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1 (Avallone, Michael). Nile, Dorothea THE VAMPIRE CAMEO
New York: Lancer Books, (1968). First edition: Paperback Original. Lancer Easy-Eye Edition #6. 73-706. Mass market paperback. Hint of age-toning to the pages, else a fine, unread copy in illustrated wraps. 
Stranded in the Transylvanian Alps, young schoolteacher Rosalie Lindquist is rescued by dark, sinister Count Darkus and taken to legend-shrouded Darkus Castle. Is the Count a vampire? Neat twist on the gothic formula from pseudonym-shrouded Avallone. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2 (Hill, Reginald). Ruell, Patrick THE CASTLE OF THE DEMON
New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc./A Martin Dale Book, [1973]. First U.S. edition. First published by Long in 1971. Hardcover. A tiny area of insignificant soiling to rear endsheet, else near fine in ochre cloth which betrays a hint of rubbing to the black spine title; in a lightly age-toned and edgeworn pictorial dust jacket with artwork by Charles Geer. 
This very early Reginald Hill--his debut as "Patrick Ruell"--is a richly entertaining gothic-espionage thriller with a tantalizing flavor of the occult; and features, as many of the Ruells do, a refreshingly original and appealing heroine. Scotland-set. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 Cardiff, Sara THE INNER STEPS
New York: Random House, (1973). 0394484231 / 9780394484235 First edition. Hardcover. Bumps to the upper edges, else near fine with geometric design device to front cover; in an illustrated dust jacket that has a light water stain to the upper edge of the rear panel and is lightly age-toned. 
Lily Voorhees' honeymoon turns into a nightmare when her husband Chris begins to regain memories of a trip to an ancient Indian village. Are the murderous thoughts in his head his own or those of an Old One? 
Price: 35.00 USD
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4 Cardiff, Sara THE SEVERING LINE
New York: Random House, (1974). 0394490711 / 9780394490717 First edition. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-embossed, linen-backed tan paper-over-boards; in illustrated dust jacket with painting by Ben Stahl. 
Contemporary "semi-gothic" tale of romantic suspense by the author of FOOL'S APPLE and THE INNER STEPS. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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5 Clark, Gail DULCIE BLIGH
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1978). 039912053X / 9780399120534 First edition. First book in the series. Hardcover. Small mild stain to the upper page edges, else very good plus in green cloth with gilt titles to the spine; in a very good plus dust jacket with very short tears accompanied by tiny creases to the shelf extremities. 
Marvelously inscribed by the author, revealing Clark's aspirations to emulate the title character Dulcie and with effervescent thanks to the inscribee--who is likened to Dulci--for years of friendship. Dated 1978 and SIGNED "Gail" to the front endpaper. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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6 Clark, Gail THE BARONESS OF BOW STREET
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1979). 0399123342 / 9780399123344 First edition. Hardcover. Very minor stains to the page edges, else very good plus in cranberry linen with gilt titles to the spine; in a near fine dust jacket with mild wrinkles to the upper and lower spine extremities. 
Intimately inscribed "with love" and SIGNED "Gail" by the author to the front endpaper. The 19th-century regency adventure sequel to DULCIE BLIGH finds the flamboyant and clairvoyant Baroness looking for a murder suspect among suitors. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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7 Dwyer-Joyce, Alice THE MASTER OF JETHART
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1976). 070915237X / 9780709152378 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Fine in a mildly age-toned illustrated dust jacket that shows the ghost of a small price label to the upper front flap. 
Belinda McLean learns that the "mist-fingers of the Highlands can reach out from beyond the grave," as she seeks her destiny with the black Master of the house of Old Jethart. Scottish-set Gothic suspenser from the prolific Dwyer-Joyce. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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8 Eden, Dorothy THE VINES OF YARRABEE
New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., (1969). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Very nearly fine, in vivid fuchsia cloth; in a like, mildly age-toned illustrated dust jacket with a coffee-ring stain to the rear panel. 
Virile, ruthless Gilbert makes Eugenia the mistress of his plantation and vineyard, but the cultivated, aristocratic beauty is in for some unpleasant surprises, some perilous ordeals, and, perhaps, the love of a sensitive, thoughtful itinerant artist. 
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9 Hylton, Sara JACINTHA
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1981). 0312439385 / 9780312439385 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. A line of fading to the shelf-edges of the upper and lower spine, else near fine in pebbled blue boards with gilt titles to the spine; in a fine dust jacket. 
The English author's second novel of gothic-romance has a post-World War I theme and is set in both a haunted clifftop mansion in England and in a war-ravaged French countryside. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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10 Michaels, Barbara SEARCH THE SHADOWS
New York: Atheneum, 1987. 0689119062 / 9780689119064 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
"Haskell Maloney seeks the truth behind her past.... Her search leads her to the study of Egyptology, where watching from the shadows of a cold museum, a ruthless killer waits to strike."--Fantastic Fiction. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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11 Ross, Marilyn SECRETS OF SEDBURY MANOR
New York, N.Y.: Curtis Books, (1973). First edition: Paperback Original. An Empress Gothic. Mass market paperback. Pale rubber-stamped number to upper page edges, textblock mildly age-toned, some rubbing to covers, and a touch of age-darkening to spine, else a nearly fine, unread copy in illustrated wraps. 
"Was this a new life for Jessica? Or was she trapped in a centuries-old spell of evil?" The breathless heroine must choose between half-brothers. By William Edward Daniel Ross under pseudonym. As Marilyn, W.E.D. also penned the DARK SHADOWS tie-ins. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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12 Thane, Elswyth LETTER TO A STRANGER
New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, (1954). First edition. Hardcover. Fine, in gray cloth stamped in green with titles and with quill pen device to front cover and to spine; in a price-clipped pictorial dust jacket that shows very mild edgewear, faint age-toning and light rubbing. A nice copy. 
Author Eve Endicott receives a letter from Joanna Marshall and, against the advice of her publisher, she finds herself drawn to become involved with the Marshall family; soon she is under the compulsion of a dead woman--whom she is said to resemble. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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