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The Library of America presents "American Fantastic Tales," an unrivaled two-volume boxed collection of the American Gothic tradition, from Edgar Allan Poe to today's masters of terror and the uncanny?-86 stories in all. I. Terror and the Uncanny From Poe to the Pulps 768 pp. II. Terror and the Uncanny From the 1940s to Now 744 pp. Featuring: Charles Brockden Brown, W The Library of America presents "American Fantastic Tales," an unrivaled two-volume boxed collection of the American Gothic tradition, from Edgar Allan Poe to today's masters of terror and the uncanny?-86 stories in all. I. Terror and the Uncanny From Poe to the Pulps 768 pp. II. Terror and the Uncanny From the 1940s to Now 744 pp. Featuring: Charles Brockden Brown, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Robert W. Chambers, Kate Chopin, Lafcadio Hearn, F. Marion Crawford, Ambrose Bierce, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Ellen Glasgow, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, John Collier, Tennessee Williams, John Cheever, Jack Finney, Shirley Jackson, Paul Bowles, Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, Vladimir Nabokov, Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Isaac Bashevis Singer, John Crowley, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Michael Chabon, Steven Millhauser, Brian Evenson, Kelly Link, and dozens more. "An encompassing and essential voyage to the dark side of the moon of American literature and a stupendous, spellbinding reading experience waiting to be had." - Jonathan Lethem


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The Library of America presents "American Fantastic Tales," an unrivaled two-volume boxed collection of the American Gothic tradition, from Edgar Allan Poe to today's masters of terror and the uncanny?-86 stories in all. I. Terror and the Uncanny From Poe to the Pulps 768 pp. II. Terror and the Uncanny From the 1940s to Now 744 pp. Featuring: Charles Brockden Brown, W The Library of America presents "American Fantastic Tales," an unrivaled two-volume boxed collection of the American Gothic tradition, from Edgar Allan Poe to today's masters of terror and the uncanny?-86 stories in all. I. Terror and the Uncanny From Poe to the Pulps 768 pp. II. Terror and the Uncanny From the 1940s to Now 744 pp. Featuring: Charles Brockden Brown, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Robert W. Chambers, Kate Chopin, Lafcadio Hearn, F. Marion Crawford, Ambrose Bierce, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Ellen Glasgow, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, John Collier, Tennessee Williams, John Cheever, Jack Finney, Shirley Jackson, Paul Bowles, Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, Vladimir Nabokov, Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Isaac Bashevis Singer, John Crowley, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Michael Chabon, Steven Millhauser, Brian Evenson, Kelly Link, and dozens more. "An encompassing and essential voyage to the dark side of the moon of American literature and a stupendous, spellbinding reading experience waiting to be had." - Jonathan Lethem

30 review for American Fantastic Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Hobbs

    Read so far: [v. 1.] From Poe to the pulps *Somnambulism : a fragment / Charles Brockden Brown -- *The adventure of the German student / Washington Irving -- Berenice / Edgar Allan Poe --1 Young Goodman Brown / Nathaniel Hawthorne --3 *The tartarus of maids / Herman Melville -- What was it? / Fitz-James O'Brien --3 The legend of Monte del Diablo / Bret Harte -- *The moonstone mass / Harriet Prescott Spofford -- His unconquerable enemy / W.C. Morrow --2 *In dark New England days / Sarah Orne Jewett -- The ye Read so far: [v. 1.] From Poe to the pulps *Somnambulism : a fragment / Charles Brockden Brown -- *The adventure of the German student / Washington Irving -- Berenice / Edgar Allan Poe --1 Young Goodman Brown / Nathaniel Hawthorne --3 *The tartarus of maids / Herman Melville -- What was it? / Fitz-James O'Brien --3 The legend of Monte del Diablo / Bret Harte -- *The moonstone mass / Harriet Prescott Spofford -- His unconquerable enemy / W.C. Morrow --2 *In dark New England days / Sarah Orne Jewett -- The yellow wall paper / Charlotte Perkins Gilman --3 *The black dog / Stephen Crane -- Ma'ame Pélagie / Kate Chopin --3 Thurlow's Christmas story / John Kendrick Bangs --3 The repairer of reputations / Robert W. Chambers --1 The dead valley / Ralph Adams Cram --2 The little room / Madeline Yale Wynne --2 The striding place / Gertrude Atherton --1 An itinerant house / Emma Francis Dawson -- Luella Miller / Mary Wilkins Freeman --3 Grettir at Thorhall-stead / Frank Norris -- *Yuki-Onna / Lafcadio Hearn -- For the blood is life / F. Marion Crawford --3 The moonlit road / Ambrose Bierce --3 Lukundoo / Edward Lucas White --3 The shell of sense / Olivia Howard Dunbar --3 The jolly corner / Henry James --2 Golden baby / Alice Brown -- Afterward / Edith Wharton --3 Consequences / Willa Cather --2 The shadowy third / Ellen Glasgow --3 *Absolute evil / Julian Hawthorne -- Unseen-unfeared / Francis Stevens -- The curious case of Benjamin Button / F. Scott Fitzgerald --3 The curse of Everard Maundy / Seabury Quinn -- *The king of the cats / Stephen Vincent Benét -- The jelly-fish / David H. Keller -- Mr. Arcularis / Conrad Aiken --2 The black stone / Robert E. Howard -- Passing of a god / Henry S. Whitehead --3 The panelled room / August Derleth -- *The thing on the doorstep / H.P. Lovecraft -- Genius Loci / Clark Ashton Smith -- *The cloak / Robert Bloch-- [v. 2.] From the 1940s to now *Evening primrose / John Collier -- *Smoke ghost / Fritz Leiber -- The mysteries of the Joy Rio / Tennessee Williams -- The refugee / Jane Rice -- Mr. Lupescu / Anthony Boucher --2 *Miriam / Truman Capote -- Midnight / Jack Snow -- *Torch Song / John Cheever -- *The daemon lover / Shirley Jackson -- The circular valley / Paul Bowles --3 *I'm scared / Jack Finney -- *The Vane sisters / Vladimir Nabokov -- The April witch / Ray Bradbury --3 Black country / Charles Beaumont -- Trace / Jerome Bixby -- Where the woodbine twineth / Davis Grubb -- Nightmare / Donald Wandrei -- *I have no mouth, and I must scream / Harlan Ellison -- Prey / Richard Matheson -- The events at Poroth Farm / T.E.D. Klein -- Hanka / Isaac Bashevis Singer -- Linnaeus forgets / Fred Chappell -- Novelty / John Crowley -- Mr. Fiddlehead / Jonathan Carroll -- *Family / Joyce Carol Oates -- The last feast of Harlequin / Thomas Ligotti -- A short guide to the city / Peter Straub -- The general who is dead / Jeff VanderMeer -- That feeling, you can only say what it is in French / Stephen King -- *Sea Oak / George Saunders -- The long hall on the top floor / Caitlin Kiernan -- Nocturne / Thomas Tessier -- *The God of Dark Laughter / Michael Chabon -- Pop art / Joe Hill -- Pansu / Poppy Z. Brite -- Dangerous laughter / Steven Millhauser -- The chambered fruit / M. Rickert -- The wavering knife / Brian Evenson -- Stone animals / Kelly Link --2 Pat Moore / Tim Powers -- The little stranger / Gene Wolfe -- Dial tone / Benjamin Percy--

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ebenmaessiger

    "Somnambulism: A Fragment," by Charles Brockden Brown (1798): 7.75 - so ima sucker for these kinds of narratives, as well as these older affective 'we’re now telling a story' styles (which makes the inclusion of the accompanying, explanatory article at the BEGINNING quite strange). Nonetheless, the action and main conflict never seems predestined and even acquires a strange momentum in and of itself, although the beginning half’s descriptively interior monologue felt a little less profound than "Somnambulism: A Fragment," by Charles Brockden Brown (1798): 7.75 - so ima sucker for these kinds of narratives, as well as these older affective 'we’re now telling a story' styles (which makes the inclusion of the accompanying, explanatory article at the BEGINNING quite strange). Nonetheless, the action and main conflict never seems predestined and even acquires a strange momentum in and of itself, although the beginning half’s descriptively interior monologue felt a little less profound than you you might find somewhere else during this time. "The Adventures of the German Student," by Washington Irving (1824): 8.5 - Every beat recognizable, every turn seen, yet only because I can only imagine this being the template that so many later follow. The story: a solitary young German, into books and esoterica, feels hunted by some dark spirit in Paris, while also obsessing over a particular face, only to meet that woman, in her dark neckband, and eventually pledge his everlasting devotion to her, until, you guessed it, she's dead, guillotined the day before. And, at that, still told with a compact sort of reverie, an efficient dosing out of info and action following through on that info, for example, the conclusion, in which the student recognizes the Fiend as the one who has animated the girl to trap him eternally--in that case, this is actually more than just another ghost story, as there are two elements at play here, the “ghost” and the much more malevolent force behind if, whereas most stories only have the former. And, come on, a solemn German student in revolutionary Paris, and I'm not gonna like it? "Pat Moore," by Tim Powers (2004): 6.5 - Real over these—these intricately mythologized, not intricately plotted little bursts of attempted emotional catharsis through overwrought fantasy, all filtered through some vaguely fluid, pop prose that thinks it’s more Important than it is because it Deals With Death and Loss and Emotions. "The Little Stranger," by Gene Wolfe (2004): 7.75 - Wonderful tone, and classic format: the dimwit who we gradually realize knows/is implicated in far more nefarious deeds than we could have imagined, before it extinguishes itself with a trite “rewriting some fairy tales here” ending.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    There are so many great short stories here, both classic and obscure, that this set is a must for anyone with any interest in the weird, horror, or slipstream fantasy. The selections from the early 20th century up through the early 1940s were particularly well chosen, and there's a great representation of both male and female authors. There are so many great short stories here, both classic and obscure, that this set is a must for anyone with any interest in the weird, horror, or slipstream fantasy. The selections from the early 20th century up through the early 1940s were particularly well chosen, and there's a great representation of both male and female authors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    I own this beautiful box set. My incredibly overreaching and insanely ambitious reviews for both volumes can be found in the specific entries: HERE (Volume 1) and AND HERE (volume 2 thanks for looking! I own this beautiful box set. My incredibly overreaching and insanely ambitious reviews for both volumes can be found in the specific entries: HERE (Volume 1) and AND HERE (volume 2 thanks for looking!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    hardback

  6. 5 out of 5

    flannery

    HELL yeah. EVERY story in here is AMAZING! That never happens!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Shaw

    Currently on Volume 2. This is hidden treasure to me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David

    Oh boy Oh Boy Oh BOY! I feel like a kid at Christmas!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen Lida

  10. 5 out of 5

    Luke

  11. 5 out of 5

    David Accampo

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kerb

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael D Jedlowski

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mhatchett

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

  16. 5 out of 5

    James

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jim Sanderson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katharine

  19. 4 out of 5

    David

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rene'

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brant

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chezledilettante

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eryk

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jo

  26. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Miller

  27. 5 out of 5

    John Kissane

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elie Gaspar-Finer

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sean Belt

  30. 4 out of 5

    John Eno

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