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Foundations of Fear (Foundations of Fear)

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Horror fiction is a special and enduring pleasure, invoking fear and wonder. For centuries, writers have struggled to achieve the sublime through these tales, at times creating works of enduring interest. Horror novels have become one of the major bestselling forms of fiction in recent years, and Hollywood has given us a huge and varied supply of popular films, which has c ...more
Paperback, 660 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Tor Books
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Jan 22, 2016 Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
This hefty, almost unwieldy collection (trade paperback, over 600 pages, very small print) is a look at the history and evolution of the horror genre. Beginning with an academic introduction, it contains a pretty good variety of subject matter, although there are some similar stories included to compare and contrast themes (two stories of alien forces that control human bodies for their own ends, for example.) There are several science fiction stories, showing the crossover between genres. The s ...more
Feb 02, 2008 Angel rated it really liked it
There are one or two stories that seemed a bit slow, but overall, this is a very good collection. I have always enjoyed the anthologies edited by David Hartwell. The book includes a good scholarly essay as way of introduction. I wrote back in my journal that the editor views horror as a mode authors use in many categories of fiction, and that the book looks at the transaction between the reader and text which "yields the horrific response."

I was reading this when I was still teaching public sch
Oct 09, 2007 Robert rated it really liked it
Not quite as great as Hartwell's The Dark Descent anthology, but still pretty...well, great. A couple of the stories, namely "When Darkness Loves Us" and "Sandkings," are close to perfection.
Sep 06, 2013 Stillgolfing rated it really liked it
I do read horror stories and novels, but I'm not a fanatical fan of this type of written media, despite the fact I'm positively fanatical about Cult Horror Movies. Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (they charge an arm and a leg), Dead Hooker in a Trunk, Lesbian Vampire Killers, All Cheerleaders Must Die ....It can't get any better than that can it? ;)
Anyway, unlike the corny visual splatter fests I prefer in my movie watching, this compendium of horror stories contains extremely well written stories th
Dec 23, 2009 Aras rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An anthology of horror stories. Some of them are quite good, though others are pretty unremarkable and something of a slog to get through.

My favourites were "Don't Look Now" by Daphne Du Maurier, "The Shadowy Street" by Jean Ray, "...and My Fear is Great" by Theodore Sturgeon, "Faith of our Fathers" by Philip K. Dick, "Longtooth" by Edgar Pangborn, "Luella Miller" by Mary Wilkins Freeman, and "The Entrance" by Gerald Durell.
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Mar 13, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: horror fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
A good overview of the horror genre featuring authors, classical and contemporary, domestic and foreign, some identified as literary figures, others identified as science fiction or horror writers. It was read as a bedtime book.
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David Geddes Hartwell was an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He worked for Signet (1971-1973), Berkley Putnam (1973-1978), Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint, 1978-1983, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor (where he spearheaded Tor's Canadian publishing initiative, and was also influential in bringing many Australian writers to the US market ...more
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