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American Fantastic Tales by Peter Straub
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Brian Evenson – “The Wavering Knife”
Joe Hill – “Pop Art”
T.E.D. Klein – “The Events at Poroth Farm”

Shirley Jackson – “The Daemon Lover”
Steven Millhauser – “Dangerous Laughter”
Harlan Ellison – “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream”
John Collier – “Evening Primrose”
Truman Capote – “Miriam”
Ray Bradbury – “The April Witch”
M. Rickert – “The Chambered Fruit”
John Cheever – “Torch Song”
Michael Chabon – “The God of Dark Laughter”
Kelly Link – “Stone Animals”
Fritz Leiber – “Smoke Ghost”
Jane Rice – “The Refugee”
Thomas Ligotti – “The Last Feast of Harlequin”

Jerome Bixby – “Trace”
Joyce Carol Oates – “Family”
Jack Finney – “I’m Scared”
Benjamin Percy – “Dial Tone”
Isaac Bashevis Singer – “Hanka”
Donald Wandrei – “Nightmare”
Jack Snow – “Midnight”
George Saunders – “Sea Oak”
Anthony Boucher – “Mr. Lupescu”
Paul Bowles – “The Circular Valley”
Davis Grubb – “Where the Woodbine Twineth”
Caitlin Kiernan – “The Long Hall on the Top Floor”
Jeff Vandermeer – “The General Who is Dead”
Stephen King – “That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French”
Fred Chappell – “Linnaeus Forgets”
Richard Matheson – “Prey”
Tennessee Williams – “Mysteries of the Joy Rio”
Gene Wolfe – “The Little Stranger”
Tim Powers – “Pat Moore”

Thomas Tessier – “Nocturne”
John Crowley – “Novelty”
Vladimir Nabokov – “The Vane Sisters”
Poppy Z. Brite – “Pansu”
Jonathan Carroll – “Mr. Fiddlehead”
Peter Straub – “A Short Guide to the City”

Charles Beaumont – “Black Country”

Straub, you're a terrible editor. Within five minutes, I caught the word 'the' mistakenly substituted for 'she' in Jackson's "The Daemon Lover" and Millhauser's "Dangerous Laughter" story referenced as "Dark Laughter" in the introduction. (I guess the inclusion of Chabon's "The God of Dark Laughter" proved to be too confusing). Really?
There are some additional errors throughout; the most notable is probably where the letter 'l' is in place of a capital 'I' in Rickert's "The Chambered Fruit." I'd like an editing job now, please.
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Russ No love for Nabokov, eh?

Grant Are you mocking me? Haha, no, unfortunately that story is pretentious tripe. Same goes for Crowley's "Novelty."
Eventually I'll get to Pale Fire or Lolita and provide a more complete assessment of Nabokov's writing, but "The Vane Sisters" was a poor introduction.

message 3: by Russ (new)

Russ Heh, I haven't read it so I don't know. He does have a snobby highbrow air about him. He wrote a lot of stuff, so I'm sure it can be hit or miss.

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