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Where the Summer Ends: The Best Horror Stories of Karl Edward Wagner, Volume 1

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The first volume of Karl Edward Wagner's horror fiction collects the title story, the classic Lovecraftian "Sticks," "The Fourth Seal," "Beyond Any Measure," and other classic horror tales by a unique Southern voice in American fiction. Lavishly designed and illustrated, Wagner's psychological portrayals and ingenious use of Southern landscape make this publication an event.

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Overview

The first volume of Karl Edward Wagner's horror fiction collects the title story, the classic Lovecraftian "Sticks," "The Fourth Seal," "Beyond Any Measure," and other classic horror tales by a unique Southern voice in American fiction. Lavishly designed and illustrated, Wagner's psychological portrayals and ingenious use of Southern landscape make this publication an event.

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One of the best horror writers of the 1970s and ’80s, Wagner (1945–1994) wrote eerie and disturbing stories that acknowledged the genre’s history, but were distinctly modern in their approach and development. This first of two retrospective volumes collects his nine longest—and best—tales, several of them modern horror classics. The award-winning Lovecraft homage “Sticks” and the haunted house tale “In the Pines” are subtle, atmospheric creepers whose horrors emerge naturally from their remote rural settings. “The Fourth Seal” is a perfectly paranoid tale about the dark side of the medical profession. “The River of Night’s Dreaming” and “Beyond Any Measure” both read like transcripts of fever dreams enriched with erotic imagery and taboo-challenging incidents. J.K. Potter’s surreal photographic art, distributed throughout the book, is the perfect complement to Wagner’s unsettling weird tales. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933618975
  • Publisher: Centipede Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: My Friend Karl Stephen Jones 7

Introduction: Unthreatened by the Morning Light Karl Edward Wagner 21

In the Pines 25

Sticks 57

The Fourth Seal 81

Where the Slimmer Ends 105

.220 Swift 135

The River of Night's Dreaming 181

Beyond Any Measure 219

Neither Brute Nor Human 271

Blue Lady, Come Back 299

Afterword: In the Shadows of the Pines by Laird Barron 353

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