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Starred Review. In a time when the Fantastic is regaining popularity in American literature, this wide-ranging collection of horror and supernatural stories is a welcomed reeducation into the genre's roots. Some of the selections are already unquestioned classics-Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," Poe's "Berenice," Gilman's "The Yellow Wall Paper." Although, any reader may find Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Henry S. Whitehead, David H. Keller, Seabury Quinn, Francis Stevens, H.L. Lovecraft and August Derleth just as worthy. Even those most well-acquainted with the genre will be pleasantly surprised with the tales by lesser-known writers, such as Willa Cather's "Consequences" and Gertrude Atherton's "The Striding Place." Editor Straub highlights a Feminist strain with female writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Harriet Prescott Spoofed, Kate Chopin, Madeline Yale Wynne, Alice Brown-to name a few, offering an interesting reassessment of a crucial era in fantastic fiction.

About the Author

Peter Straub is one of America’s foremost authors of supernatural and suspense fiction. He is the New York Times bestselling author of a dozen novels, including the horror classic Ghost Story and The Talisman, which he cowrote with Stephen King. His latest novel, Black House—also written with King—is a #1 New York Times bestseller. A past president of the Horror Writers of America and multiple award winner, he lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 750 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159853047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598530476
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Severian VINE VOICE on October 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
These volumes offer an immense amount of excellent material in an attractive and durable format and most horror / supernatural fans will have no doubts about snapping these up. There are a few caveats, some typical of Library of America volumes, and several specifically related to Straub's editorial choices but as long as you don't object too strenuously to these small issues, there is no serious impairment to purchase.

First, LoA never allocates enough space for editors. Straub has a wee tiny 3 page intro and a few biographical notes on the authors at the end of each volume, and there is no preface to each story or end notes on thematic topics. This means you the reader have no idea as to why this author or that specific story is included in the volume. Compared to say "The Dark Descent"'s approach, this parsimony is unfortunate and occasionally frustrating. Why for instance is the peculiar and cloying "Golden Baby" in here? How and why is Melville's "The Tartarus of Maids" a "fantastic tale"? Why select the given Lovecraft story over all others in his repertoire? The absence of thematic notes is a bit more annoying here than in a single author collection as the wide-ranging assortment of tales grouped together without explanation or context can seem especially puzzling due to the wide range of moods and styles found here. Anyway, these are minor issues - the appeal of most stories herein is straightforward, and the reader can always do some follow-up research to assess the reputation and impact of a given writer on the horror field..

Second LoA issue - the limited scope and convenience of textual notes.
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Charles Brockden Brown - Somnambulism: A Fragment
Washington Irving - The Adventure of the German Student
Edgar Allan Poe - Berenice
Nathaniel Hawthorne - Young Goodman Brown
Herman Melville - The Tartarus of Maids
Fitz-James O'Brien - What Was It?
Bret Harte - The Legend of Monte del Diablo
Harriet Prescott Spofford - The Moonstone Mass
W. C. Morrow - His Unconquerable Enemy
Sarah Orne Jewett - In Dark New England Days
Charlotte Perkins Gilman - The Yellow Wall Paper
Stephen Crane - The Black Dog
Kate Chopin - Ma'ame Pélagie
John Kendrick Bangs - Thurlow's Christmas Story
Robert W. Chambers - The Repairer of Reputations
Ralph Adams Cram - The Dead Valley
Madeline Yale Wynne - The Little Room
Gertrude Atherton - The Striding Place
Emma Francis Dawson - An Itinerant House
Mary Wilkins Freeman - Luella Miller
Frank Norris - Grettir at Thorhall-stead
Lafcadio Hearn - Yuki-Onna
F. Marion Crawford - For the Blood Is the Life
Ambrose Bierce - The Moonlit Road
Edward Lucas White - Lukundoo
Olivia Howard Dunbar - The Shell of Sense
Henry James - The Jolly Corner
Alice Brown - Golden Baby
Edith Wharton - Afterward
Willa Cather - Consequences
Ellen Glasgow - The Shadowy Third
Julian Hawthorne - Absolute Evil
Francis Stevens - Unseen--Unfeared
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Seabury Quinn - The Curse of Everard Maundy
Stephen Vincent Benét - The King of the Cats
David H. Keller - The Jelly-Fish
Conrad Aiken - Mr. Arcularis
Robert E. Howard - The Black Stone
Henry S. Whitehead - Passing of a God
August Derleth - The Panelled Room
H. P. Lovecraft - The Thing on the Doorstep
Clark Ashton Smith - Genius Loci
Robert Bloch - The Cloak
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First, I am not a devotee of the sort of "fantastic" tales that this volume presents, so I can't presume to offer the detailed commentary of the other reviewers who can argue whether all of the proper authors, or their best works, were included. This comment is directed more towards the general reader looking for an introduction to "fantastic" tales from the 19th and earlier part of the 20th century, or who just enjoys the LoA series. First, these are not primarily "horror" stories; all have some element of the supernatural or deal with an exaggerated or extreme psychology or state of mind. If you are looking for a selection of stories that will scare your socks off, I'm afraid you will be disappointed. Second, the LoA editors had a number of difficult decisions to make about what authors and stories to include. LoA has done a great job in reissuing American classics, primarily devoting each volume to a single author. This presents an obvious problem when an author might have produced one or two terrific works, but not a body of writing that justifies an entire volume. LoA has dealt with this problem (and admirably so) by issuing a number of compilations based on subject or genre. For example, they did a great job with the two crime fiction volumes issued a few years back, and they have done the same with the volumes on American Poetry, American Sermons, Slave Narratives, war reporting, etc. Confronting the issue here, it appears the decision was made to offer as broad a spectrum by as many authors as possible. In fact, this volume presents 44 stories by 44 different authors--no more than one story per author. Obviously, this approach has both advantages and drawbacks.Read more ›
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