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SATAN'S SECRET and Selected Stories


by Barnard Stacey


Introduced by Gavin L. O'Keefe


English author Barnard Stacey was a prolific writer of short stories in a variety of genres during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, but his most distinctive—and remembered—stories involve the weird and mysterious. His story ‘The Devil’s Ape’, an atmospheric supernatural tale, has been a popular and much-reprinted work. However, like his best fiction, the author’s life is full of mystery. After the publication of his only novel, Satan’s Secret, in 1956, Stacey’s published fiction seems to have dwindled.


This collection brings together the novel 'Satan’s Secret' and seven of Stacey’s weird and criminous short stories.


Satan’s Secret—London: Ward Lock, 1956.

The Keeper of Secrets—Reprinted in the Sunday Mail (Brisbane), Sun-day 28 March 1937.

The Devil’s Ape—Reprinted in The 10th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories, edited by Mary Danby (London: Fontana Books, 1977).

Mrs. Huegesson’s Pet—Published in Mystery Stories, Vol. 1, No. 7 [1937] (World’s Work, Kingswood, Surrey.)

The White Persian—Reprinted in The Australian Women’s Weekly, Sat-urday, 17 October 1936.

Identification Parade—Reprinted in The World’s News (Sydney), Satur-day, 7 June 1941.

Snake’s Heart—Reprinted in The Australian Women’s Weekly, Saturday, 17 May 1941.

The Terrible Crime of Lord Avon—The Passing Show, 23 September 1933’

The Man Who Went to The Devil—Reprinted in The Adelong Argus, Tumut and Gundagai Advertiser, Monday 31 August 1925.


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