Walter de la Mare wrote some of the finest traditional ghost stories in the English language. Although some of his classic stories have been frequently anthologized, many of them are hard to find outside scholarly collections. This new collection presents some of the best-loved stories alongside others that have been undeservedly neglected. De la Mare is revealed as an enigmatic writer of troubling stories that take unexpected turns into the supernatural.
`Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: - to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "a Vampyre, a Vampyre!"' John Polidori's classic tale of the vampyre was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Set in Italy, Greece, and London, Polidori's tales is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire from the bestial ghoul of earlier mythologies into the glamorous aristocrat whose violence and sexual allure make him literally a 'lady-killer'. Polidori's tale introduced the vampire into English fiction, and launched a vampire craze that has never subsided. `The Vampyre' was first published in 1819 in the London New Monthly Magazine. The present volume selects thirteen other tales of the macabre first published in the leading London and Dublin magazines between 1819 and 1838, including Edward Bulwer's chilling account of the doppelganger, Letitia Landon's elegant reworking of the Gothic romance, William Carleton's terrifying description of an actual lynching, and James Hogg's ghoulish exploitation of the cholera epidemic of 1831-2. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
With his beloved Gothic tales, Washington Irving is said to have created the genre of the short story in America. Though Irving crafted many of the most memorable characters in fiction, from Rip Van Winkle to Ichabod Crane, his gifts were not confined to the short story alone. He was also a master of satire, essay, travelogue, and folktale, as evidenced in this classic collection. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, "Every reader has a first book.... which, in early youth, first fascinates his imagination, and at once excites and satisfies the desires of his mind. To me, this first book was The Sketch Book of Washington Irving... The charm of The Sketch Book remains unbroken; the old fascination still lingers about it."
”The reader would do well to remember that it is Lovecraft‘s shadow which overlies almost all of the important horror fiction.”—Stephen King Written by arguably the most important horror writer of the twentieth century, H. P. Lovecraft’s 1927 essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature” traces the evolution of the genre from the early Gothic novels to the work of contemporary American and British authors. Throughout, Lovecraft acknowledges those authors and stories that he feels are the very finest the horror field has to offer: Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, and Arthur Conan Doyle, each prefaced by Lovecraft's own opinions and insights in their work. This chilling collection also contains Henry James’ wonderfully atmospheric short novel The Turn of the Screw. For every fan of modern horror, here is an opportunity to rediscover the origins of the genre with some of most terrifying stories ever imagined.
The Oxford Companion to English Literature has long been established as the leading reference resource for students, teachers, scholars, and general readers of English literature. It provides unrivalled coverage of all aspects of English literature - from writers, their works, and the historical and cultural context in which they wrote, to critics, literary theory, and allusions. For the seventh edition, the Companion has been thoroughly revised and updated to meet the needs and concerns of today's students and general readers. Over 1,000 new entries have been added, ranging from new writers - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patrick Marber, David Mitchell, Arundhati Roy - to increased coverage of writers and literary movements from around the world. Coverage of American literature has been substantially increased, with new entries on writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Amy Tan and on movements and publications. Contextual and historical coverage has also been expanded, with new entries on European history and culture, post-colonial literature, as well as writers and literary movements from around the world that have influenced English literature. The Companion has always been a quick and dependable source of reference for students, and the new edition confirms its pre-eminent role as the go-to resource of first choice. All entries have been reviewed, and details of new works, biographies, and criticism have been brought right up to date. So also has coverage of the themes, approaches and concepts encountered by students today, from terms to articles on literary theory and theorists. There is increased coverage of writers from around the world, as well as from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and of contextual topics, including film and television, music, and art. Cross-referencing has been thoroughly updated, with stronger linking from writers to thematic and conceptual entries. Meanwhile coverage of popular genres such as children's literature, science fiction, biography, reportage, crime fiction, fantasy or travel literature has been increased substantially, with new entries on writers from Philip Pullman to Anne Frank and from Anais Nin to Douglas Adams. The seventh edition of this classic Companion - now under the editorship of Dinah Birch, assisted by a team of 28 distinguished associate editors, and over 150 contributors - ensures that it retains its status as the most authoritative, informative, and accessible guide to literature available.
The Sage of Wales' adventures continue in this exciting new collection by Andrew Ian Dodge In a short novel, The Sage must help his friend, Reginald Wiggenbottom, discover strength out of legend in order to save his unborn son from a nasty conspiracy Followed by three additional short tales First, the Sage must help a man come to grips with a dangerous family legacy. In the second, he must stop an overly detailed writer from accidentally freeing the Elder God, Cthulhu, from his watery cave and so bringing about the end of mankind. And finally, he must devise a way to keep an evil offshoot of Islam from raising a bloodthirsty pharaoh.
William Cullen Bryant wrote short stories? Indeed he did, and this volume collects and evaluates them for the first time. During the seven years before the 1832 British publication of Poems firmly established his reputation as a poet in the U.S., Bryan becameÊa key figureÊin New York City's circle of fiction writers. His tales compare favorably with those of his contemporary Washington Irving, and his varied experiments in a new genre anticipate future developments by half a century and more. Gado's previous book presented Bryant as a major exponent of American literary nationalism and the prime antecedent of Whitman and Frost; here, he retrieves a body of short fiction from the fringe of oblivion andÊboth shines a light onÊthe neglected decade preceding Poe and Hawthorne andÊexaminesÊ Bryant's tales as part of that history. Ê "Frank Gado's first-rate selection of William Cullen Bryant's poetry and prose and his persuasive essays on Bryant's contribution to American prosody and culture restoreÊ[him] to his rightful place in American literary history as the philosophical poet too long overlooked. An essential volume." ÑBrenda Wineapple,ÊWhite Heat and Ecstatic NationÊ
A collection of spooky ghost stories and dark tales based onthe classic style of horror/supernatural writing, The Angry Ghost and Other Storiesintroduces a return to classic form with a fresh perspective. A man journeyingto Cornwall seeking a Ghost - and flowers, an obnoxious bully being welcomed tospend the evening at an old museum, and an author of fictional horror unable totake his friend seriously when he's told of the Werewolf roaming around hisvillage are just three of a collection that will have you reading with everylight on. The stories have a chilling undertone, a sense of uneasewithout outright horror which is matched by its cast of characters that run thegamut from the ordinary to the undead. These characters share the same fate, aconfrontation with something unearthly and should not exist - that is, exceptin a world where creatures of darkness can still, occasionally, break through.The book also features a mix of voices, from first person to third, and frompast to present tense which keeps the pace fast, exciting and varied. Withdescriptive language, the tales bring with them an atmosphere not easilyshrugged off. "Ultimately, thestoryteller weaves his tale of dark possibilities to coax out and into thelight creatures that may occasionally intrude upon the living, but neverencroach upon or breach the shield of safety of the listener. For the listeneris always safe from ghosts...almost always."
Part of a new six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award-winning director Guillermo del Toro American Supernatural Tales is the ultimate collection of weird and frightening American short fiction. As Stephen King will attest, the popularity of the occult in American literature has only grown since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. The book celebrates the richness of this tradition with chilling contributions from some of the nation's brightest literary lights, including Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and—of course—Stephen King. This volumes also includes "The Yellow Sign," the most horrific story from The King in Yellow, the classic horror collection by Robert W. Chambers featured on HBO's hit TV series True Detective. By turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this is a frighteningly good collection of stories. Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro’s favorites, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Ray Russell’s short story “Sardonicus,” considered by Stephen King to be “perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written,” to Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. Featuring original cover art by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, these stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere. From the Hardcover edition.
Fairy tales are alive with the supernatural - elves, dwarfs, fairies, giants, and trolls, as well as witches with magic wands and sorcerers who cast spells and enchantments. Children into Swans examines these motifs in a range of ancient stories. Moving from the rich period of nineteenth-century fairy tales back as far as the earliest folk literature of northern Europe, Jan Beveridge shows how long these supernatural features have been a part of storytelling, with ancient tales, many from Celtic and Norse mythology, that offer glimpses into a remote era and a pre-Christian sensibility. The earliest stories often show significant differences from what we might expect. Elves mingle with Norse gods, dwarfs belong to a proud clan of magician-smiths, and fairies are shape-shifters emerging from the hills and the sea mist. In story traditions with roots in a pre-Christian imagination, an invisible other world exists alongside our own. From the lost cultures of a thousand years ago, Children into Swans opens the door on some of the most extraordinary worlds ever portrayed in literature - worlds that are both starkly beautiful and full of horrors.
American periodicals by William Cullen Bryant,Robert Charles Sands,Henry J. Anderson
Fallon trägt eine schwere Verantwortung: Sie wurde mit den Kräften geboren, die notwendig sind, um die postapokalyptische Welt vom Bösen zu befreien. Doch dafür muss sie ihrer geliebten Familie den Rücken kehren und von der kleinen Farmerstochter zur mutigen Kriegerin werden. Gleichzeitig tritt immer wieder Duncan in ihr Leben, mit dem sie etwas Tieferes verbindet, als sie sich eingestehen will. Um den dunklen Mächten und dem Mörder ihres leiblichen Vaters Einhalt zu gebieten, muss das junge Mädchen magische und nichtmagische Wesen zusammenbringen und Hinterhalt und Intrigen enttarnen, die die Gesellschaft noch vor der ersten Schlacht zu unterwandern drohen.
In 1907, a shy bank clerk sent a collection of his poems south from the Yukon to be privately published and shared with a small group of friends. Fate intervened, however, and Robert Service became a household name across North America and throughout the British Commonwealth. Words were Service's lifelong passion, and he set them on many stages. But it was his Dan McGrew, Sam McGee and other players of the Great White North who glittered with a golden glow and forever made him the "Bard of the Yukon" and the de facto Poet Laureate of Alaska. Enid Mallory's Robert Service: Under the Spell of the Yukon sheds new light on the life and career of this intriguing and intensely private man, and celebrates the poet's verse. This edition includes a selection of some of the most loved Service poems, including "The Cremation of Sam McGee," "The Shooting of Dan McGrew," "The Call of the Wild," "The Spell of the Yukon" and "The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill."
Ghost Stories, Tall Tales, and Superstitions from Alabama
Author: Jack Solomon,Olivia Solomon
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Category: Social Science
Ghosts and Goosebumps is a rich collection of folktales and superstitions that capture the oral traditions of central and southeastern Alabama. In its pages one can glimpse the long-lost horse-and-buggy times, when people sat up all night with the dead and dying, hoed and handpicked cotton, drew water from wells, and met the devil rather regularly. The book is divided into three parts--tales, superstitions, and slave narratives. The spirits of treasure-keepers, poltergeists, murderers and the murdered, wicked men and good-men-and-true float through the book's first section. Sue Peacock, for example, recalls seeing the ghost of her brother, and E.C. Nevin describes a mysterious light in a swamp. In other tales, reports of supernatural experiences are proved to be rationally explicable--Lee Wilson's devil in the cemetery turns out to be a cow and chains rattling near New Tabernacle Church in Coffee County belong not to specters but to hogs. The superstitions are arranged according to subject and include such topics as love and marriage, weather and the seasons, wish making, bad luck, signs, and portents. Anonymous tellers confide that it is bad luck to carry ashes out after dark, to let a locust holler in your hand, to rock an empty rocking chair, to let your fishing pole cross someone else's, or to have a two-dollar bill (unless one corner has been removed). The slave narratives, selected from the Works Progress Administration Folklore Collection, are substantial and yield a fascinating view of nineteenth century African-American folk life, replete with sillies and lazy men, preachers and witches, brave little boys, and reluctant bridegrooms. Although the times and places have changed, the spirit of the folk is unaltered. Taken together, these folktales are marvelously diverse--by turns fearsome, fantastical, witty, ribald, charmingly innocent--showing people from all backgrounds, their endless vices and occasional virtues, their hopes, fears, and loves.
Fiction by Benjamin Disraeli,Earl Of Beacon The Earl of Beaconsfield
Two brothers share adventures and a bond that not even death can break in Ghost Brother, a collection of outdoor tales of the supernatural by award-winning writer Harry Guyer Jr. Youll meet the old man, his ghostly brother Roy, and Roys little ghost dog Queenie as they ramble through the woods and along the streams of southcentral Pennsylvania. Youll also encounter an old man plodding along what may be his final trail, a bowhunter who channels spirits of archers of the past, another who performs an act of kindness for a departed soul, a young girl who races for her life in colonial times, and other unforgettable characters. Along the way youll learn such outdoor skills as catching suckers, carving walking sticks, finding mushrooms, calling squirrels, building turkey calls, cleaning snapping turtles, and other useful lore. Youll also get a taste of rural Pennsylvania of over a half century ago and even discover the best way to deal with a bully. Most of the stories are based on actual events with a supernatural twist added. Suspend your disbelief for a few hours to enjoy Ghost Brother.
A Novelette of Supernatural and Psychological Suspense
Author: Robert S. Wilson
Publisher: Empire of Blood Books
Through the cracks in space and time, That exist within the mind, There are other worlds than these. Through the slates of slumber’s gates, I slipped between and now I see, There are other me’s than me. When FBI agent Chad Nelson catches up with the only suspect in a string of disturbing serial murders, the strange man he's been chasing uses a power beyond Nelson's imagination to send him somewhere... else. And when he wakes up in the body of another Chad Nelson--a brilliant violent serial killer--he struggles to understand what has happened to him. But he soon learns the nightmare has only begun when he wakes again paralyzed in his own body now taken over by the "other" Chad Nelson--the serial killer. As the days go on, alternating back and forth between both worlds Chad must find a way to get out of his other self's body and back into his own. But the only way back... is through the mindhole.