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The Weiser Book of Horror and the Occult: Hidden Magic, Occult Truths, and the Stories That Started It All

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Horror Takes Its Time

Looking for a thoughtful fright? Or perhaps a frightful thought? Packed with stories selected by one of today's leading esoteric scholars, this book will do more than make your toes curl and your skin crawl. These tales reveal hidden truths, inspire forbidden pursuits, and divulge the secrets of magical initiation in the guise of fiction. Covering topi
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Paperback, 313 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Weiser Books
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Katherine
Dec 06, 2014 Katherine rated it it was ok
The first thing you should know about this anthology of short fiction written in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is that “horror” of that time period does not in any way resemble horror of the modern era. Despite offerings from several, like H. P. Lovecraft and Poe, who are considered early masters of the genre, I didn’t find these stories particularly horrific. In fact, more than once I reached the end of a story and wondered where the plot had disappeared to and what was supposed to be ...more
Mina Khan
Jan 28, 2015 Mina Khan rated it it was ok
I have to agree with the other reviewer in that the stories included here don't meet with modern reading expectations. The old-fashioned language and the expository stories (more telling than showing) distanced me as a reader from the stories. I found myself skimming a lot. Also, these now seem very tame, and somewhat simplistic. I did enjoy some of the stories. So an interesting read (from a writer's point of view, where you want to see some of the foundations of the genre), but not a haunting ...more
David Lamb
Jan 24, 2015 David Lamb rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway and was excited to read it. The book contains several famous names (Poe, Lovecraft, Stoker, Doyle) and a lot of other authors from the late 1800s and early 1900s. My favorite story in the book was from Aleister Crowley (turn of the century) with The Testament of Magdelan Blair in which the narrator takes us into the mind of a dying man and travels beyond the grave. It was also great to read the early work by Lovecraft (written as a ...more
Lysa
Nov 13, 2014 Lysa rated it it was amazing
First off, I have to mention (by the rules) that I received a copy of this book through a giveaway Weiser hosted on GoodReads.com

With my reading being halfway taken with literature textbooks, this book fits in perfectly. The set-up is a short introduction of the author and then a key piece of literature by them in the horror genre with occult tones but not focused in one movement (Realism, Naturalism, Gothic, etc). Going through the book made me wish more of these stories had made into the Norto
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Carly Laughlin
Oct 25, 2015 Carly Laughlin rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
If you're looking for a good collection of horror stories (as I was), I wouldn't recommend this book. There are a few good things about it: it features some of the well-known horror & occult authors; it covers a range of subjects (ghosts, psychics, runes, curses, etc), and it is a good introduction to early horror. However, I didn't find most of the stories particularly scary. I expected some good horror stories with authors like Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and ...more
Sistermagpie
Mar 20, 2015 Sistermagpie rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
This is a collection of classic Gothic stories, some of which I'd read before, and all by excellent authors so what's not to like? I also actually enjoyed the intro by the editor where he talks about the day he first discovered horror in a book of Poe stories while a miserable 9-year-old uprooted from California to Nebraska in the 1950s. That day he not only discovered horror but started searching for his own writing voice, which is pretty great.
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some old tales that I have liked before and some that were new to me.
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