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Joseph Payne Brennan was an American writer and poet of fantasy and horror fiction. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Brennan lived most of his life in New Haven, Connecticut. He worked as an Acquisitions Assistant at the Sterling Memorial Library of Yale University for over 40 years.
Brennan published several hundred short stories (estimates range between four and five hundred), two novellas and reputedly thousands of poems. Joseph Payne Brennan’s stories appeared in over 200 anthologies and have been translated into German, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish.
Most importantly to horror fans, Brennan was an early bibliographer of the work of H.P. Lovecraft.
“The Horror at Chilton Castle” was published in the 1963 collection “Screams at Midnight”. The story focuses on a narrator visiting his ancestral homeland. The narrator encounters a caretaker at a pub who provides him with a tour of his ancestral castle. The narrator discovers that his family harbors a dark secret.
What is the horrifying secret of Chilton Castle? Will the narrator ever feel safe at home again?