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The Supernatural Index: A Listing of Fantasy, Supernatural, Occult, Weird, and Horror Anthologies
     

The Supernatural Index: A Listing of Fantasy, Supernatural, Occult, Weird, and Horror Anthologies

by Mike Ashley, William G Cantento
 

The Supernatural Index is the first index to all known anthologies of supernatural, fantasy, and weird fiction. It covers over 2,100 such books, indexing each volume by contents, author, and title. Books range from 1813 to date and therefore provide a complete history of the horror fiction field. Birth and death dates, along with pseudonyms, are provided for

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The Supernatural Index is the first index to all known anthologies of supernatural, fantasy, and weird fiction. It covers over 2,100 such books, indexing each volume by contents, author, and title. Books range from 1813 to date and therefore provide a complete history of the horror fiction field. Birth and death dates, along with pseudonyms, are provided for more than 7,700 authors; and for all the rougly 21,300 stories, every attempt has been made to provide original publication details.

Supernatural fiction continues to be of interest to modern readers, though many of the most frequently anthologized ghost stories were written during the Victorian era. Because so much supernatural fiction has been published as short stories, anthologies have long been a useful means of bringing supernatural literature to the readers. This reference is the first index to all known anthologies of supernatural, fantasy, and weird fiction.

Included are entries for more than 2,100 anthologies from 1813 to the present. Many of these anthologies have never been listed previously in bibliographies, and the volume even includes citations for rare Victorian works. Entries provide original publication sources for reprinted stories, including many from obscure magazines not previously indexed. The book also provides birth and death dates and pseudonyms for more than 7,700 authors of supernatural fiction. Citations may be accessed by editor, author, book title, or story title. Also included is a listing of the contents of each anthology.

Editorial Reviews

Zom Zoms
" The goal of this reference is to list all English language anthologies of supernatural and fantastic stories." If the editors do not succeed, they make a gallant try. The work indexes more than 2,100 anthologies containing more than 21,300 stories by 7,700 writers. Editors range from Alfred Hitchcock and Isaac Asimov to Bennett Cerf. The indefatigable anthologists Martin Greenberg and Peter Haining have pages of their own, as do prolific or much-anthologized writers like Ray Bradbury and H. P. Lovecraft The book is in five main sections: editor list, book-title list, author index, story-title index, and book contents, which lists every story in each anthology. The author and story indexes are very thorough, indicating first publication in a periodical, when appropriate. Two appendixes give a list of associational works that were not included in the main indexes, mainly modern anthologies of the supernatural for children, and a list of anthologies that arrived too late for complete indexing. The preface explains how to use the volume, and front matter includes a list of abbreviations used in the entries Recommended for large public libraries with active supernatural-literature collections--and a large number of the indexed anthologies--and for academic libraries with popular-literature programs. The only minor caveat is that in the book-contents section white space for penciling in the call numbers of the anthologies is limited.
Booknews
A highly ambitious (and highly successful) comprehensive reference that lists the contents of all English-language anthologies of supernatural and fantasy stories. It covers over 2,100 volumes containing some 21,300 different stories by approximately 7,700 authors. The stories are indexed by author and title and the original publication sources are identified for all stories (i.e., the original magazine appearance or, failing that, the first known book appearance). The earliest anthology covered is Tales of the Dead (1813). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313240300
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/19/1995
Series:
Bibliographies and Indexes in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Series , #5
Pages:
952
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.94(d)

Meet the Author

MIKE ASHLEY is a researcher and bibliographer of popular literature, particularly fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He has published more than 500 articles, and his more than 30 books include Algernon Blackwood: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1987).

WILLIAM G. CONTENTO is a freelance writer. His books include several indexes to science fiction, crime, and mystery anthologies.

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