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eBook Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural ePub

by Marvin Kaye

  • ISBN: 0316859966
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Marvin Kaye
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: LITTLE, BROWN; Re-issue edition (April 4, 2002)
  • Pages: 660
  • ePub book: 1470 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1260 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 137

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Manhattan, August 1984. Fiends and Creatures. Other author's books: Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural. Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural.

Manhattan, August 1984.

About Marvin Kaye: MARVIN KAYE is the author of sixteen novels, including his Dickensian pastiche, The .

About Marvin Kaye: MARVIN KAYE is the author of sixteen novels, including his Dickensian pastiche, The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge, now optioned . .His numerous best-selling anthologies include 13 Plays of Ghosts and the Supernatural and other theatre collections; The Game is Afoot and other Sherlock Holmes anthologies, and many fantasy/science fiction books for the Science Fiction Book Club, such as Ghosts, Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural, The Vampire Sextette, and The Fair Folk, which won the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.

Book came in great shape and earlier than expected. From the 20th and late 19th centuries, there were contributions by prominent writers who wrote often on terror or the macabre (LeFanu, Bierce, Stoker, Maupassant, Stevenson, Saki, Crane, London, Lovecraft, Bloch, Sturgeon, Highsmith, Matheson) and prominent ones who didn't (Andreyev, Runyon, Tolkien, Ogden Nash, I. B. Singer, Tennessee Williams, Dylan Thomas, Asimov); most of the tales from the latter were.

Start by marking Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural as Want to Read . Where supernatural material is concerned, Kaye admitted to ratcheting the selections mainly (but not wholly) towards the dark and horrific.

Start by marking Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Dates aren't given for all the works collected here, but they range from the 18th century, in one case, all the way down to 1985. 47 of the 53 selections are prose fiction; the rest are poems. Very happy all around.

Masterpieces" is correct. This book is hard to put down. Usually when reading a collection gathered on a mutual theme, the mind of the reader eventually numbs from the sameness of the stories. Not so with this anthology. Each story is unique, unpredictable, and well written. I enjoyed it greatly. Mind-boggling collection. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 19 years ago. This is an absolute treasure!

Marvin Kaye, Saralee Kaye. This collection features many less familiar and rarely anthologized tales by writers such as Isaac Asimov, Stanley Ellin, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Tennessee Williams, and .

Marvin Kaye, Saralee Kaye.

by. Kaye, Marvin; Kaye, Saralee.

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Comments

Rias Rias
I had this book years ago and the story "The Faceless Thing" is one of my all time favorites. Book came in great shape and earlier than expected. No issues here. Very happy all around.
Nagor Nagor
It is a great compilation of both modern and classic horror.
Reighbyra Reighbyra
Be prepared for the scary,the weird and the strange. A great collection of tales and all at a great price.
Goldenfang Goldenfang
This book was published in 1985. It contained 53 works by as many writers. There were 47 short stories and 6 poems.

The editor said his basis for selection was stories that gave his jaded spine a chill. He tried to focus on the psychology of terror, the "cosmic fear of the unknown," rather than the gory and repugnant; on stories with an "icy insight into human nature," rather than blood. He avoided any tale that had been anthologized too often.

The pieces ranged from the 1770s to the 1980s, covering virtually every decade. Two-thirds of the works were from the 20th century. More than half of the writers were from the United States, with the rest from Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, France and Germany. The earliest writers included both those well known (Goethe, Mary Shelley, Hawthorne, Poe, Tennyson, Turgenev, Whitman), and lesser known (Bürger, Tieck, Courtois, Hearn).

From the 20th and late 19th centuries, there were contributions by prominent writers who wrote often on terror or the macabre (LeFanu, Bierce, Stoker, Maupassant, Stevenson, Saki, Crane, London, Lovecraft, Bloch, Sturgeon, Highsmith, Matheson) and prominent ones who didn't (Andreyev, Runyon, Tolkien, Ogden Nash, I. B. Singer, Tennessee Williams, Dylan Thomas, Asimov); most of the tales from the latter were hardly spine-chilling. Lesser-known writers for this period included W. C. Morrow, Ralph Adams Cram, Abraham Merritt, H. F. Arnold, John Dickson Carr, Jack Snow, Stanley Ellin, Ray Russell and Parke Godwin from the United States, A. M. Burrage and Robert Aickman from England, and Anatole Le Braz and Maurice Level from France.

There were also a number of younger authors, many of whose works have appeared in various collections of horror or fantasy tales (Edward Hoch, Lucie Chin, Craig Gardner, Tanith Lee and Orson Card).

The editor's choices were eclectic. A tenth of the book's pages was given to one story, Sheridan LeFanu's "Carmilla" (1872), the most important vampire tale in English before Dracula. What many critics consider to be a deleted early chapter from Dracula, "Dracula's Guest," was also included. There were works that read like folk legends, Gothic tales, classic horror stories, works closer to the fantasy and detective genres, and pieces drawn from Weird Tales magazine.

Enjoyed most were the story by LeFanu, which described one girl's infatuation for another, ended in a haunting way, and was interesting also for what it suggested about gender, class and an Anglophile's view of Central Europe. Highsmith's story, which depicted coldly the ironic fate of an arrogant man. London's, written from the point of view of an evil man. And Burrage's, which showed well the psychology of a man with a nervous imagination.

Other memorable pieces included Orson Card's story about a manipulative man's nightmare. Parke Godwin's tale, which took place in several eras at once, showing people's gradual loss of individuality and responsibility, which would end in a holocaust. The open-ended story by Robert Aickman, which combined realistic surface description with utter ambiguity about what the main character was really experiencing. And Tanith Lee's dark version of the Cinderella tale.

For writers like Bierce, Maupassant and Bloch, one wondered whether better works by them could've been included. Least interesting of all the stories by far were the contemporary fantasy/SF writers, some "comic" interludes and a dated detective story. For this reader, these were less than masterpieces.

Two of the best things about the anthology were the editor's sense of history and his inclusion of writers from other languages besides English. Other suitable candidates for selection could've included Pushkin, Gogol, Garshin, Kuprin, Bryusov, Grin, Merimée, Gautier, Hoffmann, Strobl, Kafka, Heym and Lind. For writers in English, Irving, Twain, Paul Bowles, Fritz Leiber, Shirley Jackson, Bill Pronzini, John Collier, Gerald Kersh, William Sansom, E. C. Tubb and Angela Carter. The editor must've avoided M. R. James, W. W. Jacobs and Lord Dunsany because their stories have so often been anthologized elsewhere.
Usaxma Usaxma
Great collection.
Super P Super P
"Masterpieces" is correct. This book is hard to put down. Usually when reading a collection gathered on a mutual theme, the mind of the reader eventually numbs from the sameness of the stories. Not so with this anthology. Each story is unique, unpredictable, and well written. I enjoyed it greatly. I give it the highest praise possible here--5 stars.
Ausstan Ausstan
Great anthology.
Excellent supernatural stories. Lot of them make you think. Many of the short stories, make you keep the light on when reading.