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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.
Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published September 15th 1991 by Tor (first published January 1st 1987)
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Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
A decent collection of mostly (apart from Le Fanu) twentieth-century dark fiction. My favorites by far were "Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner, about a fisherman who stumbles upon an ancient ritual site festooned with unsettling stick figures; and "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs," which suggests a modern god of urban violence and the madness of the crowded, and which many years ago was my introduction to the work of Harlan Ellison.
-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
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These stories were not really set in the era I enjoy. I skipped a few, had read one previously and found the remainder to be nothing memorable. Old old horror is really not my cup of tea. The language wasn't always easy to read. I much prefer my horror to be written in the 70s and later.
May 26, 2009 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
Jaclyn Hogan
Jaclyn's craving for horror and messed up stuff continues.

The Reach, by Stephen King:
Hardly a horror story at all. Instead, this is a melancholy ghost story about an old woman who has never left the island she was born on.

Evening Primrose, by John Collier:
Satirical, almost humorous horror about a poet who decides to withdraw from the world and live secretly in a department store. Unfortunately, he's not the first to think of doing so.

The Ash Tree, by M.R. James:
Some great atmospheric detail in
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's always so hard to rate a book of short stories, especially one like this where some are so good and some are so...well, not. It took me about a week to work my way through it, and while I enjoyed the majority of them, there were definitely a few where I just skipped to the end to see how things turned out because I was Bored (ahem, Sticks). There were also a few where I still don't really understand what happened (The Summer People).

By and large, though, I really enjoyed this set of short
Jasmine (SparksSky122)
I don't usually read horror so when I picked this up (for some reason I still don't understand) I was expecting to be scared. I wasn't scared. Of all the stories that I read, only two were interesting but even those were disappointing. One was predictable and the ending was HORRIBLE while the other wasn't HORROR. 'THE COLOUR OF EVIL' sounds like it will be scary and ABOUT evilness but in reality it wasn't. I'm not finishing these stories.
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 ro ...more
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
Jun 30, 2012 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
Sep 29, 2016 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
Aug 13, 2011 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...
Brian Sammons
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
One hell of a great collection.
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent mix of old and newer horror stories.
Adam Rusic
Oct 03, 2012 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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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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