The Dark Descent

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Macmillan, Jan 15, 1997 - Fiction - 1024 pages
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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 Descent, 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.

 

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All the stories/authors are great, but this, to me, shows off the fact that Shirley Jackson is the true god of horror. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Stephen King The Reach
15
John Collier Evening Primrose
31
Lucy Clifford The New Mother
50
H P Lovecraft The Call of Cthulhu
85
Shirley Jackson The Summer People
108
Nathaniel Hawthorne Young Goodman Brown
132
Ray Bradbury The Crowd
167
Robert Hichens How Love Came to Professor Guildea
480
Richard Matheson Born of Man and Woman
513
Dennis Etchison You Can Go Now
532
Tanith Lee Three Days
553
Flannery OConnor Good Country People
576
Ramsey Campbell Mackintosh Willy
591
Fritz Leiber Smoke Ghost
629
Charles Dickens The SignalMan
680

E Nesbit John Charringtons Wedding
203
Robert Aickman Larger Than Oneself
225
Fritz Leiber Belsen Express
245
Grant If Damon Comes
268
Robert Aickman The Swords
291
Disch The Roaches
312
Clive Barker Dread
339
Edgar Allan Poe The Fall of the House of Usher
368
Stephen King The Monkey
382
Michael Bishop Within the Walls of Tyre
410
H P Lovecraft The Rats in the Walls
431
J Sheridan Le Fanu Schalken the Painter
445
Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper
460
Joyce Carol Oates NightSide
712
Walter de la Mare Seatons Aunt
731
Ivan Turgenev Clara Militch
753
Robert W Chambers The Repairer of Reputations
793
Oliver Onions The Beckoning Fair One
817
FitzJames OBrien What Was It?
864
Ambrose Bierce The Damned Thing
880
Algernon Blackwood The Willows
909
Disch The Asian Shore
944
Robert Aickman The Hospice
970
Philip K Dick A Little Something for Us Tempunauts
995
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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.

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