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The Color of Evil (The Dark Descent #1)

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In addition to nineteen superb stories of dark fantasy and horror, The Color of Evil includes a long, insightful introduction, which delineates the evolution of horror fiction, and, for each writer, notes which say something about the literature and the author's place in it.
Paperback, 438 pages
Published September 15th 1991 by Tor (first published January 1st 1987)
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Olethros
-Antología conceptualmente interesante y con contenidos irregulares.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Recopilación de relatos seleccionados por David Hartwell, responsable también de la introducción en la que defiende la tesis de que la evolución del terror en la literatura puede llevar a diferenciar tres tipos de corrientes, una que a través de lo sobrenatural trata de proponer alegorías morales, otra que se basa en perturbaciones de la psique y metáforas del mal, y por último otra que juega
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Graham
Mar 12, 2014 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, anthology
A collection of some of the best horror stories of all time. Hartwell set himself up for a fall, taking a scholarly approach to the genre and selecting what are, for him, the cream of the crop, but I think he does well. There are a lot of unusual stories here, quite a few of them unknown, and it's far from the bland, anthologised-to-death collection I was dreading.

Things inevitably kick off with Stephen King. THE REACH is an atypical piece of writing, a subtle ghost story more about realism than
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Laura
Sep 29, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debo decir que me costó terminar este libro... los cuentos son antiguos, la prosa, la manera de redactar.. no se, en fin... debo estar en esa época del año en que estoy un poco mas vaga para leer..
Como toda antología, algunos cuentos son excelente, otros son pasables y otros son terrible bazofia.
Dentro de los excelentes se destacan: La nueva madre, La llamada de Cthulhu, La boda de John Carrington, Suyo afectísimo Jack el Destripador, El mono, Crouch End...
Sólo por estos cuentos vale la pena ten
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Alexis Neal
I confess, I approached this collection with a skeptical eye. In my mind, the horror genre is composed of slashers and gore and torture porn--disgusting descriptions that repulse the discriminating reader while scintillating the low-brow Philistine who wants nothing more than to leer eagerly at ever more graphic tales of death and dismemberment. It seems I may have been mistaken. Certainly, every genre has its slums--after all, libraries are full of terrible science fiction, lurid overwrought ...more
Beastnessa
An old anthology, but it has some stories / writers that I've been meaning to read for a while and are out of print or a bit difficult to find elsewhere (namely John Collier, Lucy Clifford and Karl Edward Wagner). All three of their inclusions were worth the read, particularly Wagner's "Sticks"--I was looking at a poll of people's favorite horror stories of all time recently and I see why this one gets mentioned so often. It reminds me of the darker stuff in Neil Gaiman's Sandman, and I love the ...more
John
Mar 12, 2014 John marked it as to-read
What an amazing anthology. Literally a textbook demonstrating the evolution of horror fiction; it is a great introduction to the genera and many authors whom you might not otherwise hear of. Stephen King is in evidence here, Clive Barker and Shirley Jackson (LOVE Shirley Jackson) but so are too many others not so well known. These were the architects of the genera, pulp authors of mostly short fiction. The editor's introspection (and the thesis for the collection) is an interesting meditation on ...more
Marsten
Mar 12, 2014 Marsten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
Un recopilatorio de relatos contemporaneos que encontré regular, con buenos relatos y otros más flojos.
Me lo leí por partes a lo largo de casi un año.
Un libro de formato un punto demasido grande per llevarlo encima...
Adam Rusic
Mar 12, 2014 Adam Rusic rated it it was amazing
Bar none, the best horror anthology I've read--and I've read plenty. Hartwell's selection of tales is sublime, pulling together classics and hidden gems.
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One hell of a great collection.
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A collection of short horror stories from such aurthors as H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King.
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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 ...more
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