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

by David G. Hartwell (Editor)

Other authors: Robert Aickman (Contributor), Clive Barker (Contributor), Ambrose Bierce (Contributor), Michael Bishop (Contributor), Algernon Blackwood (Contributor)42 more, Robert Bloch (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Robert W. Chambers (Contributor), Lucy Lane Clifford (Contributor), John Collier (Contributor), Walter de la Mare (Contributor), Philip K. Dick (Contributor), Charles Dickens (Contributor), Thomas M. Disch (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Dennis Etchison (Contributor), William Faulkner (Contributor), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Contributor), Charles L. Grant (Contributor), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Contributor), Robert Hichens (Contributor), Shirley Jackson (Contributor), Henry James (Contributor), M. R. James (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), Russell Kirk (Contributor), D. H. Lawrence (Contributor), Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), H. P. Lovecraft (Contributor), Richard Matheson (Contributor), E. Nesbit (Contributor), Fitz-James O'Brien (Contributor), Flannery O'Connor (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Oliver Onions (Contributor), Edgar Allan Poe (Contributor), Joanna Russ (Contributor), Michael Shea (Contributor), Theodore Sturgeon (Contributor), Ivan Turgenev (Contributor), Karl Edward Wagner (Contributor), Manly Wade Wellman (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), Gene Wolfe (Contributor)

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Series: The Dark Descent (1)

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A decent collection of mostly (apart from Le Fanu) twentieth-century dark fiction. My favorites by far were "Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner, about a fisherman who stumbles upon an ancient ritual site festooned with unsettling stick figures; and "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs," which suggests a modern god of urban violence and the madness of the crowded, and which many years ago was my introduction to the work of Harlan Ellison. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
This is quite a collection! A veritable "murder's row" of great horror authors! And, as a big fan of Stephen King, three from him, including the Lovecraftian "Crouch End", which is not one of my faves. But, beware! Not only is this a scary group of tales, it's one heck of a heavy volume to boot! Read and workout at the same time! ( )
1 vote Stahl-Ricco | May 8, 2016 |
The Reach [Do the Dead Sing?] - Stephen King
Evening Primrose - John Collier
The Ash-Tree - M. R. James
The New Mother - Lucy Lane Clifford
There's a Long Long Trail A-Winding - Russell Kirk
The Call of Cthulhu [short story] - H. P. Lovecraft
The Summer People - Shirley Jackson
The Whimper of Whipped Dogs - Harlan Ellison
Young Goodman Brown - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Mr. Justice Harbottle - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The Crowd - Ray Bradbury
The Autopsy - Michael Shea
John Charrington's Wedding - Edith Nesbit
Sticks - Karl Edward Wagner
Larger Than Oneself - Robert Aickman
Belsen Express - Fritz Leiber
Yours Truly Jack the Ripper - Robert Bloch
If Damon Comes - Charles L. Grant
Vandy Vandy - Manly Wade Wellman
  lulaa | May 12, 2014 |
contains SK's "The Reach", "The Monkey", and "Crouch End"
1 vote | PBlock | Jul 5, 2013 |
A must have for lovers of horror. ( )
1 vote dgmillo | Jun 2, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hartwell, David G.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aickman, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barker, CliveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bierce, AmbroseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bishop, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blackwood, AlgernonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloch, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chambers, Robert W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clifford, Lucy LaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collier, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de la Mare, WalterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dick, Philip K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dickens, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Disch, Thomas M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Etchison, DennisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Faulkner, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilman, Charlotte PerkinsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, Charles L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hawthorne, NathanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hichens, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, ShirleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, M. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kirk, RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawrence, D. H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Fanu, Joseph SheridanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leiber, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lovecraft, H. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matheson, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nesbit, E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, Fitz-JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Connor, FlanneryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Onions, OliverContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Poe, Edgar AllanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russ, JoannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shea, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sturgeon, TheodoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Turgenev, IvanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wagner, Karl EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wellman, Manly WadeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wharton, EdithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, GeneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fornuff, DougCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, IanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:49 -0400)

In the first entry of the Dark Descent series, Hugo Award winning editor David G. Hartwell presents The Color of Evil , an anthology of nineteen superb stories of dark fantasy and horror from writing legends such as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Shirley Jackson. From witches to ghosts to incomprehensible cosmic horrors, these authors dare readers to confront dark forces that are out of their control. Each story includes a insightful introduction explaining the evolution of horror fiction and each author's place within the genre. A collection of spine-tingling stories from masters of the craft, sure to leave you on the edge of your seat for days.… (more)

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