American Supernatural Tales

American Supernatural Tales

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Overview

Includes "The Yellow Sign," the most horrific story from The King in Yellow, the classic horror collection by Robert W. Chambers featured on HBO's hit TV series True Detective.

As Stephen King will attest, the popularity of the occult in American literature has only grown since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. American Supernatural Tales celebrates the richness of this tradition with chilling contributions from some of the nation's brightest literary lights, including Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and—of course—Stephen King. By turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this is a frighteningly good addition to Penguin Classics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143105046
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 740,493
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has edited Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1999), and The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001), as well as Algernon Blackwood’s Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories (2002). Among his critical and biographical studies are The Weird Tale (1990), Lord Dunsany: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995), H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996), and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). He has also edited works by Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, and H. L. Mencken, and is compiling a three-volume Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.

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fantasymag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Editor S.T. Joshi has compiled a fine introduction to American (let¿s be daring and use the ¿h¿ word) horror literature. He provides a biographical introduction for each of the 26 well-selected stories and an informative overview of the subject with his opening essay. Joshi also offers solid suggestions for further reading while pointing out the significant lack of any sound historical discussion of supernatural fiction since Les Edwards¿s Living in Fear (published in 1975 ¿ and, it is safe to say, a great deal has happened since then). He further justifiably asserts that although horror has been well-charted bibliographically, it lacks analysis and criticism. [Considering academia's current concentration on and subsequent publication concerning horror film rather than literature, there may be little hope of this changing, but college (or precocious high schooler) coursework based on this volume would certainly provide a good basic grounding for future critics.]Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, Fritz Leiber, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, and King are all put into viable literary context. Both the casual reader and (the often behind-the-times) horror maven are brought up to the dawn of the current century with the inclusion of Dennis Etchison¿s modern classic ¿The Night Shift¿, Thomas Ligotti¿s ¿Vasterian¿, Karl Edward Wagner¿s ¿The Endless Night,¿ Norman Partridge¿s ¿The Hollow Man,¿ Joyce Carol Oates¿s ¿Demon,¿ David J. Schow¿s ¿Last Call for the Sons of Shock,¿ and Caitlin Kiernan¿s ¿In the Waterworks (Birmingham, Alabama 1888).¿ T.E.D. Klein¿s 1972 novella ¿The Events at Poroth Farm¿ is an interesting, if possibly debatable, choice. Further, the small press and the Internet are seen as the ¿predominant¿ venues today for horror as a whole. This may be true of the short form, but supernatural novels are not so confined.And therein lies part of the worth of this tome: it serves as a valuable starting point for thoughtful evaluation and discussion of American (and other) horror literature. American Supernatural Tales provides both fiction and framework that offer plenty to chew on and minor points to quibble over. Anyone with a true interest in the subject must consider this widely available and inexpensive edition required.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the paperback version that I bought before rushing onto a plane. It's a great compilation of spooky stories that any scary story lover can appreciate.