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The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Fantastic fiction has existed since man's earliest days of telling tales around a fire. It deals with our most powerful emotions: fear, love and hope. Throughout its history, the short story has always been its most vital form. In short fiction, the boundaries of genre have been established, broken and re-established; the field has become differentiated and complex. The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction displays the evolution of the genre, filled with significant and powerful works by some...
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Overview

Fantastic fiction has existed since man's earliest days of telling tales around a fire. It deals with our most powerful emotions: fear, love and hope. Throughout its history, the short story has always been its most vital form. In short fiction, the boundaries of genre have been established, broken and re-established; the field has become differentiated and complex. The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction displays the evolution of the genre, filled with significant and powerful works by some of the greatest masters of storytelling.

Fantastic fiction has had an impact on all types of literature, and we can trace its effects via the generations of writers who have contributed to the field, from Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Frank Herbert, Franz Kafka, H Beam Piper, Herman Melville, HG Wells, HP Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, Jack London, Jules Verne, Kurt Vonnegut, Marion Zimmer Bradley, MR James, O Henry, Philip K Dick, Richard Connell, Robert A Heinlein, Robert E Howard, William Hope Hodgson, WF Harvey to WW Jacobs, whose bestelling and award-winning collections of short fiction have proved the durability of the form.

The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction is a mammoth of a book, containing over 800 pages featuring 46 of the greatest short stories ever told in horror, fantasy and science fiction. It is a book to last the ages.

The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft

2 B R O 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut

The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs

A Dream Of Armageddon by H.G. Wells

Lost Hearts by M.R. James

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

Ancient Lights by Algernon Blackwood

Second Variety by Philip K. Dick

The Voice In The Night by William Hope Hodgson

The Gun by Philip K. Dick

The Beast With Five Fingers by W.F. Harvey

Youth by Isaac Asimov

The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce

In The Year 2889 by Jules Verne

The Vampyre by John William Polidori

Beyond The Door by Philip K. Dick

The Pit And The Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

The Valley Of Spiders by H.G. Wells

A Wicked Woman by Jack London

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker

The Missing Link by Frank Herbert

Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft

The Last Days Of The United States by Robert A. Heinlein

The Planet Savers by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Pigeons From Hell by Robert E. Howard

Beyond Lies The Wub by Philip K. Dick

The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

Old Rambling House by Frank Herbert

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

The Eyes Have It by Philip K. Dick

The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft

The Red Room by H.G. Wells

Beyond The Wall Of Sleep by H.P. Lovecraft

Crossroads Of Destiny by H. Beam Piper

The Masque Of The Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

The Monster Mine by Anonymous

The House On The Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story Of Wall Street by Herman Melville

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry

The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494750732
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/2/2013
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 531,839
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka was one of the most significant and influential fiction writers of the 20th century. Dark, absurdist, and existential, his stories and novels concern the struggles of troubled individuals to survive in an impersonal, bureaucratic world.

Biography

Franz Kafka was born in 1883 to a well-to-do middle-class Jewish family. His father, the self-made proprietor of a wholesale haberdashery business, was a domineering man whose approbation Franz continually struggled to win. The younger Kafka's feelings of inadequacy and guilt form the background of much of his work and are made explicit in his "Letter to His Father" (excerpted in this volume), which was written in 1919 but never sent.

Kafka was educated in the German language schools of Prague and at the city's German University, where in 1908 he took a law degree. Literature, however, remained his sole passion. At this time he became part of a literary circle that included Franz Werfel, Martin Buber, and Kafka's close friend Max Brod. Encouraged by Brod, Kafka published the prose collection Observations in 1913. Two years later his story "The Stoker" won the Fontaine prize. In 1916 he began work on The Trial and between this time and 1923 produced three incomplete novels as well as numerous sketches and stories. In his lifetime some of his short works did appear: The Judgment (1916), The Metamorphosis (1916), The Penal Colony (1919), and The Country Doctor (1919).

Before his death of tuberculosis in 1924, Kafka had charged Max Brod with the execution of his estate, ordering Brod to burn the manuscripts. With the somewhat circular justification that Kafka must have known his friend could not obey such an order, Brod decided to publish Kafka's writings. To this act of "betrayal" the world owes the preservation of some of the most unforgettable and influential literary works of our century.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      July 3, 1883
    2. Place of Birth:
      Prague, Austria-Hungary
    1. Date of Death:
      June 3, 1924
    2. Place of Death:
      Vienna, Austria
    1. Education:
      German elementary and secondary schools. Graduated from German Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague.

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