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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 ›
The editor said his basis for selection was stories that gave his jaded spine a chill. He tried to focus on the psychology of terror, the "cosmic fear of the unknown," rather than the gory and repugnant; on stories with an "icy insight into human nature," rather than blood. He avoided any tale that had been anthologized too often.
The pieces ranged from the 1770s to the 1980s, covering virtually every decade. Two-thirds of the works were from the 20th century. More than half of the writers were from the United States, with the rest from Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, France and Germany. The earliest writers included both those well known (Goethe, Mary Shelley, Hawthorne, Poe, Tennyson, Turgenev, Whitman), and lesser known (Bürger, Tieck, Courtois, Hearn).
From the 20th and late 19th centuries, there were contributions by prominent writers who wrote often on terror or the macabre (LeFanu, Bierce, Stoker, Maupassant, Stevenson, Saki, Crane, London, Lovecraft, Bloch, Sturgeon, Highsmith, Matheson) and prominent ones who didn't (Andreyev, Runyon, Tolkien, Ogden Nash, I. B. Singer, Tennessee Williams, Dylan Thomas, Asimov); most of the tales from the latter were hardly spine-chilling. Lesser-known writers for this period included W. C. Morrow, Ralph Adams Cram, Abraham Merritt, H. F. Arnold, John Dickson Carr, Jack Snow, Stanley Ellin, Ray Russell and Parke Godwin from the United States, A. M. Burrage and Robert Aickman from England, and Anatole Le Braz and Maurice Level from France.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 24 days ago by corral50
Marvin Kaye came up with some really great spine tingleing stories!Published 3 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 9 months ago by Ocean_Faith
A great anthology with some of the best authors in the business.Published 10 months ago by Dick Baldwin
I bought this for a friend who loves short story compilations. Will be purchasing again for me!Published 12 months ago by Meagin Ganus
Had this same book many but lost it in moving. Never thought I"d be able get it again but I found it once again on amazon through secondary seller. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Classic George
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 18 months ago by Paula Cappa Reviews