, 1978 - Fiction
- 662 pages
Three horror icons come together in one indispensable tome--with an introduction by Stephen King.
"Within the pages of this volume you will come upon three of the darkest creations of English nineteenth-century literature; three of the darkest in all of English and American literature, many would say...and not without justification...These three creatures, presented together for the first time, all have a great deal in common beyond their power to go on frightening generation after generation of readers...but that fact alone should be considered before all others."--From the Introduction by Stephen King
A scientist oversteps the bounds of conscience and brings to life a tortured creation. A young adventurer succumbs to the night world of a diabolic count. A man of medicine explores his darker side only to fall prey to it. They are legendary tales that have held readers spellbound for more than a century. The titles alone--Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde--have become part of a universal language that serves to put a monster's face on the good-and-evil duality of our very human nature. And the authors--Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Robert Louis Stevenson--equally as mythic, are still possessed of an inventive and subversive power that can shake a reader to this day with something far more profound than fear. They gave root to the modern horror novel, and like the creatures they invented, they've achieved immortality.