Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror and Fantasy

Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror and Fantasy

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Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror and Fantasy by Rudyard Kipling

From ghost stories to psychological suspense, the complete horror and dark fantasy stories of Rudyard Kipling.

Rudyard Kipling, a major figure of English literature, used the full power and intensity of his imagination and his writing ability in his excursions into fantasy. Kipling is considered one of England's greatest writers, but was born in Bombay. He was educated in England, but returned to India in 1882, where he began writing fantasy and supernatural stories set in his native continent: "The Phantom Rickshaw," "The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes," and his most famous horror story, "The Mark of the Beast" (1890). This masterwork collection, edited by Stephen Jones (Britain's most accomplished and acclaimed anthologist) for the first time collects all of Kipling's fantastic fiction, ranging from traditional ghostly tales to psychological horror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605986647
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 800
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay, India, but raised in England until he returned to India in 1881 as a journalist and local newspaper editor. In 1907 Kipling became the first English writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. A poet and prolific short story writer, he is best known as the author of The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1902), and Just So Stories (1902).
Stephen Jones is one of Britain’s most acclaimed horror and dark fantasy writers and editors, with more than 140 books to his credit. He is a Hugo Award nominee and the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, three International Horror Guild Awards, four Bram Stoker Awards, twenty-one British Fantasy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association. You can visit his web site at or follow him on Facebook at Stephen Jones-Editor. He lives in London, England.
Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

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Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror and Fantasy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
Book Review: Rudyard Kipling’s Tales of Horror and Fantasy edited by Stephen Jones Whew! When one settles down to read this book, one should be warned that it is a massive undertaking. Comprised of Kipling’s tales of India that deal with unusual or supernatural content; the book is almost 800 pages long. Rudyard Kipling was an Englishman born in Bombay December 30, 1865. At the age of five he was taken to England where he was educated at the United Services Collage, a school usually designed to prepare one for Military Service. Lacking the academic acumen and the funding to enter Oxford, he returned to India as an assistant editor for a local newspaper. Kipling’s stories of life in British Occupied India were written from life experiences. Today some of his stories would be considered “not politically correct” but they are a product of their times and the conditions Kipling dealt with on a daily basis. Kipling seems to have had genuine respect for the people of India, and this respect is mirrored in his stories. The tales in this book are of Native superstition, Military experiences of various persons, and legends and myths of the Subcontinent. The stories in this book vary greatly in length and in quality. There are some that appear to be perhaps first drafts, as they lack the polish usually found in Kipling’s works. The first several stories are examples of this, as they end abruptly and feel unfinished. However, this book does contain several masterpieces that are often found in anthologies of tales of the supernatural and horror/fantasy. “The Mark of the Beast,” that deals with desecration of a native idol is without doubt the most famous. But there are others: “The Recrudescence of Imray,” a story of a man’s disappearance and the solution to the problem; “The Man Who Would Be King,” a tale of the pursuit of a married woman and the consequences; and “The Village That Voted The Earth Was Flat,” a tale of native superstition and embarrassing to the occupying British. The book opens with one of Kipling’s epic poems, “The Vampire.” And as is usual with the works of Rudyard Kipling, there are snippets of poetry often beginning or embedded in a story. In all, this book is a comprehensive collection of Kipling’s weird stories. I unfortunately cannot say I greatly enjoyed it. Some of the tales develop so slowly that I felt like I was slogging through a quagmire. I did enjoy a number of the stories that had the spit and polish I think is Kipling’s greatest asset. So in rating this book, I will go one star above average, and give it four out of five stars. Quoth the Raven…
fin_bheara More than 1 year ago
Rudyard Kipling was obviously a very prolific writer...I never knew that he wrote so many short stories in the horror/fantasy genre! this book, "Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror and Fantasy", is a great collection of short stories, some of the more memorable and well-known being the "Phantom Rickshaw", "The Mark of the Beast", "The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes", etc. These stories take place in British colonial India, making for a very interesting background for fantasy and horror stories. I highly recommend this book, it is very inexpensive (I found mine on the bargain bookshelf in B&N in hardcover), and the short stories are great and pretty quick to read.