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Title:
The 13 best horror stories of all time
Author:
Pockell, Leslie.
Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
viii, 388 pages ; 21 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The tell-tale heart / Edgar Allan Poe -- Green Tea / J. Sheridan Le Fanu -- The yellow wallpaper / Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- The bottle imp / Robert Louis Stevenson -- The great god Pan / Arthur Machen -- Dracula's guest / Bram Stoker -- The monkey's paw / W.W. Jacobs -- Oh, whistle and I'll come to you, my lad / M.R. James -- The country of the blind / H.G. Wells -- The willows / Algernon Blackwood -- The beckoning fair one / Oliver Onions -- The call of Cthulhu / H.P. Lovecraft -- The lottery / Shirley Jackson.
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ISBN:
9780446679503
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Book

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Summary

Summary

The stories that comprise this collection will surprise the reader even after numerous readings. They reflect innermost fears and head for spaces where reality is blurred by imagination, where insanity and madness are shrouded in mystery and where humanity is haunted by repressed passion and obsession.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Whether these are the best baker's dozen of their kind (since none are translations--of Hoffman, Gautier, and Gogol, for starters--how could they be?) is beside the point because they are, with one exception, stories all horror connoisseurs should know. Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart," LeFanu's "Green Tea," Machen's "Great God Pan," Blackwood's "Willows," M. R. James' "Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad" are shoo-ins, as are those two eminent treatments of the three-wishes theme, Stevenson's "Bottle Imp" and Jacobs' "Monkey's Paw." No less worthy are two representations of psychological horror, Gilman's "Yellow Wallpaper" and Onions' "Beckoning Fair One" (the story of the world's worst writer's block), and two parables of social conformity, Wells' "Country of the Blind" and Jackson's "Lottery." There are more chilling Lovecraft tales than "The Call of Cthulhu," but the flagship of the Cthulhu mythos deserves its berth here. The clinker is "Dracula's Guest," an outtake from Stoker's Dracula that terrifies less than it stultifies. Was a Henry James chiller--say, "The Jolly Corner" --somehow unavailable? Ray Olson


Publisher's Weekly Review

The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time, edited by Leslie Pockell, boasts an all-star roster of names from the 19th century (Edgar Allan Poe, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker) to the first half of the 20th (M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson). For those new to horror literature wanting to sample some of the classic shorter works of the genre, this is an excellent starting point. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Edgar Allan PoeJ. Sheridan Le FanuCharlotte Perkins GilmanRobert Louis StevensonArthur MachenBram StokerW. W. JacobsM. R. JamesH. G. WellsAlgernon BlackwoodOliver OnionsH. P. LovecraftShirley Jackson
Introductionp. vii
The Tell-Tale Heartp. 1
Green Teap. 7
The Yellow Wallpaperp. 42
The Bottle Impp. 60
The Great God Panp. 91
Dracula's Guestp. 149
The Monkey's Pawp. 163
Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Ladp. 175
The Country of the Blindp. 196
The Willowsp. 222
The Beckoning Fair Onep. 275
The Call of Cthulhup. 346
The Lotteryp. 379

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