His anthologies in the 1980s and 1990s unearthed rare supernatural tales, many of whose authors' original collections of stories have been reprinted in the last decade. He edited over 50 anthologies and collections of ghost stories.
Dalby was the only contributor to the Book and Magazine Collector to remain with the magazine from the first issue in March 1984 until its final issue in 2010, writing over 200 articles for the magazine, in addition to auction reviews. His specialties were supernatural fiction, 19th century literature, children's books and illustrators, and detective fiction, especially Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.
- Richard Dalby Bibliography at Fantastic Fiction
- RIP Richard Dalby (1949–2017) an appreciation of his life from Wormwoodiana
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