A master of the conte cruel, often with a Grand Guignol finish, Birkin found true horror not in ghosts or the supernatural but in man's inhumanity to man. Never before reprinted and extremely scarce, Devils' Spawn (1936) collects sixteen of Birkin's stories, many of them first published in the Creeps volumes, including the horror gems "The Terror on Tobit" and "The Harlem Horror". Birkin's collection The Smell of Evil (1965) is also available from Valancourt Books.
"Not for the squeamish. Be warned, if you are at all sensitive, leave him well alone." - Hugh Lamb
"More than a definite touch of the great master, Edgar Allan Poe." - Dennis Wheatley
"Few writers of horror today approach the standards of Birkin." - Ulster Star
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About the Author
Following a long break, Birkin resumed writing after his return to London in 1960 and, perhaps at the instigation of Dennis Wheatley, began publishing new collections of short stories with The Kiss of Death (1964), for which Wheatley provided an introduction. Several more volumes of tales appeared between 1965 and 1970, including The Smell of Evil (1965), also introduced by Wheatley. From 1970 to 1974 Birkin lived in Cyprus, which he fled in the wake of the Turkish invasion. He and his wife Janet spent their later years in the Isle of Man, where Birkin died in 1985.