousers,” a story of metempsychosis treading the borderline of humor and horror.


Also included in this volume are several previously unpublished tales, found among the manuscripts at Dunsany Castle in County Meath, Ireland.


No reader can fully appreciate the prodigal fertility of Lord Dunsany’s imagination without appreciating the diverse and unfailingly entertaining stories in this volume.




Tales and Sketches, 1931–1957    
The Use of Man    
The Ghost in the Corner    
Very Secret    
Tales for the Dark Continent    
Advance Regulations    
A Modern Portrait    
The Rations of Murdoch Finucan    
A Day on the Bog    
Little Tim Brannehan    
The Burrahoola    
Kind Pagan Lights    
A Witch in the Balkans    
A Talk in the Dark    
Mid Snow and Ice    
A Treasure of India    
Two Young Officers    
The Unforgivable Choice    
The Old Detective’s Story    

Tales from the 1956 Collection    
Helping the Fairies    
The Story of Tse Gah    
The Dwarf Holóbolos and the Sword Hogbiter    
One Night in Eldorado    
The Traveller to Thundercliff    
The Lucky Escape    
How Mickey Paid His Debt    
Lost Lyrics    
The Dance at Weirdmoor Castle    
As It Seems to the Blackbird    
The Haunting of Whitebeams    
The Romance of His Life    
A Theory of Evolution    
The Stolen Power    
The Cook of Santamaria    
The Awakening    
A Goat in Trousers    
A Breeze at Rest    
A Channel Rescue    
In the Governor’s Palace    
Hard Horses    
The Blundering Curate    
A Tale of the Irish Countryside    
The Price of the World    
When Mrs. Fynn Was Young    
At the Scene of the Crime    
A Tale of Bad Luck    
In a Hotel Lounge    
The Chambermaid of the Splendide    
The Motive    
The Quiet Laugh    





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