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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." —H. P. Lovecraft Fans of horror and the supernatural will savor the dark delicacies in this spine-tingling anthology of the genre's very best. Featuring an international gallery of the world's great horror writers, this collection celebrates one of litera "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." —H. P. Lovecraft Fans of horror and the supernatural will savor the dark delicacies in this spine-tingling anthology of the genre's very best. Featuring an international gallery of the world's great horror writers, this collection celebrates one of literature's most popular forms of fiction with 14 masterfully crafted tales of terror, including: • Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest • Edgar Allan Poe's The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar • H. P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space • Arthur Machen's The White People • Izumi Kyoka's A Tale of Three Who Were Blind • Algernon Blackwood's The Willows • Ambrose Bierce's The Damned Thing ...and 7 more chilling classics. A truly macabre must-have!


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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." —H. P. Lovecraft Fans of horror and the supernatural will savor the dark delicacies in this spine-tingling anthology of the genre's very best. Featuring an international gallery of the world's great horror writers, this collection celebrates one of litera "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." —H. P. Lovecraft Fans of horror and the supernatural will savor the dark delicacies in this spine-tingling anthology of the genre's very best. Featuring an international gallery of the world's great horror writers, this collection celebrates one of literature's most popular forms of fiction with 14 masterfully crafted tales of terror, including: • Bram Stoker's Dracula's Guest • Edgar Allan Poe's The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar • H. P. Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space • Arthur Machen's The White People • Izumi Kyoka's A Tale of Three Who Were Blind • Algernon Blackwood's The Willows • Ambrose Bierce's The Damned Thing ...and 7 more chilling classics. A truly macabre must-have!

30 review for Great Horror Stories: Tales by Stoker, Poe, Lovecraft and Others

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This is a superb collection of short horror stories, most of which I have read (and enjoyed) before. They include as standbys as M. R. James's "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"; Saki's "Shredni Vashtar"; W. W. Jacobs's much anthologized "The Monkey's Paw"; Algernon Blackwood's great "The Willows"; Bram Stoker's "Dracula's Guest"; Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar"; Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"; and H. P. Lovecrafts eldritch "The Colour Out of Space." Even among the stories This is a superb collection of short horror stories, most of which I have read (and enjoyed) before. They include as standbys as M. R. James's "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad"; Saki's "Shredni Vashtar"; W. W. Jacobs's much anthologized "The Monkey's Paw"; Algernon Blackwood's great "The Willows"; Bram Stoker's "Dracula's Guest"; Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar"; Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"; and H. P. Lovecrafts eldritch "The Colour Out of Space." Even among the stories I had no read before, there are some I will remember. There are no tales of straightforward hauntings here. Rather, the evil comes from elementals and other inexplicable forces. The most classical of these is the Lovecraft, which tells of a meteor from outer space which led to strange lethal effects on the human, animal, and plant life in the area:The rural tales are queer. They might be even queerer if city men and college chemists could be interested enough to analyze the water from that disused well, or the grey dust that no wind seems to disperse. Botanists, too, ought to study the stunted flora on the borders of that spot, for they might shed light on the country notion that the blight is spreading—little by little, perhaps an inch a year. People say the color of the neighboring herbage is not quite right in the spring, and that wild things leave queer prints in the light winter snow. Snow never seems quite so heavy on the blasted heath as it is elsewhere. Horses—the few that are left in this motor age— grow skittish in the silent valley; and hunters cannot depend on their dogs too near the splotch of grayish dust. They say the mental influences are very bad, too; numbers went queer in the years after Nahum's taking, and always they lacked the power to get away. Then the stronger-minded folk all left the region, and only the foreigners tried to live in the crumbling old homesteads. They could not stay, though; and one sometimes wonders what insight beyond ours their wild, weird stories of whispered magic have given them. Their dreams at night, they protest, are very horrible in that grotesque country; and surely the very look of the dark realm is enough to stir a morbid fancy. No traveler has ever escaped a sense of strangeness in those deep ravines, and artists shiver as they paint thick woods whose mystery is as much of the spirits as of the eye. I myself am curious about the sensation I derived from my one lone walk before Ammi told me his tale. When twilight came I had vaguely wished some clouds would gather, for an odd timidity about the deep skyey voids above had crept into my soul.This collection is great for Halloween reading, like others published by Dover.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    A good selection of horror stories. I had read a couple of them, which is not surprising for as many of these horror story anthologies as I have read, but most were new to me. There were a couple that started off a bit hard to follow due to the language used, but entertaining once I got into them. Overall, a solid collection of horror stories from top-notch writers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Richard H.

    This is a good, solid collection of classic horror stories, although I'm not sure that all the stories are great. For instance, I'd rate Stoker's "The Judge's House" higher that the Stoker story included here, "Dracula's Guest". I'd also rate Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" higher than the included Poe tale "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". However, some of the stories, like Hodgson's "The Derelict", Blackwood's "The Willows", and Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw", are truly greats among horr This is a good, solid collection of classic horror stories, although I'm not sure that all the stories are great. For instance, I'd rate Stoker's "The Judge's House" higher that the Stoker story included here, "Dracula's Guest". I'd also rate Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" higher than the included Poe tale "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". However, some of the stories, like Hodgson's "The Derelict", Blackwood's "The Willows", and Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw", are truly greats among horror short stories. Also, Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space" isn't as overwritten as some of his tales. From the perspective of the craft of writing, it might be one of his best. All that being said, this volume is definitely recommended for those who love classic horror.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deda Sab

    Some of the stories were really good, while others were just meh.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    The worst intro to a book I've ever read. As for the actual content, they are "classic" horror stories. Some of them have aged well, some not so much. The worst intro to a book I've ever read. As for the actual content, they are "classic" horror stories. Some of them have aged well, some not so much.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Arenson

    A nice mix of short horror stories that range from monsters to vampires to ghosts. It is a nice mix of topics as well as lengths.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Neil Davies

    Despite being almost put off reading the book by the snobbish and pompous introduction from Mike Ashley (Good and bad horror? Really? Well written and badly written yes, but to label whole styles of horror as 'bad' because they don't meet your self-created standards of 'literature'? I don't know who you are and, frankly, I don't care. You're wrong.) I am now reading the stories, many of which are, of course, classics by classic horror writers, some I'm very familiar with, others less so. Been go Despite being almost put off reading the book by the snobbish and pompous introduction from Mike Ashley (Good and bad horror? Really? Well written and badly written yes, but to label whole styles of horror as 'bad' because they don't meet your self-created standards of 'literature'? I don't know who you are and, frankly, I don't care. You're wrong.) I am now reading the stories, many of which are, of course, classics by classic horror writers, some I'm very familiar with, others less so. Been good so far - you know, in the end I've got these stories in other collections and I'd rather read them there than in a book with such a nauseating introduction. Sorry but I give up.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    A good amalgamation of short stories by famous horror writers. I bought this mainly to see which writers I should explore in more depth. Highlights for me were: "The Derelict" by Hodgson, "The Willows" by Blackwood, "The Lottery" by Jackson, "The Monkey's Paw" by Jacobs, and "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" by James. A good amalgamation of short stories by famous horror writers. I bought this mainly to see which writers I should explore in more depth. Highlights for me were: "The Derelict" by Hodgson, "The Willows" by Blackwood, "The Lottery" by Jackson, "The Monkey's Paw" by Jacobs, and "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad" by James.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ted Gault

    Probably the best collection of older horror stories I've come across! I've found most older horror fiction kind of lackluster, if only because the original pieces have been copied and often improved upon so much in contemporary work. But, in my opinion, all of THESE stories are eminently re-readable. Probably the best collection of older horror stories I've come across! I've found most older horror fiction kind of lackluster, if only because the original pieces have been copied and often improved upon so much in contemporary work. But, in my opinion, all of THESE stories are eminently re-readable.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    A horrible introduction but otherwise probably the best cheap anthology of haute Weird fiction w/ good if idiosyncratic selections from 3 of the big 4 (Blackwood, Machen, & James), Poe, Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Saki, Izumi, & Bierce

  11. 4 out of 5

    OnixJihane

    got to love the Dracula Story...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marina Brum

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kaus Wei

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Sloan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Fausto

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joselyn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Zach Bachman

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lohen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Casica

  22. 5 out of 5

    Xtian Rine

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Randall

  24. 4 out of 5

    Colten Hedrick

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jamesboggie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Francis

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jake

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bacon Pancake

  30. 5 out of 5

    N.C. Patterson

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