American fantastic tales Terror and the uncanny

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808.83873/American v. 2
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New York : Library of America ; Distributed in the United States by Penguin Group c2009.
Other Authors
Peter Straub, 1943- (-)
Physical Description
2 v. ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
  • [v. 1.] From Poe to the pulps : Somnambulism: a fragment / Charles Brockden Brown
  • The adventure of the German student / Washington Irving
  • Berenice / Edgar Allan Poe
  • Young Goodman Brown / Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The tartarus of maids / Herman Melville
  • What was it? / Fitz-James O'Brien
  • The legend of Monte del Diablo / Bret Harte
  • The moonstone mass / Harriet Prescott Spofford
  • His unconquerable enemy / W.C. Morrow
  • In dark New England days / Sarah Orne Jewett
  • The yellow wall paper / Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The black dog / Stephen Crane
  • Ma'ame Pélagie / Kate Chopin
  • Thurlow's Christmas story / John Kendrick Bangs
  • The repairer of reputations / Robert W. Chambers
  • The dead valley / Ralph Adams Cram
  • The little room / Madeline Yale Wynne
  • The striding place / Gertrude Atherton
  • An itinerant house / Emma Francis Dawson
  • Luella Miller / Mary Wilkins Freeman
  • Grettir at Thorhall-stead / Frank Norris
  • Yuki-Onna / Lafcadio Hearn
  • For the blood is the life / F. Marion Crawford
  • The moonlit road / Ambrose Bierce
  • Lukundoo / Edward Lucas White
  • The shell of sense / Olivia Howard Dunbar
  • The jolly corner / Henry James
  • Golden baby / Alice Brown
  • Afterward / Edith Wharton
  • Consequences / Willa Cather
  • The shadowy third / Ellen Glasgow
  • Absolute evil / Julian Hawthorne
  • Unseen-- unfeared / Francis Stevens
  • The curious case of Benjamin Button / F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The curse of Everard Maundy / Seabury Quinn
  • The king of the cats / Stephen Vincent Benét
  • The jelly-fish / David H. Keller
  • Mr. Arcularis / Conrad Aiken
  • The black stone / Robert E. Howard
  • Passing of a god / Henry S. Whitehead
  • The panelled room / August Derleth
  • The thing on the doorstep / H.P. Lovecraft
  • Genius Loci / Clark Ashton Smith
  • The cloak / Robert Bloch
  • [v. 2.] From the 1940s to now : Evening primrose / John Collier
  • Smoke ghost / Fritz Leiber
  • The mysteries of the Joy Rio / Tennessee Williams
  • The refugee / Jane Rice
  • Mr. Lupescu / Anthony Boucher
  • Miriam / Truman Capote
  • Midnight / Jack Snow
  • Torch Song / John Cheever
  • The daemon lover / Shirley Jackson
  • The circular valley / Paul Bowles
  • I'm scared / Jack Finney
  • The Vane sisters / Vladimir Nabokov
  • The April witch / Ray Bradbury
  • Black country / Charles Beaumont
  • Trace / Jerome Bixby
  • Where the woodbine twineth / Davis Grubb
  • Nightmare / Donald Wandrei
  • I have no mouth, and I must scream / Harlan Ellison
  • Prey / Richard Matheson
  • The events at Poroth Farm / T.E.D. Klein
  • Hanka / Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Linnaeus forgets / Fred Chappell
  • Novelty / John Crowley
  • Mr. Fiddlehead / Jonathan Carroll
  • Family / Joyce Carol Oates
  • The last feast of Harlequin / Thomas Ligotti
  • A short guide to the city / Peter Straub
  • The general who is dead / Jeff VanderMeer
  • That feeling, you can only say what it is in French / Stephen King
  • Sea Oak / George Saunders
  • The long hall on the top floor / Caitlín Kiernan
  • Nocturne / Thomas Tessier
  • The God of Dark Laughter / Michael Chabon
  • Pop art / Joe Hill
  • Pansu / Poppy Z. Brite
  • Dangerous laughter / Steven Millhauser
  • The chambered fruit / M. Rickert
  • The wavering knife / Brian Evenson
  • Stone animals / Kelly Link
  • Pat Moore / Tim Powers
  • The little stranger / Gene Wolfe
  • Dial tone / Benjamin Percy.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In a time when the Fantastic is regaining popularity in American literature, this wide-ranging collection of horror and supernatural stories is a welcomed reeducation into the genre's roots. Some of the selections are already unquestioned classics-Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," Poe's "Berenice," Gilman's "The Yellow Wall Paper." Although, any reader may find Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Henry S. Whitehead, David H. Keller, Seabury Quinn, Francis Stevens, H.L. Lovecraft and August Derleth just as worthy. Even those most well-acquainted with the genre will be pleasantly surprised with the tales by lesser-known writers, such as Willa Cather's "Consequences" and Gertrude Atherton's "The Striding Place." Editor Straub highlights a Feminist strain with female writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Harriet Prescott Spoofed, Kate Chopin, Madeline Yale Wynne, Alice Brown-to name a few, offering an interesting reassessment of a crucial era in fantastic fiction. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Kirkus Book Review

Vast two-volume anthology of horror and supernatural fiction, precisely divided along lines drawn by the modern American experience. Editor Straub's first volume gathers tales that express the sense of "instability" that developed from the erosion of the 18th-century faith in reason and essential human goodness, resulting in an implicit consensus of doubt and fear. Standard classic stories from such masters as Poe, Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, Henry James and Edith Wharton are inevitably and rightfully displayed. (Wharton's "Afterward" is magnificent.) But many readers will be most intrigued by several truly impressive sleepers. Among the best of these are Harriet Spofford's deliciously ironic "The Moonstone Mass"; Sarah Orne Jewett's understated, dialogue-driven "In Dark New England Days"; Stephen Vincent Bent's stunning re-creation of the traditional folktale "The King of the Cats"; and Henry S. Whitehead's improbably persuasive Haitian voodoo tale, "Passing of a God." Volume Two's contents reflect confused and perturbed reactions to radical changes in people's daily lives and the larger world around them during periods of instability beginning around the time of World War II and extending into the dizzying technological changes of the past quarter-century. A handful of dated or overwrought clunkers (from Tennessee Williams, Anthony Boucher, Stephen King, et al.) aside, this is a valuable selection of excellent, often deeply disturbing stories. The choicest include "Smoke Ghost," Fritz Leiber's brilliant paranoid's-eye view of industrialism run amok; Shirley Jackson's subtle, moving "The Daemon Lover"; Davis Grubb's neatly twisted piece of American Gothic, "Where the Woodbine Twineth"; Jeff VanderMeer's nightmarish Korean War story, "The General Who Was Dead"; "Stone Animals," Kelly Link's sublime creation of an eerie alternative reality; and "Family," one of Joyce Carol Oates' best pieces ever. A terrific, must-have collection. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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