Horror / Fantasy / SF

Book Review: Masterpieces Of Terror & The Supernatural: A Treasury Of Spellbinding Tales Old And New

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You might pick up this out of print book at a thrift store for about thirty five cents and wonder later if it is the best purchase you’ve ever made. This is one book you read annually and still don’t get bored. Edited by Marvin Kaye, “Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural” is a compilation of forty six short stories, one novella, and six poems. The editor has covered over two hundred years of horror literature. A good thing about this anthology is that you get to read non-English writers as well since Kaye has included authors from countries like Russia, Germany, and France. Don’t expect gory stuff since Kaye has an inclination for subtle horror. But he presents you some outstanding spooky works.

Sadly, you’ll need to work hard to lay your hands on this rare gem. Try out Amazon and ebay.

Contents

Marvin Kaye – Introduction: In Search Of Masterpieces

Bram Stoker – Dracula’s Guest
Theodore Sturgeon – The Professor’s Teddy Bear
Ivan Turgenev – Bubnoff And The Devil
Patricia Highsmith – The Quest For Blank Claveringi
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe – The Erl King
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Bottle Imp
Craig Shaw Gardner – A Malady Of Magicks
M. Lucie Chin – Lan Lung
Richard L. Wexelblat – The Dragon Over Hackenback
Mary W. Shelley – The Transformation
Edward D. Hoch – The Faceless Thing
Jack Snow – The Anchor
Tanith Lee – When The Clock Strikes
Lafcadio Hearn – Oshidori
Sheridan Le Fanu – Carmilla
Orson Scott Card – Eumenides In The Fourth Form Lavatory
Gottfried August Burger – Lenore
Isaac Bashevis Singer – The Black Wedding
Edgar Allan Poe – Hop-Frog
Ray Russell – Sardonicus
Richard Matheson – Graveyard Shift
Johann Ludwig Tieck – Wake Not The Dead
Maurice Level – Night And Silence
Isaac Asimov – Flies
H. F. Arnold – The Night Wire
Dick Baldwin – Last Respects
A. Merritt – The Pool Of The Stone God
Ogden Nash – A Tale Of The Thirteenth Floor
Dylan Thomas – The Tree
Parke Godwin – Stroke Of Mercy
Leonid Andreyev – Lazarus
A. M. Burrage – The Waxwork
Pierre Courtois – The Silent Couple
Jack London – Moon Face
Walt Whitman – Death In The School-Room
Stephen Crane – The Upturned Face
Ambrose Bierce – One Summer Night
Saki – The Easter Egg
John Dickson Carr – The House In Goblin Wood
Tennessee Williams – The Vengeance Of Nitocris
Damon Runyon – The Informal Execution Of Soupbone Pew
W. C. Morrow – His Unconquerable Enemy
Alfred, Lord Tennyson – Rizpah
Stanley Ellin – The Question
Guy de Maupassant – The Flayed Hand
Robert Aickman – The Hospice
Nathaniel Hawthorne – The Christmas Banquet
Robert Bloch – The Hungry House
Fitz-James O’Brien – The Demon Of The Gibbet
Anatole Le Braz – The Owl
Ralph Adams Cram – No. 252 Rue M. Le Prince
H. P. Lovecraft – The Music Of Erich Zann
J. R. R. Tolkien – Riddles In The Dark (Original version, 1938)

Afterword: Is Terror A Dying Art?
Miscellaneous Notes
Selected Bibliography

623 pages (Doubleday, 1985)

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Masterpieces Of Terror & The Supernatural: A Treasury Of Spellbinding Tales Old And New

  1. I’ve been looking for this book for almost twenty years. It was one of those anthologies I read over and over again but as time passed I couldn’t remember the authors or titles. When I would ask fellow horror fans if they knew the stories they would look at me like I had lobsters crawling out of my ears.

    Thank you for posting full contents and for reuniting me with this book.

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