Lonesome Places

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Lonesome Places
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Dust-jacket photograph by Clarence J. Laughlin, lettering and design by Gary Gore, for Lonesome Places
Author August Derleth
Cover artist photograph by Clarence J. Laughlin, lettering and design by Gary Gore
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 198 pp

Lonesome Places is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by American author August Derleth. It was released in 1962 by Arkham House in an edition of 2,201 copies and was Derleth's fifth collection of weird tales. The collection contains the stories that Derleth believed to be his best of the preceding 15 years.


Lonesome Places contains the following tales:

  1. "The Lonesome Place"
  2. "Pikeman"
  3. "Kingsridge 214"
  4. "The Ebony Stick"
  5. "'Sexton, Sexton, in the Wall'"
  6. "The Closing Door"
  7. "A Room in a House"
  8. "Potts' Triumph"
  9. "Twilight Play"
  10. "The Disc Recorder"
  11. "Hector"
  12. "'Who Shall I Say is Calling?'"
  13. "The Extra Child"
  14. "The Place in the Woods"
  15. "Hallowe'en for Mr. Faulkner"
  16. "House—With Ghost"
  17. "The Slayers and the Slain"
  18. "The Dark Boy"


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