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Publication Order of David Blaize Books

David Blaize (1916)Description / Buy at Amazon
David of King's (1924)Description / Buy at Amazon
David Blaize and the Blue Door (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dodo Trilogy Books

Publication Order of The Mapp & Lucia Novels Books

Queen Lucia (1920)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miss Mapp (1922)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucia in London (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucia Rising (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mapp and Lucia (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Worshipful Lucia (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Make Way for Lucia (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucia Victrix (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble for Lucia (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucia in Wartime (By: Tom Holt) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucia Triumphant (By: Tom Holt) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Major Benjy (By: Guy Fraser-Sampson) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucia on Holiday (By: Guy Fraser-Sampson) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucia and the Diplomatic Incident (By: Tom Holt) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Au Reservoir (By: Guy Fraser-Sampson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Babe, B.A. (1897)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Money Market (1898)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Luck of the Vails (1901)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Valkyries (1903)Description / Buy at Amazon
Image in the Sand (1905)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blotting Book (1908)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Climber (1908)Description / Buy at Amazon
Account Rendered (1911)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs. Ames (1912)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arundel (1915)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Freaks of Mayfair (1916)Description / Buy at Amazon
Michael (1916)Description / Buy at Amazon
Up and Down (1918)Description / Buy at Amazon
Across the Stream (1919)Description / Buy at Amazon
Colin (1923)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secret Lives (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paying Guests (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Autumn Sowing (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Inheritor (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ravens' Brood (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Colin II (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Passenger (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weaker Vessel (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Angel of Pain (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Act in a Backwater (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daisy's Aunt (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Princess Sophia; A Novel (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oakleyites (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Challoners (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sheaves (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lovers And Friends (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paul (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Limitations (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juggerernaut (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alan (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scarlet and Hyssop (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Months (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of Defence (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Capsina (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robin Linnet (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vintage (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tortoise (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Reaping (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Expiation (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Fear Departed the Long Gallery (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mammon and Co (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Relentless City (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Osbornes (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rubicon (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Judgment Books (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Outside the Door (1912)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs. Amworth (1923)Description / Buy at Amazon
And No Bird Sings (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Went Too Far (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Terror by Night (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Confession of Charles Linkworth (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sanctuary (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Six Common Things (1893)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Room in the Tower (1912)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Countess of Lowndes Square, and Other Stories (1921)Description / Buy at Amazon
Visible and Invisible (1924)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Horror Horn And Other Stories (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tale of an Empty House and Other Ghost Stories (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flint Knife (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desirable Residences and Other Stories (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Terrors (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Complete Short Stories of E. F. Benson (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fine Feathers and Other Stories (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Face (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Room in the Tower and Other Stories (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Spook Stories (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Step (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales from the Dark Forrest 1 - 4 (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spook Stories (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skating Stories (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outcast: And Other Dark Tales (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Life of Alcibiades (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
As We Were (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Final Edition (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen Victoria (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
As We Are (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sir Francis Drake (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daughters of Queen Victoria (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Report on Prospects of Research in Alexandria (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Our Family Affairs (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of British Library Tales of the Weird Books

with M.R. James, Gertrude Atherton, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Walter de la Mare, Marjorie Bowen, Elliott O'Donnell, Mary Webb, Edith Nesbit, William H. Hudson, John Miller
Randalls Round: Nine Nightmares (By: Eleanor Scott) (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of the Tattooed: An Anthology of Ink (By: John Miller) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Woods: Tales From the Haunted Forests of Britain (With: M.R. James,Gertrude Atherton,Walter de la Mare,Marjorie Bowen,Elliott O'Donnell,Mary Webb,Edith Nesbit,William H. Hudson,John Miller) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights (By: Tanya Kirk,Lucy Evans) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Night Wire: and Other Tales of Weird Media (By: Aaron Worth) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Our Haunted Shores: Tales from the Coasts of the British Isles (By: Emily Alder,Joan Passey,Jimmy Packham) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Polar Horrors: Strange Tales from the World’s Ends (By: John Miller) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Horned God: Weird Tales of the Great God Pan (By: Michael Wheatley) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror(1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selections from the Pan Book of Horror Stories #5(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Third Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mind At Bay(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Wave of Fear: A Classic Horror Anthology(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Book of Horror No. 1(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 10th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
65 Great Spine Chillers(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
H.P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Creepy Little Creature Stories(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thrillers(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tainted: Tales of Terror and the Supernatural(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Stories: After Dark Classics(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time Traveler's Almanac(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
14 Victorian Stories: Anthology(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chilling Ghost Stories(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spirits of the Season: Christmas Hauntings(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Soot and Steel(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Classic Cat Stories(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghosts of the Chit-Chat(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Terrifying Ghosts Short Stories(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

E. F. Benson was a wonderful English writer, archaeologist, short story writer, biographer, and memoirist. He was born as Edward Frederic Benson and was particularly famous for writing the Mapp and Lucia book series. Additionally, he has penned numerous standalone, several short story collections, a few nonfiction books, as well as some biographies, articles, and plays. Author Benson was born on July 24, 1940, at Wellington College, Berkshire. He was the 5th child of Edward White Benson, the headmaster of Wellington College, who later became a chancellor, Bishop, and finally Archbishop. His mother was Mary Sidgwick. Benson’s elder siblings included Arthur Christopher Benson, who was a popular writer himself; Margaret Benson, an amateur Egyptologist and author; and Robert Hugh Benson, a renowned writer of several Roman Catholic Apologetics and novels.

Two of his siblings died when they were young. The parents of author Benson had 6 children, but no grandchildren. Neither he nor any of his siblings produced any children. Benson completed his early education at Temple Grove School. Later, he joined Marlborough College for further studies. It was here that Benson became serious about writing and it is also the basis of one of his novels called David Blaize. Benson continued his studies by joining King’s College in Cambridge, where he became a Pitt Club member. Later in his life, he obtained an honorary fellowship at Magdalene College. During his time at Cambridge, Benson had come in contact with Vicent Yorke and fallen in love with him. He even wrote about him in his dairy and speculated that Vincent knew about his feelings for him.

The first published novel written by Benson is Sketches From Marlborough. However, he began his career with the controversial 1893 novel, Dodo. After its immense success, Benson came up with a few more romantic, satire, and supernatural stories. The Mapp and Lucia books were written by him quite late in his career. They comprise a total of six books and a couple of short stories. In 1983, BBC Radio 4 adapted the first four books of this series into a 12-part series called Trouble for Lucia and broadcast it across the country. In 2007, the company came up with another 10-part adaptation and broadcast. These two adaptations were carried out by Aubrey Woods and Ned Sherrin respectively. A 10-episode TV series was also made based on the last 3 books by Gerald Savory. Likewise, a few other TV and radio adaptations followed in the 1980s and early 2000s.

H.P. Lovecraft is a big fan of author Benson and has spoken highly of his works. Following the death of Benson, his Mapp and Lucia novels were continued by Guy Fraser-Sampson, Ian Shephard, and Tom Holt. Author Benson was believed to be a homosexual, but kept it intensely discreet. He had several romantic adventures with his fellow students at Cambridge, the most prominent one among them being with Vincent Yorke, father of Henry Yorke, the novelist. He had maintained friendships with many gay men in the later years of his life. Benson and John Ellingham Brooks lived in a villa for some time at Capri. Besides being an amazing novelist, Benson was also a good athlete. He represented his country in figure skating. The death of author Benson occurred on 29th February 1940 in London. He was suffering from throat cancer and took his last breath at London’s University College Hospital. Benson’s body now rests in the cemetery located at Rye, East Essex.

A successful novel series written by author E.F. Benson is known as the Mapp and Lucia series. It is comprised of seven books, released between 1920 and 1939. Every book of this series features the lead character in the form of Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas. She lives in a small village called Riseholme in the United Kingdom. Other important characters mentioned in the novels by author Benson include Daisy Quantock, Georgie Pillson, Elizabeth Mapp, Captain Puffin, Major Benjy Flint, Diva Plaistow, etc. Author Benson has set the stories in the villages of Tilling and Riseholme and London, England. The debut book of this series is entitled ‘Queen Lucia’. It was first released in 1920 and then re-released by the Wildside Press in 2003.

This book opens by showing that Mrs. Lucas is a woman of class and taste. She commands Riseholme in almost all matters of importance. Georgie Pilson acts her right-hand man. He is a bachelor and is always seen giving company to Lucia. Georgie’s presence in Lucia’s house for long hours doesn’t bother her husband. With the help of Georgie, Lucia pretty much rules the village as its ‘Queen’. Later, Daisy Quantack’s Indian guru arrives in the village. This prompts Lucia to make sure that she utilizes the social currency of the guru in the village’s competitive world. She is quite particular about maintaining her status as the Riseholme’s Queen. Some of her subjects make occasional attempts to overthrow her. But, she always manages to not let them succeed in their plans. This humorous novel mocks class and status in many different ways. Benson has described his humor in an understated and subtle manner. The book surgically, lovingly captures the village life of England.

The second volume of this funny, humorous series is known as ‘Lucia in London’. It was originally published in 197 and re-published in 1999 by the Moyer Bell publication. This novel shows Emmeline Lucas aka Lucia taking up an extraordinary adventure in London. She looks to conquer her London-based new home and at the same time tries to keep her hold on Riseholme’s country mansions. When other villagers come to know about the desertation of Lucia for the city life, they become maddened and hurt. A few of them think of plotting revenge against her, but none of them seem to have the courage to stand against her. After inheriting the fashionable house in London’s Brompton Square, which belonged to her husband Peter’s deceased aunt, Lucia begins her mission to climb the ladder of status in the high profile society of London. To succeed in the mission, she incorporates a combination of smartness and intelligence. Lucia’s rising advances in London’s social circles causes the society to get divided into those who follow her and the ones who envy her.

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