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Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding…

by Marvin Kaye (Editor), Saralee Kaye (Editor)

Other authors: Robert Aickman (Contributor), Leonid Andreyev (Contributor), H. F. Arnold (Contributor), Isaac Asimov (Contributor), Dick Baldwin (Contributor)49 more, Gottfried August Bürger (Contributor), Ambrose Bierce (Contributor), Robert Bloch (Contributor), A. M. Burrage (Contributor), Orson Scott Card (Contributor), John Dickson Carr (Contributor), M. Lucie Chin (Contributor), Pierre Courtois (Contributor), Ralph Adams Cram (Contributor), Stephen Crane (Contributor), Stanley Ellin (Contributor), Craig Shaw Gardner (Contributor), Parke Godwin (Contributor), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Contributor), Edward Gorey (Cover artist), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Contributor), Lafcadio Hearn (Contributor), Patricia Highsmith (Contributor), Edward D. Hoch (Contributor), Anatole Le Braz (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Sheridan LeFanu (Contributor), Maurice Level (Contributor), Jack London (Contributor), H. P. Lovecraft (Contributor), Richard Matheson (Contributor), Guy de Maupassant (Contributor), Abraham Merritt (Contributor), W. C. Morrow (Contributor), H. H. Munro (Contributor), Ogden Nash (Contributor), Fitz-James O'Brien (Contributor), Edgar Allan Poe (Contributor), Damon Runyon (Contributor), Ray Russell (Contributor), Mary W. Shelley (Contributor), Isaac Bashevis Singer (Contributor), Jack Snow (Contributor), Robert Louis Stevenson (Contributor), Bram Stoker (Contributor), Theodore Sturgeon (Contributor), Lord Alfred Tennyson (Contributor), Dylan Thomas (Contributor), Johann Ludwig Tieck (Contributor), J. R. R. Tolkien (Contributor), Ivan Turgenev (Contributor), Richard L. Wexelblat (Contributor), Walt Whitman (Contributor), Tennessee Williams (Contributor)

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This exceptional compilation contains more than fifty short stories, novellas and poems, both classic and modern, by some of the most distinguished writers of all time. Masterful works by Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecroft, Mary Shelley, Sheridan LeFanu, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Tennessee Williams, Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, in addition to little-known masterpieces of fantasy and terror by such authors as Stanley Ellin, Patricia Highsmith, John Dickson Carr and Damon Runyon, make this one of the most wide-ranging, outstanding collections of its kind. Marvin Kaye provides fascinating prefatory notes to each selection and an annotated bibliography of other recommended reading, as well as an Introduction and Afterword providing further insights into the genres of terror and the supernatural.… (more)
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Looking at the Table of Contents makes you think just about everyone and his famous uncle has written a story that fits the genre. This is a great collection for staying up late by yourself with and then trying to go to sleep... ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
One selection, Andreyev's "Lazarus" clearly lives up to the "masterpiece" accolade, seemingly distilling into a medium-length tale all of Lovecraft's cosmic horror, somewhat disconcertingly presented in lovely prose. The effect is of detachment, similar to that of his protagonist. The bleak abyss described as Platonic Form.

Orson Scott Card's "Eumenidies in the Fourth Floor Lavatory" is horrific and weird, bringing to mind the premise of Geek Love.

There are many other contributions worth reading, but as yet I've not read the book cover-to-cover. Rescued from a friend's discard bin on the strength of a pre-revision version of Tolkien's "Riddles in the Dark", it's evident there's much more here recommending this collection. ( )
1 vote elenchus | Nov 4, 2015 |
The kind of book you just love to break out around Halloween or any other time you desire spooky thrills. With a little something for everyone this book provides great variety for the reader who loves any and all kinds of horror. ( )
  Bcushman | Jun 17, 2013 |
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Arnold, H. F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Asimov, IsaacContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldwin, DickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bürger, Gottfried AugustContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bierce, AmbroseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloch, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burrage, A. M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Card, Orson ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carr, John DicksonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chin, M. LucieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Courtois, PierreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cram, Ralph AdamsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crane, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellin, StanleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gardner, Craig ShawContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Godwin, ParkeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Hearn, LafcadioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Highsmith, PatriciaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoch, Edward D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Braz, AnatoleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Level, MauriceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
London, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lovecraft, H. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matheson, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maupassant, Guy deContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Merritt, AbrahamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morrow, W. C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munro, H. H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nash, OgdenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, Fitz-JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Poe, Edgar AllanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Runyon, DamonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shelley, Mary W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Singer, Isaac BashevisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snow, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, Robert LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stoker, BramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sturgeon, TheodoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tennyson, Lord AlfredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomas, DylanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tieck, Johann LudwigContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tolkien, J. R. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Turgenev, IvanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This exceptional compilation contains more than fifty short stories, novellas and poems, both classic and modern, by some of the most distinguished writers of all time. Masterful works by Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecroft, Mary Shelley, Sheridan LeFanu, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Tennessee Williams, Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, in addition to little-known masterpieces of fantasy and terror by such authors as Stanley Ellin, Patricia Highsmith, John Dickson Carr and Damon Runyon, make this one of the most wide-ranging, outstanding collections of its kind. Marvin Kaye provides fascinating prefatory notes to each selection and an annotated bibliography of other recommended reading, as well as an Introduction and Afterword providing further insights into the genres of terror and the supernatural.

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Introduction - Marvin Kaye

Fiends and Creatures
Dracula's Guest - Bram Stoker
The Professor's Teddy Bear - Theodore Sturgeon
Bubnoff and the Devil - Ivan Turgenev, English adaptation - Marvin Kaye
The Quest for Blank Calveringi - Patricia Highsmith
The Erl-King - Johann Wolfgang Von Goëthe, English adaptation - Marvin Kaye
The Bottle Imp - Robert Louis Stevenson
A Malady of Magicks - Craig Shaw Gardner
Lan Lung - M. Lucie Chin
The Dragon Over Hackensack - Richard L. Wexelblat
The Transformation - Mary W. Shelley
The Faceless Thing - Edward D. Hoch

Lovers and Other Monsters
The Anchor - Jack Snow
When the Clock Strikes - Tanith Lee
Oshidori - Lafcadio Hearn
Carmilla - Sheriden LeFanu
Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory - Orson Scott Card
Lenore - Gottfried August Bürger, English adaptation - Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Black Wedding - Isaac Bashevis Singer, translated - Martha Glicklich
Hop-Frog - Edgar Allan Poe
Sardonicus - Ray Russell
Graveyard Shift - Richard Matheson
Wake Not the Dead - Johann Ludwig Tieck
Night and Silence - Maurice Level

Acts of God and Other Horrors
Flies - Isaac Asimov
The Night Wire - H.F. Arnold
Last Respects - Dick Baldwin
The Pool of the Stone God - A. Merritt
A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor - Ogden Nash
The Tree - Dylan Thomas
Stroke of Mercy - Parke Godwin
Lazarus - Leonid Andreyev

The Beast Within
The Waxwork - A.M. Burrage
The Silent Couple - Pierre Courtois, translated and adapted - Faith Lancereau and Marvin Kaye
Moon-Face - Jack London
Death in the School-Room - Walt Whitman
The Upturned Face - Stephen Crane
One Summer Night - Ambrose Bierce
The Easter Egg - H.H. Munro ("Saki")
The House in Goblin Wood - John Dickson Carr
The Vengence of Nitocris - Tennessee Williams
The Informal Execution of Soupbone Pew - Damon Runyon
His Unconquerable Enemy - W.C. Morrow
Rizpah - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Question - Stanley Ellin

Ghosts and Miscellaneous Nightmares
The Flayed Hand - Guy de Maupassant
The Hospice - Robert Aickman
The Christmas Banquet - Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Hungry House - Robert Bloch
The Demon of the Gibbet - Fitz-James O'Brien
The Owl - Anatole Le Braz, translated - Faith lancereau
No. 252 Rue M. Le Prince - Ralph Adams Cram
The Music of Erich Zann - H.P. Lovecraft
Riddles in the Dark (Original Version, 1938) - J.R.R. Tolkien

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Miscellaneous Notes
Selected Bibliography
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