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Published by Thomas Breuer (first published 1901)
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Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This rather obscure collection of stories has a couple gems in it, a few decent stories and some clunkers. Published in 1901, this is right at the tail-end of the Victorian era.

The best tale by far is "The Undying Thing" which was praised by Lovecraft himself. It's got a bit of a M. R. Jamesian flavor to it. It's about a man haunted by a horrible "thing" which his ancestor's wife gave birth to and has haunted the place of it's burial ever since.

"The Gray Cat" is another decent story, a solid sto
Barry Pain was a fin de siècle British writer of supernatural and early weird fiction. His short story "The Undying Thing" was praised by H.P. Lovecraft and his novel An Exchange of Souls is widely recognized as a major influence on Lovecraft's "The Thing on the Doorstep." This Pain collection consists of:

"The Diary of a God"
"This is All"
"The Moon-Slave"
"The Green Light"
"The Magnet"
"The Case of Vincent Pyewhit"
"The Bottom of the Gulf"
"The End of a Show"
"The Undying Thing"
"The Gray Cat"

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Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'The Undying Thing' and 'The Gray Cat' were decent enough but Pain didn't have the skill or subtlety to make them work. The remaining stories belong to the attenuated, trailing edge of the fin de siècle and are instantly forgettable. ...more
Jeff Hobbs
Read so far:

The diary of a god --
*This is all --
The moon-slave --2
*The green light --
*The magnet --
*The case of Vincent Pyrwhit --
The bottom of the gulf --
The end of a show --1
The undying thing --2
*The gray cat --
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diary of a God was genius. Kept me with high expectations, but I was mostly disappointed with the other stories. The Bottom of The Gulf was reminiscent of a Monty Python skit.
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Born in Cambridge, Barry Eric Odell Pain was educated at Sedbergh School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He became a prominent contributor to The Granta. He was known as a writer of parody and lightly humorous stories. ...more

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