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The seventh Pan book of horror stories

by Herbert Van Thal;

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by billborre

"The Man who Hated Flies" by Charles J. Benfleet - A man who believes in reincarnation and also hates flies tells his friend that if at all possible he will endeavor to prove the veracity of his beliefs. Two weeks later he dies and wills his occult books to his friend. As his friend reaches for a book on the library shelf a large spider lands upon him and, disgusted, he brushes it off and steps on it. When he sees his dead friend's initials H.L. displayed within the spider's web he realizes with shock that he has just killed his reincarnated friend.

"Never Talk to Strangers" by Alex White - A woman waits for a friend at a train station and a man comes up to her pestering her with unwanted discussion. Another man comes up and smoothly dismisses the first and the woman accompanies him back to his flat. He tells her that he is going to shackle her to the mattress and rape her than saw off her arms and legs while she still lives and admonishes her to never talk to strangers.

"Dream House" by Dulcie Gray - A man confesses in a letter to murdering his wife and walling her up in the house. He goes on to admit that this is how he killed his mother and sister years earlier. He admits to murdering a third girl he impregnated and dismembering her body but he didn't bury her headless torso deep enough on the outlying farm to remain undiscovered so he went back to method A.

"The Return" by G. M. Glaskin - Maisie is a delusional seventy year old woman who lives in a fantasy that she is seventeen brought on by the guilt of burning down the house when she didn't get a seventeen year old birthday party.

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