In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Tales of Horror, 1816-1914

By Leslie S. Klinger

A masterful number of horror fiction via commonly acclaimed authors whose contributions to the style were misplaced within the shadow of Poe, via one in every of America's top-rated anthologists.

Edgar Allan Poe didn't invent the story of terror. there have been American, English, and Continental writers who preceded Poe and inspired his paintings. equally, there have been many that have been in flip inspired by way of Poe’s genius and produced their very own well known stories of supernatural literature. This assortment positive factors masterful stories of terror via authors who, regularly, are little-remembered for his or her writing during this style. Even Bram Stoker, whose Dracula will be stated to be the most well-liked horror novel of all time, isn't often called a author of brief fiction.

Distinguished editor Leslie S. Klinger is a world-renowned authority on these dual icons of the Victorian age, Sherlock Holmes, and Dracula. His stories into the forefathers of these giants led him to a broader fascination with writers of supernatural literature of the 19th century. The tales during this assortment were chosen by way of him for his or her influence. each one is preceded by way of a quick biography of the writer and an summary of his or her literary occupation and is annotated to provide an explanation for vague references.

Read on, now, possibly with a flickering candle or flashlight to hand . . .

Stories through: Ambrose Bierce, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Theodor Gautier, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lafcadio Hearn, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, and lots of others.

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I assume you don’t suggest anything,” acknowledged she, yet her face wore nonetheless the expression of shrinking horror. “Nobody capability anything,” acknowledged Caroline firmly. She rose and crossed the room towards the door with grim decisiveness. “Where are you going? ” requested Mrs. Brigham. “I have whatever to determine to,” spoke back Caroline, and the others straight away knew through her tone that she had a few solemn and unhappy accountability to accomplish within the chamber of demise. “Oh,” acknowledged Mrs. Brigham. After the door had closed in the back of Caroline, she became to Rebecca. “Did Henry have many phrases with him? ” she requested. “They have been conversing very loud,” responded Rebecca evasively, but with an answering gleam of prepared reaction to the other’s interest within the quickly carry of her gentle blue eyes. Mrs. Brigham checked out her. She had now not resumed rocking. She nonetheless sat up directly with a mild knitting of depth on her reasonable brow, among the beautiful rippling curves of her auburn hair. “Did you—hear something? ” she requested in a low voice with a look towards the door. “I was once simply around the corridor within the south parlor, and that door used to be open and this door ajar,” responded Rebecca with a mild flush. “Then you need to have—” “I couldn’t aid it. ” “Everything? ” “Most of it. ” “What was once it? ” “The outdated tale. ” “I consider Henry used to be mad, as he consistently was once, simply because Edward was once residing on the following for not anything, whilst he had wasted the entire cash father left him. ” Rebecca nodded with a anxious look on the door. while Emma spoke back her voice was once nonetheless extra hushed. “I understand how he felt,” acknowledged she. “He had regularly been so prudent himself, and labored demanding at his career, and there Edward had by no means performed whatever yet spend, and it should have appeared to him as though Edward was once dwelling at his rate, yet he wasn’t. ” “No, he wasn’t. ” “It was once the way in which father left the property—that all of the kids must have a house here—and he left funds adequate to shop for the foodstuff and all if we had all come domestic. ” “Yes. ” “And Edward had a the following in accordance with the phrases of father’s will, and Henry should have remembered it. ” “Yes, he ought. ” “Did he say demanding issues? ” “Pretty challenging from what I heard. ” “What? ” “I heard him inform Edward that he had no company right here in any respect, and he inspiration he had larger depart. ” “What did Edward say? ” “That he may remain right here so long as he lived and later on, too, if he used to be a brain to, and he wish to see Henry get him out; and then—” “What? ” “Then he laughed. ” “What did Henry say. ” “I didn’t listen him say something, but—” “But what? ” “I observed him while he got here out of this room. ” “He appeared mad? ” “You’ve obvious him while he seemed so. ” Emma nodded; the expression of horror on her face had deepened. “Do you do not forget that time he killed the cat simply because she had scratched him? ” “Yes. Don’t! ” Then Caroline reentered the room. She went as much as the range during which a wooden fireplace was once burning—it was once a chilly, gloomy day of fall—and she warmed her fingers, that have been reddened from contemporary washing in chilly water. Mrs. Brigham checked out her and hesitated. She glanced on the door, which was once nonetheless ajar, because it didn't simply close, being nonetheless swollen with the damp climate of the summer season.

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