H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural: 20 Classic Tales of the Macabre Chosen by the Master of Horror Himself

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”The reader would do well to remember that it is Lovecraft‘s shadow which overlies almost all of the important horror fiction.”—Stephen King

Written by arguably the most important horror writer of the twentieth century, H. P. Lovecraft’s 1927 essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature” traces the evolution of the genre from the early Gothic novels to the work of contemporary American and British authors. Throughout, Lovecraft acknowledges those authors and stories that he feels ...

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H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural: 20 Classic Tales of the Macabre, Chosen by the Master of Horror Himself

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Overview

”The reader would do well to remember that it is Lovecraft‘s shadow which overlies almost all of the important horror fiction.”—Stephen King

Written by arguably the most important horror writer of the twentieth century, H. P. Lovecraft’s 1927 essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature” traces the evolution of the genre from the early Gothic novels to the work of contemporary American and British authors. Throughout, Lovecraft acknowledges those authors and stories that he feels are the very finest the horror field has to offer: Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, and Arthur Conan Doyle, each prefaced by Lovecraft's own opinions and insights in their work. This chilling collection also contains Henry James’ wonderfully atmospheric short novel The Turn of the Screw.

For every fan of modern horror, here is an opportunity to rediscover the origins of the genre with some of most terrifying stories ever imagined.

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Editorial Reviews

Peter Straub
“For anyone interested even faintly in good horror writing, what we have here is pure gold: Lovecraft's own selection of the best the genre has to offer, along with his comments on the individual stories. Talk about the horse’s mouth! This book is long overdue.”
Publishers Weekly
by the Master Himself, edited by Stephen Jones, includes such gems as Robert Louis Stevenson's "Markheim," H.R. Wakefield's "The Red Lodge" and Arthur Machen's "Novel of the White Powder." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933648019
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 8/15/2006
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 556,921
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Jones is professor of genetics at University College London. He is the author of The Darwin Archipalego; Y: The Descent of Man; Darwin's Ghost; and Almost Like a Whale: The Origin of Species. Jones is the winner of Royal Society Faraday Medal for the Public Understanding of Science.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : supernatural horror in literature
Foreword : notes on writing weird fiction
The tale of the German student 1
Markheim 11
Who knows? 33
The invisible eye 49
The torture by hope 71
Ms. Found in a bottle 79
What was it? 93
The middle toe of the right foot 111
The turn of the screw 123
The dead smile 255
The wind in the Rose-Bush 283
The yellow wallpaper 305
The recrudescence of Imray 327
The hands of Karma (Ingwa-banashi) 343
The burial of the rats 349
The red lodge 379
The captain of the Pole-star 397
The Villa Desiree 427
The voice in the night 443
Novel of the white powder 461
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