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Poe's children : the new horror : an anthology

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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Summary
From the incomparable master of horror and suspense comes an electrifying collection of contemporary literary horror, with stories from twenty-five writers representing today's most talented voices in the genre. Horror writing is usually associated with formulaic gore, but New Wave horror writers have more in common with the wildly inventive, evocative spookiness of Edgar Allan Poe than with the sometimes-predictable hallmarks of their peers. Showcasing this cutting-edge talent,Poe's Childrennow brings the best of the genre's stories to a wider audience. Featuring tales from such writers as Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Carroll,Poe's Childrenis Peter Straub's tribute to the imaginative power of storytelling. Each previously published story has been selected by Straub to represent what he thinks is the most interesting development in our literature during the last two decades. Selections range from the early Stephen King psychological thriller "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet," in which an editor confronts an author's belief that his typewriter is inhabited by supernatural creatures, to "The Man on the Ceiling," Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem's award-winning surreal tale of night terrors, woven with daylight fears that haunt a family. Other selections include National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon's "The Bees"; Peter Straub's "Little Red's Tango," the legend of a music aficionado whose past is as mysterious as the ghostly visitors to his Manhattan apartment; Elizabeth Hand's visionary and shocking "Cleopatra Brimstone"; Thomas Ligotti's brilliant, mind-stretching "Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story"; and "Body," Brian Evenson's disturbing twist on correctional facilities. Crossing boundaries and packed with imaginative chills,Poe's Childrenbears all the telltale signs of fearless, addictive fiction.
Contents
The bees / Dan Chaon
Cleopatra Brimstone / Elizabeth Hand
The man on the ceiling / Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
The great god Pan / M. John Harrison
The voice on the beach / Ramsey Campbell
Body / Brian Evenson
Louise's ghost / Kelly Link
The sadness of detail / Jonathan Carroll
Leda / M. Rickert
In praise of folly / Thomas Tessier
Plot twist / David J. Schow
The two Sams / Glen Hirshberg
Notes on the writing of horror: a story / Thomas Ligotti
Unearthed / Benjamin Percy
Gardener of heart / Bradford Morrow
Little red's tango / Peter Straub
The ballad of the flexible bullet / Stephen King
20th century ghost / Joe Hill
The green glass sea / Ellen Klages
The kiss / Tia V. Travis
Black dust / Graham Joyce
October in the chair / Neil Gaiman
Missolonghi 1824 / John Crowley
Insect dreams / Rosalind Palermo Stevenson.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this sumptuous, 25-story anthology, horror veteran Straub eschews the genre's common macabre trimmings in favor of literary style. The authors featured represent Poe's legacy with a level of craftsmanship equal to that of the best writers in contemporary literature. Most of them the likes of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ramsey Campbell, and Straub himself are already familiar to horror fans, while a few, such as Dan Chaon and Brian Evenson, may be more recognizable to mainstream readers. The selections include King's early The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet, about an editor whose typewriter is infested with crumb-eating elves called Fornits; Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem's award-winning The Man on the Ceiling, a faux-autobiographical account of the uncommon terrors haunting a family; and Ben Percy's eerie Unearthed, describing the madness afflicting an amateur archaeologist when he digs up an Indian corpse. Full of unusual themes and finely nuanced prose, this is a collection to spend time with and savor slowly.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Edited by legendary horror writer Straub, whose works tend to vary from the stereotypical horror stories of recent decades, this collection of 12 unusual and terrifying tales strays from the formulaic bloodbaths that stock the shelves of bookstores everywhere. The collection features stories by such established writers as Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Carroll, Straub and Stephen King, whose early story "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet" is read by John Lee with such earnestness and delight that it makes fans remember why they fell in love with King's prose to begin with. It also offers plenty of fresh voices in the genre. The cast of narrators is equally expansive, with a new voice tackling each new tale and always managing to get it right. A true standout is Mark Bramhall's reading of Dan Chaon's story "The Bees." A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 8). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Horror tales, American.
Horror tales, English.
Publisher New York :Doubleday,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Straub, Peter, 1943-
Language English
Description x, 534 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780385522830
0385522835
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