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1. The Monsters: Mary Shelley and
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2. The Cambridge Companion to Gothic
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3. Clive Barker's Books of Blood
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4. Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll
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5. The Dark Descent
6. Daphne Du Maurier's Classics of
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7. Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His
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8. Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
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9. Gothic (The New Critical Idiom)
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10. Frankenstein: Complete, Authoritative
11. The Bloody Red Baron
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12. Nocturnes
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13. Dracula (Norton Critical Edition)
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14. The Gothic (Blackwell Guides to
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15. Alone with the Horrors: The Great
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16. Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Contexts,
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17. Horror: The 100 Best Books
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18. Titus Crow, Volume 1: The Burrowers
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19. The Great God Pan and The Hill
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20. Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird

1. The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein
by Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover (22 May, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars How Mary Shelley Suffered "the curse of Frankenstein"
It was a dark and stormy night. A violent thunderstorm was raging on a frigid June night in 1816 as five young people gathered inside the Villa Diodari, a luxurious summerhouse on the southern shore of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.
3-0 out of 5 stars Monster Mash
In their Acknowledgments, authors Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, cite Betty Bennett as the person to whom they are "indebted" in their "study (of) Mary Shelley and those who influenced her."
5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling and entertaining
The authors did a fantastic job assembling the fascinating lives of Mary Shelley, Percy, and Lord Byron.After reading Frankenstein, I could not believe such a young woman had written the story, and wanted to know more about the author.
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Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Biography    3. English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh    4. Gothic & Romance    5. History and criticism    6. Horror    7. Horror tales, English    8. Literary Criticism    9. Literature - Classics / Criticism    10. Novelists, English    11. Science Fiction And Fantasy    12. Science fiction, English    13. Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851    14. History / General   


2. The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
by Cambridge University Press
Paperback (16 September, 2002)
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Isbn: 0521794668
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Subjects:  1. American - General    2. English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh    3. English-speaking countries    4. Gothic revival (Literature)    5. History and criticism    6. Horror    7. Horror tales, American    8. Horror tales, English    9. Literary Criticism    10. Literature - Classics / Criticism    11. Reference    12. Literary Criticism & Collections / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh    13. Literary studies: general    14. Novels, other prose & writers   


3. Clive Barker's Books of Blood 1-3
by Berkley Trade
Paperback (01 October, 1998)
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Isbn: 0425165582
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red."For those who only know Clive Barker through his long multigenre novels, this one-volume edition of the Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Provactive Horror Stories Ever Told
This collection of Clive Barker's legendary books of blood play more like a graphic comic book novel for mature readers. No coinicidence- he wrote for Marvel comics and also had Hellraiser and several stories from here and In the Flesh put into graphic novel form. He swears a lot and there is also a lot of blood shed. But is Clive Barker, as big an icon as he is, are his works merely homoeroticism disguised as stylish horror? As it appears, the author has been romantically linked to other men since the early 1990s. No complaining there- these are people's mothers and grandmothers, even at the bar not very cool probably esp. to someone as majorly cool and shiek as the author. Are these women still stuck in the 1980s with their outdated, sweetie pie values? Or is Clive Barker just really evil? Read this and find out. Debuting on the bestseller list, these propelled Barker to fame and became the new face of the horror through most of the 1990s.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great sets of short stories
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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Originally published as 3 separate bus stop paperbacks, the Books of Blood are at long last together in one compendium...Actually I am lying as there is also books 4 through 6... So this is half a compendium, but it is nothing short of 100 percent sheer horror and madness. There are about 15 stories in this book, most of which made me want to re-read them right after I was done. Standouts include the famous Rawhead Rex - Where a monster was buried under a large rock in a farmer's field hundreds of years ago, but mankind has since forgotten why the monolith was erected in the first place. They decide to remove the stone, resulting in unholy consequences.
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Subjects:  1. Barker, Clive - Prose & Criticism    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - Horror    4. Horror    5. Horror - General    6. Horror fiction    7. Horror tales, English    8. Short Stories (single author)    9. Short stories    10. Fiction / Horror   


4. Horowitz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read
by Philomel
Hardcover (17 August, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Just Horrible...but That's a Good Thing in this Case!
The back cover promises that "Horowitz Horror is a wicked collection of macabre tales sure to send shivers up your spine" and for the most part this is quite true.This particular book was originally published in 1999 in Great Brittan, so all the tales are set there and have a decidedly English feel to them.This lends an additional kind of creep to the tales, as one gets a very genteel and proper feel from the language, but the stories are anything but genteel and proper!
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Subjects:  1. Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Horror    2. Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Fiction    3. Children's stories, English    4. Children: Grades 3-4    5. Horror & Ghost Stories    6. Horror stories    7. Horror tales, English    8. Juvenile Fiction    9. Short Stories    10. Juvenile Fiction / Horror & Ghost Stories   


5. The Dark Descent
by Tor Books
Paperback (15 January, 1997)
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Isbn: 0312862172
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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If you could have only one anthology of dark stories, this would be the one to have. Having observed that "fans of horror fiction most often restrict their reading to books and stories given a horror category label, thus missing some of the finest pleasures in that fictional mode," David G. Hartwell assembles here 56 important tales within an insightful critical framework; his purpose is to "clear the air and broaden future considerations of horror." Several well-known classics are included, but there are also dozens of lesser-known horror tales, including many by science fiction and literary writers. Get one copy for yourself. Get another for that friend or relative who doesn't understand why you like to read horror. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A fine anthology for the horror afficianado
This huge, (topping out at just over 1000 pages!) collection of some of the finest tales from the masters of horror has it all.It was wonderful to read works I had not encountered over the years, along with some of the classics of the genre.Some personal favorites were the Lovecraftian "Crouch End" (King), a truly bizarre and unclassifiable tale, "The Swords" (Aickman), a masterful work of understated horror, "The Summer People" (Jackson), and a classic ghost story, "The Beckoning Fair One" (Onions)A one stop shop for the fan of all things scary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Multitudinous tome for the horror and preternatural aficionado
This publication rivals most of the horror/ mystery compilations printed elsewhere.Some of the most consequential and prolific ink slingers of the creepy and the dreary are featured here, and they don't disappoint.
5-0 out of 5 stars Alone in the Library---with Spooks.
Disaster! That super-secret hush-hush Project the military was supposed to have under control has torn a rift into another dimension just ten miles from town, and maniacal flesh-hungry monsters are pouring through by the score, tearing their shrieking victims apart and turning the world as you know it into a charnel house. You've got to pack up and get outta Dodge quick---but what to take? Clothes, boots, food, hunting knife, guns and ammo, extra fuel cans, chainsaw---oh, and if you're a horror junkie like me, you've gotta have reading material during the Siege, right? And since you'll be holing up a long time---maybe forever---the tome you choose had better be a good one.
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Subjects:  1. Anthologies (multiple authors)    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - Horror    4. Horror    5. Horror - Anthologies    6. Horror Fiction    7. Horror tales, American    8. Horror tales, English    9. Fantasy    10. Fiction / Horror    11. Science fiction    12. Short stories   


6. Daphne Du Maurier's Classics of the MacAbre
by Doubleday
Hardcover (21 October, 1987)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Daphne Du Maurier's Classics of the MacAbre
I read this book as a teenager and loved the strange stories.I only rediscovered that I wanted to read it again is because of the Johnny Depp movie "Netherland"The "Sylvia", Peter Pan's mother in Netherland story is a close relative of Daphne Du Maurier's.Probably Sylvia's niece. I can't currently recommend since I read the book 25 years ago, but I still remember the stories.I'm buying it again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eerie...Creepy...Great Stuff!
Daphne du Maurier was a favorite of the late great Alfred Hitchcock.Most famous, perhaps, for her psychologically intense novels (e.g., REBECCA), her short stories often rose even more to the level of true masterpiece.This book contains six of these, made ever more atmospheric by Michael Foreman's wonderfully unsettling watercolors.It's a perfect combination.Du Maurier's tales are a kind of literary level Twilight Zone.Included in this collection is the all-time classic "The Birds," though the others (every one) are equally as good.If you've never read the original story, "The Birds" offers an additional treat in that we're able to see both du Maurier's own gift of imagination AND Hitchcock's ability to adapt and change a story in creating a film.This book is a treat on both the verbal and non-verbal levels.And, since all great writing is (ironically) about creating an essentially non-verbal experience, this book is a success.Check it out! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Du Maurier, Daphne - Prose & Criticism    2. Horror    3. Horror tales, English    4. Literature - Classics / Criticism    5. Non-Classifiable    6. Short stories   


7. Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories
by HarperCollins
Hardcover (06 August, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars REALLY GOOD BOOK
This is a really good book. It gives you a full picture in your head about what each author is talking about. I recommend this book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars From a 15 year old reader...
I first began reading R.L. Stine's works when I was about 8 years old and, quite frankly, they scared the [poo] out of me.However, I couldn't stop reading those delicously macabre works of childrens literature.I vowed from the moment I read his first book that I would become a writer, and I am currently working up to that dream.I have also never failed to read a work by this amazing author, even as I surpassed the targeted age group.However, I still enjoy his books immensely!He is still one of the most intriguing authors ever even among my new favorites (King, Koonts, Barker, etc...).This book is not just for children, in fact, I would not reccomend half of the stories in it for children.They're often sinister, wicked, and tastefully morbid.I reccomend this book to the advanced child all the way up to the elderly adult.It is truly a work of genious, even though all of the tales are not written by Stine himself.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wickedly Delicious Brew
On the threshold of R.L. Stine's favorite holiday, Halloween, he's come out with a wonderful new book that is like a witches brew with multiple ingredients. The main ingredient in BEWARE is 'scary'. Added to the mix of scary stories, are some funny ones, tantalizing poems, a horror-comic, spooky illustrations, and like a cherry-on-top of an ice cream sundae, are R.L. Stine's intriguing introductions. I really liked reading an assortment of thrilling stories, R.L. Stine's favorites by different authors,the two he wrote himself, and two he retold. The scary ones definitely gave me chills. I now have a new appreciation for rats, ferris wheels, halloween costumes, elevators, witches, ghosts, and all kinds of creatures that can surface from one's imagination. Everyone will have their own favorites...Another cool thing are the spiders and cobwebs that trickle down each page while you read...This is a great book for both children and adults who like twists and thrills. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Fiction    2. Children's stories, American    3. Children's stories, English    4. Children: Grades 3-4    5. Fairy Tales & Folklore - Anthologies    6. Holidays & Celebrations - Halloween    7. Horror & Ghost Stories    8. Horror stories    9. Horror tales, American    10. Horror tales, English    11. Juvenile Fiction    12. Juvenile Fiction / Horror & Ghost Stories   


8. Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
by Del Rey
Paperback (14 September, 1998)
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Sales Rank: 151982
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good for a chuckle or a scare
Lovecraft is of course the master of his own storytelling framework, but some of the other authors have an interesting take on his work. Others are a bit derivative and didn't hold my attention. I love the genre though.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best book ever...
tofcm was a awsome book. I enjoyed all of the authers different stories that were still under one over all subject. at times this book bored me in to a sleeping stuper but lucky most of the it scared me back into awakenes. At times in could not put down the book. then when that story was over and a new one came i gotloney for the old story. over all some of the authers can wright and some of them can't.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Competent Collection
It's hard to fault a "best of" collection - each story is, after all, there because it is the best in some way, or represents a vital contribution.There is no point to my going through the listing and mentioning which stories are my favorites; they are all excellent (or at least important).Collecting the out-of-print books that contain these stories individually would cost hundreds, even when searching for the most recent reprint, so this is quite a valuable addition to your library (although you may wish later to read more by the anthologized authors).The authors below are representative of the pool of literature that Lovecraft drew from for his own stories, his contemporaries who collaborated with him, his post-humous successors, and people like Stephen King who were motivated to begin a career from reading HPL's work.
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Subjects:  1. (Howard Phillips),    2. 1890-1937    3. Cthulhu (Fictitious character)    4. Fantasy - General    5. Fiction    6. Fiction - Horror    7. Horror    8. Horror - Anthologies    9. Horror tales, American    10. Horror tales, English    11. Lovecraft, H. P    12. Fiction / Horror    13. Parodies, imitations, etc   


9. Gothic (The New Critical Idiom)
by Routledge
Paperback (18 December, 1995)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Gives you a good understanding of Gothic Literature
This is an excellent starting point for those interested in getting a very broad but thorough understanding of Gothic literature.After reading this, you will feel confident in knowing the backbone of Gothic and what it entails.4-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Introduction
This is the perfect introduction to a study of both Gothic Literature and, by extension, 20th Century horror literature and cinema. The author walks a fine line between academic and accessible and keeps things moving along at a nice pace, covering 250 years in under 200 pages. The book is part of the Routledge "New Critical Idiom" series that sums up concepts from literary and critical theory in nice digestible servings. If you are an undergrad looking for a place to start your research or a non-academic who isn't afraid to get a little theoretical, I'd recommend this book highly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Why I like Fred Botting
This book is fabulous if you are looking for a historical survey of Gothic which does not lose itself in the labyrinth of feminist theory.However, I think Botting spreads himself a bit too thin in attempting to cover workslike Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" in one sentence.I lovedthis book for bringing out the evolution of Gothic from early works to thepresent. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. English-speaking countries    2. General    3. Gothic revival (Literature)    4. History and criticism    5. Horror    6. Horror tales, American    7. Horror tales, English    8. Literary Criticism    9. Literature - Classics / Criticism    10. Literature: Classics    11. Semiotics & Theory    12. Theory, etc    13. English    14. Literary Criticism & Collections / General    15. Novels, other prose & writers: 16th to 18th centuries    16. Novels, other prose & writers: 19th century    17. United Kingdom, Great Britain   


10. Frankenstein: Complete, Authoritative Text With Biographical, Historical, and Cultural Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from Contemporary Critical (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)
by Palgrave MacMillan
Hardcover (May, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Is Frankestein a book for 13 years old and under
I enjoyed Frankestein, but I don't recommend the book for kids, unless they are really good readers. There are many words that are harder for kids to understand because it was written in old english. Frankestein was written very well even if it was a harder book. From the beginning to the end there was always some "action" or excitment going on. I don't want to discorage young readers from reading this book, but you'll understand it much better if you wait a couple of years to read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Is Frankestein a book for 13 years old and under
I enjoyed Frankestein, but I don't recommend the book for kids, unless they are really good readers. There are many words that are harder for kids to understand because it was written in old english. Frankestein was written very well even if it was a harder book. From the beginning to the end there was always some "action" or excitment going on. I don't want to discorage young readers from reading this book, but you'll understand it much better if you wait a couple of years to read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars frankenstein
an enthusiastic scholar somehow creates new life; this awful creation, though, only serves to haunt him as he attempts to escape its reach.he flees to england, to switzerland and finally flies to the north pole, only to meet the crew of an adventure-bound ship and recount his chilling tale.
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Subjects:  1. 1797-1851.    2. Classics    3. Fiction    4. Frankenstein    5. History and criticism    6. Horror - General    7. Horror tales, English    8. Literary Criticism    9. Literature - Classics / Criticism    10. Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft,    11. Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851   


11. The Bloody Red Baron
by Carroll & Graf Pub
Hardcover (November, 1995)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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You don't need to have read Anno Dracula to enjoy this feisty sequel set amidst the airborne heroics and trench-warfare drudgery of World War I. As in the previous book, part of the fun is spotting all the names from history and literature who pop up in major and minor roles: a vampire named Edgar Poe is writing the Baron von Richthofen's biography; Mata Hari contributes her vampire bloodline to German breeding experiments; and characters from such sources as P. G. Wodehouse, J. K. Huysmans, D. H. Lawrence, Sinclair Lewis, Ernest Hemingway--as well from movies such as Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Toothless Vampire Story
This book is based on a strong idea which should have provided the superstructure for a great novel.
5-0 out of 5 stars "It'll be over by Christmas."
Not bloody likely.Not when Dracula is helping the Kaiser and the German war machine during the Great War.We meet some old characters, like Kate Reed, Charles Beauregard, Dr. Moreau and, of course, Dracula.We also meet a few new characters, from reality and fiction, like the Red Baron himself, Edwin Winthrop (a new intelligence officer), Goring - who seems to pop up in a lot of 20th century fiction - go figure, Herbert West of Miskatonic, Mata Hari, Edgar Poe (who dropped his middle name), a Hungarian actor we all know and love, the elder Orlok and even the name of Langstrom of Gotham University is dropped at one point.He is from DC Comics.
4-0 out of 5 stars Worthy Sequel -- The Vampire Wars Continue!
"The Bloody Red Baron" is an excellent follow-up effort to Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula."In "Baron," Newman updates his alternate universe of vampires rubbing shoulders (and more!) with warm humans by having Dracula lead the Axis powers in WWI.
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Subjects:  1. Alternative histories (Fiction)    2. English Horror Fiction    3. Fiction    4. Fiction - Horror    5. Freiherr von    6. Historical    7. Horror    8. Horror tales, English    9. Richthofen, Manfred,    10. Horror & ghost stories   


12. Nocturnes
by Atria
Paperback (22 March, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent collection
I am a big fan of Connolly's novels and I wasnt sure what to expect from this collection of short stories. I was pleasantly surprised! These are really great, some in the style of older, british ghost stories, some more in Connolly's typical style - none of them left me bored or dissapointed. This is a must not just for Connolly fans but also for all fans of old-fashioned ghost stories!

5-0 out of 5 stars First time reader pleasantly surprised
I have to take issue with some of the comments above.I really enjoyed this collection of short-stories, and prefer the shorter pieces to the longer ones.I have not read Connolly before, but since then have gotten a copy of his first novel and look forward to reading it.
3-0 out of 5 stars The Shorts of Horror
Some authors are made to write short stories, a tighter, shorter format that needs to be told with little expense. Others are made to write longer narratives. John Connolly is one of these authors. His novels (starring PI Charlie Parker) are always a great mix of suspense and the paranormal. The books take you places you've never been before and are written with wit, humour and great style. Unfortunately, the same cannot be applied to Connolly's first collection of short stories.
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Subjects:  1. English Mystery & Suspense Fiction    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - Horror    4. Horror - General    5. Horror fiction    6. Horror tales, English    7. Mystery/Suspense    8. Short Stories (single author)    9. Short stories    10. Suspense    11. Fiction / General   


13. Dracula (Norton Critical Edition)
by W. W. Norton & Company
Paperback (January, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
I've listened to Dracula from Audible.com. I downloaded it last month. It's the best of all the Dracula books I've read. Definitely worth the investment of time. It's incredibly suspenseful, full of well-drawn, unbelievably real characters. I wish the movies could capture the characters as well as the book.
5-0 out of 5 stars Still the best
This is still the best vamp book around, bar none. I was always upset with Coppola's movie because he used Stoker's name, and made the count into this loving anti-hero. THIS is Dracula. Pure evil.

5-0 out of 5 stars Full-Featured Critical Edition for Fans and Students.
I'll comment on the features of the Norton Critical Edition of "Dracula", as reviews of the novel can be found elsewhere. The novel, itself, is reproduced from the 1897 British edition that was published by Archbald Constable and Company and is preceded by a short butuseful Preface that discusses the contexts in which "Dracula" was written and received over a century ago. The text of the novel is amply footnoted. Not only are terms defined, but allusions are explained, and passages of particular interest are treated with some commentary. The footnotes are worthwhile, but easy to ignore if you prefer. I had reservations about the footnotes in the early chapters of the book. Too many of them referred to points later in the story, acting as minor spoilers. I found this stopped after the action moved to England, so it only applies to a small portion of the book. Following the text of the novel are sections on Contexts, Reviews and Reactions, Dramatic and Film Variations, and Criticism.
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Subjects:  1. 1847-1912    2. 19th Century English Novel And Short Story    3. Classics    4. Dracula, Count (Fictitious cha    5. Dracula, Count (Fictitious character)    6. Fiction    7. Film and video adaptations    8. History and criticism    9. Horror - General    10. Horror tales, English    11. Literature - Classics / Criticism    12. Literature: Classics    13. Stoker, Bram,    14. 19th century fiction    15. Dracula    16. Stoker, Bram   


14. The Gothic (Blackwell Guides to Literature)
by Blackwell Publishing, Incorporated
Paperback (01 January, 2004)
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Subjects:  1. English-speaking countries    2. Gothic & Romance    3. Gothic revival (Literature)    4. History and criticism    5. Horror tales, American    6. Horror tales, English    7. Literary Criticism    8. Literature - Classics / Criticism    9. AMERICAN LITERATURE_HISTORY AND CRITICISM    10. ENGLISH LITERATURE_HISTORY AND CRITICISM    11. English    12. HORROR TALES_HISTORY AND CRITICISM    13. Literary Criticism & Collections / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh    14. Literary studies: general    15. Novels, other prose & writers    16. Theory of art   


15. Alone with the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell 1961--1991
by Tor Books
Hardcover (01 May, 2004)
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Stephen King on Ramsey Campbell: "He is literate in a field that has attracted too many comic book intellects, cool in a field that tends toward panting melodrama by virtue of its subject matter, fluid in a field where many of the best practitioners fall prey to cant." You can't find a better introduction to Campbell's work than this attractive collection of 39 tales spanning 30 years, with photomontage illustrations by the award-winning J. K. Potter. Modern paranoia and identity confusion, wasted urban landscapes, surreal transitions between inner fears and real-life horrors--all in a terrifyingly enigmatic style. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Modern Scaremeister
Often when we think about modern purveyors of horror fiction we think of authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz. If we're slightly more adventurous in our tastes then the British, Clive Baker might come to mind. However, far more literary than these three is Baker's fellow Englishman, Ramsey Campbell.
5-0 out of 5 stars Green and Unpleasant Land
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best I've Read in Years!!!!!
Like many of the reviewers in previous posts, I too was very bored with Stephen King, Dean Koontz, etc.But when I found this anthology my interest in horror was renewed!Even though there will always be a place on my bookshelf for King and Koontz, I think the best horror writers leave more to the imagination without the blood and gore.Ramsey Campbell does this very well.You will not be disappointed if you buy this book.You'll get your money's worth!
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16. Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Responses, Modern Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)
by W. W. Norton & Company
Paperback (April, 1996)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Extras
Thechronological table in the back of the book helped me situate Mary Shelley within the time of the writing of Frankenstein. Percy B. Shelley's critique of the book, published after he died, was interesting. I liked the Criticisms in the back of the book. Most of all, I loved the Being Frankenstein created. This is the saddest, most thought provoking, book I've read in recent times (even though it's old).

4-0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein for Jolley
"Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me... I was benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be virtuous." This was said by none other than M. Frankenstein's monstrous creation. To me this quote sums up one of the most important themes in the book. This theme being that all life is very difficult to deal with, but we still strive to live even if times are very hard. It also throws up the question: Are we born pure and good? Because the monster says that when created he was all about being a good man, but now that he is miserable he is a bad person.
4-0 out of 5 stars Not Horror, But Still Good
This book is a classic novel and thus has gained a reputation due to the films about it that are completely different than the novel. Mary Shelley's own husband Percy edited and changed the writing quite a bit so this version is appealing because it is Mary's version, not Percy's.
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17. Horror: The 100 Best Books
by Carroll & Graf Publishers
Paperback (June, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Well executed
Such list books are often dull, patchy, or smug literary circle-jerks. This one dodges pretty much all the pitfalls to give something you can dip into, use as a shopping list, or read end-to-end as a history of the genre. Nothing will please everybody's taste (R. Chetwynd-Hayes' 'usual pedestrian flippancy' - how dare you sir!) but I don't think you'll come much closer than this. For both veterans and novices to the world of literary horror, this is highly a rewarding read.

5-0 out of 5 stars a must-own for anyone who reads horror
I think the title of this review says it all.If you don't own this book, you don't love horror.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good list, no longer timely
I have had a copy of this book since the early 90's and I come back to it often to read and re-read the comments given by the various authors on their favorite horror books.It is an interesting experience to be able to see, within these covers, the growth and evolution of horror, inspiring itself over and over to become the phenomenon of today.From The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (the first work chronologically) to Dark Feasts (the last, the book was printed in 1988), we get to see a veritable timeline of horror.Read more

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18. Titus Crow, Volume 1: The Burrowers Beneath; The Transition of Titus Crow
by Tor Books
Paperback (15 January, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Lumley Takes Up the Call of Lovecraft
Brian Lumely has successfully carried on the tradition of Lovecraft, Derleth, Bloch, Smith, Howard, and the rest of the original Cthulhu mythos writers. Though some may scorn Lumley for straying outside the lines of the Lovecraft Mythos, I praise him for his acheivments. Instead of just building on what Lovecraft started Lumley takes the Mythos and adds to it and takes it in a new direction.
2-0 out of 5 stars Starts Strong, Goes Downhill FAST In Act II.
I have always been divided in my love of the great H.P. Lovecraft. Works like At The Mountains of Madness are classics- Well written, imaginative, creepy.....true masterpieces. Others, like Imprisoned With The Pharoes, were clearly paid-by-the-word pulp trash. And I have always hated his Dream-stories, finding them to be nothing but run-on nonsense filled with weird names, and devoid of any kind of coherence. Lumley here delivers one great "Mountains of Madness"-esque story, The Burrowers Beneath, and one Dreams-esque story, The Transition of Titus Crow, that is virtually unreadable.4-0 out of 5 stars Cthulhu Mythos as 1930's Pulp
Concerning the Cthulhu Mythos, Brian Lumley is a writer of the August Derleth school. While Lovecraft and others had the total meaninglessness of the universe as their cosmological base, Derleth wrote the Mythos as a battle between good and evil between ultimate forces. Lumley takes this further, stripping the Mythos of its supernatural aspects and putting it solidly into the realm of science fiction. What were supernatural aspects of the mythos stories are now an alien science as the forces of good personified in the Elder Gods struggle with mankind to keep the evil beings of the Cthulhu Mythos trapped within their eternal prisons and foil the attempts of those who would release them.Read more

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19. The Great God Pan and The Hill of Dreams
by Dover Publications
Paperback (04 January, 2006)
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20. Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories (Penguin Classics)
by Penguin Classics
Paperback (27 August, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Cumulative and Subtle Supernatural Terror
Algernon Blackwood's stories are beautifully crafted, allusive, understated and often rather quiet in tone: their subtle and lasting impact upon the imagination resides in the eerie ability Blackwood possessed to evoke certain rare interactions with remote spheres of primaeval power long anteceding modern man and his circumscribed world of reassuring rationalism: AB's narratives reveal the domain of vast elemental beings and ancient presences haunting the outer spaces of woods and the wilderness of untamed nature and lurking behind the veil of appearances, emerging betimes from behind the facades of seeming normality, often to ensorcel and lure certain susceptible humans from this world into an unknown existence in secret realms of immense mystery. AB's tales, truly connoisseur-fare for the lover of supernatural terror, almost all concern the contact, whether intentional or inadvertent, with that which lies beyond the liminal borders of the mundane, pressing invisibly in upon us but unsuspected by the greater mass of humanity. 'The Willows' is unsurpassed in the genre, a genuinely unsettling story involving unseen alien potencies which threaten two men camping on aremote river island in Middle Europe. Likewise 'The Wendigo' reveals the fearful reality which underlies Indian folklore and dwells far beyond the familiar places of humankind, in the virgin forests of Canada. 'The Man Who The Trees Loved' is an exceedingly strange account of the secret arboreal world and its claim over a human souland 'Ancient Sorceries' is possibly the best tale of Witchcraft i have ever read, capturing the furtive and oblique feline atmosphere of the hidden life which a sleepy French town conceals beneath it's deceptive surface. I should have liked to have seen some other old favourites included such as that wondrous story 'The Trod', the quiet and fog-bound lycanthropic horror of 'The Empty Sleeve', 'The Glamour of the Snow', 'The Doll', 'The Touch of Pan' and 'The Man Who Was Milligan' and the mysterious poetic conjurations of 'The House of the Past' and 'The South Wind'. I fell under the spell of these wonderful tales when i read AB's 'Tales of the Uncanny & Supernatural'in childhood around 1973. Their appeal has not diminished with the passing of the years but only grown stronger. AB's tales of spiritual terror will lead one into a truly disquieting ambience of the supernatural which will endure in your imagination for long years afterwards.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some Good, some not
I can't say that Algernon Blackwood is my favorite eerie writer.I prefer Lovecraft's neo-gnosticism to Blackwood's pagan naturalism.To each his own, I guess.Clearly, I am biased in favor of the former type of story over the latter, although there were many good stories.5-0 out of 5 stars The scariest of ghost story writers
Algernon Blackwood really is the most frightening to me of all horror story writers: he has a way of capturing mood and setting that outdoes any of his many followers (among whom H. P. Lovecraftwas proudly one of the most preeminent). The three most famous stories in this book--the title story, "The Wendigo," and above all "The Willows"--emblematize his skill. The title story is set in an ancient French townn where the townspeople seem to have a peculair habit of transforming into something else, and authentically captures the creepiness of medieval towns at night. Even more frightening is "The Wendigo": set in the North Woods, it realizes whatever fears you've ever had walking alone in the snowy woods. "The Willows" was Lovecraft's nomination for the finest horror stopry ever written, and it clearly may have inspired THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT: two canoers traversing through the Middle European forests find themselves stranded on an island by unknown forces that won't let them leave. Part of the pleasure of Blackwood is that he never overdoes it: he has a marvelous light touch, and reads quite crisply at the level of the sentence. ... Read more

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