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Stranger : dark tales of eerie encounters
Slung, Michele B., 1947-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Perennial, [2002]

Physical Description:
xix, 368 pages ; 21 cm
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PS648.H6 S78 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS648.H6 S78 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Don't talk to strangers: the advice everyone hears and few heed. Now its menace has inspired acclaimed anthologist Michele Slung to seek a haunting variety of interpretations reminding us why we ignore this counsel at our peril. Intrigued as well by the slippery definition of stranger, Slung has looked to such masters of lingering discomfiture as Patricia Highsmith, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Mark Helprin, and Edith Wharton for memorable waking nightmares.Wherever each tale takes us -- to a greasy spoon somewhere off the highway or to an estate deep in the English countryside, to the basement lair of a suburban hobbyist or to an isolated Saharan oasis -- it sends us spiraling into that blackness yawning beyond its particular unseen trap door.Slung's choices are both old and new, real and surreal, noir and nervy. Once you've been introduced to the strangers she's sending your way, one thing is certain -- you'll regard everyone you encounter differently... including that very familiar person who stares back at you from the mirror.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Michele Slung, an accomplished editor whose past books include I Shudder at Your Touch and Murder & Other Acts of Literature, has selected stories that muse on the matter of unfamiliar faces from eight decades of creepy fiction in Stranger: Dark Tales of Eerie Encounters. In addition to the usual suspects Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, even Patricia Highsmith there are pleasant (and very literary) surprises: contributions from Shirley Jackson, Mark Helprin and Edith Wharton. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Tabitha KingThomas TessierAlex HamiltonJohn Peyton CookeH. P. LovecraftPatricia HighsmithG. K. WuoriLisa TuttleMark HelprinJack KetchumEdith WhartonRay BradburyChristopher FowlerVictoria RothschildJohn WyndhamMuriel GrayShirley JacksonRichard MathesonThomas M. DischEric McCormackNancy A. CollinsJay Russell
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
The Women's Roomp. 1
In the Desert of Desertsp. 21
The Baby-Sittersp. 33
After You've Gonep. 49
Hep. 66
The Nature of the Thingp. 78
The General Storep. 95
Honey, I'm Homep. 114
Letters from the Samanthap. 133
The Boxp. 146
Afterwardp. 158
The Town Where No One Got Offp. 191
Hatedp. 201
Being Kindp. 218
Meteorp. 233
Shite-Hawksp. 252
Jack the Ripperp. 266
Button, Buttonp. 272
The Asian Shorep. 281
The Hobbyp. 319
The Two-Headed Manp. 324
Hidesp. 338
Contributorsp. 365