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Hardcover Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural : A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New Book

ISBN: 0385185499

ISBN13: 9780385185493

Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural : A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New

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This collection features many less familiar and rarely anthologized tales by writers such as Isaac Asimov, Stanley Ellin, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Tennessee Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien

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5 ratings

Absolutely Adore!

I have to tell you, this is a book I can read annually. I first discovered this book on my Grandmother's bookshelf when I was 13 and fell in love. Now, while some of the stories quite obviously went over my head at the time, I still "got" most of the stories. When they say Masterpieces in the title, they truly meant it. These stories will chill you. I really loved Asimov, which is a quick story but one of complete dread. I couldn't sleep, it had a deep affect on me at that young age and still does. I just read the book again after 13 years and it is still great. Do yourself a favor and get this book.

The Best Horror Anthology I have ever read

The words I am about to write will not do justice to this anthology. If you are a fan of horror short stories, get this before you get anything else. None of the stories are bad, and many are terrfying and unforgettable. Theodore Sturgeon's "The Professor's Teddy Bear" is unique, grotesque, and it will stick with you for months. "His Unconquerable Enemy" has a gripping climax that will amaze you. "The Bottle Imp" is a grand tale of treachery, pain, and sacrifice. "Hop-Frog" is a Poe selection that is every bit as brilliant as his more famous works, and in traditional Poe fashion it is a tale of revenge. I could go on about every story in here but instead I will just very strongly recommend this to all fans of horror literature.

5 stars!

"Masterpieces" is correct. This book is hard to put down. Usually when reading a collection gathered on a mutual theme, the mind of the reader eventually numbs from the sameness of the stories. Not so with this anthology. Each story is unique, unpredictable, and well written. I enjoyed it greatly. I give it the highest praise possible here--5 stars.

Mind-boggling collection

This is an absolute treasure! Stoker, Lovecraft, Poe, Shelley, Asimov, Bierce, Tolkien are all here. You'll also find Richard Matheson, Tanith Lee, Sheridan LeFanu, Orson Scott Card (with one of the most disturbing, chilling tales I've ever read), Ogden Nash, Tennessee Williams, Jack London, Walt Whitman (is this high-school english class! ), Robert Bloch and more. Each selection comes with a little background note providing some info about the author, history about that particular story and recommendations for other related readings. This collection is fantastic; it doesn't disappoint. English class would have been infinitely more interesting with this kind of reading!

A Pretty Good Collection

I picked this book up at the thrift store for about thirty-five cents, expecting the usual collection of stories that I have probably read countless times before in other anthologies.While it did have the requisite Poe and Lovecraft, I was pleasantly surprised by the offbeat and rare pieces of work this book offered. Some standouts include "Graveyard Shift" by Richard Matheson (immeasurably better than the King story of the same name, "The Night Wire" by H.F. Arnold, and Orson Scott Card's "Eumenides In The Fourth Floor Lavatory". The roster also includes such authors as Dylan Thomas, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Theodore Sturgeon. All in all, a good collection with more than a few surprises.
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