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The World's Greatest Horror Stories

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In The World's Greatest Horror Stories, Stephen Jones and Dave Carson have brought together twenty-one classic masterpieces of the macabre, as recommended by the most influential author of horror fiction of the twentieth century, H.P. Lovecraft.

The collection features tales by renowned masters of horror writing, such as M.R. James and Edgar Allan Poe, alongside contributio
Paperback, 450 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Magpie Books
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Phil Slattery
Jul 29, 2013 Phil Slattery rated it really liked it
Wonderful stories! Classic supernatural tales demonstrating what horror should be that were lauded by none other than the father of modern supernatural horror himself, H.P. Lovecraft. I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in literature in general though particularly of course to those with an interest in the horror genre. The beauty of these tales is their ability to keep the reader in edge-of-your-seat suspense,terrified and spellbound, without resorting to the more-often-than-not ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Steve is currently reading it
I pick this one up from time to time, and read a short story from it. Just finished Machen's THE GREAT GOD PAN, which Lovecraft acknowledges as being a direct influence on THE DUNWICH HORROR. I think Lovecraft did it better, more concisely. But this is a great book to see the work that influenced H. P. his-ownself (as Joe Lansdale would say), and it kicks off with the antiquated but serious essay SUPERNATURAL FICTION IN LITERATURE which goes quite a way towards explaining the essence of the horr ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Galo rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes classical horror and dark fantasy.
Shelves: short-fiction
Cutting to the chase, the stand-out stories are: Charles Dickens' The Signalman, Hanns Heinz Ewers' The Spider, Guy De Maupassant's The Horla, Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, Ambrose Bierce's The Damned Thing, F. Marion Crawford's The Upper Berth, Ralph Adams Cram's The Dead Valley, Irvin S. Cobb's Fishhead, Edward Lucas White's Lukundoo, Clark Ashton Smith's The Double Shadow, Rudyard Kipling's The Mark of the Beast, Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan, and M.R. James' Count Magnus.
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