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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Adam and Evelina (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dewey Death (As:Charity Blackstock) (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Southern Folly (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vixen's Revenge (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Woman in the Woods (As:Charity Blackstock) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foggy Foggy Dew (As:Charity Blackstock) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Dear Miss Emma (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bitter Conquest (As:Charity Blackstock) (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rebel Lover (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Briar Patch (As:Charity Blackstock) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rogue's Lady (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paradise Row (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Respectable Miss Parkington-Smith (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Octavia (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monkey on a Chain (As:Charity Blackstock) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Christopoulos (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The knock at midnight (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Widow (As:Charity Blackstock) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Six Passengers for the Sweet Bird (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Emily (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Waiting at the Church (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lemmings (As: Charity Blackstock) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Melon in the Cornfield (As:Charity Blackstock) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadowed Love (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Daughter (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miss Jonas's Boy (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lonely Strangers (As:Charity Blackstock) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jungle (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gentle Sex (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Carradine Affair (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Encounter (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gentleman Rogue AKA The Moonlighters (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legacy of Pride (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
People in glass houses (As:Charity Blackstock) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doctor's Daughter (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Name Is Clary Brown (As:Charlotte Keppel) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
House Possessed (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beloved Enemy (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Town (As:Charity Blackstock) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marriage Has Been Arranged (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shirt Front (As:Charity Blackstock) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miss Philadelphia Smith (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Met Murder on the Way (As: Charity Blackstock, With: Sam Peffer) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Haunting Me (As:Charity Blackstock) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miss Charley (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Could Be Good to You (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
With Fondest Thoughts (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Villains (As:Charlotte Keppel) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghosts of Fontenoy (As:Charlotte Keppel) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The man of wrath (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death My Lover (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of A Paperback Library Gothic Books

The Angler's Story of the Lady of Glenwith Grange (By: Wilkie Collins) (1855)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woman in White (By: Wilkie Collins) (1859)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lady of the Shroud (By: Bram Stoker) (1909)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Garden of Evil (By: Bram Stoker) (1911)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow of Evil (By: Greye La Spina) (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gabrielle (By: Kathleen Thompson Norris) (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Curse of Doone (By: Sydney Horler) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Some Must Watch (By: Ethel Lina White) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wax (By: Ethel Lina White) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gaslight (By: Patrick Hamilton) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sign of the Ram (By: Margaret Ferguson) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Has 1000 Eyes (By: George Hopley) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brownstone Gothic (By: Elizabeth Shenkin) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Case Against Satan (By: Ray Russell) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rosevean (By: Iris Bromige) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Lake (By: Russell Kirk) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witches' Sabbath (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terror Stalks the Night Nurse (By: Blanche Mosler) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tulip Tree (By: Howard Rigsby) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Locked Corridor (By: Marilyn Ross) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of Fury Castle (By: Marilyn Ross,Dan Ross) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thorne House (By: Judith Ware) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spin a Dark Web (By: Ann Forman Barron) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beware My Love! (By: Marilyn Ross) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marriott Hall (By: Dorothy Daniels) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Darkhaven (By: Dorothy Daniels) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Satan's Rock (By: Marilyn Ross) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Darkest Night (By: Peter Saxon) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil's Mansion (By: Rex Jardin) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
House of Menace (By: Audrey Furness) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghostwind (By: Rachel Ann Payne) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystic Manor (By: Dorothy Daniels) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Phantom Manor (By: Marilyn Ross) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memory of Evil (By: Marilyn Ross) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Gathering of Evil (By: Marilyn Ross) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sarah Mandrake (By: Maggie-Owen Wadelton) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House that Fear Built (By: Cassandra Knye) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blacktower (By: Miriam Lynch) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the Moonrose (By: Miriam Lynch) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Third Eye (By: Ethel Lina White) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Torturer (By: Peter Saxon) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strangers in the Night (By: Genevieve St John) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mistress of Tara (By: Christina Laffeaty) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cameron Castle (By: Marilyn Ross) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witch-Baiter (By: Charles Birkin) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted Dancers (By: Charles Birkin) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Midnight Hearse (By: Elliott O'Donnell) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Castle and The Key (By: Cassandra Knye) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fear Place (By: Judith Ware) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Druid Stone (By: Simon Majors) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreadful Hollow (By: Irina Karlova) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Candle (By: Christine Randell) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shorecliff (By: Marilyn Ross) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of Dread (By: Ray Dorien) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witches (By: Françoise Mallet-Joris) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Legend (By: Marilyn Ross) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Aquarius Curse (By: Marilyn Ross) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desperate Heiress (By: Marilyn Ross) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carmilla & The Haunted Baronet (By: J. Sheridan Le Fanu,J. Sheridan LeFanu) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Dominion (By: Peter Fleming) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
the Dark Shadows Book of Vampires and Werewolves (By: E.F. Benson,Jonathan Frid) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Message from a Ghost (By: Marilyn Ross) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witches' Cove (By: Marilyn Ross) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Menacing Darkness (By: Sandra Shulman) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castlecliffe (By: Sandra Shulman) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Phantom of the Swamp (By: Marilyn Ross) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witch of Bralhaven (By: Marilyn Ross) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Night of Fear (By: Marilyn Ross) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sinister Garden (By: Marilyn Ross) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Stars Over Seacrest (By: Marilyn Ross) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mistress of Moorwood Manor (By: Marilyn Ross) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the Phantom (By: Marilyn Ross) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Maya Temple (By: Dorothy Daniels) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Alternative (By: Rodney Hyde-Thompson) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marta (By: Marilyn Ross) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
House of Ghosts (By: Marilyn Ross) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Behind the Purple Veil (By: Marilyn Ross) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Face in the Shadows (By: Marilyn Ross) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Look Behind You (By: Marilyn Ross) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Briarlea (By: Eva Zumwalt) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seaview Manor (By: Elissa Grandower) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brutes, Beasts and Human Fiends (By: Alan Hynd) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Put Out the Light (By: Ethel Lina White) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hangover Square (By: Patrick Hamilton) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Screaming Skulls and Other Ghosts (By: Elliott O'Donnell) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mistress of Ravenswood (By: Marilyn Ross) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Ursula Joyce Torday was born February 19, 1912 in London, England. She was the daughter of mixed parentage; her dad, Emil Torday, was a Hungarian anthropologist and her mom, Gaia Rose MacDonald, was Scottish.

Ursula studied at Kensington High School in London before going to Oxford University, where she got a BA in English at Lady Margaret Hall College. Later, she got a Social Science Certificate at London School of Economics.

During the 1930s, she wrote her first three novels under own name. The first of which, called “The Ballad-Maker of Paris”, was released in the year 1935. Besides writing under her own name, she also publishes under the names of Paula Allardyce, Charity Blackstock, Charlotte Keppel, and Lee Blackstock.

During the second world war, she worked as a probation officer for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Over the next seven years she ran a refugee scheme for Jewish kids, which served as an inspiration for many of her future novels.

Ursula also worked as a typist at the National Central Library (England and Wales) in London, and was the inspiration for “Dewey Death” (published under the Charity Blackstock name). She taught English to adults, too.

When she returned to publishing at the beginning of the fifties. She used Charity Blackstock (sometimes in the US it was re-edited as Lee Blackstock) or Paula Allardyce to sign all of her mystery and gothic romances.

“Witches’ Sabbath” received a Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association. “Miss Fenny”, also called “The Woman in the Woods”, was nominated for an Edgar Award.

She died March 6, 1997 at the age of 85 in Haywards Heath Sussex, England.

“My Dear Miss Emma” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 1958. By leaving England, Emma Forbes, who is impoverished and plain, hopes she can leave behind all the pain of losing both her fiance and her entire inheritance.

She gets a job of English teacher/ governess to the wards of Ignace, a cold, harsh featured French noblemen living in Arles during the 1750s. He is both cynical and bitter. And is sardonically amused by her schoolgirl level of French.

Then the Black Death, the Plague, comes to this tiny walled town.

Fans of the novel loved the brave, feisty, and brilliant Emma and followed along as she went on her adventures through France with strong interest. Paula’s character development and plotting is well done in this. Her descriptions of the setting, and the period were brought to life well in the novel.

“The Rogue’s Lady” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 1961. Ahab forgot just how wonderful and lovely she truly was, this deceitful and spoiled ‘lady’ who once did her best to see that he was hanged. Now, she is imprisoned by marriage to a brute of a man named Lord Dacre, and was desperately begging for his help to escape to her own childhood home back in New Jersey.

It was a moment he had been waiting for six years now. She was now at his mercy. He would have savored refusing her and hurting her, however, it was not a triumph, somehow. It was just cruelly unfair and strange that this lady, who had been his enemy, should have the power to touch his heart with pity, not to mention desire.

“Witches’ Sabbath” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 1961. Tamar Brown shows up in a small English village in order to do research for her newest book, which is about a woman named Abigail Parkes who got burned as a witch three hundred years before. Tamar is a redhead, just like Abigail was, and quickly the superstitious villagers fear that the witch has returned from the grave in order to get revenge. Never mind all that, though.

In the most amazing of coincidences, Tamar gets reunited with William, her lover that left her six years before. The suspicion of William’s involvement in his wife dying, any speculation that she could be a reincarnation of Abigail only lead to further nearly fatal and vengeful deeds.

“Octavia” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 1965. Octavia could not know that lurid novel she wrote total secret would become the most sensational scandal of the entire London season.

Octavia was much less prepared to have her identity as the book’s writer revealed, and then get branded as some shocking adventuress. The guy she loved accused her of using him as the model for the villain in her novel, Octavia believed life could hold nothing for her than his cruel accusations.

That was before she realized that the sophisticated drawing rooms she accurately portrayed in fiction hid a smooth-talking traitor. Since England was warring with France, and Octavia wound up unwittingly spilling dirt on more than the foibles of all the aristocracy. She also wound up exposing the treachery of a spy.

This novel feels entirely real, just like Paula’s characters who are not always good looking and their lives have warts and lumps.

“Miss Philadelphia Smith” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 1977. Nothing ever happened to Philadelphia until she had gone and made that one wish on that night in the fall. Her dreams came true that same night when she got a lot more attention than she had ever bargained for.

Her handsome fiance, named Jamie, got tired of waiting to get married. He planned on jilting Philadelphia that very evening. Or had she planned on jilting him?

Her jaded and rich neighbor, named Mr. Atherton, was rather enchanted by her young and fresh beauty. The more he tried consoling the distraught and crying Philadelphia, the more he wanted to seduce her.

Mr. Atherton’s gambling companion, named Ferdy, was the blackest of sheep in the noblest of families. He had all kinds of plans for Philadelphia, and all of them were evil.

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