, 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."