The Dark Descent-The Evolution Of Horror-David G.Hartwell-Editor (1987)

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No need to review this essential collection after a look at the table of contents. This is a must have to any horror fan’s library or a way to make new fans. Thanks to the state of book stores I don’t know how easy this would be to get a hold of but as you can see,it’s worth the effort. There are fifty-five stories in over a thousand pages. They range from 1839-1984.

David G Hartwell – Introduction

1. The Colour Of Evil

Stephen King – The Reach
John Collier – Evening Primrose
M R James – The Ash-Tree
Lucy Clifford – The New Mother
Russell Kirk – There’s a Long, Long Trail A-Winding
H P Lovecraft – The Call of Cthulhu
Shirley Jackson – The Summer People
Harlan Ellison – The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown
J S. Le Fanu – Mr Justice Harbottle
Ray Bradbury – The Crowd
Michael Shea – The Autopsy
E Nesbit – John Charrington’s Wedding
Karl Edward Wagner – Sticks
Robert Aickman – Larger Than Oneself
Fritz Leiber – Belsen Express
Robert Bloch – Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper
Charles L Grant – If Damon Comes
Manly Wade Wellman – Vandy, Vandy

2. The Medusa In The Shield

Robert Aickman – The Swords
Thomas M. Disch – The Roaches
Theodore Sturgeon – Bright Segment
Clive Barker – Dread
Edgar Allan Poe – The Fall of the House of Usher
Stephen King – The Monkey
Michael Bishop – Within the Walls of Tyre
H. P. Lovecraft – The Rats in the Walls
J S. Le Fanu – Schalken the Painter
Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper
William Faulkner – A Rose for Emily
Robert S. Hichens – How Love Came to Professor Guildea
Richard Matheson – Born of Man and Woman
Joanna Russ – My Dear Emily
Dennis Etchison – You Can Go Now
D. H. Lawrence – The Rocking-Horse Winner
Tanith Lee – Three Days
Flannery O’Connor – Good Country People
Ramsey Campbell – Mackintosh Willy
Henry James – The Jolly Corner

3. A Fabulous Formless Darkness

Fritz Leiber – Smoke Ghost
Gene Wolfe – Seven American Nights
Charles Dickens – The Signal-Man
Stephen King – Crouch End
Joyce Carol Oates – Night Side
Walter De La Mare – Seaton’s Aunt
Ivan Turganev – Clara Militch
Robert W. Chambers – The Repairer Of Reputations
Oliver Onions – The Beckoning Fair One
Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was It?
Shirley Jackson – The Beautiful Stranger
Ambrose Bierce – The Damned Thing
Edith Wharton – Afterward
Algernon Blackwood – The Willows
Thomas M. Disch – The Asian Shore
Robert Aickman – The Hospice

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