American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now
By Peter Straub
- Editor: Peter Straub
- Publisher: Library of America
- Published: October 2009
- ISBN-10: 1598530488
- ISBN-13: 9781598530483
- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 2009
- Subject: FICTION / Horror
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The second volume of a groundbreaking two-volume anthology of the very best and most influential tales of horror in American literature, 'American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now' examines the past seven decades of the fantastic, arguing that the stories of this time have continued to be insightful, original, and highly important to literature. The forty-two stories in this volume use the fantastic to describe the dislocations and newly hatched terrors of the modern era. Contributing authors include: Shirley Jackson, Rad Bradbury, Stephen King, Steven Millhauser, and more. This is a must-read collection of the best of the fantastic.
In this second installment, Straub ventures onto somewhat more adventurous ground. His selections bring readers completely up to date with the genre, featuring tales from even the newest writers, such as M. Rickert and Joe Hill. This thorough anthology is likely to replace Fraser and Wise's 1944 Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural as a lib. It foreshadows the careers of writers who may very well turn out to be classics. Straub's reach is admirably broad, bringing to light worthy but under the radar talents such as Jane Rice and Jack Snow, both pulp writers who flourished briefly at the beginning of the "modern" era. Yet, he leaves room for the more mainstream writers: Jerome Bixby, Donald Wandrei, Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson, and Poppy Z. Brite alongside Shirley Jackson, Paul Bowles, Joy Carol Oates, and Truman Capote. Straub incorporates such writers with originality: choosing, for example, to use Tennessee Williams' "The Mysteries of the Joy Rio" for once rather than his more common "The Vengeance of Nitocris." The anthology has genuinely imaginative writing and editorial vision. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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