H.P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural
H.P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural: 20 Classics of the Macabre, Chosen by the Master of Horror Himself.
Edited by Stephen Jones.
Written by one of the most important writers of the 20th century, H.P. Lovecraft's 'Supernatural Horror in Literature' traces the evolution of the genre from its mythological roots and the early Gothic novels, through to the work of contemporary American, British, and European authors. Throughout the essay Lovecraft acknowledges those writers and stories that he feels are the very finest the horror field has to offer. For the first time in book form, World Fantasy Award-wining editor Stephen Jones proudly presents these twenty classic tales by Lovecraft's favorite authors, including Washington Irving, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Rudyard Kipling, Lafcadio Hearn, Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, William Hope Hidgson, and Arthur Machen, each prefaced by Lovecraft's own opinions and insights into their work. This chilling new collection also contains Henry James' wonderfully atmospheric short novel 'The Turn of the Screw', while H.P. Lovecraft himself contributes a fascinating foreword in which he gives his own advice on how to successfully write weird fiction. For every fan of modern horror, here is an opportunity to rediscover the roots of the genre with some of the most terrifying stories ever imagined.
- INTRODUCTION: SUPERNATURAL HORROR IN LITERATURE by Stephen Jones
- FOREWORD: NOTES ON WRITING WEIRD FICTION by H.P. Lovecraft
- THE TALE OF THE GERMAN STUDENT by Washington Irving
- MARKHEIM by Robert Louis Stevenson
- WHO KNOWS! by Guy de Maupassant
- THE INVISIBLE EYE by Erckmann-Chatrian
- THE TORTURE OF HOPE by Villiers de l'Isle Adam
- MS. FOUND IN A BOTTLE by Edgar Allan Poe
- WHAT WAS IT? by Fitz James O'Brien
- THE MIDDLE TOE OF THE RIGHT FOOT by Ambrose Bierce
- THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Henry James
- THE DEAD SMILE by F. Marion Crawford
- THE WIND IN THE ROSE-BUSH by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
- THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- THE RECRUDESCENCE OF IMRAY by Rudyard Kipling
- THE HANDS OF KARMA (INGWA-BANASHI) by Lafcadio Hearn
- THE BURIAL OF THE RATS by Bram Stoker
- THE RED LODGE by H.R. Wakefield
- THE CAPTAIN OF THE POLE-STAR by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- THE VILLA DÉSIRÉE by May Sinclair
- THE VOICE IN THE NIGHT by William Hope Hodgson
- NOVEL OF THE WHITE POWDER by Arthur Machen
Stephen Jones (born 1953) is an acclaimed editor of numerous award-winning horror anthologies, and the author of several book-length studies of horror and fantasy films as well as an account of Lovecraft's early British publications. Jones has edited anthologies such as the Best New Horror series, Dark Terrors, The Mammoth Book of Vampires, The Mammoth Book of Zombies, The Mammoth Book of Dracula, The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women, The Vampire Stories of R. Chetwynd-Hayes and The Conan Chronicles, 1 and The Conan Chronicles, 2 by Robert E. Howard. Jones has also been co-editor of several books with Kim Newman, such as Horror: 100 Best Books and Horror: Another 100 Best Books with 200 essays on seminal horror books by acclaimed writers of this genre. Jones also edited Dancing with the Dark, a collection of stories of allegedly real life encounters with the paranormal by established horror writers. Jones has been the recipient of a Hugo award and many Bram Stoker Awards.