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American Fantastic Tales (2009)

by Peter Straub (Editor)

Other authors: Conrad Aiken (Contributor), Gertrude Atherton (Contributor), John Kendrick Bangs (Contributor), Charles Beaumont (Contributor), Stephen Vincent Benét (Contributor)79 more, Ambrose Bierce (Contributor), Jerome Bixby (Contributor), Robert Bloch (Contributor), Anthony Boucher (Contributor), Paul Bowles (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), Poppy Z. Brite (Contributor), Alice Brown (Contributor), Charles Brockden Brown (Contributor), Truman Capote (Contributor), Jonathan Carroll (Contributor), Willa Cather (Contributor), Michael Chabon (Contributor), Robert W. Chambers (Contributor), Fred Chappell (Contributor), John Cheever (Contributor), Kate Chopin (Contributor), John Collier (Contributor), Ralph Adams Cram (Contributor), Stephen Crane (Contributor), F. Marion Crawford (Contributor), John Crowley (Contributor), Emma Frances Dawson (Contributor), August Derleth (Contributor), Olivia Howard Dunbar (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Brian Evenson (Contributor), Jack Finney (Contributor), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Contributor), Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (Contributor), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Contributor), Ellen Glasgow (Contributor), Davis Grubb (Contributor), Bret Harte (Contributor), Julian Hawthorne (Contributor), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Contributor), Lafcadio Hearn (Contributor), Joe Hill (Contributor), Robert E. Howard (Contributor), Washington Irving (Contributor), Shirley Jackson (Contributor), Henry James (Contributor), Sarah Orne Jewett (Contributor), David H. Keller (Contributor), Caitlín R. Kiernan (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), T. E. D. Klein (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), Thomas Ligotti (Contributor), Kelly Link (Contributor), H. P. Lovecraft (Contributor), Richard Matheson (Contributor), Herman Melville (Contributor), Steven Millhauser (Contributor), W. C. Morrow (Contributor), Vladimir Nabokov (Contributor), Frank Norris (Contributor), Fitz-James O'Brien (Contributor), Benjamin Percy (Contributor), Edgar Allan Poe (Contributor), Tim Powers (Contributor), Seabury Quinn (Contributor), Jane Rice (Contributor), M. Rickert (Contributor), George Saunders (Contributor), Isaac Bashevis Singer (Contributor), Clark Ashton Smith (Contributor), Jack Snow (Contributor), Harriet Prescott Spofford (Contributor), Francis Stevens (Contributor), Thomas Tessier (Contributor), Jeff VanderMeer (Contributor), Donald Wandrei (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor), Edward Lucas White (Contributor), Henry S. Whitehead (Contributor), Tennessee Williams (Contributor), Gene Wolfe (Contributor), Madeline Yale Wynne (Contributor)

Series: American Fantastic Tales (Set 1-2)

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From its beginning, American literature teems with tales of horror, hauntings, terrifying obsessions and gruesome incursions, of the uncanny ways in which ordinary reality can be breached and subverted by the unknown and the irrational. In the tales of Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne, and their literary successors, the bright prospects of the New World face an uneasy reckoning with the forces of darkness. As this pathbreaking two-volume anthology demonstrates, it is a tradition with many unexpected detours and hidden chambers, and one that continues to evolve, finding new forms and new themes. Peter Straub, a contemporary master of literary horror and fantasy, offers an authoritative and diverse gathering of stories calculated to unsettle and delight, in styles ranging from the exquisitely insinuating speculations of Henry James's "The Jolly Corner" to the nightmarish post-apocalyptic savagery of Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream." Ghostly narratives of the Edwardian era, lurid classics from the pulp heyday of Weird Tales, latter-day masterpieces by Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Steven Millhauser: over 80 stories in all, with a generous selection of contemporary authors who continue to push the genre in new and startling directions. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.… (more)
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HELL yeah. EVERY story in here is AMAZING! That never happens!
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
Just began reading this lovely collection the other day. I'll have more to say about it later. I started at the beginning and am reading the stories in chronological order. I've been enjoying the nicely antiquated phrasing and will share some of those as I go along. For example, in W.C. Morrow's (1854-1923) story "His Unconquerable Enemy" there's this: "...he developed an augmented fiendishness." ( )
  Hoagy27 | Dec 17, 2010 |
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Straub, PeterEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aiken, ConradContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Atherton, GertrudeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bangs, John KendrickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beaumont, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benét, Stephen VincentContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bierce, AmbroseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bixby, JeromeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloch, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boucher, AnthonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowles, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brite, Poppy Z.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, Charles BrockdenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Capote, TrumanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carroll, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cather, WillaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chabon, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chambers, Robert W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chappell, FredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cheever, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chopin, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collier, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cram, Ralph AdamsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crane, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crawford, F. MarionContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crowley, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dawson, Emma FrancesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Derleth, AugustContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dunbar, Olivia HowardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Evenson, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finney, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fitzgerald, F. ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freeman, Mary E. WilkinsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilman, Charlotte PerkinsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glasgow, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grubb, DavisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harte, BretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hawthorne, JulianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hawthorne, NathanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hearn, LafcadioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hill, JoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howard, Robert E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Irving, WashingtonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, ShirleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
James, HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jewett, Sarah OrneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keller, David H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kiernan, Caitlín R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, T. E. D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leiber, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ligotti, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Link, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lovecraft, H. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matheson, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Melville, HermanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Millhauser, StevenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morrow, W. C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nabokov, VladimirContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Norris, FrankContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, Fitz-JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Percy, BenjaminContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Poe, Edgar AllanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Powers, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Quinn, SeaburyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rice, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rickert, M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saunders, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Singer, Isaac BashevisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Clark AshtonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snow, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spofford, Harriet PrescottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevens, FrancisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tessier, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
VanderMeer, JeffContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wandrei, DonaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wharton, EdithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, Edward LucasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Whitehead, Henry S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, TennesseeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, GeneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wynne, Madeline YaleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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Golden Baby by Alice Brown (indirect)
The Cloak by Robert Bloch (indirect)
Afterward by Edith Wharton (indirect)
The Refugee by Jane Rice (indirect)
Miriam by Truman Capote (indirect)
Midnight by Jack Snow (indirect)
Torch Song by John Cheever (indirect)
I'm Scared by Jack Finney (indirect)
Prey by Richard Matheson (indirect)
Sea Oak by George Saunders (indirect)
Nocturne by Thomas Tessier (indirect)
Pop Art by Joe Hill (indirect)
Pansu by Poppy Z. Brite (indirect)
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From its beginning, American literature teems with tales of horror, hauntings, terrifying obsessions and gruesome incursions, of the uncanny ways in which ordinary reality can be breached and subverted by the unknown and the irrational. In the tales of Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne, and their literary successors, the bright prospects of the New World face an uneasy reckoning with the forces of darkness. As this pathbreaking two-volume anthology demonstrates, it is a tradition with many unexpected detours and hidden chambers, and one that continues to evolve, finding new forms and new themes. Peter Straub, a contemporary master of literary horror and fantasy, offers an authoritative and diverse gathering of stories calculated to unsettle and delight, in styles ranging from the exquisitely insinuating speculations of Henry James's "The Jolly Corner" to the nightmarish post-apocalyptic savagery of Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream." Ghostly narratives of the Edwardian era, lurid classics from the pulp heyday of Weird Tales, latter-day masterpieces by Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Steven Millhauser: over 80 stories in all, with a generous selection of contemporary authors who continue to push the genre in new and startling directions. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

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