Between horror and fantasy lies a world in which the inexplicable remains unsolved and the rational mind is assailed by impossible questions. Welcome to the realm of Dark Fantasy, where safe answers are beyond reach and accounts of unanswerable dilemma find their home. Delving deep into the sub-genre, fiction expert Mike Ashley has gathered an unsettling mixture of twisted tales, encounters with logic-defying creatures and nightmarish fables certain to perplex, beguile and of course, entertain.
About the Author
Mike Ashley is an internationally renowned expert on popular fiction of the 19th and 20th century and the editor of two previous anthologies in this series: Glimpses of the Unknown: Lost Ghost Stories and From the Depths and Other Strange Tales of the Sea.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Mike Ashley What Was It?, Fitz-James O’Brien The Anticipator, Morley Roberts The First Dilemma: The Lady or the Tiger? and The Discourager of Hesitancy, Frank R. Stockton The White People, Arthur Machen The Prism, Mary E. Wilkins The Second Dilemma: The Mysterious Card, and The Mysterious Card Unveiled, Cleveland Moffett A Moonlight Fable, H. G. Wells Fear, Catherine Wells The Third Dilemma: The Little Room, and The Sequel to the Little Room, Madeline Yale Wynne The Thing in the Cellar, David H. Keller Johnson Looked Back, Thomas Burke The Fourth Dilemma: The Woman in Red, and Unmasked, Muriel Campbell Dyar The New Mother, Lucy Clifford The Hoard of the Gibbelins, Lord Dunsany The Final Dilemma: The Three Marked Pennies, Mary E. Counselman