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American Fantastic Tales

Terror and the Uncanny
(Book - 2009 )
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From early on, American literature has teemed with tales of horror, of hauntings, of terrifying obsessions and gruesome incursions, of the uncanny ways in which ordinary reality can be breached and subverted by the unknown and the irrational. As this pathbreaking two-volume anthology demonstrates, it is a tradition with many unexpected detours and hidden chambers, and one that continues to evolve, finding new forms and new themes as it explores the bad dreams that lurk around the edges—if not in the unacknowledged heart––of the everyday. Peter Straub, one of today’s masters of horror and fantasy, offers an authoritative and diverse gathering of stories calculated to unsettle and delight. This first volume surveys a century and a half of American fantastic storytelling, revealing in its 44 stories an array of recurring themes: trance states, sleepwalking, mesmerism, obsession, possession, madness, exotic curses, evil atmospheres. In the tales of Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne, the bright prospects of the New World face an uneasy reckoning with the forces of darkness. In the ghost-haunted Victorian and Edwardian eras, writers including Henry James, Edith Wharton, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Ambrose Bierce explore ever more refined varieties of spectral invasion and disintegrating selfhood. In the twentieth century, with the arrival of the era of the pulps, the fantastic took on more monstrous and horrific forms at the hands of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, and other classic contributors to Weird Tales.Here are works by acknowledged masters such as Stephen Crane, Willa Cather, Conrad Aiken, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, along with surprising discoveries like Ralph Adams Cram’s “The Dead Valley,” Emma Francis Dawson’s “An Itinerant House,” and Julian Hawthorne’s “Absolute Evil.” American Fantastic Talesoffers an unforgettable ride through strange and visionary realms. “A stupendous, spellbinding reading experience waiting to be had.” –Jonathan Lethem
Title: American fantastic tales
terror and the uncanny
Publisher: New York : Library of America : Distributed in the United States by Penguin Group, c2009
Characteristics: 2 v. ;,21 cm
Series:
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Straub, editor
Contents: [v. 1.] From Poe to the pulps. Somnambulism: a fragment / Charles Brockden Brown
The adventure of the German student / Washington Irving
Berenice / Edgar Allan Poe
Young Goodman Brown / Nathaniel Hawthorne
The tartarus of maids / Herman Melville
What was it? / Fitz-James O'Brien
The legend of Monte del Diablo / Bret Harte
The moonstone mass / Harriet Prescott Spofford
His unconquerable enemy / W.C. Morrow
In dark New England days / Sarah Orne Jewett
The yellow wall paper / Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The black dog / Stephen Crane
Ma'ame Peþlagie / Kate Chopin
Thurlow's Christmas story / John Kendrick Bangs
The repairer of reputations / Robert W. Chambers
The dead valley / Ralph Adams Cram
The little room / Madeline Yale Wynne
The striding place / Gertrude Atherton
An itinerant house / Emma Francis Dawson
Luella Miller / Mary Wilkins Freeman
Grettir at Thorhall-stead / Frank Norris
Yuki-Onna / Lafcadio Hearn
For the blood is life / F. Marion Crawford
The moonlit road / Ambrose Bierce
Lukundoo / Edward Lucas White
The shell of sense / Olivia Howard Dunbar
The jolly corner / Henry James
Golden baby / Alice Brown
Afterward / Edith Wharton
Consequences / Willa Cather
The shadowy third / Ellen Glasgow
Absolute evil / Julian Hawthorne
Unseen-unfeared / Francis Stevens
The curious case of Benjamin Button / F. Scott Fitzgerald
The curse of Everard Maundy / Seabury Quinn
The king of the cats / Stephen Vincent Beneþt
The jelly-fish / David H. Keller
Mr. Arcularis / Conrad Aiken
The black stone / Robert E. Howard
Passing of a god / Henry S. Whitehead
The panelled room / August Derleth
The thing on the doorstep / H.P. Lovecraft
Genius Loci / Clark Ashton Smith
The cloak / Robert Bloch
[v. 2.] From the 1940s to now. Evening primrose / John Collier
Smoke ghost / Fritz Leiber
The mysteries of the Joy Rio / Tennessee Williams
The refugee / Jane Rice
Mr. Lupescu / Anthony Boucher
Miriam / Truman Capote
Midnight / Jack Snow
Torch Song / John Cheever
The daemon lover / Shirley Jackson
The circular valley / Paul Bowles
I'm scared / Jack Finney
The Vane sisters / Vladimir Nabokov
The April witch / Ray Bradbury
Black country / Charles Beaumont
Trace / Jerome Bixby
Where the woodbine twineth / Davis Grubb
Nightmare / Donald Wandrei
I have no mouth, and I must scream / Harlan Ellison
Prey / Richard Matheson
The events at Poroth Farm / T.E.D. Klein
Hanka / Isaac Bashevis Singer
Linnaeus forgets / Fred Chappell
Novelty / John Crowley
Mr. Fiddlehead / Jonathan Carroll
Family / Joyce Carol Oates
The last feast of Harlequin / Thomas Ligotti
A short guide to the city / Peter Straub
The general who is dead / Jeff VanderMeer
That feeling, you can only say what it is in French / Stephen King
Sea Oak / George Saunders
The long hall on the top floor / Caitlin Kiernan
Nocturne / Thomas Tessier
The God of Dark Laughter / Michael Chabon
Pop art / Joe Hill
Pansu / Poppy Z. Brite
Dangerous laughter / Steven Millhauser
The chambered fruit / M. Rickert
The wavering knife / Brian Evenson
Stone animals / Kelly Link
Pat Moore / Tim Powers
The little stranger / Gene Wolfe
Dial tone / Benjamin Percy
Additional Contributors: Straub, Peter - 1943-
ISBN: 9781598530476
159853047X
9781598530483
1598530488
Branch Call Number: FICTION AMERICAN 2009
Subject Headings: Fantasy fiction, American Horror tales, American Gothic fiction (Literary genre), American
Topical Term: Fantasy fiction, American
Horror tales, American
Gothic fiction (Literary genre), American
LCCN: 2009927074
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Volume 1 of this comprehensive collection is what you want for a taste of early American weird fiction. Edited by Peter Straub, each of these is curated with love and can introduce you to an accurate timeline of this important genre of American literature.


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