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Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown

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This new treasury of terror will propel you through fifty-eight stories and poems of fear and nightmare. Like its companion volume, Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural, this collection intends to terrify the reader with the cosmic fear of the unknown, not merely horrify with blood and gore. The modern and classic authors represented are some of the most ...more
573 pages
Published (first published 1993)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Sep 30, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like short stories designed to cause piloerection
This collection has some really weird stories in it. The weirdest and most disturbing one is a story called The Throwing Suit. I don't remember the author's name. The unlucky protagonist is offered a goodly sum of money to spend the night in a haunted place and to wear a suit that is found therein. The suit is cursed and haunted. Gosh, that story gave me the weebies. I don't really remember the stories that well, but I do remember the sense of unease reading these stories gave me.
Joe
Aug 17, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
This was a fantastic anthology! A quick rundown of my favorites:

1. The Others by Joyce Carol Oates
2. Tap Dancing by John Gregory Betacourt
3. The Lost Room by Fitz-James O'Brien (Creepy as hell)
4. The Happy Children by Arthur Machen (Village of the Damned meets RiverDance)
5. Darby O'Gill and the Good People by Herminie T. Kavanagh (Now I understand by this movie freaked me out as a kid. It's based on a horror story!)
6. Keeping His Promise by Algernon Blackwood (Very Lovecraft)
7. A Day in the Life
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Meliae Sybella
Feb 14, 2015 Meliae Sybella rated it it was ok
A big disappointment from what I was expecting. The earlier counterpart to this book; Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural had some amazing selections and while they both had a lot of the same authors, it was easy to see that he had chosen the best works the first time around. I did however enjoy the selection from Bram Stoker titled The Squaw which I would rate at a 3.5. I also liked In Letters of Fire by Gaston Leroux (the author of Phantom of the Opera) which I would rate at a 4.
Kathryn McCary
Marvin Kaye has made anthologizing ghost, horror and related pulp fiction practically an industry. This anthology is not nearly his worst, although not nearly his best; about 1/3 of the stories are ones I would voluntarily read again, and about 1/5 are ones I regularly reread during my annual fall ghostly-fiction orgy.
Chris
Nov 21, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
A good collection. Kaye includes well known writers as well as more recent writers. The collection also includes some hard to find stories.
April
Nov 16, 2016 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A really well put together collection of spooky tales. Highly recommended, though it took me an age to read.
Edward
Apr 23, 2015 Edward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, 3-star
Introduction: Gather Ye Nosegays, by Marvin Kaye

Ghosts and Miscellaneous Nightmares
--The Others, Joyce Carol Oates
--Tap Dancing, John Gregory Betancourt
--The Hungry Stones, Rabindranath Tagore
--The Southwest Chamber, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
--The Lost Room, Fitz-James O'Brien
--The Ghost to His Ladye Love, W. S. Gilbert
--The Happy Children, Arthur Machen
--Darby O'Gill and the Good People, Herminie T. Kavanagh
--Keeping His Promise, Algernon Blackwood
--A Day in the Life of Comrade Lenin, Carole Bugg
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Lucas
Aug 05, 2011 Lucas rated it really liked it
Another wonderful collection of stories, such as Ray Russell's 'Sagittarius', a deep thought piece of immortal evil through the ages.
David Nadolny
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Bunch of short stories. A couple 2s, many 3s, several 4s and a couple 5s. So I averaged to 4. I really wish the rating system was out of 10 instead of 5.
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MARVIN KAYE is the author of sixteen novels, including his Dickensian pastiche, The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge, now optioned to be made into a feature film, and his just-completed sequel to Frankenstein, as well as the terrifying Fantastique and Ghosts of Night and Morning; the SF cult classics, The Incredible Umbrella and (coauthored with Parke Godwin) The Masters of Solitude, and the ...more
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