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The Dark descent (original 1987; edition 1987)

by David G. Hartwell

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Member:jburlinson
Title:The Dark descent
Authors:David G. Hartwell
Info:New York : St. Martin's Press, 1987.
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Tags:Short stories, Horror

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The Dark Descent by David G. Hartwell (Editor) (1987)

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contains SK's "The Reach", "The Monkey", and "Crouch End"
  PBlock | Jul 5, 2013 |
A must have for lovers of horror. ( )
  dgmillo | Jun 2, 2013 |
This is an excellent collection of horror short stories. One of the best anthologies I've read. ( )
  lpg3d | Jun 22, 2010 |
A monster horror retrospective. In hardback, you could institute this in your weight training, clocking in at the four figure page count.

Hartwell says that the anthology grew of out three years of discussions with Kathryn Cramer and Peter Pautz.

The book is divided into three sections, and actually has been published as such.

1. The Color of Evil
2. The Medusa In the Shield
3. A Fabulous Formless Darkness

In a lengthy introduction Hartwell categorises three types of horror, broadly, as moral allegorical, psychological metaphor, and the fantastic. This part of the book also points out that horror was mostly done at short length, until the advent reasonably recently of King and company. Further, he suggest actual horror fans don't like the third sort as much as there is rarely any terror.

Color Of Evil : The Reach [Do the Dead Sing?] - Stephen King
Color Of Evil : Evening Primrose - John Collier
Color Of Evil : The Ash-Tree - M. R. James
Color Of Evil : The New Mother - Lucy Lane Clifford
Color Of Evil : There's a Long Long Trail A-Winding - Russell Kirk
Color Of Evil : The Call of Cthulhu [short story] - H. P. Lovecraft
Color Of Evil : The Summer People - Shirley Jackson
Color Of Evil : The Whimper of Whipped Dogs - Harlan Ellison
Color Of Evil : Young Goodman Brown - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Color Of Evil : Mr. Justice Harbottle - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Color Of Evil : The Crowd - Ray Bradbury
Color Of Evil : The Autopsy - Michael Shea
Color Of Evil : John Charrington's Wedding - Edith Nesbit
Color Of Evil : Sticks - Karl Edward Wagner
Color Of Evil : Larger Than Oneself - Robert Aickman
Color Of Evil : Belsen Express - Fritz Leiber
Color Of Evil : Yours Truly Jack the Ripper - Robert Bloch
Color Of Evil : If Damon Comes - Charles L. Grant
Color Of Evil : Vandy Vandy - Manly Wade Wellman
Medusa In the Shield : The Swords - Robert Aickman
Medusa In the Shield : The Roaches - Thomas M. Disch
Medusa In the Shield : Bright Segment - Theodore Sturgeon
Medusa In the Shield : Dread - Clive Barker
Medusa In the Shield : The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allan Poe
Medusa In the Shield : The Monkey - Stephen King
Medusa In the Shield : Within the Walls of Tyre - Michael Bishop
Medusa In the Shield : The Rats in the Walls - H. P. Lovecraft
Medusa In the Shield : Schalken the Painter - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Medusa In the Shield : The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Medusa In the Shield : A Rose for Emily - William Faulkner
Medusa In the Shield : How Love Came to Professor Guildea [The Man Who Was Beloved] - Robert S. Hichens
Medusa In the Shield : Born of Man and Woman - Richard Matheson
Medusa In the Shield : My Dear Emily - Joanna Russ
Medusa In the Shield : You Can Go Now - Dennis Etchison
Medusa In the Shield : The Rocking-Horse Winner - D. H. Lawrence
Medusa In the Shield : Three Days - Tanith Lee
Medusa In the Shield : Good Country People - Flannery O'Connor
Medusa In the Shield : Mackintosh Willy - Ramsey Campbell
Medusa In the Shield : The Jolly Corner - Henry James
Fabulous Formless Darkness : Smoke Ghost - Fritz Leiber
Fabulous Formless Darkness : Seven American Nights - Gene Wolfe
Fabulous Formless Darkness : The Signal-Man - Charles Dickens
Fabulous Formless Darkness : Crouch End - Stephen King
Fabulous Formless Darkness : Night-Side - Joyce Carol Oates
Fabulous Formless Darkness : Seaton's Aunt - Walter de la Mare
Fabulous Formless Darkness : Clara Militch - Ivan Turgenev
Fabulous Formless Darkness : The Repairer of Reputations - Robert W. Chambers
Fabulous Formless Darkness : The Beckoning Fair One - Oliver Onions
Fabulous Formless Darkness : What Was It? - Fitz-James O'Brien
Fabulous Formless Darkness : The Beautiful Stranger - Shirley Jackson
Fabulous Formless Darkness : The Damned Thing - Ambrose Bierce
Fabulous Formless Darkness : Afterward - Edith Wharton
Fabulous Formless Darkness : The Willows - Algernon Blackwood
Fabulous Formless Darkness : The Asian Shore - Thomas M. Disch
Fabulous Formless Darkness : The Hospice - Robert Aickman
Fabulous Formless Darkness : A Little Something for Us Tempunauts - Philip K. Dick

Mainland ghost, gran.

4 out of 5

Shop people.

3 out of 5

Keep dead witches and bloody big spiders away from the house.

4 out of 5

Wooden tail tale.

2.5 out of 5

I'm axeing for help, Frank.

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Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

4.5 out of 5

Could be worse, could be Crystal Lake.

3.5 out of 5

City god call.

3.5 out of 5

Witchocrites.

3 out of 5

Hanging judge, yes.

3.5 out of 5

Accident cycle.

3.5 out of 5

Bodysnatcher's new home in serious need of repair.

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Best if the groom's still alive, really.

3.5 out of 5

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of the Old Ones? Kent Allard's nephew!

4 out of 5

Religious synthesis forum, very weird.

3 out of 5

Nazi gas delayed, no chamber.

3.5 out of 5

Doc, you are actually right at the sharp end, stoopid.

4.5 out of 5

Cat, kid, you can have the lot, woman.

3.5 out of 5

Washington gives no quarter, warlock.

4 out of 5

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Sheath girl.

3 out of 5

Bug control black flag.

3.5 out of 5

You are bloody well not going.

4 out of 5

Fear experiment just axeing for some clowning around.

4 out of 5

Blame Wodewick.

4 out of 5

Getting rid of an evil toy at the bottom of Crystal Lake? Wouldn't be the first location i would chose. Actually, it'd be really close to the bottom. Arkham, Dunwich, 'Salem's Lot, down around there somewhere.

3 out of 5

Stone boy Santa shock.

4 out of 5

Cat not up to Roman god stuff and rodents.

4 out of 5

Lost Rose.

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The decor around here needs serious work.

3.5 out of 5

Dead hair find.

3.5 out of 5

Parrot punishment.

3.5 out of 5

Slow offspring.

2 out of 5

Vamped.

3.5 out of 5

Spreading pillow talk.

3.5 out of 5

Lucky punt breakdown.

3.5 out of 5

Hanging extension coverup.

3.5 out of 5

Give me my leg back you bastard.

3.5 out of 5

No shelter left.

3.5 out of 5

Ghost me.

2 out of 5

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Spectral look.

3.5 out of 5

Play things.

3.5 out of 5

Danger light haunting.

4 out of 5

Mythos scoffer mortality.

4 out of 5

Seance surprise.

3.5 out of 5

Ghost house.

3.5 out of 5

Poisoned woman not all gone.

3.5 out of 5

PR work not nice, free euthanasia not popular.

4 out of 5

Loopy writer problems.

4 out of 5

Nightmare rather solid it appears.

4 out of 5

Our house got lost.

3 out of 5

Invisible monster.

4 out of 5

Ghost visit.

3 out of 5

Wind in the tree monsters.

4.5 out of 5

Turkish twists.

3 out of 5

Lodging lacks lager and fun.

3 out of 5

Time to avoid own deaths.

4 out of 5

4.5 out of 5

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2008/09/dark-descent-david-g-hartwell.html ( )
1 vote bluetyson | Sep 21, 2008 |
Some great short stories..scary, scary.... ( )
1 vote silversurfer | Aug 7, 2008 |
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To taste the full flavor of these stories you must bring an orderly mind to them, you must have a reasonable amount of confidence, if not in what used to be called the laws of nature, at least in the currently suspected habits of nature...To the truly superstitious the "weird" has only its Scotch meaning: "Something which actually takes place."  --Dashiell Hammett, Creeps by Night
The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from everyday life.  Relatively few are free enough from the spell of daily routine to respond.... --H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature
Dedication
To Tom Doherty and Harriet P. McDougal and the Tor books Horror imprint, and especially Melissa ann singer, editor, for support and patience.
To Kathryn Cramer and Peter D. Pautz for their hard work and enthusiasm, as well as provocative discussion.
To Patricia W. Hartwell for letting the books pile up and the piles of paper fall over throughout the house and still loving me.
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Introduction: On a July Sunday morning, I was moderating a panel discussion at Necon, a small New England convention devoted to dark fantasy.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312862172, Paperback)

If you could have only one anthology of dark stories, this would be the one to have. Having observed that "fans of horror fiction most often restrict their reading to books and stories given a horror category label, thus missing some of the finest pleasures in that fictional mode," David G. Hartwell assembles here 56 important tales within an insightful critical framework; his purpose is to "clear the air and broaden future considerations of horror." Several well-known classics are included, but there are also dozens of lesser-known horror tales, including many by science fiction and literary writers. Get one copy for yourself. Get another for that friend or relative who doesn't understand why you like to read horror.

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