In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914

 
9781504635004: In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914

Stories by Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Théophile Gautier, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lafcadio Hearn, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, and many others

[Edited by Leslie S. Klinger]

[Read by Traber Burns, Gildart Jackson, Saskia Maarleveld, James Langton, Patrick Cullen, Keith Szarabajka, Tavia Gilbert, Marguerite Gavin, Simon Prebble]

A masterful collection of horror fiction by widely acclaimed authors whose contributions to the genre have been lost in the shadow of Poe.

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 . . .

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About the Author:

Leslie S. Klinger is one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor of the three-volume set The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. The first two volumes, The Complete Short Stories, won the Edgar for Best Critical/Biographical work. He recently completed The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and lives in Malibu.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-ca. 1914) was an American journalist, short-story writer, and poet. Born in Ohio, he served in the Civil War and then settled in San Francisco. He wrote for Hearst's Examiner, his wit and satire making him the literary dictator of the Pacific coast and strongly influencing many writers. He disappeared into war-torn Mexico in 1913.

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was an Irish author and the leading writer of gothic and mystery stories of the time, helping develop the genre in the Victorian Era. His most widely-read works are Uncle Silas, In a Glass Darkly, and Carmilla.

Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier (1811-1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic. He was widely esteemed by writers as diverse as Balzac, Baudelaire, the Goncourt brothers, Flaubert, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Henry James, Proust and Oscar Wilde.

Review:

''Klinger mixes well-known and obscure authors in this solid anthology of twenty short tales of terror . . . This volume provides a good introduction to dark fiction of an earlier age.'' --Publishers Weekly

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