Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson

Hardcover | October 9, 2014

EditorDarryl Jones

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The modern horror story grew and developed across the nineteenth century, embracing categories as diverse as ghost stories, the supernatural and psychological horror, medical and scientific horrors, colonial horror, and tales of the uncanny and precognition. This anthology brings togethertwenty-nine of the greatest horror stories of the period, from 1816 to 1912, from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions. It ranges widely across the sub-genres to encompass authors whose terror-inducing powers remain unsurpassed. The book includes stories by some of the best writers of the century - Hoffmann, Poe, Balzac, Dickens, Hawthorne, Melville, Zola - as well as established genre classics such as M. R. James, Arthur Machen, Bram Stoker, Algernon Blackwood, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and others. It includes rare andlittle-known pieces by writers such as William Maginn, Francis Marion Crawford, W. F. Harvey, and William Hope Hodgson, and shows the important role played by periodicals in popularizing the horror story. Wherever possible stories are reprinted in their first published form, with backgroundinformation about their authors and helpful, contextualizing annotation. Darryl Jones's lively introduction discusses horror's literary evolution and its articulation of cultural preoccupations and anxieties. These are stories guaranteed to freeze the blood, revolt the senses, and keep you awake atnight: prepare to be terrified!

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The modern horror story grew and developed across the nineteenth century, embracing categories as diverse as ghost stories, the supernatural and psychological horror, medical and scientific horrors, colonial horror, and tales of the uncanny and precognition. This anthology brings togethertwenty-nine of the greatest horror stories of th...

Darryl Jones has taught at Trinity College Dublin since 1994. Prior to this he taught in the University of Lodz, Poland. He has held Visiting Professorships at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, Babes Bolyai University, Cluj, Transylvania, and Tongji University, Shanghai. He is the author or editor of nine books, including Horror: A The...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pagesPublished:October 9, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionNote on the TextsSelect BibliographyChronologyE.T.A. Hoffmann: The SandmanWilliam Maginn: The Man in the BellJames Hogg: George Dobson's Expedition to HellHonore de Balzac: La Grande BretecheEdgar Allan Poe: BereniceSheridan Le Fanu: Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the PainterNathaniel Hawthorne: The Birth-MarkHerman Melville: The Tartarus of MaidsFitz-James O'Brien: What Was It?Charles Dickens: No. 1 Branch Line: The Signal-ManEmile Zola: The Death of Olivier BecailleRonald Ross: The Vivisector VivisectedRobert-Louis Stevenson: The Body-SnatcherRudyard Kipling: The Mark of the BeastAmbrose Bierce: ChickamaugaCharlotte Perkins Gilman: The Yellow Wall PaperArthur Conan Doyle: The Case of Lady SannoxBram Stoker: The SquawRobert W. Chambers: The Repairer of ReputationsArthur Machen: Novel of the White PowderRichard Marsh: The Adventure of Lady Wishaw's HandW. W. Jacobs: The Monkey's PawMary E. Wilkins Freeman: Luella MillerM. R. James: Count MagnusFrancis Marion Crawford: For the Blood is the LifeAlgernon Blackwood: The WendigoW. F. Harvey: August HeatE. F. Benson: The Room in the TowerWilliam Hope Hodgson: The DerelictExplanatory Notes