The Clock Strikes Twelve

WAKEFIELD, H.R. The Clock Strikes Twelve.

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WAKEFIELD, H.R. The Clock Strikes Twelve Arkham House, 1946.

8vo. Original black cloth, spine gilt, with printed dust wrapper; pp. xii, 248; a very good copy, dust jacket unclipped with a touch of uniform fading.
First US edition. A collection of ghost stories by Herbert Russell Wakefield, a prolific author of haunted tales frequently compared to M.R James in tone and subject. Wakefield's work appeared in popular periodicals and found favour with August Derleth of Arkham House. Though a shorter version of this book appeared in London in 1940, by 1946, Derleth had published The Clock Strikes Twelve in a larger more complete US edition. The forward to the text, titled "Why I Write Ghost Stories" gives some insight into why Wakefield chose to write ghost stories (it has something to do with a haunted spoon) and is all the more interesting considering he burned his correspondence files, manuscripts and all photographs of himself shortly before his death.