By S. T. Joshi
The final word choice of bizarre and scary American fiction.
As Stephen King will attest, the recognition of the occult in American literature has basically grown because the days of Edgar Allan Poe. American Supernatural stories celebrates the richness of this practice with chilling contributions from a few of the nation's brightest literary lighting, together with Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and-of path- Stephen King. through turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, it is a frighteningly sturdy addition to Penguin Classics.
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F. ). Also pertinent is Gothic Writers, edited by Douglass H. Thomson, Jack G. Voller, and Frederick S. Frank (Greenwood Press, 2002). History and Criticism. There is even now no sound historical discussion of supernatural literature. In many ways the best remains Les Daniels’s Living in Fear: A History of Horror in the Mass Media (Scribner, 1975), although of course it is now much out of date. Still of value is H. P. Lovecraft’s “Supernatural Horror in Literature,” first published in 1927. See The Annotated Supernatural Horror in Literature, edited by S.
JOSHI is a widely published writer and editor. He has edited three Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s horror tales as well as Algernon Blackwood’s Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories (2002), Lord Dunsany’s In the Land of Time and Other Fantasy Tales (2004), and two volumes of ghost stories by M. R. James (2005, 2006). Among his critical and biographical works are The Weird Tale (1990), H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996), and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). He is the coeditor of Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia (2005) and the editor of Icons of Horror and the Supernatural (2006).
Icons of Horror and the Supernatural, edited by S. T. ) of supernatural fiction. Also of value are Horror Literature, edited by Marshall Tymn (Bowker, 1981); Horror Literature, edited by Neil Barron (Garland, 1990), revised as Fantasy and Horror (Scarecrow Press, 1999); and David Pringle’s Horror, Ghost, and Gothic Writers (St. James Press, 1998). Still of value for its wide coverage (especially of weird films and music) and its entertainingly idiosyncratic articles by leading writers in the field is The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, edited by Jack Sullivan (Viking Penguin, 1986).
American Supernatural Tales (Penguin Classics) by S. T. Joshi