- Title: Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown
- Author: Marvin Kaye
- ISBN: 9781568650432
- Page: 490
- Format: Hardcover
This new treasury of terror will propel you through fifty eight stories and poems of fear and nightmare Like its companion volume, Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural, this collection intends to terrify the reader with the cosmic fear of the unknown, not merely horrify with blood and gore The modern and classic authors represented are some of the most distinguishThis new treasury of terror will propel you through fifty eight stories and poems of fear and nightmare Like its companion volume, Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural, this collection intends to terrify the reader with the cosmic fear of the unknown, not merely horrify with blood and gore The modern and classic authors represented are some of the most distinguished and popular of our time Joyce Carol Oates writes about a man who starts to see long dead acquaintances alive John Jakes recounts the unnatural desire of The Man Who Wanted to Be in Movies and Winston Churchill tells of the natural fear of a man lost at sea Of special interest is the poem by W S Gilbert of Gilbert Sullivan and the story by Gaston Leroux author of The Phantom of the Opera Other authors include Ray Bradbury, H.P Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Richard Matheson, Joanna Russ, Theodore Sturgeon, Guy de Maupassant, Michael Moorcock, Parke Godwin, Willa Cather, A Merritt, Isaac Asimov, Frederick Pohl, and Jack Vance Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown is expertly compiled by Marvin Kaye, who provides fascinating notes with each selection and an Introduction that provides further insights into the genres of terror and horror.
Recent Comments "Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown"
This collection has some really weird stories in it. The weirdest and most disturbing one is a story called The Throwing Suit. I don't remember the author's name. The unlucky protagonist is offered a goodly sum of money to spend the night in a haunted place and to wear a suit that is found therein. The suit is cursed and haunted. Gosh, that story gave me the weebies. I don't really remember the stories that well, but I do remember the sense of unease reading these stories gave me.
This was a fantastic anthology! A quick rundown of my favorites:1. The Others by Joyce Carol Oates2. Tap Dancing by John Gregory Betacourt3. The Lost Room by Fitz-James O'Brien (Creepy as hell)4. The Happy Children by Arthur Machen (Village of the Damned meets RiverDance)5. Darby O'Gill and the Good People by Herminie T. Kavanagh (Now I understand by this movie freaked me out as a kid. It's based on a horror story!)6. Keeping His Promise by Algernon Blackwood (Very Lovecraft)7. A Day in the Life [...]
A big disappointment from what I was expecting. The earlier counterpart to this book; Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural had some amazing selections and while they both had a lot of the same authors, it was easy to see that he had chosen the best works the first time around. I did however enjoy the selection from Bram Stoker titled The Squaw which I would rate at a 3.5. I also liked In Letters of Fire by Gaston Leroux (the author of Phantom of the Opera) which I would rate at a 4.
Marvin Kaye has made anthologizing ghost, horror and related pulp fiction practically an industry. This anthology is not nearly his worst, although not nearly his best; about 1/3 of the stories are ones I would voluntarily read again, and about 1/5 are ones I regularly reread during my annual fall ghostly-fiction orgy.
A good collection. Kaye includes well known writers as well as more recent writers. The collection also includes some hard to find stories.
Introduction: Gather Ye Nosegays • essay by Marvin KayeGhosts and Miscellaneous Nightmares • essay by Marvin Kayehe Others • (1987) • short story by Joyce Carol OatesTap Dancing • (1991) • short story by John Gregory BetancourtThe Hungry Stones • (1916) • short story by Rabindranath TagoreThe Southwest Chamber • (1903) • novelette by Mary E. Wilkins FreemanThe Lost Room • (1858) • short story by Fitz-James O'BrienThe Ghost to His Ladye Love • (1869) • poem by W. S. Gi [...]
Introduction: Gather Ye Nosegays, by Marvin KayeGhosts and Miscellaneous Nightmares--The Others, Joyce Carol Oates--Tap Dancing, John Gregory Betancourt--The Hungry Stones, Rabindranath Tagore--The Southwest Chamber, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman--The Lost Room, Fitz-James O'Brien--The Ghost to His Ladye Love, W. S. Gilbert--The Happy Children, Arthur Machen--Darby O'Gill and the Good People, Herminie T. Kavanagh--Keeping His Promise, Algernon Blackwood--A Day in the Life of Comrade Lenin, Carole Bugg [...]
This was filled with horror stories of the murder/insanity/suicide type. I was disappointed and couldn't finish it.
A really well put together collection of spooky tales. Highly recommended, though it took me an age to read.
Another wonderful collection of stories, such as Ray Russell's 'Sagittarius', a deep thought piece of immortal evil through the ages.
Bunch of short stories. A couple 2s, many 3s, several 4s and a couple 5s. So I averaged to 4. I really wish the rating system was out of 10 instead of 5.
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