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