Ghost stories

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gammaray | 18:08 Thu 21st Dec 2006 | Arts & Literature
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Many years ago I read a short story in an anthology of ghost/horror stories. One of those paperbacks you could buy from motorway service stations and poular in the late seventies. Any how. One story I read concerned and elderly gentleman that had an unusual hobby. He would catch frogs in a pond close to his house and then stuff them (in a taxidermy sense) and place the figures in glass cases dressed in small costumes.

One evening he was drawn to the pond by the sound of loud croaking where he was set upon by scores of frogs seeking revenge. He was found the dead next day crudely stitched together and filled with pond weed.

Can anybody tell me the author, the title of the story and the title of the anthology it was in?


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It might be worth checking Patricia Highsmith's The Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder - although I'm not sure if this actual story is in that collection (they are all stories about animals getting their revenge on humans and is brilliant!)
I used to read a lot of those books aswell, the Pan Books of horror stories. I don't recall that particular story, but if you go on e-bay you may be able to recognise the book.

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