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Shadows: Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  9 reviews
SHADOWS: Supernatural Tales by Masters of Modern Literature, edited and with an introduction by Robert Dunbar, features terrifying explorations of the dark by D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, Edith Wharton, Henry James, Willa Cather and many of the other great writers who revolutionized dark fiction. These may be the finest, most evocative ghost stories ever ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 292 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Uninvited Books
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B.E. Scully
A wonderful collection of the kind of Gothic suspense and psychological horror stories that are becoming increasingly hard to find these days. I was pleased to discover stories from some of my favorite authors (Willa Cather, E.M. Forster, Henry James) that I had not encountered before. At first, I was disappointed to see “The Yellow Wallpaper,” as I have read it in many other anthologies, and I almost skipped it. However, reading it with a mind attuned to the nuances of its horror-themed compan ...more
Robert Dunbar
Jul 12, 2011 Robert Dunbar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
The whole process of chosing stories for this anthology fascinated me, and the feedback has been very gratifying.

Here's a short quote from my Introduction to SHADOWS:

"Abandoned houses seldom turn out to be as empty as they appear. Voices fade, but echoes linger in the dimness, and sometimes figures emerge from those shadows, if only in dreams. What could be more profoundly idiosyncratic than a nightmare? Always, there has been something intensely personal about ghost stories. How surprising ca
Teresa Frohock
Robert Dunbar, an author of literary horror in his own right, has collected a group of chilling tales by some of the finest authors of dark fiction. Ten creepy tales by classic authors: Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Henry James, E.M. Forster, Willa Cather, M.R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Oliver Onions, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and D.H. Lawrence are combined into one volume.

I found two of my favorite stories "The Empty House" and "The Yellow Wallpaper" in this collection, and re-discovered "Oh,
A rare collection of classics--stories to be read and then read again. Perfect examples for writers of modern dark literature.
An amazing collection of gothic short stories that you MUST read! Call it what you will...literary horror, gothic fiction, dark fiction... I simply call it divine! Overall, Dunbar made excellent choices. Personally, I very much dislike Lawrence so closing the book with his story wasn't a high point. This is, however, a personal preference and you will not be disappointed!
Very dark and enjoyable. Definitely not the typical "popcorn" scary stories. After every one of these stories, you stop and think about the deeper meaning behind the monsters, and you're left with a story that stays with you much longer than a typical "scary story" would.
Great collection.
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“Required reading for all horror fans. Grab it and lock yourself in a room lit by a flickering fire while sheets of rain pound against your windows. Wait for that hair on your neck to creep with electricity and then stand on end. Pray that you survive until dawn.”
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“Chilling tales by some of the finest authors of dark fiction. Prepare to be entertained.”
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Supernatural Fict...: SHADOWS,, edited by Robert Dunbar 1 13 Sep 08, 2010 12:40PM  
Robert Dunbar is the author of the supernatural thrillers THE PINES and THE SHORE, both of which garnered extremely postive reviews. He is also the author of MARTYRS & MONSTERS, a collection of his short fiction, the dark literary novel WILLY, and the nonfiction book VORTEX. He has been called "the catalyst for the new literary movement in horror" and "one of the saviors of contemporary dark f ...more
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