Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (Modern Library Series)by Phyllis Wagner (Editor), Herbert Wise (Introduction), Phyllis C. Wagner (Editor)
When this longtime Modern Library favoritefilled with fifty-two stories of heart-stopping suspensewas first published in 1944, one of its biggest fans was critic Edmund Wilson, who in The New Yorker applauded what he termed a sudden revival of the appetite for tales of horror. Represented in the anthology are such distinguished spell weavers as/b>
When this longtime Modern Library favoritefilled with fifty-two stories of heart-stopping suspensewas first published in 1944, one of its biggest fans was critic Edmund Wilson, who in The New Yorker applauded what he termed a sudden revival of the appetite for tales of horror. Represented in the anthology are such distinguished spell weavers as Edgar Allen Poe ("The Black Cat"), Wilkie Collins ("A Terribly Strange Bed"), Henry James ("Sir Edmund Orme"), Guy de Maupassant ("Was It a Dream?"), O. Henry ("The Furnished Room"), Rudyard Kipling ("They"), and H.G. Wells ("Pollock and the Porroh Man"). Included as well are such modern masters as Algernon Blackwood ("Ancient Sorceries"), Walter de la Mare ("Out of the Deep"), E.M. Forster ("The Celestial Omnibus"), Isak Dinesen ("The Sailor-Boys Tale"), H.P. Lovecraft ("The Dunwich Horror"), Dorothy L. Sayers ("Suspicion"), and Ernest Hemingway ("The Killers").
"There is not a story in this collection that does not have the breath of life, achieve the full suspension of disbelief that is so particularly important in [this] type of fiction," wrote the Saturday Review. With an introduction and notes by Phyllis Cerf Wagner and Herbert Wise.
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I was probably no more than 10 when Great Tales crept underneath my bed and scared even the boogey monster away. Three decades later, I am again delightfully, delectably, deliciously in pursuit of reading this exquisite collection again as an adult. For everyone who has ever felt that stifling pause between the real and unreal, there is 'Silent Snow, Secret Snow,' on a descent into madness. Saki's three hunters, returning from a day on the marsh, will ensure you never look at a set of French doors the same way again. And a truly underappreciated gem, 'The Great God Pan' will leave even the hardiest soul faintly trepiditious of rapture's gifts. Buy it. Own it. Cling to it forever. It is almost 60 years old for heaven's sake, and is still being talked about. 'Nuff said.
This is a great anatholigy. It has classics by Henry James, Bulwer-Lytton, H.G. Wells, Dorthy Parker, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Algernon Blackwood, Montigue Rhode James, O.Henry, Arthur MacHen, and Oliver Onion's classic novel 'The Beckoning Fair Ones' regarded by some as the best ghost story ever. It has every important classic horror author, from Honaire de Balzac, to Geffory Household. It has ghosts, madmen, monsters, wicthes, vampires, and more! I deffently recomend it.