Edgar Allan Poe did not invent the tale of terror There were American English and Continental writers who preceded Poe and influenced his work Similarly there were many who were in turn influenced by Poe’s genius and produced their own popular tales of supernatural literature This collection features masterful tales of terror by authors who by and large are little remembered for their writing in this genre Even Bram Stoker whose Dracula may be said to be the most popular horror novel of all time is not known as a writer of short fictionDistinguished editor Leslie S Klinger is a world renowned authority on those twin icons of the Victorian age Sherlock Holmes and Dracula His studies into the forefathers of those giants led him to a broader fascination with writers of supernatural literature of the nineteenth century The stories in this collection have been selected by him for their impact Each is preceded by a brief biography of the author and an overview of his or her literary career and is annotated to explain obscure referencesRead on now perhaps with a flickering candle or flashlight at hand Stories by Ambrose Bierce Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Theodor Gautier Charlotte Perkins Gilman Arthur Conan Doyle Lafcadio Hearn M R James Bram Stoker and many others


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    Review copyLeslie S Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on both Sherlock Holmes and Dracula He is the editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes winner of the Edgar Award for Best CriticalBiographical Work and nominated for every other major award in the mystery genre He is also the editor of The New Annotated Dracula which possesses a similar in depth examination of Bram Stoker’s haunting classic and its historical contextIn the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe Classic Tales of Horror 1816 1914 Leslie presents twenty tales of horror from a diverse group of Edgar Allan Poe's contemporaries From Ernst T W Hoffmann who wrote The Nutcracker and the Mouse King which became the basis for Tschaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker to Bram Stoker who gave us the iconic DraculaWhile a few of the names in this collection were already familiar to me Arthur Conan Doyle Ambrose Bierce and of course Bram Stoker the vast majority of the names and stories were new to me Although the reading was not always easy I find the way people spoke than a century ago to be a bit off putting at times The stories themselves were as varied as their authors with a strong showing for ghost stories Some of the best ghost stories I've ever read are included in this volume Among those tales are THE UPPER BERTH by F Marion Crawford written 130 years ago and as effective as any story I'm likely to read this year Also in that category was A NIGHT OF HORROR by Dick Donovan and THE WOMAN WITH THE HOOD by LT MeadeOf course there are than ghost stories in this collection just as Edgar Allan Poe was than a horror writer Leslie S Klinger has collected a wide range of tales for this book Mysteries Mummies tales of courage and revenge of prejudice and even a companion piece to THE KING IN YELLOW by Robert W Chambers called THE YELLOW SIGN Dare I say there is something for everyoneIf you can get past the old time writing style I think you're likely to find some reading to keep you up at night in the pages of In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe Classic Tales of Horror 1816 1914Available in a wide variety of formats In the Shadow of Edgar Allan Poe Classic Tales of Horror 1816 1914 is published by Pegasus BooksRecommended