Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

10 best books like Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (Phyllis Fraser): The Wine-Dark Sea, Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce, Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood, The Dark Descent, Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural, The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time, The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson, American Gothic Tales, Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday

AuthorRobert Aickman
From Publishers Weekly
Since his death several years ago, British writer Aickman's reputation has continued to grow among connoisseurs of the horror story. Unlike much of the current form, full of blood, monsters and melodrama, Aickman's stories achieve a quieter, more subtle and, in several...
AuthorAmbrose Bierce
all hail Ambrose Bierce! an American original. aka "Bitter Bierce" - a soldier, government agent, journalist, short story writer, satirist, social critic. his life bookended by two wars: at age 19 in the American Civil War (most notably, fighting in the Battle of Shiloh) and at age 71 as a witness to...
AuthorAlgernon Blackwood
A woman of snow ... a midnight caller keeping his promise ... forests where Nature is deliberate and malefic ... enchanted houses ... these are the beings and ideas that flood through this collection of ghost stories by Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951). Altogether 13 stories, gathered from the entire...
AuthorDavid G. Hartwell
This highly acclaimed anthology traces the evolution of horror, from Nathaniel Hawthorn and Edgar Allan Poe to Stephen King. Adopted by colleges across the country to be used in literature courses, The Dark Descent showcases some of the finest horror fiction ever written.


AuthorMarvin Kaye
I savored these stories and poems, reading them over the course of several years, whenever it was late at night, and I was in the mood for some good horror.

The Professor's Teddy Bear, by Theodore Sturgeon, is possibly my favorite short story ever, and I have read it many times. The other...
AuthorMichael Cox
With their evocative settings amid mists and shadows, in ruinous houses, on lonely roads and wild moorlands, in abandoned churches and over-grown gardens, ghost stories have long exercised a universal fascination. Responding to people's overwhelming attraction to anything frightening, this...
The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time
AuthorLeslie Pockell
These really are some of the best horror stories of all time. This is a collection of classic horror tales, the kind of stories that get into your head. These stories don’t have to use the shock factor or blood and gore. These stories creep and crawl and slither across your bedroom floor. They are truly...
AuthorE.F. Benson
United by a perfect chilling atmosphere and graceful literary style, these ghostly stories range from the horror of vampires, homicidal ghosts and monstrous spectral worms and slugs (appearing in the classic "Negotium Perambulans" and "And No Bird Sings") to the satire of humorous tales that poke...
AuthorJoyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates has a special perspective on the “gothic” in American short fiction, at least partially because her own horror yarns rank on the spine-tingling chart with the masters. She is able to see the unbroken link of the macabre that ties Edgar Allan Poe to Anne Rice and to recognize the dark...
AuthorItalo Calvino
With this posthumously published anthology--a successor to his bestselling Italian Folktales--Italo Calvino, a contemporary surveyor of the otherwordly, pays homage to twenty-six of his nineteenth-century precursors. The resulting volume is both an education in the history of fantastic literature...
AuthorChris Baldick
The Gothic tale has been with us for over two hundred years, but this collection is the first to illustrate the continuing strength of this special fictional tradition from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Gothic fiction is generally identified with Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto...
AuthorPeter Washington
A new anthology of classic ghost stories—the second volume in the beautiful and collectible Pocket Classics format.

The chilling classic stories gathered here offer a remarkable variety of approaches to the theme of haunting. Revenge comes from beyond the grave in Robert Louis Stevenson’s...
AuthorHenry Mazzeo
Collection of 17 short stories.

1. The Lonesome Place by August Derleth c. 1947 by All-Fiction Field, Inc. and c. 1962 by August Derleth. Reprinted by permission of Arkham House.

2. In The Vault by H. P. Lovecraft c. 1932 by Popular Fiction Publishing Company, c. 1939, 1945 by August...
The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Ghost Stories
AuthorPeter Haining
An outstanding collection of literary ghost stories includes 30 of the best examples of the genre, featuring contributions from Jack London, Agatha Christie, John Steinbeck, Muriel Spark, Daphne du Maurier, William Trevor, Mary Higgins Clark, and others.
The third person...
AuthorRoger Luckhurst
The Victorian fin de siecle has many associations: the era of Decadence, The Yellow Book, the New Woman, the scandalous Oscar Wilde, the Empire on which the sun never set. This heady brew was caught nowhere better than in the revival of the Gothic tale in the late Victorian age, where the undead walked...
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature
AuthorAlberto Manguel
This huge anthology offers a kaleidoscope of brilliant writing from the Magi of the imagination. Alberto Manguel has selected 72 fantastic tales from life on the edge of the twilight zone, with stories from Marguerite Yourcenar, Herman Hesse, Italo Calvino, Vladimir Nabokov, and many, many more....
AuthorLeslie Shepard
Features "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu, "Dracula's Guest" by Bram Stoker, "Le Horla" by Guy de Maupassant, "The Sad Story of a Vampire" by Count Stenbock, "Good Lady Ducayne" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, "The Tomb of Sarah" by F.G. Loring, "For the Blood Is the Life" by F. Marion Crawford, "The Room in...
The Mammoth Book of Monsters
AuthorStephen Jones
Everybody knows the most memorable monsters--vampires, werewolves, zombies, mad scientists' creations--and you will find all of those classic creatures suitably featured in this monsterrific new anthology from multiple award-winning editor Stephen Jones.

But other monstrosities...
AuthorPeter Straub
Like its companion volume, this Library of America hardcover contains 750 pages of classic tales of horror, hauntings, terrifying obsessions, and unearthly presences. The lineup of American Gothic masters includes Tennessee Williams, John Cheever, Jack Finney, Shirley Jackson, Paul Bowles,...
AuthorEllen Datlow
Though there are a few small duds, the majority of the stories here were genuinely creepy.

Jeffrey Ford's "The Trentino Kid" starts things off on a slightly creepy note. It's about a guy who has frittered his youth away in what he thought was an easier route. He's regretting the choices he's made...
AuthorS.T. Joshi
As Stephen King will attest , the popularity of the occult in American literature has only grown since the days of Edgar Allan Poe. American Supernatural Tales celebrates the richness of this tradition with chilling contributions from some of the nation’s brightest literary lights, including...
AuthorM.R. James
Stories by a visionary master of supernatural fiction
In volume two of the only annotated edition of M. R. James's complete writings currently available, Penguin Classics brings together tales from James's final two works, A Thin Ghost and Others and A Warning to the Curious. In these stories,...
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