Detailed view for the Book: Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown (Anthology)

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 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). 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.

Anthology of 58 macabre stories and poems, at least six original.

Introduction: Gather Ye Nosegays by Marvin Kaye

Ghosts and Miscellaneous Nightmares
The Others by Joyce Carol Oates -- Aug 1987
Tap Dancing by John Gregory Betancourt -- Spr 1991
The Hungry Stones by Rabindranath Tagore -- 1913
The Southwest Chamber by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman -- Apr 1903
The Lost Room by Fitz-James O'Brien -- Sep, 1858
The Ghost to His Ladye Love by W. S. Gilbert -- Aug 14, 1869
The Happy Children by Arthur Machen -- 1920
Darby O'Gill and the Good People by Herminie T. Kavanagh -- Jul 1902
Keeping His Promise by Algernon Blackwood -- 1906
A Day in the Life of Comrade Lenin by Carole Bugge
The Throwing Suit by Darrell Schweitzer & Jason Van Hollander -- Spr 1990
The Man Who Wanted to Be in the Movies by John Jakes -- 1962

The Beast Within
Fidel Bassin by W. J. Stamper -- Jul 1925
Unsigned Original by Parke Godwin -- 1975
The Clemency of the Court by Willa Cather -- Oct 26, 1893
The Empty Zoo by Edward D. Hoch -- Nov 1965
Beyond Sleep by Barry N. Malzberg -- Nov 1970
Finnegan's Wake by Traditional
Bianca's Hands by Theodore Sturgeon -- May 1947
The Iron Man by Frederick Laing
Sagittarius by Ray Russell -- Mar 1962
Wolf [as by James Colvin] by Michael Moorcock -- 1966
An Illusion in Red and White by Stephen Crane

Acts of God and Other Horrors
"Man Overboard!" by Winston Churchill -- Jan, 1899
The People of the Pit by A. Merritt -- Jan 5 1918
In the Avu Observatory by H. G. Wells -- Aug 9, 1894
In the Valley of the Shades by C. H. Sherman
The Thing in the Hall by E. F. Benson -- 1912
The Inchcape Rock by Robert Southey -- 1802
Mr. Wilde's Second Chance by Joanna Russ -- Sep 1966
The Dreams in the Witch-House by H. P. Lovecraft -- Jul 1933
The Little Man on the Subway by Isaac Asimov & James MacCreigh -- 1950
The Poems by Ray Bradbury -- Jan 1945
Vision Quest by Patrick LoBrutto

Contes Cruelles
The Man in the Bottle by Gustav Meyrink
A Diagnosis of Death by Ambrose Bierce -- Dec 8 1901
Remember Me by Joan Vander Putten
The Pardon by Emilia Pardo-Bazan
The One Thousand Dozen by Jack London -- Mar 1903
Carmanda by Jessica Amanda Salmonson -- 1976
The Spirit of Hospitality by Saralee Terry -- 1991
The Cripple by Maurice Level -- Feb 1933
The Squaw by Bram Stoker -- Dec 2, 1893
Pictures by Irving Werner
The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
The Necklace by Jack Moffitt -- Feb 1946; a sequel to "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant

Fiends and Creatures
Midnight by Jack Snow -- May 1946
Ms. Lipshutz and the Goblin by Marvin Kaye -- Oct 1978
Amina by Edward Lucas White -- Jun 1 1907
Simpson's Lesser Sphynx by Esther M. Friesner -- 1984
Dress of White Silk by Richard Matheson -- Oct 1951
The Palace of the Mountain Ogre: A Chinese Hansel and Gretel by Toby Sanders
Snow White Waking by Adele Slaughter -- 1991
The Little Witch of Elm Street by Mildred Clingerman -- Oct 1956
The Brown Man's Servant by W. W. Jacobs -- Dec, 1896
Poppa Bear by Alvin Vogel -- 1989
In Letters of Fire by Gaston Leroux -- Jun 1908
Green Magic by Jack Vance -- Jun 1963