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"I sometimes marvel that a third-rate writer like me has been able to palm himself off as a second-rate writer."

-- John Collier

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The Complete Works of John Collier

These works are in chronological order as originally published. Titles in red are available from eNet Press via Buy Now! Click on a cover to learn more about that particular book.


1930 cover His Monkey Wife: or Married to a Chimp   $6.99   Buy Now!

1931 cover No Traveller Returns (a novella or chapbook)   $6.99   Buy Now!

1933 Tom's a Cold: a tale (published in the U.S. As Full Circle)

1934 cover Defy the Foul Fiend: or The Misadventures of a Heart   $5.99   Buy Now!


Short Story Collections

1932 Green Thoughts (see Fancies and Goodnights Vol 2) (the title story may have inspired Little Shop of Horrors)

1934 The Devil and All (see Fancies and Goodnights Vol 2)

1934 Variations on a Theme (see Fancies and Goodnights Vol 2)

1941 Presenting Moonshine (see Fancies and Goodnights Vol 2)

1943 The Touch of Nutmeg: and More Unlikely Stories (see Fancies and Goodnights Vol 2)

1951 cover Fancies and Goodnights Vol 1   $7.99   Buy Now!

1958 Pictures in the Fire (see Fancies and Goodnights Vol 2)

1961 Of Demons and Darkness (see Fancies and Goodnights Vol 2)

1972 The John Collier Reader (includes His Monkey Wife in its entirety, chapters 8 and 9 of Defy the Foul Fiend, and selected stories)

1975 The Best of John Collier (paperback containing all the short items from The John Collier Reader, but without His Monkey Wife, which was issued as a separate volume)

2012 cover Fancies and Goodnights Vol 2   $7.99   Buy Now!
(ebook, contains all of John Collier's short stories not included in Fancies and Goodnights Vol 1.)


Other Works

1931 Gemini (Poetry collections)

1931 The Scandal and Credulities of John Aubrey

1934 Sleeping Beauty (This short story was used as the basis for James B.Harris' 1973 fantasy film Some Call It Loving AKA Dream Castle)

1973 cover Milton's Paradise Lost: Screenplay for Cinema of the Mind   $6.99   Buy Now!
(An adaptation from Milton that was never produced as a film. Collier changed the format slightly to make it more readable in book form.)



1935 Sylvia Scarlett (staring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant) RKO

1937 Elephant Boy (staring Sabu) United Artists

1942 Her Cardboard Lover (staring Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, George Sanders) MGM

1946 Deception (staring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains) Warner Bros

1949 Roseanna McCoy (staring Farley Granger, Joan Evans) RKO

1951 The African Queen (helped adapt, uncredited) (staring Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart) UA

1953 The Story of Three Loves (Collier wrote two of three segments: The Jealous Lover and Equilibrium) (staring Leslie Caron, Farley Granger, Ethel Barrymore, Pier Angeli, Kirk Douglas, Moira Shearer, James Mason) MGM

1955 I Am A Camera (adapted from The Berlin Stories and remade later as Cabaret.) (staring Julie Harris, Laurence Harvey, Shelley Winters) Ind

1965 The War Lord (staring Charlton Heston) Universal


Adaptations of his stories:

September 1, 1946 De Mortuis - Adapted by Fred Cole for Lights Out (Season 1, Episode 3)

March 27, 1950 Mary, Mary Quite Contrary - Adapted by James Lee for Lights Out (Season 2, Episode 29)

February 20, 1951 Duet for Two Actors - Adapted for The Billy Rose Show (Season 1, Episode 21)

June 12, 1951 De Mortuis - Adapted for Suspense (Season 3, Episode 42)

June 19, 1952 Bird of Prey - Adapted by Nelson S. Bond as Birds of Prey[16] for Gruen Guild Theater (Season 2, Episode 7)

February 17, 1955 De Mortuis - Adapted for Star Tonight as Concerning Death (Season 1, Episode 3)

March 4, 1956Back for Christmas - Adapted by Francis M. Cockrell for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 1, Episode 23).

September 30, 1956 Wet Saturday - Adapted by Marian B. Cockrell for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 2, Episode 1)

October 14, 1956 De Mortuis - Adapted by Francis M. Cockrell for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 2, Episode 3)

October 28, 1956 None Are So Blind - Adapted by James P. Cavanagh for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 2, Episode 5)

1956 Youth from Vienna - Adapted, directed, and hosted by Orson Welles as The Fountain of Youth, a TV pilot for a proposed anthology series

November 1, 1959 Anniversary Gift - Adapted by Harold Swanton for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 5, Episode 6)

May 13, 1960 The Chaser - Adapted by Robert Presnell Jr. for Twilight Zone (Season 1, Episode 31)

March 12, 1961 The Small Elephants - Adapted by Russell Beggs for G.E. True Theater, (Season 9, Episode 21)

1966 Evening Primrose - Adapted by James Goldman as a television movie. It was also adapted for the radio series Escape and BBC Radio

September 26, 1968 Special Delivery - Retitled, Eve,and adapted by Michael Ashe and Paul Wheeler for Journey to the Unknown, (Season 1, Episode 10)

1970 Evening Primrose - Adapted for Nattmagasinet, a Norwegian television film

1973 Sleeping Beauty - Adapted by James B. Harris as Some Call It Loving, a feature film

May 31, 1980 Back for Christmas - Adapted by Denis Cannan for Tales of the Unexpected (Season 2, Episode 14), starring Roald Dahl as the Introducer

May 24, 1981 De Mortuis - Adapted by Robin Chapman as "Never Speak Ill of the Dead" for Tales of the Unexpected (Season 4, Episode 8)

July 2, 1983Youth from Vienna - Adapted by Ross Thomas for Tales of the Unexpected (Season 6, Episode 13)

July 7, 1984 Wet Saturday - Adapted by Collier for Tales of the Unexpected (Season 7, Episode 8)

August 4, 1984 Bird of Prey - Adapted by Ross Thomas for Tales of the Unexpected (Season 7, Episode 10)

July 14, 1985 In the Cards - Adapted by Ross Thomas for Tales of the Unexpected (Season 8, Episode 2)

February 28, 1987 Anniversary Gift - Adapted by Rob Hedden for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 2, Episode 6)

April 21, 1990 In The Cards - (as Dead Right) Adapted by Andy Wolk for Tales from the Crypt (Season 2, Episode 1)


Selected short stories, with précis:
(found in the eNet Press editions:
Fancies and Goodnights Vol 1
and Fancies and Goodnights Vol 2 (#2)

Another American Tragedy - A man mutilates himself in order to murder an aged rich relative and impersonate him, to change the will in his own favor - only to discover he isn't the only one who wants the old man dead. (#1)

Back for Christmas - A man plots a foolproof way to murder his wife, but the murder is exposed because of an unexpected gift she left for him to find. This story has been dramatized many times: once for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, three times for the Suspense radio series (Peter Lorre portrayed the main character in the first broadcast in 1943; the 1948 and 1956 broadcasts both starred Herbert Marshall), as well as once for an episode of Tales of the Unexpected. (#1)

Bottle Party - A jinn (genie) tricks a man into taking his place in the bottle. (#1)

Cancel All I Said - A couple's young daughter takes a screen test. The couple's lives are torn apart by the studio head's offer to make the child a star. (Unverified, could not be found anywhere.)

The Chaser - A young man buying a genuine love potion cannot understand why the seller sells love potions for a dollar, but also offers a colorless, tasteless, undetectable poison at a much, much higher price. (#1)

Evening Primrose - Probably his most famous; about people who live in a department store, hiding during the day and coming out at night. The story was read by Vincent Price and recorded on an LP record in 1980. (#1) Interpretation of a Dream - A man experiences disturbing and serial dreams of falling from the thirty-ninth story of the skyscraper in which he works, passing one story every night. In his dreams, he looks through the window and makes detailed and veridical observations of the real-life inhabitants as he passes. (#2)

Over Insurance - A loving couple puts nine-tenths of their money into life insurance and becomes so impoverished as a result that each spouse decides to poison the other, unaware that the other has made the same decision. (#1)

Special Delivery - A man falls in love with a department-store mannequin. This was later adapted for an episode of the 1960s TV series Journey to the Unknown, retitled Eve. (#1)

The Steel Cat - Inventor uses his pet mouse to demonstrate his better mousetrap to an insensitive prospect who insists on seeing the mouse actually die. (#1)

Three Bears Cottage - A man tries unsuccessfully to poison his wife with a mushroom as retaliation for serving him a smaller egg than the one she served herself. (#1)

Thus I Refute Beelzy - An odiously rational father is confounded by the imagination of his small son. (#1)

The Touch of Nutmeg Makes It - A man tried for murder and acquitted for lack of motive tells his story to sympathetic friends. (#1)

Wet Saturday - Stuck indoors on a rainy Saturday, a family must deal with a problem. The problem turns out to be murder and how to frame an innocent visitor for the crime. Dramatized in the Suspense radio series broadcast on June 24, 1942, and as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents broadcast on September 30, 1956. The episode was actually directed by Hitchcock himself. It was also later adapted for Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected. (#1)

Youth from Vienna - A couple, whose careers (tennis player and actress) depend on youth, are forced to deal with a gift of a single dose of rejuvenating medicine that cannot be divided or shared. This story was the basis for The Fountain of Youth, a 1956 TV pilot for a proposed anthology series, produced by Desilu and written, directed, and hosted by Orson Welles. (#1)