A masterful collection of horror fiction by widely acclaimed authors whose contributions to the genre have been lost in the shadow of Poe, by one of America's foremost anthologists.
Edgar Allan Poe did not invent the tale of terror. There were American, English, and Continental writers who preceded Poe and influenced his work. Similarly, there were many who were in turn influenced by Poe’s genius and produced their own popular tales of supernatural literature. This collection features masterful tales of terror by authors who, by and large, are little-remembered for their writing in this genre. Even Bram Stoker, whose Dracula may be said to be the most popular horror novel of all time, is not known as a writer of short fiction.
Distinguished editor Leslie S. Klinger is a world-renowned authority on those twin icons of the Victorian age, Sherlock Holmes, and Dracula. His studies into the forefathers of those giants led him to a broader fascination with writers of supernatural literature of the nineteenth century. The stories in this collection have been selected by him for their impact. Each is preceded by a brief biography of the author and an overview of his or her literary career and is annotated to explain obscure references.Read on, now, perhaps with a flickering candle or flashlight at hand . . .Stories by: Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Theodor Gautier, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lafcadio Hearn, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, and many others.
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About the Author
Leslie S. Klingeris one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor of the three-volumeThe New Annotated SherlockHolmes.The first two volumes,The Complete Short Stories,won the Edgar for “Best Critical/Biographical” work. He is also the editor of the hugelysuccessfulThe NewAnnotated H. P. Lovecraft.Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and lives in Malibu, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe edited by Leslie S Klinger My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my review copy of this book. You ladies rock! The volume is a collection of short horror fiction written by various co-scary story writers of Edgar Allan Poe. They cover a time period from 1816 to 1914. Some of them were old friends of mine and some I read for the first time in this collection. Horror fiction can be about ghosts, the supernatural, vampires, werewolves, zombies and other dwellers in the dark. The can be about strange cities, haunted houses, deserted towns, ships, trains, buses, cars, and a gentle stroll by the sea. There can be actual evil forces active in the story or the whole can take place inside a person’s head. Whether dreams or delusions, the mind can cause horror like no other. I give the volume four stars Quoth the Raven