Multcolib My Librarian Nick: From Bierce to HBO - early American weird fiction

The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce
The Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce By Bierce, Ambrose (Book - 1970 ) FICTION BIERCE Available in some locations

Annotation:Chambers would later use the setting from Bierce's story "An Inhabitant Of Carcosa" in his "King In Yellow" stories. This volume collects that story and all of Bierce's tales. A truly original author.

Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce
Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce By Bierce, Ambrose (Book - 1964 ) FICTION BIERCE 1964 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:MCL carries a few other collections of Bierce stories, but this, a specific early '60s publication, collects just his weird fiction. Eerie, humorous, and filled with irony, Bierce wrote of horrors real and imagined.

The King in Yellow
The King in Yellow By Chambers, Robert W. (Book - 2002 ) FICTION CHAMBERS Available in some locations

Annotation:A photographic reprint of an early edition, the characters in "True Detective" reference "The Yellow King" but the first four tales are essential to the mythos. Magic and cosmic history blend within the narrative frame of a book that would eventually influence the Necronomicon.

The Hastur Cycle
The Hastur Cycle Tales That Created and Defined Dread Hastur, the King in Yellow, Nighted Yuggoth, and Dire Carcosa (Book - 1997 ) FICTION HASTUR Available in some locations

Annotation:From Poe and Hawthorne to Lovecraft, this scarce title collects not only the original stories by Bierce and Chambers, but also other tales added throughout the years by talented writers who expanded on the mythology created by them. A great collection by Chaosium. Out-of-print but available at your local library!

The Colour Out of Space
The Colour Out of Space Tales of Cosmic Horror (Book - 2002 ) FICTION COLOUR All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Lots of Bierce, Chambers, Lovecraft, and some real treasures from Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, and Bram Stoker.

Can Such Things Be
Can Such Things Be By Bierce, Ambrose (eBook - 2001 ) Click here for full text »

Annotation:Only Bierce's story "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" is available on e-book at this time, but you also get to read his other spooky tales in this early American collection.

Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce Alone in Bad Company By Morris, Roy (Book - 1995 ) B-B587mo Available in some locations

Annotation:The most recent yet still excellent account of a man whose life rivaled his fiction.

American Fantastic Tales
American Fantastic Tales Terror and the Uncanny (Book - 2009 ) FICTION AMERICAN 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation: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.

American Supernatural Tales
American Supernatural Tales (Book - 2013 ) FICTION AMERICAN 2013 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:I love the re-issue of Penguin's Horror line of titles. This is a reprint, but a good collection of tales from strictly American writers spanning Poe and Washington Irving to Joyce Carol Oates. Another great place to start.

Galveston A Novel By Pizzolatto, Nic (Book - 2010 ) FICTION PIZZOLATT 2010 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Pizzolatto, the creator of HBO's "True Detective," publishes his first novel, a gritty, East Texas crime story taking place in 2008 during Hurricane Ike.

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The influence of early American weird fiction, other than Poe, can still be seen today. Inspired by the recent HBO crime series "True Detective," references to stories by both Ambrose Bierce (1886) and Robert W. Chambers (1895) made their way into the dialogue and characters for the show. This is a great list to introduce you to their work and other important American fiction pioneers.

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