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The Gilt Frame

I think I can trace the seed of this story back to a film called The Dead of Night – a portmanteau British horror film that features a story about a cursed antique mirror. The two stories have little in common, but I am sure that is what started the ball rolling. In fact the portmanteau idea – stories within a story – of The Dead of Night has obvious similarities to Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror (or rather the other way round). One of the other stories in that film, one featuring a ventriloquist’s dummy, is justifiably seen as a classic of British horror.

This story also joins a sub-genre of stories, a sub-genre that might be called ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’ – of which W.W. Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw is a fine example.

The Gilt Frame

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