The Height of the Scream

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The Height of the Scream
Height of the scream.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration by Ron Fendel
Author Ramsey Campbell
Cover artist Ron Fendel
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xx, 229 pp
ISBN 0-87054-075-0
OCLC 2464232
LC Class PZ4.C1876 He3 PR6053.A4855

The Height of the Scream is a collection of horror stories by author Ramsey Campbell. Released in 1976 in an edition of 4,348 copies, it was the author's third collection of stories to be published by Arkham House.

It has since been reissued in various formats, most recently in a 2004 trade paperback from Babbage Press with a new introduction.


The Height of the Scream contains the following stories:

  1. "Introduction and Allergies"
  2. "The Scar"
  3. "The Whining"
  4. "The Dark Show"
  5. "Missing"
  6. "Reply Guaranteed"
  7. "Jack's Little Friend"
  8. "Beside the Seaside"
  9. "The Cellars"
  10. "The Height of the Scream"
  11. "Litter"
  12. "Cyril"
  13. "Smoke Kiss"
  14. "The Words that Count"
  15. "Ash"
  16. "The Telephones"
  17. "In the Shadows"
  18. "Second Chance"
  19. "Horror House of Blood"


  • London: Millington, 1978.
  • London: Star, 1981.
  • USA: Babbage Press, 2004.


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