9780312862176

The Dark Descent

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312862176

  • ISBN10:

    0312862172

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-01-15
  • Publisher: Tor Books

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Summary

In The Dark Descent , hailed as one of the most important anthologies ever to examine horror fiction, editor David G. Hartwell traces the complex history of horror in literature back to the earliest short stories. The Dark Descen t, which won the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, showcases the finest of these ever written--from the time-honored classics of Edgar Allan Poe, D.H. Lawrence, and Edith Wharton to the contemporary writing of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Ray Bradbury. David G. Hartwell is a Senior Editor at Tor/Forge Books. He also is the proprietor of Dragon Press, a publisher and bookseller, and is Chairman of the Board of the World Fantasy Convention. An administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award, Hartwell has edited several other fiction anthologies. Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology In his highly informed and wide-ranging Introduction to The Dark Descent , hailed by many as one of the most important anthologies ever published on the theme of horror fiction, editor David G. Hartwell examines the rich history of horror in literature all the way back to the earliest short stories. An omnibus numbering over one-thousand pages, this thorough collection showcases many of Western literature's finest horror stories'”from the classic yarns of Edgar Allan Poe, D. H. Lawrence, and Edith Wharton up to the contemporary tales of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Ray Bradbury. "A gigantic, superlatively edited historical overview of horror fiction."'” Chicago Sun-Times "For a sample of the current excellence and variety of horror, one could do no better."'” New York Newsday "An important work which belongs in every library."'” The West Coast Review of Books

Author Biography

David G. Hartwell, called "an editor extraordinaire" by Publishers Weekly, is one of science fiction's most experienced and influential editors. As an editor with Berkley Books, Pocket Books, William Morrow, and Tor Books, he has worked with many of the field's best authors and edited many award-winning works. He is the author of Age of Wonders, a nonfiction study of the science fiction field. Among his many anthologies is the bestselling World Treasury of Science Fiction. He is the holder of a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, a winner of the Eaton Award, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award twenty-four times.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(14)
PART I: The Color of Evil
The Reach
15(16)
Stephen King
Evening Primrose
31(9)
John Collier
The Ash-Tree
40(10)
M. R. James
The New Mother
50(9)
Lucy Clifford
There's a Long, Long Trial A-Winding
59(26)
Russell Kirk
The Call of Cthulhu
85(23)
H. P. Lovecraft
The Summer People
108(10)
Shirley Jackson
The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
118(14)
Harlan Ellison
Young Goodman Brown
132(10)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Mr. Justice Harbottle
142(25)
J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The Crowd
167(8)
Ray Bradbury
The Autopsy
175(28)
Michael Shea
John Charrington's Wedding
203(6)
E. Nesbit
Sticks
209(16)
Karl Edward Wagner
Larger Than Oneself
225(20)
Robert Aickman
Belsen Express
245(10)
Fritz Leiber
Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper
255(13)
Robert Bloch
If Damon Comes
268(10)
Charles L. Grant
Vandy, Vandy
278(13)
Manly Wade Wellman
PART II: The Medusa in the Shield
The Swords
291(21)
Robert Aickman
The Roaches
312(9)
Thomas M. Disch
Bright Segment
321(18)
Theodore Sturgeon
Dread
339(29)
Clive Barker
The Fall of the House of Usher
368(14)
Edgar Allan Poe
The Monkey
382(28)
Stephen King
Within the Walls of Tyre
410(21)
Michael Bishop
The Rates in the Walls
431(14)
H. P. Lovecraft
Schalken the Painter
445(15)
J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The Yellow Wallpaper
460(12)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A Rose for Emily
472(8)
William Faulkner
How Love Came to Professor Guildea
480(33)
Robert Hichens
Born of Man and Woman
513(3)
Richard Matheson
My Dear Emily
516(16)
Joanna Russ
You Can Go Now
532(9)
Dennis Etchison
The Rocking-horse Winner
541(12)
D. H. Lawrence
Three Days
553(23)
Tanith Lee
Good Country People
576(15)
Flannery O'Connor
Mackintosh Willy
591(11)
Ramsey Campbell
The Jolly Corner
602(27)
Henry James
PART III: A Fabulous Formless Darkness
Smoke Ghost
629(12)
Fritz Leiber
Seven American Nights
641(39)
Gene Wolfe
The Signal-Man
680(10)
Charles Dickens
Crouch End
690(22)
Stephen King
Night-Side
712(19)
Joyce Carol Oates
Seaton's Aunt
731(22)
Walter de la Mare
Clara Militch
753(40)
Ivan Turgenev
The Repairer of Reputations
793(24)
Robert W. Chambers
The Beckoning Fair One
817(47)
Oliver Onions
What Was It?
864(10)
Fitz-James O'Brien
The Beautiful Stranger
874(6)
Shirley Jackson
The Damned Thing
880(7)
Ambrose Bierce
Afterward
887(22)
Edith Wharton
The Willows
909(35)
Algernon Blackwood
The Asian Shore
944(26)
Thomas M. Disch
The Hospice
970(25)
Robert Aickman
A Little Something for Us Tempunauts
995
Philip K. Dick

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