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In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914 PDF, ePub eBook 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- 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 . . . Stories by: Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Theodor Gautier, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lafcadio Hearn, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, and many others.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου

    Η ανθολογία, οποιασδήποτε μορφής διηγημάτων, ποτέ δεν ήταν η πρώτη μου επιλογή. Θεωρώ εξαιρετικά δύσκολο το να μπορέσει ν' αφηγηθεί κανείς μια ιστορία που θα είναι ουσιώδης και πλήρης, μέσα σε λίγες μόλις σελίδες. Ωστόσο, αν είχα να επιλέξω ένα βιβλίο αυτής της φυσιογνωμίας, τότε αναμφίβολα η θεματολογία του θα περιστρεφόταν γύρω από τη λογοτεχνία τρόμου και μυστηρίου. Οι ιστορίες αυτές είναι, όχι πιο εύκολα διαχειρίσιμες, αλλά μεγαλύτερης ευελιξίας και δημιουργικής αξιοποίησης της εκάστοτε κεν Η ανθολογία, οποιασδήποτε μορφής διηγημάτων, ποτέ δεν ήταν η πρώτη μου επιλογή. Θεωρώ εξαιρετικά δύσκολο το να μπορέσει ν' αφηγηθεί κανείς μια ιστορία που θα είναι ουσιώδης και πλήρης, μέσα σε λίγες μόλις σελίδες. Ωστόσο, αν είχα να επιλέξω ένα βιβλίο αυτής της φυσιογνωμίας, τότε αναμφίβολα η θεματολογία του θα περιστρεφόταν γύρω από τη λογοτεχνία τρόμου και μυστηρίου. Οι ιστορίες αυτές είναι, όχι πιο εύκολα διαχειρίσιμες, αλλά μεγαλύτερης ευελιξίας και δημιουργικής αξιοποίησης της εκάστοτε κεντρικής τους θεματολογίας, μπορώντας να έχει στοχευμένη αρχή, μέση και τέλος που όλα μαζί οδηγούν σε μία ολοκληρωμένη εικόνα χωρίς κενά, ή με τόσα όσα επιτηδευμένα επιλέγει ο εκάστοτε λογοτέχνης ν' αφήσει προκειμένου να εντείνει την ένταση ή την αγωνία πίσω από το δράμα του. Όπως οι περισσότεροι -κλασσικοί- αναγνώστες ανά την υφήλιο, έτσι κι εγώ ήρθα για πρώτη φορά σ' επαφή με την φανταστική και με τη λογοτεχνία τρόμου μέσω των έργων του λατρεμένου μου Poe, που δικαίως θεωρείται ο πατέρας των ειδών αυτών. Η αισθητική του μα και η αντίληψή γύρω από το τι μπορεί να ορίσει κανείς ως τρομακτικό, επηρέασαν σε τεράστιο βαθμό την εξέλιξη τους είδους μέσα στο πέρασμα του χρόνου, διευρύνοντας τους ορίζοντες κάποιων -αναγνωστών και λογοτεχνών-, μα κυρίως αποτελώντας πηγή έμπνευσης για τους περισσότερους. Φυσικά, πολλοί επιχείρησαν να τον αντιγράψουν, όμως ο Poe και το έργο του χαρακτηρίζονται από μια αρχέγονη, σχεδόν, λαχτάρα που κρύβει βαθιά στην ψυχή και στο ασυνείδητό του κάθε άνθρωπος που αναζητά απαντήσεις και που περισσότερο από κάθε τι άλλο, γοητεύεται απ' αυτό που τον φοβίζει, και θέλει να το εξερευνήσει. Ωστόσο, έχουν υπάρξει, στο πέρασμα του χρόνου, πολλοί αξιόλογοι υποστηρικτές του είδους, με άλλους να ξεχωρίζουν περισσότερο και άλλους λιγότερο, με τον καθένα, όμως, απ' αυτούς, να έχει βάλει το λιθαράκι του στη συντήρησή του. Στη σκιά, λοιπόν, του έργου, αλλά και της φυσιογνωμίας, του τεράστιου αυτού λογοτέχνη, ο Leslie S. Klinger, ένας από τους σημαντικότερους Αμερικανούς ανθολόγους, έχει επιλέξει μια σειρά κλασσικών διηγημάτων, ακόμα πιο κλασσικών συγγραφέων του 19ου αιώνα, οι οποίοι υπηρέτησαν τη φανταστική λογοτεχνία και τη λογοτεχνία τρόμου, με τον καλύτερο δυνατό τρόπο, χαράζοντας τη δική του πορεία, και τιμώντας με αξιοπρέπεια και πάθος το είδος που υποστήριξαν, αν όχι σε όλο, στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος της δημιουργικής τους διαδρομής. Διηγήματα μοναδικά σε βάθος, ιδιαίτερης αισθητικής, άλλα τρομακτικά και άλλα ανατριχιαστικά, διηγήματα που παίζουν με το συνειδητό και το ασυνείδητο του αναγνώστη, που ζωντανεύουν τους χειρότερούς του εφιάλτες, μα που την ίδια στιγμή τον καλούν ν' αντιμετωπίσει τους φόβους του με θάρρος. Μία συλλογή εξαιρετικής έκδοσης κι επιμέλειας, από τις εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, με μια εξαιρετική μετάφραση της Παλμπύρας Ισμυρίδου, που είναι ανεπίτρεπτο να λείπει από την συλλογή κάθε αναγνώστη.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Χρύσα Βασιλείου

    Η άποψή μου για το βιβλίο στο site "Book City" και τον παρακάτω σύνδεσμο: Στη σκιά του Έντγκαρ Άλαν Πόε

  3. 4 out of 5

    Frank Errington

    Review copy Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on both Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. He is the editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work and nominated for every other major award in the mystery genre. He is also the editor of The New Annotated Dracula which possesses a similar in-depth examination of Bram Stoker’s haunting classic and its historical context. In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Review copy Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on both Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. He is the editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work and nominated for every other major award in the mystery genre. He is also the editor of The New Annotated Dracula which possesses a similar in-depth examination of Bram Stoker’s haunting classic and its historical context. In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914 Leslie presents twenty tales of horror from a diverse group of Edgar Allan Poe's contemporaries. From Ernst T. W. Hoffmann, who wrote The Nutcracker and the Mouse King which became the basis for Tschaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, to Bram Stoker who gave us the iconic Dracula. While a few of the names in this collection were already familiar to me, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ambrose Bierce, and of course, Bram Stoker, the vast majority of the names and stories were new to me. Although the reading was not always easy, I find the way people spoke more than a century ago to be a bit off-putting at times. The stories themselves were as varied as their authors, with a strong showing for ghost stories. Some of the best ghost stories I've ever read are included in this volume. Among those tales are THE UPPER BERTH by F. Marion Crawford, written 130-years ago and as effective as any story I'm likely to read this year. Also in that category was A NIGHT OF HORROR by Dick Donovan and THE WOMAN WITH THE HOOD by L.T. Meade. Of course there are more than ghost stories in this collection, just as Edgar Allan Poe was more than a horror writer, Leslie S. Klinger has collected a wide range of tales for this book. Mysteries, Mummies, tales of courage and revenge, of prejudice and even a companion piece to THE KING IN YELLOW by Robert W. Chambers, called THE YELLOW SIGN. Dare I say there is something for everyone. If you can get past the old-time writing style, I think you're likely to find some reading to keep you up at night in the pages of In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914. Available in a wide variety of formats, In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914, is published by Pegasus Books. Recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη

    Κλαίγομαι εδώ και χρόνια ότι ο τρόμος που μου αρέσει είναι παλιακός. Ε, όχι και τόσο παλιακός. Κάποια από τα διηγήματα τα ήξερα κι απλά απόλαυσα τη μετάφραση (όπως την Κίτρινη Ταπετσαρία ή την Επάνω Κουκέτα). Άλλα τα ήξερα κι απλά τα προσπέρασα (πχ το Κίτρινο Σημάδι του Τσέιμπερς, που ούτε στην πρώτη ανάγνωση με είχε πολυπείσει). Ήταν μερικά πολύ ενδιαφέροντα που δεν είχα ξαναδιαβάσει (όπως ο πάντα σκαμπρόζικος Σάκι με το Πασχαλινό Αυγό του ή η Γυναίκα με την Κουκούλα) που αλήθεια με συνεπήραν. Κι Κλαίγομαι εδώ και χρόνια ότι ο τρόμος που μου αρέσει είναι παλιακός. Ε, όχι και τόσο παλιακός. Κάποια από τα διηγήματα τα ήξερα κι απλά απόλαυσα τη μετάφραση (όπως την Κίτρινη Ταπετσαρία ή την Επάνω Κουκέτα). Άλλα τα ήξερα κι απλά τα προσπέρασα (πχ το Κίτρινο Σημάδι του Τσέιμπερς, που ούτε στην πρώτη ανάγνωση με είχε πολυπείσει). Ήταν μερικά πολύ ενδιαφέροντα που δεν είχα ξαναδιαβάσει (όπως ο πάντα σκαμπρόζικος Σάκι με το Πασχαλινό Αυγό του ή η Γυναίκα με την Κουκούλα) που αλήθεια με συνεπήραν. Κι ήταν και μερικά πραγματικά βαρετά και απάλευτα, όπως ο πολύς Στόκερ ή το τέρμα ρατσιστικό Μωρό της Ντεζιρέ. Αλλά δεν ήταν ο μέσος όρος τους που με κούρασε. Ήταν το σύνολό τους. Η μια αραχνιασμένη κασέλα μετά την άλλη, η μια αιθέριος φθισική ύπαρξις μετά την άλλη, η μια επαρχιακή Αγγλία ή Αμερική ή Γερμανία μετά την άλλη. Μπούχτησα, δεν την πάλεψα όπως περίμενα.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    A wonderful collection of gothic short stories by authors the editor feels have been forgotten over time as writers of the macabre by falling under the shadow of Poe. A very informative and entertaining introduction is included which gives a history of the "terror" story from ancient times to now with the emphasis being on the latter-half of the 1800s. This is an excellent sampling of Gothic tales of horror from the Victorian era by a wide range of authors. Of course in such collections some sto A wonderful collection of gothic short stories by authors the editor feels have been forgotten over time as writers of the macabre by falling under the shadow of Poe. A very informative and entertaining introduction is included which gives a history of the "terror" story from ancient times to now with the emphasis being on the latter-half of the 1800s. This is an excellent sampling of Gothic tales of horror from the Victorian era by a wide range of authors. Of course in such collections some stories are better than others, but I found the collection as a whole to be a solid 4-star rating. I had heard of most of the authors, read a good many of them, found some new-to-me authors, but also did not recall having read any of these stories and was particularly pleased to find a couple in the collection that I've wanted to read for ages such as "The Yellow Wallpaper", a classic indeed, that had thus far eluded me. Klinger has done a fine job as editor and this is an highly recommended anthology! 1. The Sand-Man by E.T.A. Hoffmann (1816) - This has all the markings a classic Gothic tale should have, even including a madman, but is quite forward thinking for the times as the man is the innocent, childish, frail one while the woman is the logical, non-emotional one coming up with the reasonable answers to the strange goings on. Hoffman is quite the melodramatic story weaver! (4/5) 2. The Mummy's Foot by Theophile Gautier (1840) - A Frenchman walks into an antique shop and buys an Egyptian mummy's foot. A strange episode ensues. Descriptive to the point of tedium, starts off with pages describing the antique store, then the proprietor before even getting to the purchase then becomes exotic with its descriptions of Egyptian things but, overall, while being a fantastical story pretty boring for today's reader. (2/5) 3. An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1851) - I like Le Fanu. He's a great writer and very easy to read compared to others from this era. This story is just ok, though. A haunted house story, in which the narrator relates the events which happened to him and a friend when they rented the old manor. The descriptions of the ghost are quite gruesome and it's a nasty thing so I can imagine this being more titillating at the times than it is now, to me. (3/5) 4. The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford (1885) - Loved this! Classic ghost tale! Has a bit of everything. A group of men are sitting around having their usual cigars and drinks, telling stories, when our narrator mentions he has seen a ghost. Then he tells his tale, A splendidly gothic, creepy tale taking place aboard a steamer ship crossing the ocean. My favourite so far. (5/5) 5, His Unconquerable Enemy by W.C. Morrow (1889) Oh sweet revenge! He will have it at all costs. Thievery is punished by the removal of an arm, thence revenge steps in. His re-capture turns his sights upon the Rajah who punishes him with the removal of the second arm and so and so on. This is the type of story that can only be read. Visualization would take away the cringeful moments the imagination can create better. (5/5) 6. In Dark New England Days by Sarah Orne Jewett (1890) - Spinster sisters loose their domineering, miserly father as they enter their senior years. Hoping to find they've been left financially secure now that they are free at last, instead the timid sister curses the man (and his generations) who cause them to remain dependent on what they can earn from garden and spinning wheel. A fairly straightforward story, and predictable, but well-written and atmospheric. I really enjoyed it. (4/5) 7. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1892) - Brilliant story of madness! Fascinating piece for its historical value as Ms. Gilman is protesting the common treatment, at the time the story was written, given to women who were suffering "nervous" disorders. A cautionary tale but extremely frightening because of its reality. Is followed by Gilman's 1913 essay on "Why I wrote The Yellow Wallpaper" (5/5) 8. Desiree's Baby by Kate Chopin (1893) - Whoa! I didn't see that coming. Short, but powerful! (5/5) 9. The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers (1895)- This is a creepy, haunting, otherworldly tale which gets weirder right up to its abrupt ending. One of the best stories in the collection. It leaves you a little baffled; is it ghosts? supernatural? Leaves you thinking. (5/5) 10. A Tragedy of Bones by George MacDonald (1895) - Chapter 17 of the novel "Lilith" - A man out walking in the forest at night happens upon some incidents involving skeletons. MacDonald's work is all very theological and in essence, this is a little tale on the afterlife, taking place in a dream I suppose (I haven't read Lillith) showing the narrator what goes on in Purgatory (or Hell since MacDonald believed Hell was actually more like the Catholic Purgatory). If you don't get the theology going on it's basically just a story of dancing and arguing skeletons. (3/5) 11. A Night of Horror by Dick Donovan (1899) - The classic haunted house ghost story where the ghost is looking for his remains and the truth of his death to be discovered. Well written and very gruesome for the times. (4/5) 12. The Corpse-Rider by Lafcadio Hearn (1900) - This is supposed to be the retelling of a Japanese tale though it's been Anglicized somewhat. The premise of the vengenance of a scorned woman outlasting death is frightful and so is the set-up of the story. But then it plays out to a boring end and let down. (2/5) 13. The Leather Funnel by Arthur Conan Doyle (1902) - A story of the occult which is tied to a real true crime of the 1600s. Very good! (5/5) 14. The Shadows on the Wall by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1902) - Absolutely delicious little tale of terror; perhaps murder, perhaps ghosts. Brothers and sisters gather at the family home (they all live there except for a married sister) after the abrupt, sudden death of the youngest brother under suspect, but hardly dared spoken of, circumstances. The suspense and tension slowly mount to a chilling end. Loved it! (5/5) 15. Lost Hearts by M.R. James (1895) - In a strange editorial choice this one story has been placed out of chronilogical order; this being because the story gained its popularity once it was reprinted in a collection in 1904. It would have been better placed earlier in the collection. Going back to the early 1800s this story brings together a practitioner of the dark pagan arts and his newly arrived orphan nephew, only 12 years old. I's easy to guess where it goes from there. (3/5) 16. The Moonlit Road by Ambrose Bierce (1907) - I like this author but this story isn't terribly haunting even though it is a ghost story. Told in three parts we read the testimony of three participants; first the son, then the father and finally the mother (through the aid of a medium). (3/5) 17. The Spider by Hanns Heinz Ewers (1915) - Perfectly splendid! Perhaps my favourite in the collection! Expertly told. Some might, but I wouldn't, call this a ghost story, more a tale of the macabre. A medical student registers himself up in a room whose last three occupants have hanged themselves in rather an unnerving manner the past three consecutive Fridays between the hours of five and six pm. These are the journal entries found in his room in which he did stay longer than the next coming Friday. Haunting and well-written for a story in English translation. (5/5) 18. The Woman with the White Hood by L.T. Meade (1908) - Perfect Gothic ghost haunting. A familiar take today but quite shocking for its day especially for the description of the girl's terror. I enjoyed the female protagonist especially in a story written at this time for her pluck. Of course, she was utterly stricken almost mad with terror before the apparition but she was determined to see the affair through and lay the poor spirit to rest no matter her own suffering. Great story! (5/5) 19. The Easter Egg by Saki/H.H. Munro (1911) - Saki is hit and miss with me and this one was pretty good. A Clovis tale (though he doesn't appear) in which a very weak and nervous grown son has one brief shining moment of half-courage before his mother. Rather macabre. (3/5) 20. The Squaw by Brahm Stoker (1893) - Again an editorial choice to place the story out of order because it was published in a collection for the first time in 1914. Stoker is easy to read though and the story not time specific feels good here as the finishing story. The "dumb" American is over-the-top, but I took him to be intentionally so making one have little feeling for his horrific ending. Quite a disturbing story, violent with a disturbing act by one character leading to a final disturbing act by another. A good story with which to end the collection. (4/5)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    This is a Goodreads win review. This is a collections of short stories about tales of terror. It was very good but some scared me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    V

    Perfect selection of spooky, weird, and psychological tormenting stories! Great performances from the narrators. :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Briar Ripley

    I wrote a whole long review of this and it was very thoughtful and funny, but then my internet crapped out and deleted ALL of it. tl;dr: several good stories here, but I'd read almost all of them before, hence the two star rating. The ones I hadn't read didn't impress me too much. Bram "Dracula" Stoker's "The Squaw" was impressively bad, containing a graphic kitten death, unlikable characters who don't behave like any real human ever has or would, relentless racism that's not even crucial to the I wrote a whole long review of this and it was very thoughtful and funny, but then my internet crapped out and deleted ALL of it. tl;dr: several good stories here, but I'd read almost all of them before, hence the two star rating. The ones I hadn't read didn't impress me too much. Bram "Dracula" Stoker's "The Squaw" was impressively bad, containing a graphic kitten death, unlikable characters who don't behave like any real human ever has or would, relentless racism that's not even crucial to the plot (although I don't suppose it would really be better if it WERE), and hokey cowboy eye dialect. But if you haven't read, say, "The Yellow Sign" or "The Spider", and you're a fan of horror fiction, you really really should.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elena Johansen

    I primarily read this for The Yellow Wallpaper, on the list for Crash Course Literature this season. This was the only collection available from my library system that had it, and I wasn't terribly interested in reading the other stories. That being said, The Yellow Wallpaper was excellent, and I read most of the other stories, which were overwritten in the style of the times--if you're a diehard Poe fan, these are right up your alley, but otherwise I mostly found them excessively wordy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    What a fantastic collection of short stories! "Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on those twin icons of the Victorian era, Sherlock Holmes and Dracula." and he has put together this collection of gothic horror stories under an apt title considering these certainly have been lost the looming figure of Poe in the classic horror genre. This was perfect Oct. reading!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    I read these stories out of order and I'm happy that I read The Spider last, easily my favorite story after the few stories I had already read elsewhere (The Yellow Wallpaper and the Yellow Sign). Overall it was a nice collection of Gothic tales but I did not find them to be as eerie as I was hoping

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

    Quite fun. Recommended to those who are looking for Shocktober reading material and are not thoroughly familiar with all the classic Gothic tales. It may also lead you to some more enjoyable works by the anthologized authors.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Hammer

    The brief Author bio's were helpful.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    very well done and thorough

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dale

    My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my review copy of this book. You ladies rock! The volume is a collection of short horror fiction written by various co-scary story writers of Edgar Allan Poe. They cover a time period from 1816 to 1914. Some of them were old friends of mine and some I read for the first time in this collection. Horror fiction can be about ghosts, the supernatural, vampires, werewolves, zombies and other dwellers in the dark My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my review copy of this book. You ladies rock! The volume is a collection of short horror fiction written by various co-scary story writers of Edgar Allan Poe. They cover a time period from 1816 to 1914. Some of them were old friends of mine and some I read for the first time in this collection. Horror fiction can be about ghosts, the supernatural, vampires, werewolves, zombies and other dwellers in the dark. The can be about strange cities, haunted houses, deserted towns, ships, trains, buses, cars, and a gentle stroll by the sea. There can be actual evil forces active in the story or the whole can take place inside a person’s head. Whether dreams or delusions, the mind can cause horror like no other. And now to the stories: “The Sand-Man” by ETA Hoffmann (1816) deals with dabbling into alchemy and the terrors wrought by an evil person from the narrator’s past returning for vengeance… “The Mummy’s Foot” by Théophile Gautier (1840) concerns a mummy’s foot bought for a paperweight by someone browsing a bric-a-bac shop, with strange consequences… “An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1853) details the experiences of two friends who occupy a house that is possibly haunted… “The Upper Berth” by F Marion Crawford (1886) takes place at a dinner party, when a guest named Brisbane recounts the story of his encounter with a ghost aboard the freighter Kamtschatka. Something that always occupies the upper berth in stateroom 105… “His Unconquerable Enemy” by WC Marrow (1889) is the tale of a Rajah whose mortal enemy has lost over time both of his arms and both of his legs. The man is kept in a cage ten feet off the floor in the Rajah’s chambers. The Rajah feels free from danger from the man, Neranya, but hatred is a very strong emotion… “In Dark New England Days” by Sarah Orne Jewett (1890) recounts how some elderly women find treasure which is stolen from them. Their curse strikes the thief down… “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1891)… Concerning this story, I have read it several times over the years and I have never understood it. I thought maybe watching the movie would help. No. Even the author’s explanation at the end doesn’t help. I think it is a woman slowly going insane but— “Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin (1893) is about slavery…and how much “tainted blood” could cause a horror beyond reason… “The Yellow Sign” by Robert W Chambers (1895) tells the tale of an artist and his nude model. They eventually marry, but an onyx pin with the yellow sign made into it draws a creature out of horror… “A Tragedy of Bones” by George McDonald (1895) recounts the story of skeletons that walk in the moonlight… “A Night of Horror” by Dick Donavan (1899) deals with Bleak Hill Castle and the zombie-like ghost of a woman that leads searchers to her bricked-up body… “The Corpse Rider” by Lafcadio Hern (1900) thrills the reader with a tale of a vengeful corpse… “The Leather Funnel” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1902) deals with a man visiting a friend who collects objects of historic horror. One such object is a leather funnel, with ragged marks around the spout. A believer in dream magic, the friend suggests that the man sleep next to the funnel. What dreams may come… This was always one of my favorites! “The Shadows on the Wall” by Mary Wilkins Freeman (1903) brings us the tale of Henry and Edward. Henry argued with Edward the night the latter died. While preparing for the funeral, a shadow hangs for three days on the wall of the house that resembles the dead man… “Lost Hearts” by MR James (1904) is the saga of a madman and child ghosts missing their hearts… “The Moonlit Road” by Ambrose Bierce (1907) gives us the tale of three men haunted by their past whose nightmares take place on the moonlit road… “The Spider” by Hans Heinz Ewers (1907) deals with the suicides by hanging of four young men in room #7 of the Hotel Stevens on Rue Alfred Stevens. The first three take place before this story begins. The story is recounted in the young man’s journal found after he hanged himself in the same place the first three hanged themselves… “The Woman with the Hood” by LT Meade (1908) gives us the story of a little girl haunted by a female ghost that only she can see… “The Easter Egg” by Saki (1911) in which the author, real name HH Munro tells of horror that takes place at a child’s Ester egg hunt… “The Squaw” by Brom Stoker (1914) From the man who gave us all the shakes with the novel Dracula comes a short story concerning Elias P Hutchenson. The American has fought bears and Indians, including a squaw who skinned a man who stole her papoose. Now Hutchenson accidentally kills a cat’s kitten—and she may be worse than the squaw! The stories vary in subject, length, and skill. The book has one of my favorites and one story I cannot stand. I give the volume four stars… Quoth the Raven…

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ant

    Quite like this collection. For some reason I really liked the archaic way some of the stories are written. Although as horror stories go, they are not very scary. I'm terrified of scary movies and ghost stories, but none of these are very horrific. Some of Agatha Christie's psychological short stories are scarier in my opinion (but then she's from a different era). Nonetheless some of them are think pieces and worth ruminating over.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ghost of the Library

    I always hesitate on how to qualify these types of books because, lets face it, taste is very particular, sometimes much more so in the short story genre. That being said, and having already read one book of a similar nature this year, i found myself yet again totally drawn into this one, and delighted at being reunited with "old friends". "In the Shadow..." starts with a curious introduction - Edgar Allan Poe did not invent the tale of terror...and proceeds to give us a mix of stories, some of mo I always hesitate on how to qualify these types of books because, lets face it, taste is very particular, sometimes much more so in the short story genre. That being said, and having already read one book of a similar nature this year, i found myself yet again totally drawn into this one, and delighted at being reunited with "old friends". "In the Shadow..." starts with a curious introduction - Edgar Allan Poe did not invent the tale of terror...and proceeds to give us a mix of stories, some of more known authors, others a novelty to me, that show just how varied and fascinating the genre truly was. Although Poe is now of the top 3 most popular authors, there were/are several other names worth knowing/reading. You have a little bit of everything in here, for all possible tastes and imaginations, and i will merely point out of the better known authors (at least to me that is!): J. Sheridan Le Fanu - Even if suitably gory, this is not one of his best stories, but still worth the time. He was a rather engaging storyteller, and his style of writing makes him especially easy to "digest" for the modern reader - when compared to some of the other names here. Kate Chopin - awesome story, very intense and powerful, will have you gripping the pages! Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Have to admit was somewhat surprised to find it here, this is a particular favorite of mine, but since my first contact with it was in a totally different setting, it was fascinating to revisit it exclusively from the point of view of a horror story. This is an absolute classic, and the essay that follows, with the author explaining the reasons for writing it is also worth the attention. Arthur Conan Doyle - yes he wasn't just all Sherlock ;) this one is brilliant and for me it was a fascinating surprise. Inspired by a real crime from the 17th century, promise you it will keep your attention! Bram Stoker - yes, him, the man behind Dracula. Now this is one bloody gory gruesome tale..hence perfect to finish off this particular selection...and i shall say no more ;) There are more stories, i am not going to spoil the surprise/scares by giving away plots, suffice to say if you like the genre, go ahead, there´s certainly one in here that will suitably scare you! If you´re just curious with the tittle, well its not a bad way to be introduced to the wonderful world of horror stories...have fun ;) p.s.: i gave it 4 stars for the simple reason that i would have like more background on some of the lesser known names...minor detail that in no way takes merit from the selection that you have here.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    In the Shadow of Edgar Allen Poe is a marvelous collection of the macabre for any lover of the genre. Although these stories were written long ago (between 1816 and 1914), and their style, overall, definitely marks them as from a bygone era, they are absolutely timeless examples of what makes this genre so popular. Ordinarily short stories are not my first choice, as I really love getting to know characters over time and love diving into another time period or place and having that time spent la In the Shadow of Edgar Allen Poe is a marvelous collection of the macabre for any lover of the genre. Although these stories were written long ago (between 1816 and 1914), and their style, overall, definitely marks them as from a bygone era, they are absolutely timeless examples of what makes this genre so popular. Ordinarily short stories are not my first choice, as I really love getting to know characters over time and love diving into another time period or place and having that time spent last a bit longer than a short story will allow. Some of these stories are only 3-4 pages long, and that gives little time for deep acquaintance, yet I found that they were very satisfying. Some were tragic, some horrifying, some eerie and unnerving, yet all were well put together and great for a late night read. If I had to pick a favorite, I would choose The Yellow Wallpaper (1891), written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Before each story is a bit of a history of the author and information on where the story was first published. What made this story even more intriguing for me was that this story was inspired by the authors own bout with serious post-partum depression. It was by far the most unnerving of all the stories in this collection. This poor soul descends into madness, one day at a time and before we know it she is completely unrecognizable, lost in her own world. Perhaps this one was too close to reality and therefore made it the most nerve shattering of all of the stories presented here. If you love ghost stories and in general, the excitement of the unexplained, these stories are for you. What also added to my enjoyment was the style of writing that was popular back then. I love to read the classics and these satisfied my desire for a good scare with my love of older literature. I highly recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This was honestly pretty disappointing. Almost all of the stories would not qualify as horror by my definition, were not anywhere close. There were maybe five in total that were alright. The ones that WERE worth reading were "The Sand Man" by E. T. A. Hoffmann, not horror, but an entertaining story all the same, "The Upper Berth," by F. Marion Crawford which was the only one that really spooked me, "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (this one was psychologically thrilling), "The This was honestly pretty disappointing. Almost all of the stories would not qualify as horror by my definition, were not anywhere close. There were maybe five in total that were alright. The ones that WERE worth reading were "The Sand Man" by E. T. A. Hoffmann, not horror, but an entertaining story all the same, "The Upper Berth," by F. Marion Crawford which was the only one that really spooked me, "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (this one was psychologically thrilling), "The Spider" by Hanns Heinz Ewers, and Bram Stoker's "The Squaw." Besides those -- and some of those were only alright -- the rest were banal, bland, uninspired, aged pieces that did not need to be reproduced in a collection of horror tales. None of them had the spine-chilling effect that Edgar Allan Poe manages in his pieces which is one of the main draws of this collection -- the title itself suggesting these pieces are in the same vein as Poe's horror works.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael Ritchie

    Interesting collection of 19th century horror stories. It includes a few that are fairly easy to find, like Hoffmann's The Sandman and Robert W. Chambers' "The Yellow Sign," but also some relative rarities well worth reading including "The Spider" by Hanns Heinz Ewers and a nasty little story by Bram Stoker called "The Squaw."

  21. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This collection of classic tales of terror is frightfully entertaining. Every story captured my imagination, but my favorites were: His Unconquerable Enemy, The Corpse- Rider, Lost Hearts, The Yellow Sign, The Spider and The Squaw. I plan to purchase this book for my personal collection.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Richard York

    Couldn't get into these works. This surprised me because I love a good gothic mystery. Maybe one has to be in the right frame of mind.

  23. 5 out of 5

    MissySue Hanson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Una

  27. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rick Slane

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zembla

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