Item description for H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural: Classic Tales of the Macabre by Stephen Jones & Randy Broecker...
Written by arguably the most important horror writer of the twentieth century, H. P. Lovecraft’s 1927 essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature” traces the evolution of the genre from the early Gothic novels to the work of contemporary American and British authors. Throughout, Lovecraft acknowledges those authors and stories that he feels are the very finest the horror field has to offer: Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, and Arthur Conan Doyle, each prefaced by Lovecraft's own opinions and insights in their work. This chilling collection also contains Henry James’ wonderfully atmospheric short novel The Turn of the Screw.
For every fan of modern horror, here is an opportunity to rediscover the origins of the genre with some of most terrifying stories ever imagined.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2006
Publisher Pegasus Books
ISBN 1933648015 ISBN13 9781933648019
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More About Stephen Jones & Randy Broecker
Jones is one of Britain's most acclaimed anthologists of dark fantasy and horror.
Reviews - What do customers think about H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural: Classic Tales of the Macabre?
Historic Collection of Gothic Tales of the Supernatural Jul 23, 2008
Great collection of the best of the mystery horror writers of all time.Many of the short stories ,you may have read at some point in school.And some great macabre tales,that you may not have read yet.Altogether in this chilling anthology of the most enthralling and captivating literary series around.They're richly crafted,and true ghastly gems of horror. It's even more fun to read them,during an autumn midnight.In the full moonshine,beyond the kailyard gate.-Momento Mori.
A Nice Selection of Stories Oct 24, 2007
I found this book while browsing the horror section in a bookstore. The stories collected are among those that H. P. Lovecraft thought as excellent examples of supernatural and weird tales. What I liked about the book is that it brought together several stories that were unfamiliar and intriguing. One of these was Brahm Stoker's "The Burial of the Rats," which turned out to be an atmospheric story of the criminal element of Paris. Another is a story by Guy de Maupassant- "Who Knows" - where the furniture in the protagonist's house suddenly walks off, piece by piece, and Conan Doyle's "The Captain of the Pole Star" is an atmospheric ghost story set in the arctic; and finally, "The Middle Toe of the Right Foot" by Ambrose Bierce was very atmospheric. The book includes stalwart words like Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw" and Poe's "MS Found in a Bottle."
Overall, this is a good selection of stories made a bit more interesting by the interest Lovecraft had for them. Each story is prefaced by remarks by Lovecraft that give his appraisal of the work. The stories are arranged chronologically and provide an idea how horror literature developed among American and British authors. The earliest story is by Washington Irving - The Tale of a German Student - which is interesting and not a humorous ghost like the Headless Horseman and ends with a peculiar tale of transformation by Arthur Machen. I highly recommend the book to those interested in supernatural stories.