By Leslie S. Klinger
A masterful number of horror fiction via extensively acclaimed authors whose contributions to the style were misplaced within the shadow of Poe, via certainly one of America's most popular anthologists.
Edgar Allan Poe didn't invent the story of terror. there have been American, English, and Continental writers who preceded Poe and encouraged his paintings. equally, there have been many that have been in flip motivated via Poe’s genius and produced their very own well known stories of supernatural literature. This assortment positive aspects masterful stories of terror by means of authors who, more often than not, are little-remembered for his or her writing during this style. Even Bram Stoker, whose Dracula will be stated to be the most well-liked horror novel of all time, isn't often called a author of brief fiction.
Distinguished editor Leslie S. Klinger is a world-renowned authority on these dual icons of the Victorian age, Sherlock Holmes, and Dracula. His reviews into the forefathers of these giants led him to a broader fascination with writers of supernatural literature of the 19th century. The tales during this assortment were chosen by means of him for his or her influence. each one is preceded by means of a quick biography of the writer and an outline of his or her literary profession and is annotated to give an explanation for vague references.
Read on, now, maybe with a flickering candle or flashlight to hand . . .
Stories by way of: Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Theodor Gautier, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lafcadio Hearn, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, and plenty of others.
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