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From "The Watcher by the Threshold":

I have told this story to many audiences with diverse results, and once again I take my reputation in my hands and brave the perils. To the common circle of my friends it was a romance for a winter's fire, and I, the most prosaic of men, was credited with a fancy. . . . One man only heard me with true appreciation; but he was a wandering spirit with an ear open to marvels, and I hesitate to advance his security. He received it simply, saying that God was great, and I cannot improve upon his comment.

Thus begins Buchan's unnerving tale of terror at the edge of the Scottish highlands. Buchan -- a man more remembered for mysteries and war stories -- was a real hand with horror, and this 1902 compilation displays his facility nicely. Also included in this volume are "No-Man's-Land," "The Far Islands," "The Outgoing of the Tide," and "Fountainblue."

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ISBN-10:  1598180177
ISBN-13:  978-1598180176
Author:  John Buchan
Publisher:  Aegypan
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review by . December 02, 2010
Although John Buchan (1875-1940) is best known for his spy novel, "The Thirty-Nine Steps," he was also esteemed for his short stories, many of them with supernatural themes. However, casual fans of such literature will find none of the usual ghosts, goblins, and bloodsuckers in his tales. Kenneth Hillier, Honorary Secretary of The John Buchan Society writes: "[Buchan's] stories were set in and around the places he knew and loved, most famously the Scotland of his childhood, and from his earliest …
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