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The 13 best horror stories of all time

Format: Print Book 2002
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The stories that comprise this collection will surprise the reader even after numerous readings. They reflect innermost fears and head for spaces where reality is blurred by imagination, where insanity and madness are shrouded in mystery and where humanity is haunted by repressed passion and obsession.
The tell-tale heart / Edgar Allan Poe
Green Tea / J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The yellow wallpaper / Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The bottle imp / Robert Louis Stevenson
The great god Pan / Arthur Machen
Dracula's guest / Bram Stoker
The monkey's paw / W.W. Jacobs
Oh, whistle and I'll come to you, my lad / M.R. James
The country of the blind / H.G. Wells
The willows / Algernon Blackwood
The beckoning fair one / Oliver Onions
The call of Cthulhu / H.P. Lovecraft
The lottery / Shirley Jackson.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Whether these are the best baker's dozen of their kind (since none are translations--of Hoffman, Gautier, and Gogol, for starters--how could they be?) is beside the point because they are, with one exception, stories all horror connoisseurs should know. Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart," LeFanu's "Green Tea," Machen's "Great God Pan," Blackwood's "Willows," M. R. James' "Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad" are shoo-ins, as are those two eminent treatments of the three-wishes theme, Stevenson's "Bottle Imp" and Jacobs' "Monkey's Paw." No less worthy are two representations of psychological horror, Gilman's "Yellow Wallpaper" and Onions' "Beckoning Fair One" (the story of the world's worst writer's block), and two parables of social conformity, Wells' "Country of the Blind" and Jackson's "Lottery." There are more chilling Lovecraft tales than "The Call of Cthulhu," but the flagship of the Cthulhu mythos deserves its berth here. The clinker is "Dracula's Guest," an outtake from Stoker's Dracula that terrifies less than it stultifies. Was a Henry James chiller--say, "The Jolly Corner" --somehow unavailable? Ray Olson"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time, edited by Leslie Pockell, boasts an all-star roster of names from the 19th century (Edgar Allan Poe, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker) to the first half of the 20th (M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson). For those new to horror literature wanting to sample some of the classic shorter works of the genre, this is an excellent starting point. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Horror tales, American.
Horror tales, English.
Publisher New York :Warner Books,2002
Other Titles Thirteen best horror stories of all time
Contributors Pockell, Leslie.
Language English
Description viii, 388 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 044667950X
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