West India Lights

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West India Lights
West india lights.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration by Ronald Clyne for West India Lights
Author Henry S. Whitehead
Cover artist Ronald Clyne
Country United States
Language English
Genre fantasy, horror short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 367 pp

West India Lights is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by author Henry S. Whitehead. It was released in 1946 and was the second collection of the author's stories to be published by Arkham House. It was published in an edition of 3,037 copies.

Most of the stories had originally appeared in the magazines Weird Tales, Strange Tales, and Amazing Stories.


West India Lights contains the following tales:

  1. "The Black Terror"
  2. "West India Lights"
  3. "'Williamson'"
  4. "The Shut Room"
  5. "The Left Eye"
  6. "Tea Leaves"
  7. "The Trap" (with H.P. Lovecraft)
  8. "The Napier Limousine"
  9. "The Ravel Pavane"
  10. "Sea Change"
  11. "The People of Pan"
  12. "The Chadbourne Episode"
  13. "Scar Tissue"
  14. "'—In Case of Disaster Only'"
  15. "Bothon" (with H.P. Lovecraft)
  16. "The Great Circle"
  17. "Obi in the Caribbean"


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