The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Horror Anthology

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This book was a finalist in the USA Book Awards anthology category.

Thanks to Edgar Allan Poe, Honore de Balzac, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others, the half century from 1800-1849 is the cradle of all modern horror short stories. Andrew Barger, the editor of this book as well as "Edgar Allan Poe Annotated and Illustrated Entire Stories and Poems," read over 300 horror short stories to compile the 12 best.

At the back of the book he includes a list of all horror short stories he considered along with their dates of publication and author, when available. He even includes background for each of the stories, author photos and annotations for difficult terminology. A number of the stories were published in leading periodicals of the day such as Blackwood's and Atkinson's Casket. Read The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849 today!

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Andrew Barger's latest fiction is The Divine Dantes trilogy. The first book in the series follows the characters of Dante’s “The Inferno” in a messed-up modern world. Andrew is also the award winning author of Coffee with Poe: A Novel of Edgar Allan Poe’s Life. Mailboxes – Mansions – Memphistopheles is his first short story collection. The later was a finalist in the International Book Awards short story collection category. He is also the editor of a number of other books, including Mesaerion: The Best Science Fiction Stories 1800-1849, BlooDeath: The Best Vampire Stories 1800-1849 and Edgar Allan Poe Annotated and Illustrated Entire Stories and Poems. He is recognized for his scholarly and creative writing.

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Publisher
Bottletree Books LLC
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Published on
Aug 31, 2010
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Pages
250
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ISBN
9781933747224
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Fiction / Horror
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The third in the Modern Library's series of original compilations, The Raven and the Monkey's Paw is a collection of classic tales and poems to engage our fear-seeking senses. The beauty of these stories and poems lies in their readability: ideal for sharing aloud around the campfire or for a quick, thrilling dip . . . under the covers with a flashlight. The writing itself sends as many awe-inspired shivers down the spine as do the ghosts and goblins on these pages.

Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the horror story and the chiming lyric poem, opens the volume with his best-loved stories: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Black Cat," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Premature Burial," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "Berenice," and "Ligeia." Every bit as chilling now as on the day they were written, these tales retain their power to stir the reader again and again. Poe, who was as well known for his poems as for his stories, is also represented by such verse standards as "The Raven," "Lenore," "To Helen," "Ulalume," and "Annabel Lee," among others.

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A year-round collection for reading aloud—and frightening your friends—The Raven and the Monkey's Paw will gratify all manner of thrill-seekers.
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