Edited by David G. Hartwell.
The Dark Descent traces the evolution of the horror story by presenting an anthology of works from the past and from current writers, with contributions from Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Charles L. Grant, and Clive Barker.
David Geddes Hartwell (1941-2016) was an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He worked for Signet (1971–73), Berkley Putnam (1973–78), Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint, 1980–85, and created the Pocket Books Star Trek publishing line), and Tor Books (where he spearheaded Tor's Canadian publishing initiative at CAN-CON in Ottawa, and was also influential in bringing many Australian writers to the US market, 1984-date), and published numerous anthologies. Since 1995, his title at Tor/Forge Books was "Senior Editor." He chaired the board of directors of the World Fantasy Convention and, with Gordon Van Gelder, was the administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award. He held a Ph.D. in comparative medieval literature.
David G. Hartwell was the husband of Kathryn Cramer.
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