By S. T. Joshi
The last word selection of bizarre and scary American fiction.
As Stephen King will attest, the recognition of the occult in American literature has simply grown because the days of Edgar Allan Poe. American Supernatural stories celebrates the richness of this custom with chilling contributions from many of the nation's brightest literary lighting, together with Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and-of direction- Stephen King. by way of turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, it is a frighteningly reliable addition to Penguin Classics.
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A succession of vivid flashes of lightning revealed it more distinctly. It was a female figure, dressed in black. She was seated on one of the lower steps of the scaffold, leaning forward, her face hid in her lap, and her long dishevelled tresses hanging to the ground, streaming with the rain which fell in torrents. Wolfgang paused. There was something awful in this solitary monument of wo. The female had the appearance of being above the common order. He knew the times to be full of vicissitude, and that many a fair head, which had once been pillowed on down, now wandered houseless.
Reprinted by permission of CASiana Literary Enterprises, Inc. and Arkham House Publishers, Inc. O. Box 4558, Sunnyside, NY 11104-0558. Robert E. Howard, “Old Garfield’s Heart,” copyright © 1933 by Popular Fiction Publishing Company. Reprinted from The Black Stranger and Other American tales by Robert E. Howard, edited and with an introduction by Steven Tompkins, by permission of the University of Nebraska Press. Copyright © 2005 by Robert E. Howard Properties, LLC. Robert Bloch, “Black Bargain,” copyright © 1942 by Popular Fiction Publishing Company.
Poe, then, is the central figure in the entire history of American—and, indeed, British and European—supernatural fiction; for his example, once established, raised the bar for all subsequent work. No longer could such entities as the vampire or the ghost—already becoming stale through overuse and, more signifiantly, through the advance of a science that was rendering them so implausible as to become aesthetically unusable—be manifested without proper emotional preparation or the provision of at least a quasilogical rationale; no longer could fear be displayed without an awareness of its psychological effect upon those who encounter it.
American Supernatural Tales (Penguin Classics) by S. T. Joshi