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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
Doctor Who : A Celebration; Two Decades Through Time and SpaceThe Key to Time : A Year by Year RecordThe Doctor Who FileThe Time-Travellers Guide
The Nine Lives of Doctor Who
 
James Bond: A Celebration
 
The Invasion: Earth Companion
 
The Mammoth Book of Armchair Detectives and Screen CrimesThe Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost StoriesThe Mammoth Book of Haunted House StoriesThe Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories
The Mammoth Book of True Hauntings
 
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)
The Leprechaun's Kingdom (1979)
More Tales of Unknown Horror (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 Crime and Detection (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)
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)
Murder at the Races (1995)
Space Movies: Classic Science Fiction Films (1995)
Tales from the Gothic Bluebooks (1995)
The Vampire Omnibus (1995)
Great Irish Tales of Horror (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 Science Fiction (1998)
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)
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)
Everyman's Book of Classic Horror StoriesThe Hell of MirrorsBeyond the Curtain of DarkThe Craft of Terror
Where Nightmares AreGentlewomen of Evil: An Anthology of Rare Supernatural Stories from the Pens of Victorian LadiesDr. Caligari's Black BookThe Evil People
The Future MakersLegends for the DarkThe Midnight PenthouseThe Midnight People
The SatanistsThe Unspeakable PeopleThe Witchcraft ReaderThe Freak Show
The Hollywood NightmareThe Ghouls Book 1The Ghouls Book 2The Necromancers
A Circle of Witches: An Anthology of Victorian Witchcraft StoriesThe Wild Night CompanyThe Clans of Darkness: Scottish Stories of Fantasy and HorrorGreat British Tales of Terror: Gothic Stories of Horror and Romance 1765-1840
Lucifer SocietyThe Magicians: The Occult in Fact and FictionNightfrightsThe Dream Machines
The Nightmare Reader Volume 2The Nightmare Reader Volume 1Summoned from the TombThe Nightmare Reader
The GhoulsThe Magic Valley Travellers: Welsh Stories of Fantasy and HorrorChristopher Lee's New Chamber of HorrorsTales of Unknown Horror
The Penny Dreadful: or Strange Horrid and Sensational TalesThe Ghost's CompanionThe Fantastic PulpsThe Black Magic Omnibus Volume 2
Weird Tales Volume 2The Black Magic Omnibus Volume 1More of Christopher Lee's New Chamber of HorrorsDeadly Nightshade
The Frankenstein FileMore Weird TalesThe Shilling ShockersIrish Leprechaun's Kingdom
The Leprechaun's KingdomMore Tales of Unknown HorrorBuried PassionsThe Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Vampire TerrorThe Book of Ghost StoriesZombieThe Ghost Ship: Stories of the Phantom 'Flying Dutchman'
Dead of NightThe Television Sherlock HolmesTales of Dungeons and DragonsThe Dracula Centenary Book
LBW - Laughter Before Wicket: 100 Years of Humorous Cricket Short StoriesPoltergeist: Tales of Deadly GhostsScottish Stories of Fantasy and HorrorMovie Monsters: Great Horror Film Stories
Doctor Who : 25 Glorious YearsIrish Tales of Terror: Twenty-Two Bewitching Tales of Irish Mystery and MagicHook, Line and Laughter: A Haul of 18 Humorous Fishing StoriesStories of the Walking Dead
Murder On the Menu: A Gourmet Guide to DeathGreat Irish Stories of the SupernaturalThe Television Detectives' OmnibusGreat Tales of Crime and Detection
Great Tales of HorrorVampires at MidnightTV Late Night Horror OmnibusThe Armchair Detective: Great Tales of Crime and Detection
On Call with Doctor FinlayGreat Irish Tales Of Fantasy And MythThe Frankenstein OmnibusPeter Cushing's Monster Movies
Tales from the Rogues' GalleryThe Armchair Horror CollectionGreat Irish Tales of the UnimaginableMurder by the Glass
The Television Crimebusters OmnibusMurder at the RacesSpace Movies: Classic Science Fiction FilmsThe Vampire Omnibus
Great Irish Tales of HorrorLondon After MidnightSpace Movies IIThe Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy
Ghost Movies IIMurder on the RailwaysThe Vampire Hunters' CasebookPulp Frictions
Cyber-KillersThe Flying SorcerersTimescapesTime Travelers: Fiction in the Fourth Dimension
Classic Science FictionClassic WesternsClassics of the SupernaturalGreat Irish Humorous Stories: An Anthology of Laughter and Wit
The Unexplained: Stories of the ParanormalKnights of Madness: Further Comic Tales of FantasyScary!: Stories That Will Make You ScreamGreat Irish Stories of Murder and Mystery
Vintage Science FictionGreat Irish Tales of FantasyLaws and DisordersGreat Welsh Fantasy Stories
The Wizard's Den: Spellbinding Tales of Magic and MagiciansScary!: More Stories to Make You Scream!: Vol 2Great Irish Drinking StoriesMagician's Circle: More Spellbinding Stories of Wizards and Wizardry
Scottish Ghost StoriesThe Mysterious Novice: Tales of Terror from the Gothic Bluebooks
 
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)
A Thousand AfternoonsThe Warlock's Book: Secrets of Black Magic from the Ancient GrimoiresWitchcraft and Black MagicAnatomy of Witchcraft
The unexpurgated 'Penthouse'The Monster MakersThe Witchcraft PapersThe Fortune Hunter's Guide
The Great English EarthquakeThe Compleat Birdman: An Illustrated History of Man-powered FlightThe Monster Trap: And Other True MysteriesTerror!: History of Horror Illustrations from the Pulp Magazines
An Illustrated History of WitchcraftThe Art of Mystery and Detective Stories: The Best Illustrations from Over a Century of Crime FictionThe Ancient MysteriesThe Edgar Allan Poe Scrapbook
Mystery!: An Illustrated History of Crime and Detective FictionThe Legend and Bizarre Crimes of Spring Heeled JackA Sherlock Holmes CompendiumThe Restless Bones: And Other True Mysteries
The H. G. Wells ScrapbookMystery and Horrible Murders of Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet StreetMan Who Was FrankensteinSuperstitions
Movable Books: An Illustrated HistoryHell Hound and Other True MysteriesThe Legend of Charlie ChaplinLegend of Brigitte Bardot
Traction Engine CompanionLast Gentleman: Tribute to David NivenA Dictionary of Ghost LoreRaquel Welch: Sex Symbol to Superstar
The Vampire Terror and Other True MysteriesPictorial History of Horror StoriesEyewitness to the GalaxyRace for Mars
The Art of Horror Stories: Two Hundred Years of Spine-chilling IllustrationsGhosts: The Illustrated HistorySherlock Holmes ScrapbookElvis in Private: Unofficial Views of the King
The Scarecrow: Fact and FableHole in FunBook of Learned NonsenseBob Hope: Thanks for the Memory
The Day War Broke Out: 3rd September 1939Eurotunnel: An Illustrated History of the Channel Tunnel SchemeThe Spitfire Log: 50th Anniversary TributeSpitfire Summer: The People's Eye-view of the Battle of Britain
The Legend of GarboAgatha Christie: Murder in Four ActsThe English HighwaymanThe Dracula Scrapbook
The Supernatural Coast: Unexplained Mysteries of East AngliaMaria MartenMaigretSweeney Todd: The Real Story of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The Essential SeducerOn Duty with The ChiefAgatha Christie's Poirot: A Celebration of the Great DetectiveThe Orion Book of Murder: 100 of the World's Greatest Crime Stories
The Un-dead: the Legend of Bram Stoker and DraculaThe MG LogThe Classic Era of the American Pulp MagazineA Dictionary of Vampires
A Dictionary of GhostsThe Classic Era of Crime FictionThe Flying Bomb War: Contemporary Eyewitness Accounts of the German V1 and V2 Raids On Britain 1942-1945The Jail That Went to Sea
Cat CompendiumThe Mystery of Rommel's GoldA Slip of the Pen: The Writers' Book of BlundersWhere the Eagle Landed
The Chianti Raiders: The Extraordinary Story of the Italian Air Force in the Battle of BritainLassie: The Extraordinary Story of Eric Knight and 'the World's Favourite Dog'Cannibal Killers: The Real Life Flesh Eaters and Blood DrinkersThe Banzai Hunters: The Forgotten Armada of Little Ships that Defeated the Japanese, 1944-5
Creeper's Secret WarWrotten English
 
Anthologies containing stories by Peter Haining
The Vampire Hunters' CasebookDancing with the DarkThe Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories
 
Short stories
The Beefsteak Room (1996)
The Smoke Ghost (1997)
A Figment in Time (1998)



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