By Leslie S. Klinger
A masterful number of horror fiction by means of commonly acclaimed authors whose contributions to the style were misplaced within the shadow of Poe, through one among America's most advantageous anthologists.
Edgar Allan Poe didn't invent the story of terror. there have been American, English, and Continental writers who preceded Poe and stimulated his paintings. equally, there have been many that have been in flip inspired through Poe’s genius and produced their very own renowned stories of supernatural literature. This assortment positive aspects masterful stories of terror through authors who, probably, are little-remembered for his or her writing during this style. Even Bram Stoker, whose Dracula should be acknowledged to be the most well-liked horror novel of all time, isn't really 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 stories 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 way of him for his or her effect. every one is preceded by means of a short 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, probably with a flickering candle or flashlight to hand . . .
Stories through: Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Theodor Gautier, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lafcadio Hearn, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, and lots of others.
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