Spine-tingling tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat! This chilling collection of scary stories will keep you awake for hours! Psychological horrors, disturbing dramas, and gruesome ghosts compose this compendium of confessions made in the dead of night. From vampires and a monkey paw to an unstoppable heart and haunting apparitions, anecdotes of supernatural terror will have you turning pages long past the witching hour. Allow famous authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Henry James, Washington Irving, and more to prey upon your emotions and peace of mind at slumber parties and camping trips, or anytime you want to end the night with a delightful fright!
This collection of chilling horror stories from the maestro of suspense contains nearly 20 of Edgar Allan Poe's best known stories, including "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Pit and the Pendulum". For readers who have never come across the work of Poe before, it is a great introduction to some of his finest work.
Eerily vivid and yet never devoid of the beat of the human heart, Classic Tales of Horror presents the work of some of the world's most celebrated horror writers. This compilation is designed to provide both a gripping read and glimpses of life beyond the realm of the everyday. Spooks and inexplicable things that go bump in the night have long exercised creative imaginations and provided source material for our greatest story-tellers, as this memorable collection confirms. Included here are: The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley A Vine on a House by Ambrose Bierce Hurst of Hurstcote by Edith Nesbit The Bottle Imp by R. L. Stevenson Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker Wandering Willie's Tale by Sir Walter Scott The Lifted Veil by George Eliot Clarimonde by Théophile Gautier Thurlow's Christmas Story by John Kendrick Bangs
Classic Tales of Horror Volume Two continues the series of classic horror stories with a chilling new collection of tales from such masters as Sheridan Le Fanu, Ambrose Bierce, Bram Stoker and H P Lovecraft.
Presents fifteen classic stories by the world's great writers. From the piercing cry of Poe's Tell-Tale Heart to the terrible quiet of Andreyev's Silence, this is horror at its most unforgiving. Featuring stories from the great masters including Henry James, Guy de Maupassant, Jack London, Daniel Defoe, Mary Shelley and Wilkie Collins.
A masterful collection of ghost stories that have been overlooked by contemporary readers—including tales by celebrated authors such as Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton—presented with insightful annotations by acclaimed horror anthologists Leslie S. Klinger and Lisa Morton. The ghost story has long been a staple of world literature, but many of the genre's greatest tales have been forgotten, overshadowed in many cases by their authors' bestselling work in other genres. In this spine-tingling anthology, little known stories from literary titans like Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton are collected alongside overlooked works from masters of horror fiction like Edgar Allan Poe and M. R. James. Acclaimed anthologists Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes) and Lisa Morton (Ghosts: A Haunted History) set these stories in historical context and trace the literary significance of ghosts in fiction over almost two hundred years—from a traditional English ballad first printed in 1724 through the Christmas-themed ghost stories of the Victorian era and up to the science fiction–tinged tales of the early twentieth century. In bringing these masterful tales back from the dead, Ghost Stories will enlighten and frighten both longtime fans and new readers of the genre. Including stories by: Ambrose Bierce, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Olivia Howard Dunbar, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, M. R. James, Arthur Machen, Georgia Wood Pangborn, Mrs. J. H. Riddell, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Walter Scott, Frank Stockton, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton.
Let your imagination sink deep into more than a dozen classic tales of dark horror by an early master of the genre. The stories of H. P. Lovecraft have been a source of fascination for readers since they were published in the early twentieth century, and legions of fans continue to reinvent his dark and fantastical world to this day. This collection of short stories by the master of the macabre contains more than twenty of his most popular works, including "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," and "The Dunwich Horror." Each story will leave the reader feeling unsettled and uncertain, but also appreciative of the unique elements that Lovecraft introduced to the literary world.
Curl up with this collection of classic scary stories from the masters of the genre. With dozens of stories of the macabre, fantastic, and supernatural, Classic Horror Tales is sure to keep readers on the edges of their seats. This collection of works by classic writers spans more than a century—from 19th-century trailblazers such as John William Polidori, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Washington Irving to 20th-century masters like Saki, Edith Wharton, and Franz Kafka. The fear of the unknown is a driving force in literature, and the horror genre surpasses all others in bringing this idea to the forefront of the reader's consciousness. A wide range of cultures and classes of society are represented in this volume, reminding us that dark forces lurk all around us—for even in broad daylight, a shadow exists somewhere.
A masterful collection of horror fiction by widely acclaimed authors whose contributions to the genre have been lost in the shadow of Poe, by one of America's foremost anthologists. Edgar Allan Poe did not invent the tale of terror. There were American, English, and Continental writers who preceded Poe and influenced his work. Similarly, there were many who were in turn influenced by Poe’s genius and produced their own popular tales of supernatural literature. This collection features masterful tales of terror by authors who, by and large, are little-remembered for their writing in this genre. Even Bram Stoker, whose Dracula may be said to be the most popular horror novel of all time, is not known as a writer of short fiction. Distinguished editor Leslie S. Klinger is a world-renowned authority on those twin icons of the Victorian age, Sherlock Holmes, and Dracula. His studies into the forefathers of those giants led him to a broader fascination with writers of supernatural literature of the nineteenth century. The stories in this collection have been selected by him for their impact. Each is preceded by a brief biography of the author and an overview of his or her literary career and is annotated to explain obscure references. Read on, now, perhaps with a flickering candle or flashlight at hand . . . Stories by: Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Theodor Gautier, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lafcadio Hearn, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, and many others.
Ideal for fans of H. P. Lovecraft, this handsome hardback edition enclosed in a slipcase contains 12 of his most popular stories: from 'The Call of Cthulhu' to 'at the Mountains of Madness', 'The Whisperer in Darkness', 'The Case of Charles Dexter Ward' and 'The Rats in the Walls'. Chills and thrills abound between the pages of this book as the stories show Lovecraft at the height of his powers in the telling of these horror and fantasy tales.
Classic Tales of Doors That Should Never Be Opened
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
Classic haunted house ghost stories curated by world-renowned filmmaker and horror genre authority John Landis. This beautifully presented, highly collectible anthology features ghost stories that have enthralled, terrified and inspired readers decade after decade. Some are relatively well known; others are long-lost treasures, awaiting rediscovery. The selection includes tales of terror by Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft, and Perceval Landon; studies of creeping dread by Edgar Allan Poe and Henry James; short, sharp shockers by Ambrose Bierce, M.R. James and Lafcadio Hearn; and comedic masterpieces by Oscar Wilde and Saki. Mr. Landis' own introduction explores each tale's fascinating impact on the contemporary horror genre. Step inside these ghost-ridden repositories of supernatural evil, if you dare... "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." H. P. Lovecraft
The writers whose shoulders modern writers of horror and the macabre stand upon, showed no fear in creating and sharing delightfully wicked, chilling, disturbing and thought-proviking tales. These ten tension-filled, atmospheric tales of horror by such masters as Edgar Allan Poe, W.W. Jacobs, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, H.P. Lovecraft and more are certain to send chills down your spine. The stories are selected and introduced by Mark Leslie, a writer of horror and speculative fiction as well as a series of non-fiction explorations of the paranormal.
For the ten generations since the evil first came to Woodcutter's Grim, the Guardians have sworn an oath to protect the town from the childhood horrors that lurk in the black woods. Without them, the town would be defenseless...and the terrors would escape to the world at large. WoodcutterÕs Grim Series, Volume I (Classic Tales of Horror Retold) is a compilation of the first three novellas in the series and The Final Chapter including ""Papa"" (Book 1), ""Blood of Amethyst"" (Book 2), ÒDancing to the GraveÓ (Book 3), and ""The Amethyst Tower"" (The Final Chapter).