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Poe's children

Format: Book on CD 2008
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Acclaimed horror writer Peter Straub presents a hand-picked selection of literature's best contemporary horror. This anthology features excellent works of fiction that more closely relate to the work of the great Edgar Allen Poe rather than that of the campy, formulaic suspense-gore so widely dramatized in television and film.
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 Children now 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 Children is 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 Children bears all the telltale signs of fearless, addictive fiction.

From the Hardcover edition.
The bees / Dan Chaon
Cleopatra Brimstone / Elizabeth Hand
The man on the ceiling / Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
Body / Brian Evenson
Louise's ghost / Kelly Link
Leda / M. Rickert
The two Sams / Glen Hirshberg
Notes on the writing of horror : a story / Thomas Ligotti
Little Red's tango / Peter Straub
The ballad of the flexible bullet / Stephen King
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 :Random House Audio,2008
Edition Unabridged selections.
Contributors Straub, Peter, 1943-
Bramhall, Mark.
Campbell, Cassandra.
Deakins, Mark.
Hoffman, Dominic.
Hoppe, Lincoln, 1971-
Lee, Ann Marie.
Lee, John Rafter.
Leslie, Don.
Lowman, Rebecca.
Rawlins, Donna.
Random House Audio Publishing.
Participants/Performers Read by Mark Bramhall, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, Dominic Hoffman, Lincoln Hoppe, Ann Marie Lee, John Lee, Don Leslie, Rebecca Lowman, Donna Rawlins.
Language English
Notes Unabridged selections.
Subtitle on container: The new horror : an anthology.
Compact disc.
Description 12 audio discs (15 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780739375990
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