A Frightful Good Time
It’s that time of year again, when we dust off our Halloween costumes and put out our
spookiest decorations. Get in the mood to be frightened and to scare your friends with these classic and contemporary stories! These titles run the gamut of classic ghost stories, modern comic book horror, and even a few short story collections for the avid horror fan.
More Deadly than the Male by Graeme Davis
Readers are well aware that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein: few know how many other tales of terror she created. In addition to "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote some surprisingly effective horror stories. The year after "Little Women" appeared, Louisa May Alcott published one of the first mummy tales. These ladies weren't alone. From the earliest days of Gothic and horror fiction, women were exploring the frontiers of fear, dreaming dark dreams that will still keep you up at night. "More Deadly than the Male" includes unexpected horror tales by Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and forgotten writers like Mary Cholmondely and Charlotte Riddell, whose work deserves a modern audience. Readers will be drawn in by the familiar names and intrigued by their rare stories.
The Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories by Arthur Machen
Perhaps no figure better embodies the transition from the Gothic tradition to modern horror than Arthur Machen. In the final decade of the nineteenth century, the Welsh writer produced a seminal body of tales of occult horror, spiritual and physical corruption, and malignant survivals from the primeval past which horrified and scandalized-late-Victorian readers. Machen's "weird fiction" has influenced generations of storytellers, from H. P. Lovecraft to Guillermo Del Toro - and it remains no less unsettling today.This new collection, which includes the complete novel "The Three Impostors" as well as such celebrated tales as "The Great God Pan" and "The White People," constitutes the most comprehensive critical edition of Machen yet to appear. In addition to the core late-Victorian horror classics, a selection of lesser-known prose poems and later tales helps to present a fuller picture of the development of Machen's weird vision.
The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories. Vol 1 by James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle
A selection of stories that are short in length but shocking in nature, this book is home to 17 frightful features from authors such as Charles Birkin and Mary Cholmondeley that spans more than 200 years of horror fiction writing!
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2016 by Paula Guran
Macabre meetings, sinister excursions, and deadly relationships; uncanny encounters; a classic ghost story featuring an American god; a historical murderer revived in a frightening new iteration; innovative Lovecraftian turns; shadowy fairy tales and weird myths; strange children, the unexpected, the supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real . . . tales of the dark. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows.
The Classic Horror Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
Considered a founding father of “weird fiction”, Lovecraft’s stories are a must-read for fans of classic horror tales! This new selection brings together nine of his classic tales, focusing on the "Cthulhu Mythos" a cycle of stories that develops the mythology of the Old Ones, the monstrous creatures who predate human life on earth. It includes the Introduction from Lovecraft's critical essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature", in which he gave his own important definition of "weird fiction."
The Walking Dead. Book 1 by Robert Kirkman
The celebrated comic book that spawned television series and renewed interest in zombie-centric fiction. This hardcover contains the first 12 issues of the original comic book, letting fans both new and old experience this classic firsthand in a single volume!
Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror by Eric J. Guignard
Dive back into the rockin’ 1950s with these horrifying short stories! This anthology provides a healthy dose of rockabilly, pulp, horror, and crime tales, including fast cars, rowdy characters, and even more intense classic movie monsters.
Ghost Stories: Classic Tales of Horror and Suspense by Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger
What’s spookier than an empty house? An “empty” house! This collection of spine-tingling ghost stories will have you wondering if we’re ever truly alone. Works by Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, and other literary giants whose other, less spooky tales have gained more notoriety are featured in this anthology.
Eldritch Tales: a Miscellany of the Macabre by H.P. Lovecraft
Howard Phillips Lovecraft died at the age of 47, but in his short life he turned out dozens of stories which changed the face of horror. His extraordinary imagination spawned both the Elder God Cthulhu and his eldritch cohorts, and the strangely compelling town of Innsmouth, all of which feature within these pages. This collection gathers together the rest of Lovecraft's rarely seen but extraordinary short fiction, including the whole of the long-out-of-print collection "Fungi from Yoggoth."
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