The Woman With the Velvet Collar - Gaston Leroux
Her reputation proceeded her, that once upon a time a joke turned sour had
caused her to be guillotined for the most part (the machine had been
defective, so it hadn't been a proper job), and that was why she always
wore a velvet band to hide the scar, and everyone knew that if she
removed it, her head would fall off, at least that's what they believed.
The Reaper's Image - Stephen King
The mirror was ancient, stored away with all the other antiques and even
the owner did not wish to look into it, despite its value, as a result of
which it was heavily insured. In the upper left-hand corner something was
apt to appear, much like friction tape, a minor repair to the glass,
perhaps, though others had their own opinion as to the true origin of the
Sirrush (verse) - L. Sprague de Camp
"These genial monsters with their painted frowns in panic hurled
Away all evil men and spirits ..."
Sword For a Sinner - Edward D. Hoch
Simon Ark, former priest, had come west with his publisher assistant to
aid a true priest, embroiled in a land of self-flagellating Brotherhood of
Penitents, and now murder. The dead man was the owner and manager of a
club, dedicated to drink, sex, sin, and gambling.
Tiger - Bassett Morgan
The Sumatran natives were a superstition lot, attracted to strange fears
and charms, but it was a dangerous land, and now that the white plantation
owner's field workers were deserting, it was time for him to pay attention
to all the forces that roamed his world, and to partake in a tiger hunt.
The City of the Blind - Murray Leinster
In this first sequel to "The Darkness on Fifth Avenue," a small section of
New York is once again hit by a deep and ominous blackout, an attempt by
an evil genius to seek vengeance against the police lieutenant and German
doctor who had foiled his plans the first time. His terms -- assassinate
Lt. Hines and Dr. Schaaf with poison, bombs, or whatever it takes to get
the job done.