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Peter Haining

(Peter Alexander Haining)
UK (1940 - 2007)

aka Ric Alexander

Peter Alexander Haining was a British journalist, author and anthologist who lived and worked in Suffolk. Born in Enfield, Middlesex, he began his career as a reporter in Essex and then moved to London where he worked on a trade magazine before joining the publishing house of New English Library.

Haining achieved the position of Editorial Director before becoming a full time writer in the early Seventies. He edited a large number of anthologies, predominantly of horror and fantasy short stories, wrote non-fiction books on a variety of topics from the Channel Tunnel to Sweeney Todd and also used the pen names "Ric Alexander" and "Richard Peyton" on a number of crime story anthologies. In the Seventies he wrote three novels, including The Hero (1973), which was optioned for filming.

He wrote several reference books on Doctor Who, including the 21st anniversary special Doctor Who: A Celebration Two Decades Through Time and Space (1983), and also wrote the definitive study of Sherlock Holmes on the screen, The Television Sherlock Holmes (1991) and several other television tie-ins featuring famous literary characters, including Maigret, Poirot and James Bond. Peter Haining's most recent project was a series of World War Two stories based on extensive research and personal interviews: The Jail That Went To Sea (2003), The Mystery of Rommel's Gold (2004), Where The Eagle Landed (2004), The Chianti Raiders (2005) and The Banzai Hunters (2007).

He won the British Fantasy Awards Karl Edward Wagner Award in 2001.
Series contributed to

Anthologies edited
Everyman's Book of Classic Horror Stories (1965)
The Hell of Mirrors (1965)
Beyond the Curtain of Dark (1966)
The Craft of Terror (1966)
Guaranteed Rest in Peace: And Other Macabre Tales (1966)
Where Nightmares Are (1966)
Anyone for Murder?: And Other Tales of Crime (1967)
Gentlewomen of Evil: An Anthology of Rare Supernatural Stories from the Pens of Victorian Ladies (1967)
This Day's Evil (1967)
Dr. Caligari's Black Book (1968)
The Evil People (1968)
The Future Makers (1968)
Legends for the Dark (1968)
The Midnight Penthouse (1968)
The Midnight People (1968)
The Satanists (1969)
The Unspeakable People (1969)
The Witchcraft Reader (1969)
The Freak Show (1970)
The Hollywood Nightmare (1970)
The Ghouls Book 1 (1971)
The Ghouls Book 2 (1971)
The Necromancers (1971)
A Circle of Witches: An Anthology of Victorian Witchcraft Stories (1971)
The Wild Night Company (1971)
The Clans of Darkness: Scottish Stories of Fantasy and Horror (1971)
Great Tales of Terror from Europe and America Volume 2 (1972)
Great British Tales of Terror: Gothic Stories of Horror and Romance 1765-1840 (1972)
     aka Gothic Tales of Terror
Lucifer Society (1972)
     aka Detours Into The Macabre
The Magicians: The Occult in Fact and Fiction (1972)
Nightfrights (1972)
The Dream Machines (1972)
The Nightmare Reader Volume 2 (1973)
The Nightmare Reader Volume 1 (1973)
Summoned from the Tomb (1973)
The Nightmare Reader (1973)
The Ghouls (1974)
The Magic Valley Travellers: Welsh Stories of Fantasy and Horror (1974)
Christopher Lee's New Chamber of Horrors (1974)
Tales of Unknown Horror (1974)
The Penny Dreadful: or Strange Horrid and Sensational Tales (1975)
The Ghost's Companion (1975)
The Fantastic Pulps (1975)
The Black Magic Omnibus Volume 2 (1976)
Weird Tales Volume 2 (1976)
The Black Magic Omnibus Volume 1 (1976)
More of Christopher Lee's New Chamber of Horrors (1976)
Deadly Nightshade (1977)
The Frankenstein File (1977)
More Weird Tales (1978)
The Shilling Shockers (1979)
Irish Leprechaun's Kingdom (1979)
More Tales of Unknown Horror (1979)
The Leprechaun's Kingdom (1979)
Buried Passions (1980)
The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1981)
The Vampire Terror (1981)
The Book of Ghost Stories (1983)
Zombie (1985)
The Ghost Ship: Stories of the Phantom 'Flying Dutchman' (1985)
Dead of Night (1986)
The Television Sherlock Holmes (1986)
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986)
Werewolf: Horror Stories of the Man Beast (1987)
The Dracula Centenary Book (1987)
LBW - Laughter Before Wicket: 100 Years of Humorous Cricket Short Stories (1987)
Poltergeist: Tales of Deadly Ghosts (1987)
Scottish Stories of Fantasy and Horror (1988)
Movie Monsters: Great Horror Film Stories (1988)
Doctor Who : 25 Glorious Years (1988)
Mummy Stories of the Living Corpse (1988)
Irish Tales of Terror: Twenty-Two Bewitching Tales of Irish Mystery and Magic (1988)
Hook, Line and Laughter: A Haul of 18 Humorous Fishing Stories (1989)
Stories of the Walking Dead (1990)
Murder On the Menu: A Gourmet Guide to Death (1991)
Great Irish Stories of the Supernatural (1992)
The Television Detectives' Omnibus (1992)
Great Tales of Horror (1993)
Masters of the Macabre (1993)
Vampires at Midnight (1993)
TV Late Night Horror Omnibus (1993)
The Armchair Detective: Great Tales of Crime and Detection (1993)
Great Tales of Crime and Detection (1993)
Armchair Horror Omnibus (1994)
On Call with Doctor Finlay (1994)
Great Irish Tales Of Fantasy And Myth (1994)
The Flesh Eaters (1994)
The Frankenstein Omnibus (1994)
Peter Cushing's Monster Movies (1994)
Tales from the Rogues' Gallery (1994)
The Armchair Horror Collection (1994)
Great Irish Tales of the Unimaginable (1994)
Murder by the Glass (1994)
The Television Crimebusters Omnibus (1994)
Ghost Movies: Famous Supernatural Films (1995)
Space Movies: Classic Science Fiction Films (1995)
Tales from the Gothic Bluebooks (1995)
The Vampire Omnibus (1995)
Great Irish Tales of Horror (1995)
Murder at the Races (1995)
London After Midnight (1996)
Space Movies II (1996)
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996)
Ghost Movies II (1996)
Murder on the Railways (1996)
The Vampire Hunters' Casebook (1996)
On the Case with Agatha Christie's Poirot (1996)
Pulp Frictions (1996)
Cyber-Killers (1997) (as by Ric Alexander)
The Flying Sorcerers (1997)
Timescapes (1997)
Time Travelers: Fiction in the Fourth Dimension (1997)
Classic Westerns (1998)
Classics of the Supernatural (1998)
Great Irish Humorous Stories: An Anthology of Laughter and Wit (1998)
The Unexplained: Stories of the Paranormal (1998) (as by Ric Alexander)
Knights of Madness: Further Comic Tales of Fantasy (1998)
Scary!: Stories That Will Make You Scream (1998)
Classic Science Fiction (1998)
Great Irish Stories of Murder and Mystery (1999)
Vintage Science Fiction (1999)
Great Irish Tales of Fantasy (1999)
Laws and Disorders (1999)
Great Welsh Fantasy Stories (2000)
The Wizard's Den: Spellbinding Tales of Magic and Magicians (2001)
Scary!: More Stories to Make You Scream!: Vol 2 (2002)
Great Irish Drinking Stories (2002)
Magician's Circle: More Spellbinding Stories of Wizards and Wizardry (2003)
Scottish Ghost Stories (2004)
The Mysterious Novice: Tales of Terror from the Gothic Bluebooks (2007)

Non fiction
A Thousand Afternoons (1970)
The Warlock's Book: Secrets of Black Magic from the Ancient Grimoires (1971)
Witchcraft and Black Magic (1971)
Anatomy of Witchcraft (1972)
The Channel Islands (1972)
The unexpurgated 'Penthouse' (1972)
The Marlock's Book (1973)
The Graveyard Wit: The Humour of the Tombstone (1973)
The Monster Makers (1974)
The Witchcraft Papers (1974)
The Fortune Hunter's Guide (1975)
The Great English Earthquake (1976)
The Compleat Birdman: An Illustrated History of Man-powered Flight (1976)
The Monster Trap: And Other True Mysteries (1976)
Terror!: History of Horror Illustrations from the Pulp Magazines (1976)
An Illustrated History of Witchcraft (1976)
The Art of Mystery and Detective Stories: The Best Illustrations from Over a Century of Crime Fiction (1977)
The Ancient Mysteries (1977)
The Edgar Allan Poe Scrapbook (1977)
Mystery!: An Illustrated History of Crime and Detective Fiction (1977)
The Legend and Bizarre Crimes of Spring Heeled Jack (1977)
A Sherlock Holmes Compendium (1978)
The Restless Bones: And Other True Mysteries (1978)
The H. G. Wells Scrapbook (1978)
Mystery and Horrible Murders of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979)
Man Who Was Frankenstein (1979)
The Screaming Skull and Other True Mysteries (1979)
Superstitions (1979)
Movable Books: An Illustrated History (1979)
Hell Hound and Other True Mysteries (1980)
The Legend of Charlie Chaplin (1982)
Legend of Brigitte Bardot (1983)
Traction Engine Companion (1983)
Last Gentleman: Tribute to David Niven (1984)
A Dictionary of Ghost Lore (1984)
Raquel Welch: Sex Symbol to Superstar (1984)
The Vampire Terror and Other True Mysteries (1984)
Goldie Hawn (1985)
Pictorial History of Horror Stories (1985)
Eyewitness to the Galaxy (1985)
For Mother with Love: Her Special Book (1986)
Race for Mars (1986)
The Art of Horror Stories: Two Hundred Years of Spine-chilling Illustrations (1986)
Ghosts: The Illustrated History (1987)
Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook (1987)
Elvis in Private: Unofficial Views of the King (1987)
The Scarecrow: Fact and Fable (1988)
Hole in Fun (1988)
Book of Learned Nonsense (1989)
Charlie Chaplin: A Centenary Celebration (1989)
Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memory (1989)
The Day War Broke Out: 3rd September 1939 (1989)
Eurotunnel: An Illustrated History of the Channel Tunnel Scheme (1989)
The Spitfire Log: 50th Anniversary Tribute (1990)
Spitfire Summer: The People's Eye-view of the Battle of Britain (1990)
The Legend of Garbo (1990)
Agatha Christie: Murder in Four Acts (1990)
The English Highwayman (1991)
The Dracula Scrapbook (1992)
The Supernatural Coast: Unexplained Mysteries of East Anglia (1992)
Maria Marten (1992)
Maigret (1993)
Sweeney Todd: The Real Story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1993)
The Essential Seducer (1994)
On Duty with The Chief (1995)
Medics (1995)
Agatha Christie's Poirot: A Celebration of the Great Detective (1995)
The Orion Book of Murder: 100 of the World's Greatest Crime Stories (1996)
The Un-dead: the Legend of Bram Stoker and Dracula (1997) (with Peter Tremayne)
The MG Log (1998)
The Classic Era of the American Pulp Magazine (2000)
A Dictionary of Vampires (2000)
A Dictionary of Ghosts (2001)
The Classic Era of Crime Fiction (2002)
The Flying Bomb War: Contemporary Eyewitness Accounts of the German V1 and V2 Raids On Britain 1942-1945 (2002)
The Jail That Went to Sea (2003)
Cat Compendium (2004)
The Mystery of Rommel's Gold (2004)
A Slip of the Pen: The Writers' Book of Blunders (2004)
Where the Eagle Landed (2004)
The Chianti Raiders: The Extraordinary Story of the Italian Air Force in the Battle of Britain (2005)
Lassie: The Extraordinary Story of Eric Knight and 'the World's Favourite Dog' (2005)
Cannibal Killers: The Real Life Flesh Eaters and Blood Drinkers (2006)
The Banzai Hunters: The Forgotten Armada of Little Ships that Defeated the Japanese, 1944-5 (2006)
Creeper's Secret War (2009) (with Peter MacAlan)
Wrotten English (2011)

Anthologies containing stories by Peter Haining
Short stories
The Beefsteak Room (1996)
The Smoke Ghost (1997)
A Figment in Time (1998)

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