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
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.
Introduction: On a July Sunday morning, I was moderating a panel discussion at Necon, a small New England convention devoted to dark fantasy.
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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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)