- Paperback: 599 pages
- Publisher: Arbor House Pub Co (May 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877953198
- ISBN-13: 978-0877953197
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural Paperback – May, 1981
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Kudos to Bill Pronzini and all involved. As a writer, I would have killed to get into such a wonderful anthology. I seriously doubt I’ll ever have the chance, but, hey, The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural is the type of book that comes around once, maybe twice in a millennium.
But really...if you love horror, this is a must.
Table of contents:
1) Hop Frog; Poe, Edgar Allan
2) Rappaccini's Daughter; Hawthorne, Nathaniel
3) Squire Toby's Will; le Fanu, J. Sheridan
4) The Squaw; Stoker, Bram
5) The Jolly Corner; James, Henry
6) "Man Overboard!"; Churchill, Winston
7) The Hand; Dreiser, Theodore
8) The Valley of the Spiders; Wells, H.G.
9) The Middle Toe of the Right Foot; Bierce, Ambrose
10) Pickman's Model; Lovecraft, H.P.Read more ›
The stories ranged from the 1840s (Hawthorne, Poe) to the 1980s (Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Morton). Two-thirds of the stories were from the postwar era.
From the early to mid-1800s, there were Hawthorne, Poe and LeFanu. From the late 1800s through World War II, there were Stoker, Bierce, Churchill, Wells, Henry James, Dreiser, Lovecraft, Faulkner, Woolrich and Bloch. Postwar writers included Capote, Sturgeon, Leiber, Kornbluth, Ray Russell, Disch, Adobe James, Hoch, Silverberg, Lutz, Wagner, Campbell, Evan Hunter, Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates. Many of the American authors included were also prominent in the crime, SF and fantasy genres, and their stories reflected these backgrounds.
Compared to, say, the stories in The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories and The Penguin Book of Horror Stories -- which contained mainly earlier works by British writers focused on the atmospheric and psychological -- the mostly recent stories here often seemed cruder and more obvious. Few were horrific or atmospheric. A handful of entertaining exceptions were Poe's "Hop-Frog" and Stoker's "The Squaw," both about revenge, Hunter's story about an edgy veteran who was pushed too far, Adobe James's story about an arrogant criminal who took on more than he could handle, Silverberg's tale set in a future dystopia and Lutz's story about a barman who enjoyed messing with his customers' minds. I was also glad to be introduced to the work of the SF writer Cyril Kornbluth, whose story contained a modern vampire.
- Poe [Hop Frog], Stoker [The Squaw], Bierce, Faulkner, Sturgeon, and others including Winston Churchill [Man Overboard].
Modern Masters -
- Hunter [The Scarlet King], Wagner [Sticks], Russell, Kornbluth, Sheckley, and others including Stephen King [The Crate], who also provides a nine-page Introduction in which he writes:
"If [this book] proves anything, it proves that the tale of horror and/or the supernatural is serious, is important, is necessary... not only to those human beings who read to think, but to those vast numbers of readers who read to feel".