Trying to locate the title of a horror anthology from the 70s, all I can remember is the picture on the cover, a photograph of a woman with arm outstretched, possibly caught in brambles, her mouth was open, maybe screaming and covered with a gauzy cobweb, I remember thinking she must not have liked having to pose with a very real looking cobweb covering her open mouth, I think the background may have been a deep lilac blue, I think the cover was more interesting than the stories as cannot remember any of them, I think maybe Robert Bloch may have featured but not at all certain of that, does anyone know what this book is? I have done numerous image searches, using various terms and saw many books of that era that I had forgotten about, but nothing showing that one. I have searched the Sphere images and other publishers of that time like Fontana and Pan, but nothing showing the particular book I am trying to find.

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Could it be the 1970 Sphere paperback anthology The House in the Valley & Other Tales of Terror edited by Kurt Singer? The cover does show a screaming woman with outstretched arm and cobwebs:

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Nothing by Robert Bloch in it, but another famous "RB", Ray Bradbury, is represented by "The Handler", a short story which was dramatized as the 27 October 1992 episode of The Ray Bradbury Theater, available at YouTube.

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    You know, I think that must be the one! Thank you so much, it was driving me nuts trying to recall it. For some reason I was convinced the woman had a cobweb completely covering her mouth, I guess I must have seen something else like that and was getting the two mixed up.
    – evelynne
    May 8, 2016 at 2:37
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    @evelynne You might be mixing it up with The Best of HP Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre, which has an introduction by Robert Bloch, and the back cover has (among other things) a person wrapped in spiderweb.
    – LAK
    Jul 10, 2019 at 13:12

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