By Bram Stoker
Magnificent number of 14 spine-tingling tales via writer of Dracula. "The Squaw," "The Burial of the Rats," "The Crystal Cup," "The Chain of Destiny," "The citadel of the King," "The Dualists" (probably Stoker's so much scary story), "A Dream of pink Hands" and seven extra. known as by means of Stephen King "absolutely champion brief stories." creation through Richard Dalby.
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