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American Midnight: Tales of the Dark

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A masquerade ball cut short by a mysterious plague; a strange nocturnal ritual in the woods; a black bobcat howling in the night: these ten tales are some of the most strange and unsettling in all of American literature, filled with unforgettable imagery and simmering with tension. From Edgar Allan Poe to Shirley Jackson, Nathaniel Hawthorne to Zora Neale Hurston, the ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 31st 2019 by Pushkin Press
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a brilliantly chilling little collection, some of which I was familiar with some new to me, all wrapped up in a gorgeous little book worth having on any collectors shelf.

From Poe to Twain there is something here for any lover of literature, shame faced I realised this was my first foray into the words of Shirley Jackson my favourite was the compelling little narrative that made up Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper but every story here had its merits and a way of haunting
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Overall an interesting read. My favourite stories were The Eyes by Edith Wharton (5 stars), Home by Shirley Jackson, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Masque of The Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe.

I didnt enjoy Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne but that was just my personal preference.

If you enjoy literature and spooky stories/ psychological thrillers, this is a good book to explore.
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Laird Hunt is an American writer, translator and academic.

Hunt grew up in Singapore, San Francisco, The Hague, and London before moving to his grandmother's farm in rural Indiana, where he attended Clinton Central High School. He earned a B.A. from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. He also
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