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1. Nocturnes
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2. The Cambridge Companion to Gothic
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3. Dracula: Authoritative Text Contexts
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1. Nocturnes
by John Connolly
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-22)
Publisher: Atria
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In his first collection of short fiction, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly offers a selection of dark, daring, and utterly haunting tales. Here are lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts. In "The New Daughter," a father comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land hides something very ancient, and very much alive; in "The Underbury Witches," a pair of London detectives find themselves battling a particularly female evil in a town culled of its menfolk. And finally, private detective Charlie Parker returns in the long novella "The Reflecting Eye," in which the photograph of an unknown girl turns up in the mailbox of an abandoned house once occupied by an infamous killer. This discovery forces Parker to confront the possibility that the house is not as empty as it appears, and that something has been waiting in the darkness for its chance to kill again.

In these stories, Connolly ratchets up the tension to almost unbearable -- and irresistible -- levels. Nocturnes is a deliciously chilling collection from "one of the best thriller writers we have" (Harlan Coben). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent eerie collection includes a Parker novella
This is an interesting anthology that bookends with two novellas and thirteen short stories (nine are actually transcripts written for radio) in between the two longer tales.Regardless of format, all the entries are thrilling, chilling and fulfilling as John Connolly dives deeper into the dark side of the supernatural than he previously has.

"The Cancer Cowboy Rides".The drifter spreads the fast-acting cancer by touch.He "accidentally" on purpose makes physical contact with people knowing what a casual bump does to the recipient.He runs amuck spreading deadly illness like a cancerous Typhoid Mary touching and bringing death to the multitude and seems unstoppable as no one knows about his "Midas" touch.

"The Reflecting Eye".In Maine, private detective Charlie Parker feels as peaceful as he has in a long time, definitely before the murders of his wife and child.Much of his positive feelings are caused by his upbeat relationship with his pregnant girlfriend Rachel.Reluctantly Parker investigates an abandoned house last occupied by a serial killer whose targets were children.The current owner wants Parker to insure that the good, the bad and the ugly spirits have gone on and are not waiting in mirrors to pounce on mortals.

The remaining tales showcase John Connolly's range to use everyday scenes to portray the macabre dark in which the supernatural is the norm and the natural is the otherworldly.Combined with two deep novellas, especially a Parker thriller, readers will become creatures of the night reading Mr. Connolly's eerie anthology.

Harriet Klausner

4-0 out of 5 stars Master of Darkness
John Connolly is truly a master of darkness.However, as good as this volume of stories is, they lack, for the most part, the ultimate redemption and victory of good over evil.

The stories are haunting and atmospheric but not nearly as good as his novels. Most are like fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, (which of course begs the question why young children are subjected to such dark stories). However, for the most part, they lack the sense of justice and balance that drive his novels.

4-0 out of 5 stars Recommended --- with the lights on
NOCTURNES by John Connolly is a collection of short fiction. The stories are bookended by two extended tales set in the United States, while the balance of the remaining thirteen tales takes place in Connolly's native British Isles. Of those thirteen, nine are transcripts of stories written for presentation on BBC's Radio Four. All are --- to varying degrees --- a wild, terrifying ride.

"The Cancer Cowboy Rides" opens NOCTURNES. It is somewhat reminiscent of a Stephen King tale --- the story of a being who intentionally spreads a fast-acting terminal cancer by casual contact. This is a terrifying story, one that will have you avoiding the handclasps and bumps of strangers, and the jostle of crowds.

The closing story, "The Reflecting Eye," is a Charlie Parker novella that fills over one-fourth of the book. It finds Parker waiting with Rachel for the birth of their child. Their quiet peace is disturbed when Parker somewhat reluctantly undertakes an investigation at the behest of the owner of an abandoned house, once occupied by an infamous serial killer of children. A photograph of an unknown girl has turned up in the mailbox. It may not mean anything, but Parker can't take the chance, given that there may be someone, or something, waiting within the nether reaches of the house, poised to kill again.

"The Reflecting Eye," as with other Parker tales, flirts with the supernatural, though Connolly perhaps delves deeper into the genre than he has previously. While "The Reflecting Eye" will only whet the appetite of Parker fans --- it is an appetizer, not a full meal --- it does introduce a dark, mysterious character known as The Collector, who may play a role in future Parker novels and is worth reading for that reason alone.

The remaining stories in NOCTURNES are tinged with Lovecraftian touches and are quite well done, even if the topics are familiar ones. I have been reading Lovecraft and variations of his Cthulhu mythos for a long time, and I'm always pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprised. "The Wakeford Abyss," for example, had me yelling, "Oh shoot! Shoot! Darn!" (or words to that effect) when I finished this creepy, claustrophobic tale of two spelunkers who decide to explore a cavelike abyss that the rural locals tend to leave to itself. Forests aren't any safer either as you'll discover after reading "The Erlking," which will not only have you skirting the edge of the local woods that your beagle likes to run through, but also will result in you giving that locking latch on your windows an extra tug to make sure they're shut.

Moving? Well, "Nocturne" will ensure that you check out the history of that little fixer-upper that the realtor is so keen on selling you, the one where the previous owner liked to play the piano for all the children in the neighborhood. And if you're wondering why that daughter of yours is acting so...differently as she approaches adolescence, the answer is right there in "The New Daughter." Check out that doll collection. And what's in it.

NOCTURNES demonstrates the range as well as the depth of Connolly's talent. Hopefully this volume won't be overlooked due to its trade paperback format, but will instead open up Connolly to a new audience, while his longtime fans will find more than enough to keep them entertained. Recommended, with the lights on.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

4-0 out of 5 stars NOT the place to start, but brilliant none the less
If this is your first time spent with John Connelly, you are not really getting the full impact of what his writing is like.Many of the short stories herein live up to the Charlie Parker series (obviously the novella within), but he branches out into strange and darker waters.
I would recommend this for people that are already familiar with Connelly.But please do yourself a favor and dive head first into the series.Read them in order.If you don't, you will miss out on the way things unfold.Each one is deeper and darker than the next, and dare I say better than the rest.Very intense, violent (but not overbearing), often heart wrenching, humourous and beautifully poetic.
Jump in and leave a light on.

Ps..... the fictional characters Hannible Lecter and Clarise Starling featured in the Thomas Harris novels would enjoy reading about the spooky folks contained in Connelly's pages. Perhaps they too would leave a light on.

(all of the other books would rate at 5 stars, at least)

POSTSCRIPT:as I have reread some of the stories (such as "the monkey inkwell", and "The Underburry Witches" as well as the Parker novella "The Reflecting Eye"), I am inclined to give my missig star back (so 5 out of 5 now).Just keep in mind that Connelly dives more into the supernatural here than what I have been used to, all the while keeping it very real and plausible. This book is to be enjoyed and many of the stories over and over again. ... Read more

2. The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
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Fourteen world-class experts on the Gothic provide thorough accounts of this haunting-to-horrifying genre from the 1760s to the end of the twentieth century. Essays explore the connections of Gothic fictions to political and industrial revolutions, the realistic novel, the theater, Romantic and post-Romantic poetry, nationalism and racism from Europe to America, colonized and post-colonial populations, the rise of film, the struggles between "high" and "popular" culture, and changing attitudes towards human identity, life and death, sanity and madness. The volume also includes a chronology and guides to further reading. ... Read more

3. Dracula: Authoritative Text Contexts Reviews and Reactions Dramatic and Film Variations Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
by Bram Stoker, Nina Auerbach, David J. Skal
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Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Dracula is one of the few horror books to be honored by inclusion in the Norton Critical Edition series. (The others are Frankenstein, The Turn of the Screw, Heart of Darkness, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Metamorphosis.) This 100th-anniversary edition includes not only the complete authoritative text of the novel with illuminating footnotes, but also four contextual essays, five reviews from the time of publication, five articles on dramatic and film variations, and seven selections from literary and academic criticism. Nina Auerbach of the University of Pennsylvania (author of Our Vampires, Ourselves) and horror scholar David J. Skal (author of Hollywood Gothic, The Monster Show, and Screams of Reason) are the editors of the volume. Especially fascinating are excerpts from materials that Bram Stoker consulted in his research for the book, and his working papers over the several years he was composing it. The selection of criticism includes essays on how Dracula deals with female sexuality, gender inversion, homoerotic elements, and Victorian fears of "reverse colonization" by politically turbulent Transylvania. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Often imitated "Dracula" is still THE book about vampires
"Dracula" is not a great novel, it is just a great story. Stoker's device of trying to let all of the characters tell their own story in the first person gets a bit trite after a while, but what is important here is that he sets the rules for what everybody knows about vampires. The first half of the book, while the Count entertains Jonathan Harker and first comes to London and preys upon Lucy and Mina, is the best part of the book. The final chase and staking of Dracula ends up being somewhat anticlimatic. Still, I think this book reads better than "Frankenstein." Oh, and I do know enough about science to recognize that someone drained of blood cannot receive a transfusion from everybody. A minor error given the times, but it still makes me smile. "Dracula" remains the standard by which Anne Rice and the rest who have followed in his footsteps are necessarily judged.

5-0 out of 5 stars A worthy Read!
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I, of course was expecting to read something similar to the movie 'Dracula' that I had seen. While there are some similarities, the book is immensely better. I guess that it would be hard to convey all the emotions of an individuals character 'on screen'.

This extremely well written tale is written in a series of diaries. Everything that we read is someones diary, relating all of the events that are unfolding. I found myself unable to read this novel at night, as I was 'fearful'. I do not think that a novel or movie has to be 'gory' to convey a message of 'horror', it can be done with suggestive words and the type of enviroment that a character is in.

Unlike the movie, we are not made to feel for Dracula. We see him for the bloodsucking fiend that he is. There is no love or romance between him and the dedicated Mina. The 'slayer' Van Helsing is as witty as ever as are all the rest of the important characters. This tale unfolds quite nicely and is very enjoyable.

If you are looking for an interesting and well written read, then I recommend this riveting tale.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great edition
I own several copies of 'Dracula" and this one is definitely the best. I love footnotes which provide additional information about literary works and experiences inspiring Stoker while he was writing his wonderful book. Another great thing is the appendix with excerpts from academic books devoted to "Dracula" and its author. Franco Moretti's article is excellent and there are also many other interesting interpretations of this book and its main characters here. This book is definitely for people interested not only in old scary stories but also in the academic interpretations of horror and gothic novels. A must have for all people loving Dracula.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mysteriously riveting
This book is the best portrayal of vampires, keeping my mind on edge while visualizing Stoker's description of the infamous Count Dracula, a figure that many authors have attempted to depict in their respective novels. The mysterious nature of Stoker's style creates an incredibly real image of the vampire world, one which relies on human blood to survive. Stoker's method of using the different character's journals to explain the course of events is very unique and groundbraking, in terms of structure, for a story of this nature.

5-0 out of 5 stars Patrick @ Richview Middle School
Dracula is a dark story of historical horror. It is a fiction book based on journals, letters, and thoughts of the people who are linked together by one another. It gives the diaries and journals of Dr. Seward an English man that owns an insane asylum, Jonathan Harker an engaged man who witnesses Dracula's evil secrets before any other major character, Lucy Westenra a young girl who is bitten Dracula and is a dear friend to Mina Harker, who is engaged to Jonathan Harker. It also has a collection of letters sent by a well informed professor who has studied much on the undead, this man is Professor Van Helsing. It also has tells the story of three men that are connected by their love for Lucy, Dr. Seward, Arthur; Lucy's fiancee, and Quincey Morris an American that owns a Texas ranch. These men along with professor Van Helsng set out and kill the vampire, that was once the beloved Lucy, to later team up with Jonathan and Mina Harker to kill Dracula. While in the pursuit Mina is bitten, increasing the hatred against Dracula. Dracua is eventualy killed and Lucy returns to her old self. This book is wonderful and should not be called gothic although it does describe a great evil. Instead it should be left simply as a horror/ love/ adventure/ historical fiction/ and finally beloved classic. ... Read more

4. Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three
by Clive Barker
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Asin: 0425165582
Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
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Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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"Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red."For those who only know Clive Barker through his long multigenre novels, this one-volume edition of the Books of Blood is a welcome chance to acquire the 16 remarkable horror short stories with which he kicked off his career. For those who already know these tales, the poignant introduction is a window on the creator's mind. Reflecting back after 14 years, Barker writes:

I look at these pieces and I don't think the man who wrote them is alive in me anymore.... We are all our own graveyards I believe; we squat amongst the tombs of the people we were. If we're healthy, every day is a celebration, a Day of the Dead, in which we give thanks for the lives that we lived; and if we are neurotic we brood and mourn and wish that the past was still present.

Reading these stories over, I feel a little of both. Some of the simple energies that made these words flow through my pen--that made the phrases felicitous and the ideas sing--have gone. I lost their maker a long time ago.

These enthusiastic tales are not ashamed of visceral horror, of blood splashing freely across the page: "The Midnight Meat Train," a grisly subway tale that surprises you with one twist after another; "The Yattering and Jack," about a hilarious demon who possesses a Christmas turkey; "In the Hills, the Cities," an unusual example of an original horror premise; "Dread," a harrowing non-supernatural tale about being forced to realize your worst nightmare; "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament," about a woman who kills men with her mind. Some of the tales are more successful than others, but all are distinguished by strikingly beautiful images of evil and destruction. No horror library is complete without them. --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Barker is a MASTER
Every story in the "Books of Blood" is exceptional work. Some that stood out to me were "The Midnight Meat Train", "Dread", "Jacqueline Ess", and "Son of Celluloid", although every single one was very good. I would have to say that
the worst of them all was "Human Remains", but even that one wasn't too bad. Any self-respecting horror fan should have read these stories long ago. I'd give this book 10 stars if I could.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Bazar of the Bizare
Barker is a very different horror-writer, than the more commercial succesful writers like King or Koontz. His writing is much more unnerving and surreal than his more popular colleagues.
His work is another world, a world of grotesque and twisted minds and bodies, a world of incredible depravity and senseles pleasure. It is certainly an aquired taste, and not for everyone. To some people it is simply too much.
The Books of Blood vol. 1-3 covers a wide range of depravity from ritual murder over cannibalism and to vengeful spirits.

But the grotesque imagery is also what is attractive about the book. Like a carwreck, you want to turn away, but you can't.

I think I can best describe barker as a mix between H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar A. Poe. A very, very unsettling combination to be sure. Books of Blood is definately not recomended for the faint of heart or as a bedtime story

4-0 out of 5 stars Very...dark.
The stories in this book are some of the most bizare and unflinching stories i've ever read that don't ever tone it down. It has a very dark feel to it the whole way through. One thing i really liked about the book was that a lot of these stories are like nightmares. I mean, some of the stories don't even make that much sense, they just get dark and disturbingly nightmarish. The reason i gave it four stars is because there is a reoccuring ending that becomes frequent with more than one of the stories to the point where some of them were becoming predictable. But you can't do a review of a short-story book without a discription of each:

The Book of Blood: Just a little intro to the rest of the book. A detective in a haunted house gets all of the stories of the book carved into his flesh by spirits in a haunted house.

The Midnight Meat Train: A guy runs into a sereal killer on a subway station in London, and is led into a subteranean world where he discovers grusome secrets. This story has a reoccuring ending.

The Yattering and Jack: Didn't like this one. It's about a little Goblin bugging a family on Christmas. It's supposed to be funny.

Pig Blood Blues: THis is the first one i actually read. I liked this one a lot, because it reminded me of a nightmare I myself have had before, and i'm sure it's inspired by a nightmare of Barkers. It's about a kid who is admitted into a Juvenile dention facility, and hears rumors about a kid who committed suicide. Turns out, the kid is possessing a big sow outside. Very creepy.

Sex, Death, and Starshine: Didn't like this one. It's about a soap opera cast and their run in with the supernatural. The ending is just like Midnight Meat Train.

In the HIlls, The CIties: A gay couple travels through the hills of Europe to discover grusomely nightmarish giants. Very dreamlike.

Dread: This is a very Poesque story by Barker. It's about a group of guys that experiment with the human psyche and fear by locking people in dark rooms for days with nothing but a rotting plate of meat to eat. VERY grusome and gory ending.

Hells Event: Didn't really like this. Seemed like more of a witty satire than a nightmarish or entertaining story. It's about people running a race that determines the fate of their soul.

Jacqueline Ess-Her Will and Testament: Perhaps one of my favorite stories. THis is a Barker classic. IT's not meant to be scary, but it's more of a supernatural love story. The ending is CLASSIC-why didn't shakespear or somebody think of it before?--A man looking into a key hole to see his lover on a bed, whom he's been looking for for years; he can't break the door pounding in desperation, and her pimp won't give him the key.

The Skings of the Fathers: It's about giant prehistoric demons that terrorize a small town. Very disturbing ending that is beyond description and nightmare like.

New Muderers in the Rue Morgue: THis is a sequel to the classic Edger Allen Poe "Murders in the Rue Morgue" that was labeled as the very first detective story.

Son of Celluloid: Hated this one. I don't want to ruin the ending, as stupid as it is, but SOMETHING is haunting an old movie theater.

Rawhead Rex: Very grose monster story about a giant big-foot like creature that terrorizes a small town in England.

Confession's of a (pornographers) shroud: THis one was entertaining, but not the best. It's about a pornogropher who runs into some bad people and ends up getting killed. He comes back as a ghost veiled in cloth to get revenge on everyone.

Scape Goats: Barker tells a first person story from the viewpoint of a woman. I've read it twice now and don't understand the ending! I don't think it was meant to make a lot of sense though, just mean to disturb you with nightmarish imegary like Skins of the Fathers. It's about people on a boat who discover an island with a paranoid feeling of impending doom.

All in all, I'd say there's a few stories from each volume I really like, and other than that, it was just entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best horror Clive Barkers ever written
Ive read almost all of Barkers works and this is his best horror novel. Lots of the stories would make great horror films. "Rawhead Rex" has been made into a cheesy horror film and "Midnight Meat Train" is in production. Almost all of the stories introduce some sort of demons, monsters, cult members, or killers out to dish some hardcore bloody horror. Very NC17 with a dark sense of humor. If you are bored of Barkers fantasy tales like Weaveworld, Imagica, or Galilee, and want to sink you teeth into something with a darker bite check this out. Better than Damnation Game and Hellbound Heart.

3-0 out of 5 stars Check it out at the library
This book was not great or even that good. There is nothing significant that will stand out other than the story about the giant made of human bodies. Another turn off in the book is the persuance of homosexuality. It also seems to me that Barker tries to write like a new-age Poe, which isn't bad if you can blend modern English and Old English without pouring out too much of either. There is one more point that seems disturbing and that is Mr. Barker's use of vocabulary, which is ostentatious. ... Read more

5. The Dark Descent (Dark Descent)
by Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, John Collier, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates
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Catlog: Book (1997-01-15)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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If you could have only one anthology of dark stories, this would be the one to have. Having observed that "fans of horror fiction most often restrict their reading to books and stories given a horror category label, thus missing some of the finest pleasures in that fictional mode," David G. Hartwell assembles here 56 important tales within an insightful critical framework; his purpose is to "clear the air and broaden future considerations of horror." Several well-known classics are included, but there are also dozens of lesser-known horror tales, including many by science fiction and literary writers. Get one copy for yourself. Get another for that friend or relative who doesn't understand why you like to read horror. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best
The best one-volume collection of horror stories I've ever read, and I've read a few.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent textbook!
This HUGE book is an excellent comprehensive survey of some of the landmark horror stories of the past couple hundred years. Most of the important authors are here. Poe, Lovecraft, Matheson, Jackson, Bloch, Ellison, King, Barker, etc. It'll be tough to read the whole thing cover-to-cover, but it's very good to have.

5-0 out of 5 stars There are 2 anthologies every horror fan should own
One is Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, edited by Cerf and Wagner. The other is The Dark Descent. From Poe and J. Sheridan LeFanu to Stephen King and Shirley Jackson, this anthology covers the horror tradition like few others. The selections in The Dark Descent are a bit more in-your-face than the ones in Cerf and Wagner's elegant anthology--an attribute fans of late twentieth century horror will surely appreciate. At the same time, though, Hartwell has certainly not avoided the classic chillers. Even better, Hartwell has chosen to include some lesser-known tales by some heavy hitters within the genre--so while you won't see Jackson's "The Lottery," you will find two tales by her that you likely haven't read a dozen times before: tales that will hit you with the same force "The Lottery" did the first time you read it. Also not to be missed is Hartwell's introduction, which does a nice job of laying down a critical framework within which to read horror. It doesn't take the place of Danse Macabre or Dreadful Pleasures, but it's a nicely written piece that seems aimed toward readers who wouldn't otherwise read literary criticism.

5-0 out of 5 stars Certainly the finest horror anthology available
This sprawling collection will keep the fan of weird fiction (and just plain good fiction) happy and spooked for a long time. The stories are broken into three sections, the boundaries between which are not terribly well explained by the editor (in my opinion, anyway). No matter, the quality of the stories is amazing throughout.

This is not just modern gore and sex horror. Victorian stories such as The New Mother show just how frightening a tale told with restraint. Clive Barker's Dread, perhaps his best short work, may have you sleeping with the lights on. The three Stephen King pieces are all career highlights, especially the Lovecraftian Crouch End.

I can't tell you how many marvellous writers I discovered in this collection. Robert Aickman, Oliver Onions, Robert W. Chambers, Russell Kirk. In some cases, this is the best source of fiction by these writers, as most of their work is out of print.

My edition clocks in at just over 1000 pages. That's 1000 pages of pure enjoyment. Not bad for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars This one has it all! A great resource...
The Dark Descent is an anthology of short horror fiction, that spans the full range of the genre from the extremely overt to the quietly subtle. The editor, David Hartwell, has not only ordered the selections in a way that highlights the influences and references inherent in the work, but introduces each story with a brief, but informative foreword.

What's most amazing to me about this tome, is that, having been an avid reader of horror short fiction for many years, and having read many such collections of work, this one included so many masterpieces that I'd never encountered before.

I believe this to be one of the most, if not THE most, comprehensive collections available, and recommend it to any fan of short fiction, particularly those who appreciate gothic, horror, and psychological thriller genres. ... Read more

6. The Frankenstein Notebooks: A Facsimile Edition of Mary Shelley's Manuscript Novel, 1816-17 (Manuscripts of the Younger Romantics, Vol 9)
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Charles E. Robinson
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7. Alone with the Horrors : The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell 1961--1991
by Ramsey Campbell
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Ramsey Campbell is perhaps the world's most decorated author of horror fiction.He has won four World Fantasy Awards, ten British Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and the Horror Writers' Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three decades into his career, Campbell paused to review his body of short fiction and selected the stories that were, to his mind, the very best of his works. Alone With the Horrors collects nearly forty tales from the first thirty years of Campbell's writing.Included here are "In the Bag," which won the British Fantasy Award, and two World Fantasy Award-winning stories, "The Chimney" and the classic "Mackintosh Willy."

Campbell crowns the book with a length preface which traces his early publication history, discusses his youthful correspondence with August Derleth, illuminates the influence of H.P. Lovecraft on his early work, and gives an account of the creation of each story and the author's personal assessment of the works' flaws and virtues.

In its first publication, a decade ago, Alone With the Horrors won both the Bram Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award.For this new edition, Campbell has added one of his very first published stories, a Lovecraftian classic, "The Tower from Yuggoth."From this early, Cthulhian tale, to later works that showcase Campbell's growing mastery of mood and character, Alone With the Horrors provides readers with a close look at a powerful writer's development of his craft.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Astounding
I agree with Miss Jamesons report. I too was feeling disillusioned with the formulaic and frankly dull horror novels available in the stores (obviously not including Straub and King who i had read many years ago). I chanced upon this book, and having read the praise on the jacket took a risk on an author i had not heard of.

This book is extremely well written and makes a worthy contender as a modern day M R James. The stories are both subtle yet grotesque and shadowy. I cannot think of a bad story in the collection (a problem which many of Kings anthologies suffer from). The stories do not only deal with horror but themes of lonliness and urban despair. Also the english town settings add a feeling of odd normalcy against which the suggested horrors are sharply contrasted. I highly recommend this collection (which incidentally is terrific value) and urge fans of cerebral horror to seek it out.

Personal Highlights include 'The Man in the Underpass', 'Mackintosh Willy' and 'Out of Print.'

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!!!!!!!!
This book was like having all my Christmases come at once! My brother bought it for my birthday when i was feeling disillusioned with the horror genre. i had read loads of books by Kootnz, Laymon etc (obviously i read King and the classics ages ago!) and was hoping that if i got through enough of their books i might find one actually scary and worth reading. And then i dipped into this book. The value for money is unbelievable, for the small price of 5.99 you get almost every short story Campbell has written and whats more they are very scary. Favourites include The Hands, Hearing Is Believing...., there are too many to mention. His stories are eerie often in an ambiguous, odd way which heightens the fear. I cannot praise this book enough, it surpasses King's 'Nightshift' in both quantity and quality. It is a must-have for any horror fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ramsey Campbell in the classroom? It's happening.
I'm a high school English teacher who has been struggling with the task of implimenting horror fiction into the cirriculum. It has been hard to find the happy medium between the mastery of King (parents hate him)and the tradition of Lovecraft. On the occasion when I picked up Campbell's collection, I figured he would fall prey to the stereotype of another dry/strange English author. I was horribly wrong. Campbell's fiction is what keeps the horror genre alive. It's qualitative, wickedly penned, and highly imaginative. Up until Campbell, I was spending a great deal of time trying to find the type of horror that I wanted to read. I had even started writing my own stories to satisfy my need to be spooked. Campbell's short fiction is second to none! Try teaching "Mackintosh Willy" after your class finishes "Frankenstein". They will think it's like chocolate syrup on their ice cream!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an essential short horror collection
Among horror authors writing short fiction, I consider only Ramsey Campbell and Thomas Ligotti to be of importance in today's field. This book, which is a sort of career retrospective of Campbell's work, is an absolutely essential book for any fan of intellegent and moody horror. Campbell's style is at once clautrophobic and incredibly original. He is a master at creating uneasy, tense set-pieces, and even better at creating views of our world that are slanted in an undefinable yet vaguely grotesque manner. Campbell is subtle where other authors such as King are blatant and obvious; but this subtlety masks a cold calculation that is as eerily effective as anything I've ever read. Campbell is one of the few authors around today who is writing vital, important short horror, and this book displays his intense genius. An added plus are the atmospheric and intriguing illustrations by J. K. Potter ... Read more

8. The Inhuman Condition: Tales of Terror
by Clive Barker
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5-0 out of 5 stars An actually frightening one
This collection of short weird stories is one of my favorite books. It is the first Clive Barker's book I read and since then I am a Clive Barker fan. All the stories have a witty plot, which catches you by the neck and doesn`t release you until you read the very last word. The atmosphere created in each of the stories is so mysterious, like a living nightmare. The characters are excellently psychologically depicted. It is really addicting, I couldn`t stop reading, - so, if you are having your exams, I don`t recommend it to you! But if you have read other books by the same author and have liked them, or if you simply like horror stories, you shouldn't let this go. ... Read more

9. The Ribbajack & Other Curious Yarns
by Brian Jacques
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Self-described "scalawag" Brian Jacques (venerable author of the beloved Redwall series ) sets out to spook young readers with six scary (but, of course, not too scary) tales, steeped in a mulligan stew of folk fables, ancient myths, and horror-flick fiends.

The star of the sextet is undoubtedly Jacques' eccentric style--his diction, humor, and unmistakable brogue--which (in context) shouldn't give young readers too much trouble, and often makes for very-fun reading besides: "No, sir, I h'arrived too late. But I knows me rats, sir. If the h'Oriental chap says that's wot 'appened, then I'll back 'im h'all the way." Kids, of course, figure prominently in each story, too--whether as protagonists or as more scurrilous lads and lasses getting their well-deserved comeuppance. One such schoolboy causes much mayhem in the book's first (and by far best) story, in which an aspiring scoundrel named Archibald Smifft summons an occult creature, the Ribbajack, to do his evil bidding. Other stories riff off various other creepy creatures, from werewolves to ghosts to even Medusa, usually with some winking moral woven in by Jacques.

Some of the tales (the title story and "Miggy Mags and the Malabar Sailor," in particular) pack more punch than others, but there's more than enough fun here for a few late-night, flashlight reads. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes ... Read more

10. Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
by H. P. Lovecraft
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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
--H. P. LOVECRAFT, "Supernatural Horror in Literature"

Howard Phillips Lovecraft forever changed the face of horror, fantasy, and science fiction with a remarkable series of stories as influential as the works of Poe, Tolkien, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. His chilling mythology established a gateway between the known universe and an ancient dimension of otherworldly terror, whose unspeakable denizens and monstrous landscapes--dread Cthulhu, Yog-Sothoth, the Plateau of Leng, the Mountains of Madness--have earned him a permanent place in the history of the macabre.

In Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, a pantheon of horror and fantasy's finest authors pay tribute to the master of the macabre with a collection of original stories set in the fearsome Lovecraft tradition:

 ¸  The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft: The slumbering monster-gods return to the world of mortals.
 ¸  Notebook Found in a Deserted House by Robert Bloch: A lone farmboy chronicles his last stand against a hungering backwoods evil.
 ¸  Cold Print by Ramsey Campbell: An avid reader of forbidden books finds a treasure trove of deadly volumes--available for a bloodcurdling price.
 ¸  The Freshman by Philip José Farmer: A student of the black arts receives an education in horror at notorious Miskatonic University.


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5-0 out of 5 stars Every horror fan should read this book
One of my best friends is a huge Steven King fan. I loaned him this book and he returned it the next day, he said he couldnt read it because it gave him the creeps. I greatly enjoy Lovecrafts writing and stories in the Cthulu Mythos are by far my favorite. Lovecraft and the "Lovecraft circle" of writers blur the lines between the fictional world and the readers real world better than anyone else.
These stories are wonderfully writen and truely entrancing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Core Tales of The Mythos (Although NOT by HPL)
MOST of the stories in this collection are not by H.P. Lovecraft: only 2 out of 22 are actually HPL's work! Nevertheless, this is a good collection of stories written by other authors who followed HPL in writing about the so-called "Cthulhu Mythos" that Lovecraft created. If you're looking for stories by Lovecraft himself, look elsewhere: there are other collections available composed entirely of his work. But if you want to read stories by the many authors who contributed what are felt by many to be the core of the Myhos, then this is a good beginning for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft's Co-conspirators
This is a great companion to the other Del Rey editions of H.P. Lovecraft's work. This is a testament to not only other authors creating within Lovecraft's mythology, but personalizing it. Fritz Lieber's Terror From the Depths stands out as an example of this. Primarily interesting are the three correspondence stories between Lovecraft and Robert Bloch (The Shambler From the Stars, The Haunter of the Dark, and The Shadow From the Steeple). Upon finishing this I was more curious of Lovecraft's correspondence with his readers and colleagues.
Cthulhu 2000: A Lovecraftian Anthology and Shadows Over Innsmouth are wonderful companions to this volume.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent intoduction to H. P. Lovecraft
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has never read H. P. Lovecraft. It is also an excellent review for any fan. It still chills my spine!

3-0 out of 5 stars del rey's best
i was a little dissapointed because i had so many stories before. HPL great as always, 2 stories here. kuttner's story's kind of good. a well written one by Derleth, but the ending was too far stretched. Howard has a good one, though it doesn't go far enough to be really interesting. King's is great, rats in the wall-like. the most interesting new read for me was Wagner's sticks. i really enjoyed the concept. ... Read more

11. Frankenstein, Creation and Monstrosity (Critical Views)
by Stephen Bann
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was a remarkable integration of thebroad issues of contemporary science and culture within the form of apopular fiction. Taking it as their common theme, these essays explorethe ethics of creation and thereby provoke intriguing questions aboutthe place of the monster in Western visual culture. ... Read more

12. Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Responses, Modern Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Paul J. Hunter, Mary Shelly, J. Paul Hunter
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not the horror story we all know and love so well.
Mary Shelley's early 1818 text of Frankenstein is free of the revisions she made when she became an older woman, wearier of the world. This novel is not the horror story Hollywood has told us in Boris Karloff's portrayal of the Frankenstein monster, Kenneth Brannaugh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (a disturbing departure from the text) and the satire Young Frankenstein. The horrors Shelley comments on in the book include the dangers of man playing God and then not taking responsibility for his creation by abandoning it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein: A Norton Critical Edicition
This book is based on the original 1818 version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but is geared toward the reader who wants a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of this work of fiction and the writings of Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and Dr. John William Polidori, Byron's friend. The reader will find abundant annotations which help to explain the context in which it was written. A map is provided which helps to locate many of the settings described in the book. It also includes a section of reactions to various versions that have been published. Twelve contemporary authors have submitted essays which supply a variety of perspectives on Frankenstein. The book offers an authoritative text, contextual and source materials, and a wide range of interpretations in addition to a bibliography of other works on the topics.

5-0 out of 5 stars misunderstood monstrosity
Mary Shelley, her husband the poet Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and his physician Doctor Polidori were staying at Byron's country villa. It was a stormy night of orgies, opium, and ghost stories. The men also liked to discuss the theory of galvanism--scientifically bringing a dead body back to life. It was this that gave Mary Shelley the central idea for her main character, a creature created and brought to life by a mad science. And it was out of these nightmare-inducing, drug-induced, spine-chilling elements that Mary Shelley was struck with the idea to write her masterpiece about Frankenstein, a misunderstood and persecuted but otherwise good and gentle "noble savage" and freak creation of science. This book will teach you a thing or two about how people treat the outsider, and about how it's important to judge people from the inside, not the outside.

David Rehak
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"

5-0 out of 5 stars Very thorough look at Mary Shelley's original work.
This Norton Critical Edition makes an excellent value in literature. If you are a student of literature, this volume will help you gain a thorough knowledge of Mary Shelley's original text (lots of context and critical essays included), as well as editions that followed. It contains her original preface (supposedly much influenced by Percy) as well as her 1830 preface. If you do not know, Mary's monster is not the monster one finds in the movies, nor is Dr. Frankenstein. Further, if you have not read an edition other than the first, you don't know about the incest issue that is in the first edition, but not later editions. As you will find in reviews below, this is not a flawless novel, but it is a must read for any well-read person. What is rarely discussed is the influence of John Locke, whose Essay Concerning Human Understanding Mary Shelley read closely just prior to writing the novel. The influence of his work on hers is substantial. Read in the light of Romanticism's reaction to the Enlightenment and Locke et al gives one a completely different perspective for understanding the work. I think you'll find Mary's philosophy appropriately and interestingly feminine, without being feminist; another surprise, considering her lineage. Definitely a good read!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not What You Think!
If you think you know Frankenstein because you have seen the classic 1930's Hollywood movie, then you really don't know Frankenstein. The short novel upon which the movie is loosely based (so loosely as to be almost a different story)is a morality tale on the creation of life and the obligations of the creator and the created. Mary Shelley was only twenty when she wrote the novel, begun when a house party attended by the poet Byron and Shelley's husband, the poet Percy Shelley decided to swap "ghost" stories one evening. Only Mary Shelley completed her story and this is the 1818 text presented in this book.
One main objection I have about this book (and the only reason that kept it from getting 5 stars) is basically the plot itself. If you think that a tight plausible plot is needed, then this is not the book for you. There are too many holes and too many times I found myself asking, Why would the character do this? But if you read for language and philosophical thought, then Frankenstein is a perfect short read. The monster is very erudite and able to express his emotions perfectly. Why was he created and how can he endure if all he receives is the scorn and hatred of those around him? What is the obligation of the creator-to please his creation or keep him from doing harm to others? This is the true core of the story and the contrasting feelings between Victor Frankenstein, the creator and the monster fill the pages.
While not a difficult read, it is one that is totally unexpected if you have no prior knowledge of the novel's difference with the movie. While the movie is rightfully a classic, the book delves more into the spiritual and emotional realms of creation and its affect on all. I would highly recommend this book for those who are intrigued by the beauty of language and thought. J ... Read more

13. Empire and the Gothic: The Politics of Genre
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This innovative volume considers the relationship between the Gothic and theories of Post-Colonialism. Contributors explore how writers such as Salman Rushdie, Arunhati Roy, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala use the Gothic for postcolonial ends. Post-Colonial theory is applied to earlier Gothic narratives in order to re-examine the ostensibly colonialist writings of William Beckford, Charlotte Dacre, H. Rider Haggard, and Bram Stoker.
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14. Scared Stiff: Tales of Sex and Death
by Ramsey Campbell
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Ramsey Campbell has won four World Fantasy Awards, ten British Fantasy Awards, and the Horror Writers' Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Publishers Weekly calls Campbell "a horror writer's horror writer," adding, "His control of mood and atmosphere is unsurpassed." The Cleveland Plain Dealer says his horror fiction is "of consistently high quality," and The Washington Post praises Campbell for continuing "to break new ground, advancing the style and thematic content of horror fiction far beyond the works of his contemporaries."

The original publication of Scared Stiff almost created the sub-genre of erotic horror.Never had sex and death been so mesmerizingly entwined.Clive Barker, in his Introduction, says, "One of the delightfully unsettling things about these tales is the way Ramsey's brooding, utterly unique vision renders an act so familiar to us all so fretful, so strange, so chilling.Sex . . . is the perfect stuff for the horror writer, and there can be few artists working in the genre as capable of analyzing and dramatizing [this] as Campbell."

For this edition, Campbell has added three new stories which have never before appeared in book form.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Bored Stiff!
Boring,unimaginative,predictable tales written by Snooze and Snore.A definite cure for insomnia.Stick to the "Hot Blood "Series for real sex and terror tales with real thrills and Chills.Worst collection of Garbage I've ever been punished by.

5-0 out of 5 stars clever erotic horror anthology
This collection is a combination of a reprint of a previous anthology containing seven repeat tales plus three new short stories released in the nineties and a new afterward. Each tale is well written, cleverly designed and clearly show why Ramsey Campbell is the father of erotic horror, as they all star a perverted individual either as a tormentor or a victim. Not for everyone, Scared Stiff: Tales of Sex And Death consists of ten frightening and horrifying yet erotic somewhat perverted stories at least from the mindset of this middle age female boomer who loves the macabre but is often disgusted by the plots. This anthology provides a voyeur's look into the soul of this award winning horror author great.

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15. Gathering the Bones
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Beautiful Judith
We *know* the beautiful Judith mentioned in this book. And it's all TRUE!

3-0 out of 5 stars Contemporary horror
The two stories I most enjoyed in this book, convince me that I am not a fan of contemporary horror. Tiger Moth by Graham Joyce, and the Big Green Grin, by Gahan Wilson, are more in tune with the fantasy genre.

Most of the other stories are well written, but they didn't scare me, or make me break out in a cold sweat. In my opinion, several are simply depressing, (Picking up Courtney, Sounds Like, Bedfordshire) and that is not what I look for in any story. Terry Dowling's "The Bone Ship" reminded me of Roald Dahl's story The 'Landlady', except I didn't care for the protagonist. I didn't finish Lil' Miss Ultrasound because the subject matter didn't interest me. I thought Stephen Dedman's story was interesting, but in the end seemed to be a fairly predictable tale of revenge. I lost interest in Andrew Brown's story half way through, I thought it was too long. Perhaps it is OK to use said bookisms/adverbs in dialogue, if Simon Brown's story is a guide. No man's land, finished suddenly, I thought there might be more to it, the ending didn't impress me at all.

Overall, this is a better anthology than "Dreaming Down Under", but if these tales are representative of where contemporary horror is headed, then it is not my cup of tea.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nagy's "Hanged Man of Oz" story in Gathering The Bones
This particular story in "Gathering The Bones" has made it impossible for me to watch The Wizard of Oz without looking for the fabled "hanged man."
I'd heard of this urban legend many times before, but Nagy's well-drawn characters and compelling, mindbending narrative has brought the cinematic oddity to life. I'll never be able to watch that movie again without feeling just a bit creeped out. ... Read more

16. Approaches to Teaching Gothic Fiction: The British and American Traditions (Approaches to Teaching World Literature)
by Diane Long Hoeveler, Tamar Heller
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17. Daphne Du Maurier's Classics of the MacAbre
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5-0 out of 5 stars Eerie...Creepy...Great Stuff!
Daphne du Maurier was a favorite of the late great Alfred Hitchcock. Most famous, perhaps, for her psychologically intense novels (e.g., REBECCA), her short stories often rose even more to the level of true masterpiece. This book contains six of these, made ever more atmospheric by Michael Foreman's wonderfully unsettling watercolors. It's a perfect combination. Du Maurier's tales are a kind of literary level Twilight Zone. Included in this collection is the all-time classic "The Birds," though the others (every one) are equally as good. If you've never read the original story, "The Birds" offers an additional treat in that we're able to see both du Maurier's own gift of imagination AND Hitchcock's ability to adapt and change a story in creating a film. This book is a treat on both the verbal and non-verbal levels. And, since all great writing is (ironically) about creating an essentially non-verbal experience, this book is a success. Check it out! ... Read more

18. Titus Crow, Volume 3 : In The Moons of Borea, Elysia (Titus Crow)
by Brian Lumley
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-20)
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The Titus Crow novels are full of acts of nobility and heroism.Titus Crow and his faithful companion fight the forces of darkness--the infamous and deadly Elder Gods of H.P. Lovecraft--wherever they arise. The powerful Cthulhu and his dark minions are bent on ruling the earth--or destroying it, yet time after time, Titus Crow drives the monsters back into the dark from whence they came.

Volume Three contains two full novels, In the Moons of Borea and Elysia.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Strange, But Has Some Great Moments.
With flying, time-jumping, interstellar Grandfather clocks, immortal Outer-Space monsters, drop-dead gorgeous alien women, and an (unintentional, I assume...) oddly homoerotic "friendship", Volume Three of Brian Lumley's Titus Crow series wraps up the set in a mostly satisfying manner.

The first half, In The Moons of Borea, unites Hank Silberhutte, former Texan turned Warlord of the Ice-Planet Borea, with Henri-Laurent de Marigny, the former crony of Titus Crow. Together they ride a HURRICANE through Space (!) to try to retrieve the Time-Clock from the clutches of Ithaqua. With Outer-Space Vikings, frozen evil priests, and space-travel-via-weather-anomaly, this is perhaps the weirdest story I have ever read. Lumley manages to save the story by introducing some truly unique bad guys at the end, the aforementioned Ice-Priests of Ithaqua, but his penchant for describing the Eyes of Ithaqua as "Burning Carmine Orbs...." almost made me throw the book in the trash. He must use that line, or some "Carmine_ _ _" variation line, at least once a page in the "Moons" half of the book.

In the second half, "Elysia, The Coming of Cthulhu" we should be getting an epic battle between the forces of good and evil, but we get almost 200 pages of Henri pining over his friend Crow, while scouring the Universe for characters from other Lumley books. (Considering the fact that Henri and Crow are both involved with women who are portrayed as stunningly beautiful, they seem to spend a lot of time thinking about how much they miss each other. Strange...)The characters of Hero and Eldin (and the villainess Zura) are very interesting, though, and the brief final battle against The Elder Gods is compelling, with an ending worthy of a summer popcorn movie. All in all, not a great book, but some truly original moments make it worth a look.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brian Scores Again
This the final installment of Titus & Henri's adventures against the Elder gods is another masterpiece from the mind of Brian Lumley. Continuing the saga of Silbuerhutte and his allies/friends in IN THE MOONS OF BOREA by conecting De Marigny with the Borean saga and then sliding in to the final battle with Cthulhu and his allies is a spellbinding tale woven as only Lumley can. A great, great example of his work. ... Read more

19. Spine Chilling Tales of Horror:A Caedmon Collection CD
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A collection of classic tales of horror from the Caedmon Collection.

The Spectral Ship by Wilhelm Hauff, Performed by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, Performed by Ed Begley
The Monkey's Paw and The Interuption by W.W. Jacobs, performed by Anthony Quayle
The Ghost Ship by Thomas Moore, Performed by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Bernice by Edgar Allan Poe, Performed by Vincent Price
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Performed by James Mason
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson, Performed by Anthony Quayle
Dracula by Braham Stoker, Performed by David McCallum and Carole Shelley
The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner, Performed by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great readings and concise abridgements
I had purchased the Edgar Allen Poe Audio Collection and was satisfied enough to go ahead and buy this collection. It was a worthwhile buy and not just another audio book
Though the readings of Dracula, Frankenstein and the others are abridged. The material is so expertly edited and performed that you get a true feel of works at hand without them coming across as butchered masterpieces. (My personal favorite is James Mason's sepulchral reading of Frankenstein)After listening you'll likely be motivated to seek out the source material and find out what is missing from these recordings.

With six CDs clocking in at six and one half hours you get some bang for the buck.

5-0 out of 5 stars TOPS IN TERROR
If you've a taste for terror filled tales you'll find the best of them on this recent release from Harper Audio Books. Included are such tried and true classics as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Flying Dutchman, and The Ghost Ship.

Performances are delivered by masters of the genre:Vincent Price chillingly reads The Gold Bug, while the unforgettable voice of James Mason renders selections from Frankenstein.

There's not a ghost of a chance that you won't enjoy these spooky, spectral stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for October
I got this for my kids who are 2 and 5. They love it but so did I. It is realy ment for a man my age (37) because it covers some of the great writings of the horror genre. The usage of the English language is so eliquint that I can not help but wonder how we as a society could be so rich in invention yet have sunk so low in our comand of the English language. This audio CD was great and I recomend it to all who want a taist of early horror stories. ... Read more

20. The Gothic (Blackwell Guides to Literature)
by David Punter, Glennis Byron
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