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Elizabeth Gaskell locks us in a room with a woman who is losing her mind - slowly; Will Self offers a vision of hell that would frighten Hannibel Lecter; Patrick McGrath gives us the world's worst mother and the darkness in which she lives; Thomas Harris introduces you to a madman who will chew off your lips, tie you to a wheelchair, and set you on fire... for starters; Ia Elizabeth Gaskell locks us in a room with a woman who is losing her mind - slowly; Will Self offers a vision of hell that would frighten Hannibel Lecter; Patrick McGrath gives us the world's worst mother and the darkness in which she lives; Thomas Harris introduces you to a madman who will chew off your lips, tie you to a wheelchair, and set you on fire... for starters; Iain Banks shows us evil in the mind of a child, ruined by the malice of a father. Bret Easton Ellis abandons us to the rage of a young man whose brutality will haunt your nightmares long after you've forgotten literature's other psychopaths. Also includes work by writers such as Stephen King, Anne Rice, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Bowles, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Shirley Jackson. Like all Adrenaline books Dark includes only first-rate prose, offering a vision of our capacity for evil - and a reminder of how much we love to be frightened.


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Elizabeth Gaskell locks us in a room with a woman who is losing her mind - slowly; Will Self offers a vision of hell that would frighten Hannibel Lecter; Patrick McGrath gives us the world's worst mother and the darkness in which she lives; Thomas Harris introduces you to a madman who will chew off your lips, tie you to a wheelchair, and set you on fire... for starters; Ia Elizabeth Gaskell locks us in a room with a woman who is losing her mind - slowly; Will Self offers a vision of hell that would frighten Hannibel Lecter; Patrick McGrath gives us the world's worst mother and the darkness in which she lives; Thomas Harris introduces you to a madman who will chew off your lips, tie you to a wheelchair, and set you on fire... for starters; Iain Banks shows us evil in the mind of a child, ruined by the malice of a father. Bret Easton Ellis abandons us to the rage of a young man whose brutality will haunt your nightmares long after you've forgotten literature's other psychopaths. Also includes work by writers such as Stephen King, Anne Rice, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Bowles, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Shirley Jackson. Like all Adrenaline books Dark includes only first-rate prose, offering a vision of our capacity for evil - and a reminder of how much we love to be frightened.

56 review for Dark: Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Hill

    Fabulous selection of tales and stories. I loved this one!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    An absolutely beautiful trade papberback edition, with wonderful, eerie photos prefacing each tale included within. This collection includes: Smee by A.M. Burrage an excerpt from Asylum by Patrick McGrath They by Rudyard Kipling an excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson an excerpt from The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks Home Burial by Robert Frost Seaton's Aunt by Walter de la Mare The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs an excerpt from Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston A Distant Episode by Paul An absolutely beautiful trade papberback edition, with wonderful, eerie photos prefacing each tale included within. This collection includes: Smee by A.M. Burrage an excerpt from Asylum by Patrick McGrath They by Rudyard Kipling an excerpt from The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson an excerpt from The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks Home Burial by Robert Frost Seaton's Aunt by Walter de la Mare The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs an excerpt from Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston A Distant Episode by Paul Bowles an excerpt from My Idea of Fun by Will Self The Cicerones by Robert Aickman an excerpt from Communion by Whitley Streiber The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman an excerpt from The Shining by Stephen King The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O' Connor The Beckoning Fair One by Oliver Onions They by Blue Bailliet The Crown Derby Plate by Marjorie Bowen The Cafeteria by Issac Bashevis Singer This collection includes some of the greatest dark fiction ever written. My personal favorites are They by Kipling, the excerpt from the Haunting of Hill House by Jackson, The Yellow Wallpaper by Gilman, The Shining by King and The Beckoning Fair One by Onions. I enjoyed the other stories as well but those stood out in my mind and the darkness of each tale seemed resonate long after I'd finished reading it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

    This collection didn't convince me, I didn't find it very spooky. It was kind of dark and you could find madness in it, but the supernatural parts are weak. At least it achieved to convince me even more not to pick up a novel by Will Self ever. No clue how he found his way into this collection focused mainly on classic authors. This collection didn't convince me, I didn't find it very spooky. It was kind of dark and you could find madness in it, but the supernatural parts are weak. At least it achieved to convince me even more not to pick up a novel by Will Self ever. No clue how he found his way into this collection focused mainly on classic authors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joe Morrison

    As a collection this rating reflects the quality of the collected works which were surprisingly and, in my opinion, pleasantly varied.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chrystele Myriam

    I came for Robert Frost and honestly I don’t regret it at all! There are probably two stories I didn’t like but the rest I loved them. The last one was surprisingly good and the end shocked me!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    I first read this anthology shortly after it was released in 2000, as part of an attempt to get myself to stop being such a scaredy-cat. I remember being terrified by quite a few of the selections. it was also my first introduction to "the yellow wallpaper", "the wasp factory", and Zora Neale Hurston's anthropological work, so I'm excited to read it again. **I want so much to give this four stars, because there are some amazing selections. upon my second (possibly third, I discovered) reading, ho I first read this anthology shortly after it was released in 2000, as part of an attempt to get myself to stop being such a scaredy-cat. I remember being terrified by quite a few of the selections. it was also my first introduction to "the yellow wallpaper", "the wasp factory", and Zora Neale Hurston's anthropological work, so I'm excited to read it again. **I want so much to give this four stars, because there are some amazing selections. upon my second (possibly third, I discovered) reading, however, I found that the "dark" theme wore thin after awhile, and some of the lesser tales really brought down the collection as a whole.**

  7. 5 out of 5

    Femmesquara

    Lots of typos, but an excellent collection of chilling tales. My faves: a distant shore, the monkeys paw, hom e burial, tell my horse, and asylum. All but the first two being excerpts from a larger work. The photos are wonderfully creepy as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    SenoraG

    Great collection of short, horror stories. Read the full review on my blog, Reading,Reading & Life Great collection of short, horror stories. Read the full review on my blog, Reading,Reading & Life

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    good collection of classic scary stories

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