Carl Schiffman - Throwback - A metal-detecting enthusiast finds and cuts through a power source that fantastically throws him back into a time of witchcraft and deep rooted paranoia.  Of course he is questioned and found guilty and the final blaze is expected in a quite fanciful account.

Thomas Muirson - The Gibbet Inn - Our narrator enters a tucked away drinking establishment and uncovers ghostly goings on and details of a local hanging.  The lines between fantasy and reality are blurred and time is muddled in a tale that fails to rise to any decent level and follows a route travelled many times over.

Ian C. Strachan - The Incidents at Scanham - A sub-sci-fi tale of night-time vampiric creatures that play havoc on the residents of an English town giving rise to thoughts of some cheapo TV series or a film that starred Peter Cushing and had some similar invaders of insane appearance.  This is merely a diarised account that leaves one guessing at the end - it has its appeal.

Fay Woolf - Slowly - A six-year old boy is trapped in the wreckage of a fun-fair ride gone wrong.  Chief Engineer Calhoun enters and looks to be the saviour of the seemingly lost.  The outcome is a nerve grinding account of the final throes of a hopeless situation and although a short tale, the pressure it creates is telling.

Alex White - Cynthia and Charles - After her marriage has dissolved Cynthia moves into Mrs Casterson's London lodgings where she comes into contact with the landlady's unsettling nephew Charles.  Charles is a misogynist and treats our lead lady with an attitude bordering on contempt.  The tale grows and our lead lady is seduced into a finale which more than suggests sexual brutality of the most sickening kind...and mummy approves.

Rosemary Timperley - The Thug - A woman is unsettled by the sight of a dwarf whom she keeps bumping into.  No matter what route she takes he is there, watching her with his expressionless face.  Eventually he speaks to the woman and invites her to see his carpet which she unwisely agrees to.  A tale of religious mania unfolds, of course the woman doesn't live to regret her decision in this unconvincing yarn.

Ruth Cameron - Dolly - Mrs Carter is dubious when it comes to the character of her fellow lodger’s wife.  Her name is Dolly, she appears to be an automaton but when her husband explains her behaviour Mrs Carter seems assured.  Dolly is pregnant and goes away to have her baby.  Upon her return Mrs Carter goes to see the new-born and what she uncovers throws the whole sense of the tale sideways - in typical Pan fashion.

Brian Mooney - Baby, Baby - Ellie wants a baby and when she eventually tells her father that she has one he is over the moon.  Ellie's father though has been in hospital and seems mentally unwell, he is delighted to see the new addition but hates Ellie's choice of partner, a boorish pig who seems to feel that his wife and father-in-law are both insane.  Things come to a head, the surprise in store is a treat for those appreciators of insanity.

Ken Johns - Mumsy and Sonny - Mumsy and Sonny have been asked to leave the circus after some sinister events andit isn’t long before they are both up to no good and repaying the performers back in evil-kind.  This tale is a sneaking little affair that reminds me of that unsettling horror film 'Freaks'. Secrets, unhinged minds and something wicked this way comes - a neat inclusion.

Stephen King - Graveyard Shift - A group of textile workers put in an extra stint during the holiday period and uncover a horde of bold, fear free rats.  The discovery of a trap door leads the workers into a horrifying realm that reveals there is no escape.  It is a dated theme this tale but I still thoroughly enjoyed the gruesome bits and the tense atmosphere.

Stephen King - The Mangler - A industrial accident leads to a catalogue of events that indicate an automated Ironer and Folder may be possessed.  It is a far-fetched theory but somehow we are held enraptured and taken into a world of ludicrous evil.  The finale goes to extremes, if you can deal with it then you will enjoy this short tale of the fantastic.

James McClure - God, It Was Fun - Back to the tales of revenge and this one is one that exhibits a victim so bizarrely mangled as to appear like Humpty Dumpty - well, except for the penis used as a nose.  It is an intriguing affair albeit more of the same and built on a quite simple premise - not a bad inclusion and one to re-read and re-examine.

Harry E. Turner - Flayed - A young boy is abused by his alcoholic father and witnesses a mind-scarring event that he can never forgive.  We travel forward in time and the scrawny bullied boy is a well-built crime-lord, still having nightmares regarding the aforementioned incident.  He eventually meets up with his father, there is a Zulu in tow, revenge is bloody and...therapeutic.  Perhaps too quick for its own good this tale but far from a duff delivery.

Carolyn L. Bird - The Black Bedroom - A man is invited to a tycoon’s home for a social gathering whereupon he has a night-time liaison with the wealthy man’s daughter.  His host has a private zoo which is visited by the man at the centre of the story.  There he sees a hairless female monkey that has venereal disease - that night, after a few drinks, the man has another visitor - you may guess the outcome, nasty and fantastic!