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Colonial Horrors

Colonial Horrors

by Graeme Davis (Editor)


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The most spine-tingling suspense stories from the colonial era—including Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, and H. P. Lovecraft—are presented anew to the contemporary reader.

This stunning anthology of classic colonial suspense fiction plunges deep into the native soil from which American horror literature first sprang. While European writers of the Gothic and bizarre evoked ruined castles and crumbling abbeys, their American counterparts looked back to the Colonial era’s stifling religion and its dark and threatening woods.

Today the best-known tale of Colonial horror is Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” although Irving’s story is probably best-known today from various movie versions it has inspired. Colonial horror tales of other prominent American authors—Nathaniel Hawthorne and James Fenimore Cooper among them—are overshadowed by their bestsellers and are difficult to find in modern libraries. Many other pioneers of American horror fiction are presented afresh in this breathtaking volume for today’s reading public.

Some will have heard the names of Increase and Cotton Mather in association with the Salem witch trials, but will not have sought out their contemporary accounts of what were viewed as supernatural events. By bringing these writers to the attention of the contemporary reader, the book will help bring their names—and their work—back from the dead.

Featuring stories by Cotton Mather, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, H. P. Lovecraft, and many more.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681775296
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Graeme Davis has been fascinated by horror fiction since his teens, devouring late-night reruns of the classic Universal and Hammer movies on his parents’ black-and-white TV and stripping local thrift-stores of horror titles. He began writing for tabletop role-playing games in the early 1980s, and among many other credits he helped develop Games Workshop’s blockbuster Warhammer dark-fantasy franchise and the 90s Gothic hit Vampire: The Masquerade, as well as more than 40 electronic games. This is his second anthology for Pegasus, following on from the 2017 collection Colonial Horrors. He lives in Lafayette, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction Graeme Davis ix

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving 1

An Essay for the Recording of Remarkable Providences by Increase Mather 31

Wonders of the Invisible World Cotton Mather 49

Lithobolia R.C. 61

Wieland Charles Brockden Brown 79

The Money-Diggers Washington Irving 93

Rachel Dyer John Neal 161

Moll Pitcher John Greenleaf Whittier 173

The Birth-Mark Nathaniel Hawthorne 197

A Tale of the Ragged Mountains Edgar Allan Poe 215

The Lake Gun James Fenimore Cooper 227

In the Pines W. F. Mayer 239

The Romance of Certain Old Clothes Henry James 255

An Authenticated History of the Bell Witch Martin van Buren Ingram 275

Myths and Legends of Our Own Land Charles M. Skinner 319

The Salem Wolf Howard Pyle 335

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward H. P. Lovecraft 349

Acknowledgments 381

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