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A Treasury of American Horror Stories

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Hardcover, 670 pages
Published November 30th 1988 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1988)
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Jul 09, 2008 Laurin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all horror fans
I picked up this book in probably 1991 on the discount shelf at a local bookstore. It is easily my favorite collection of horror stories, and I have either lent it or recommended it to nearly everyone I know who enjoys the horror genre. But I love this book so much I always make sure I get it back when I lend it out!

There is one story for each state in the U.S. and something from 50 different authors including H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Richard Matheson and Stephen King, off t
Originally, when I had set down to transcribe my new year's resolutions from thought to paper; I had no intention of including this book in my 2005 reading list. Not because it is a "bad" or poorly written book or even the fact that it was published when I was only six years old. No, the primary reason was that I had read this book in spurts about a dozen times between 1988 and 1992, as it was the first "grown-up" book I had ever purchased and taken an interest in.

It was only while sifting throu
This is a wildly uneven collection. It ranges from the excellent (Pickman's Model by HP Lovecraft, Children of the Corn by Stephen King) to the mediocre, to the "Why is this @#^& story even here?? It's awful!". Not to mention that the "Georgia" story would be good if it wasn't so incredibly racist. Yes, yes, it was published in 1943, but the anthology was put together in the '80's, so there is NO EXCUSE for using the word "pickaninny" to describe anyone with a straight face.

Since I bought t
This story collection is definitely a mixed bag of horror stories from both the greats and the fairly unknowns with each story connected to one of the 50 states (plus D.C.). Before I get into those tales that stuck with me long after I finished them, I want to note two problems with the first edition copy I own. 1) This book is RIDDLED with typos. My father made some attempts to correct the obvious ones but they are overwhelmingly distracting in their quantity and varied appearance. 2) The paper ...more
There are some truly incredible stories in this anthology... and some that are best described as "meh". There are also a few tales that make absolutely no sense whatsoever and leave one to wonder just what substance the author was imbibing when they wrote the piece. There are many great writers featured in this book, so it should be an amazing collection. Unfortunately, it's mediocre at best. If you happen upon this book at a used book sale, it's worth a couple bucks, but I can't see it as a per ...more
I haven't read all the stories yet, but my favorite so far is Twila. So freaky!
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