In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe

In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe

Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914

Book - 2015
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Edgar Allan Poe did not invent the tale of terror. There were American, English, and Continental writers who preceded Poe and influenced his work. Similarly, there were many who were in turn influenced by Poe's genius and produced their own popular tales of supernatural literature. This collection features masterful tales of terror by authors who, by and large, are little-remembered for their writing in this genre. Even Bram Stoker, whose Dracula may be said to be the most popular horror novel of all time, is not known as a writer of short fiction.Distinguished editor Leslie S. Klinger is a world-renowned authority on those twin icons of the Victorian age, Sherlock Holmes, and Dracula. His studies into the forefathers of those giants led him to a broader fascination with writers of supernatural literature of the nineteenth century. The stories in this collection have been selected by him for their impact. Each is preceded by a brief biography of the author and an overview of his or her literary career and is annotated to explain obscure references.Read on, now, perhaps with a flickering candle or flashlight at hand . . .Stories by: Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Theodor Gautier, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lafcadio Hearn, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, and many others.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Crime, 2015.
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
ISBN: 9781605988757
Characteristics: xv, 320 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Klinger, Leslie S. - Editor


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Dec 07, 2018

All of these gothic tales were new to me and my favorites were The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Leather Funnel by Arthur Conan Doyle. The editor wrote a few paragraphs at the beginning of each story to tell a bit about the authors, when and where they lived, and how their stories compared to Poe’s writing. The Yellow Wallpaper is a must-read! It was inspired by the author’s own experience with post-partum depression. If you like ghost stories that aren’t overly gruesome or too scary I recommend this book. The stories are more haunting and creepy than jump out of your seat scary.


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