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Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New Hardcover – May, 1985
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Introduction: In Search of Masterpieces · Marvin Kaye
Dracula's Guest [Dracula] · Bram Stoker · ss Dracula's Guest, London: Routledge, 1914; written in 1897 as part of Dracula, this chapter was omitted from the published book for reasons of length.
The Professor's Teddy Bear · Theodore Sturgeon · ss Weird Tales Mar '48
Bubnoff and the Devil · Ivan Turgenev & Marvin Kaye, adapt. · ss Fiends and Creatures, ed. Marvin Kaye, Popular Library, 1975
The Quest for "Blank Claveringi" · Patricia Highsmith · ss The Saturday Evening Post Jun 17 '67; revised from "The Snails".
The Erl-King · Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe · pm *; English adaption by Marvin Kaye
The Bottle Imp · Robert Louis Stevenson · nv New York Herald Feb 8-Mar 1, 1891
A Malady of Magicks [Ebenezum] · Craig Shaw Gardner · ss Fantastic Oct '78
Lan Lung [expanded from "Dragon...Ghost"] · M. Lucie Chin · nv Ares #1 '80; restored version
The Dragon Over Hackensack · Richard L. Wexelblat · pm *
The Transformation · Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley · ss The Keepsake, 1831, 1830
The Faceless Thing · Edward D. Hoch · ss Magazine of Horror Nov '63
The Anchor · Jack Snow · ss Dark Music and Other Spectral Tales, Herald, 1947
When the Clock Strikes · Tanith Lee · ss Weird Tales #1, ed. Lin Carter, DAW, 1981
Oshidori · Lafcadio Hearn · vi Kwaidan, Houghton Mifflin, 1904
Carmilla [Martin Hesselius] · Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu · na The Dark Blue Dec, 1871 (+3)
Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory · Orson Scott Card · nv Chrysalis 4, ed.Read more ›
"Lovers and Other Monsters" is next, and as might be expected is over-run by vampires, including Sheridan LeFanu's "Carmilla."
"Acts of God and Other Horrors" is part science fiction/adventure ("The Pool of the Stone God" by A. Merritt), some literature (Dylan Thomas and Leonid Andreyev), and even a poem by Ogden Nash ("A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor").
Section IV, "The Beast Within" is introduced as showcasing two kinds of horror: "man's inhumanity to his own species and--perhaps even more dreadful--the power of the human mind to create a tailor-made Hell for its 'owner.'" Quite a few 19th Century American authors show up here, including Walt Whitman, Jack London, Stephen Crane, and (of course) Ambrose Bierce.
The final section "Ghosts and Miscellaneous Nightmares" has stories you might not have seen in other supernatural story collections, including Robert Aickman's "The Hospice" and Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Christmas Banquet."
Here is a sampling of my favorites:
"A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor" by Ogden Nash--This is a vigorous poem with a strong moral, something it might be fun to memorize, rather like Robert Service's "The Shooting of Dan McGrew." It starts "The hands of the clock were reaching high/In a old midtown hotel;/ I name no name, but its sordid fame/ Is table talk in Hell...Read more ›
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This was a book for school so I cant give a very good review I didn't read it, on the other hand my wife loved it and gave it 5 stars. Maybe I should read it also. Read morePublished 3 months ago by corral50
Marvin Kaye came up with some really great spine tingleing stories!Published 5 months ago by maryellen
Excellent supernatural stories. Lot of them make you think. Many of the short stories, make you keep the light on when reading.Published 12 months ago by Ocean_Faith
A great anthology with some of the best authors in the business.Published 13 months ago by Dick Baldwin
I bought this for a friend who loves short story compilations. Will be purchasing again for me!Published 15 months ago by Meagin Ganus
Because I am a reader and writer of horror fiction, when I found this anthology, I fell in love. Some stories are traditional supernatural but most are offbeat and by lesser known... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Paula Cappa Reviews