Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural by Phyllis Fraser

Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

When this longtime Modern Library favorite--filled with fifty-two stories of heart-stopping suspense--was first published in 1944, one of its biggest fans was critic Edmund Wilson, who in The New Yorker applauded what he termed a sudden revival of the appetite for tales of horror. Represented in the anthology are such distinguished spell weavers as Edgar Allen Poe ("The Black Cat"), Wilkie Collins ("A Terribly Strange Bed"), Henry James ("Sir Edm...


Details Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

TitleGreat Tales of Terror and the Supernatural
ISBN9780679601289
Author
Release DateOct 18th, 1994
PublisherModern Library
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Short Stories, Fiction, Anthologies, Gothic, Classics, Ghost Stories
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Reviews Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

  • Jonathan Janz
    1970-01-01
    Why have only about 1,200 people added this one? Folks, Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural is essential reading for any horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery fan. There are several stories in here that would, by themselves, would make the purchase price a steal. I could talk about the real shiners in this collection, but I'll instead rattle off some of the writers I encountered here for the first time back in my early twenties:Algernon B...
  • Joe
    1970-01-01
    A previous reviewer called this collection a beast and they were right. This collection of terror/supernatural stories is over 1000 pages. I read the vast majority of them but I'll be honest, it one of them began to bore me or was just flat out bad, I would just cut my losses and move on. I had a long journey ahead of me and couldn't get hung up on duds.It's a very strong collection of (relatively) short scary stories. As with all anthologies, th...
  • Lark Benobi
    1970-01-01
    This anthology was my favorite book of all time from the age of 10 until the age of 12. I spent the weekend re-reading it. There are many favorite stories here that almost everyone has heard of and read: The Most Dangerous Game, Leiningen Versus the Ants, Shredni Vashtar, The Open Window, The Monkey's Paw.. Many here are still widely read because they were anthologized here first. For the most part the stories still thrilled me. Even so I could n...
  • Lissa
    1970-01-01
    I actually have an original, 1944 edition that was passed down to me by my father when I was just entering into my teens. Many of the great classic authors grace these pages, from Faulkner, Hemingway, Hawthorne, Dickens, and Forster to Poe, Wells, and Kipling, among many others. My only disappointment is that I can no longer read through the book without worrying that I will break the binding! Perhaps I should be looking for a newer copy...
  • Kimberly
    1970-01-01
    I first read this book years ago, but I've since read through the majority of the stories several times each. A great collection--the old-time, atmospheric tales are my personal favorites!! A great book to have on your shelves. :)
  • Werner
    1970-01-01
    As the above description notes, the tales in this anthology (by 27 19th and 20th century authors, mostly British or American --Edgar Allan Poe, H. G. Wells, M. R. James, Rudyard Kipling, Guy de Maupassant, H. P. Lovecraft, E. F. Benson, and Algernon Blackwood are each represented twice) depict both naturalistic and supernatural themes; the two are separated into two distinct sections: 20 "Tales of [naturally-caused] Terror," and 32 "Tales of the ...
  • Shawn
    1970-01-01
    So, this came up in my to-read list and, yes, I do not actually own a copy of this classic collection. I've got my The Dark Descent and my Dark Forces and my Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature and Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic and the recent, very nice American Fantastic Tales Boxed Set. Heck, I've even got a first edition of Summers' The Supernatural Omnibus (and I'm not a book collector in that way at all). This is one o...
  • Zach
    1970-01-01
    Basically a collection of the acknowledged classics of the ghost and/or thriller genres. A more classics-oriented approach (or mainstream, one might even say) than the VanderMeer’s The Weird, but that makes the two of them excellent companions. Arranged, supposedly, into a natural and a supernatural section, and since I greatly prefer supernatural to non-supernatural horror, it gets most of the filler out of the way in the beginning. Some of th...
  • Juushika
    1970-01-01
    Review: Murderous spouses, ancient curses, talking corpses, seductive ghostsover a thousand pages long, presenting 52 stories from 33 authors, this collection is massive and dated, halfway a historical fragment and halfway a resource, fascinating but deep enough to drown in. It's so vast that it's almost impossible to review: no single opinion can reflect so many stories. There are a few classics here, just as many minor offerings from famous aut...
  • Randolph
    1970-01-01
    If you never read another horror anthology, if you even hate horror, you should read this one anthology just to make sure you round out your literary background. The one essential classic anthology that has NEVER been bettered since it was first published. Cannot really be compared to anything else.If you are a horror buff, then you owe it to yourself to read this to find out where it all came from and what the best can be.
  • Genie
    1970-01-01
    Beautiful words, not very gory. It makes you realize the difference between schlock writers and true artists who can convey a mood with a few well chosen phrases. I loved it - one of the few books I won't lend out to friends. I can't afford to lose it! I've also ordered books by some of the best authors in the anthology.
  • Dan
    1970-01-01
    Lots of good authors and great stories, but this book confirmed for me that Lovecraft is still the best when it comes to horror.
  • Simon Workman
    1970-01-01
    A fantastic (in multiple senses) collection of horror, both supernatural and psychological. This Modern Library anthology is a classic for a reason; and while not every story is five stars, a surprisingly high number of them are. I like how this isn't all ghost stories, but has a good mix of different takes on horror, terror, the supernatural, and the mysterious. It stretches from the early/mid-nineteenth century (Balzac, Poe, Hawthorne) to its o...
  • Kathryn
    1970-01-01
    In some respects, perhaps this collection is not the best thing to read in before retiring to sleep; but I found it admirably suited to the purpose, and did not have any more disturbing dreams than I usually have. All of the stories are wonderfully creepy, and I thoroughly enjoyed the reading of them.The edition I possess (and read) is a reprint (dated 1972) of a work that was published in 1944; that did not not make the stories included any the ...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    This is a big book of old-timey stories about ghosts and other bizarre supernatural stuff, including a few classics like The Most Dangerous Game and The Monkey's Paw. Most of these stories are more strange than scary, but I found them all pretty fascinating. One that stands out in my memory: Lukundoo by Edward Lucas White. (Whoa! That story!)Giving this five stars because it's a great collection of all sorts of dark weirdness.
  • Riju Ganguly
    1970-01-01
    This anthology is the best among all the collections available in the market which claims about having most of the best ghost & horror stories inside their covers. Simply the list of contents would be enough to make lovers of ghost stories gasp in delight, and when you combine the contents with a very-very reasonable price, you have to run for it! Most highly recommended.
  • Hazel
    1970-01-01
    Thanks be to Google. I think I've identified this title as an anthology much-beloved in my childhood. This is old fashioned psychological horror, creepy and disturbing rather than gory. I loved The Great God Pan, Casting the Runes and Sredni Vashtar. Now to pay my respects to Amazon!
  • Kristian
    1970-01-01
    This is a fantastic collection of suspense/horror stories from the twentieth century. If you like horror and suspense, and you just don't have all day to sit around reading books, get this collection of tales.
  • Brieanna
    1970-01-01
    Favorite stories:Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come To You, My LadThe Beckoning Fair OneWhat Was It?The HorlaThe Screaming SkullAfterwardThe Dunwich Horror
  • Tree
    1970-01-01
    Has a good mix of short stories from the well recognized authors, and some that may surprise you.
  • Ash
    1970-01-01
    Mostly unremarkable, but enough successful stories to keep me reading. Split into two sections: first, tales of terror, and second, tales of the supernatural. Which often ruins the suspense a little, as what section you're in determines whether the conclusion will be natural or supernatural. Also, given that I've been dipping in and out of this for six months, some of the earlier stories are a little fuzzy in my memory, but, as best I can, here a...
  • GollyRojer
    1970-01-01
    This book, an anthology of what are generally considered the all-time best short stories of the horror/supernatural genre, provided some of the most riveting reading of my childhood and adolescence. I was a voracious reader tackling adult concepts with a hunger for new insights, and it wouldn't surprise me to learn that Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural was the catalyst for considerable synaptogenesis during that period. I read it again ...
  • Richard Subber
    1970-01-01
    Indeed, these are great tales. The usual suspects are here: Poe, H. G. Wells, Lovecraft, Saki, Maupassant. A few tantalizing names are: Edith Wharton, Kipling, Hawthorne, Isak Dinesen... My taste for horror and supernatural stuff is episodic, a little of it goes a long way for me. In that respect, this is a perfect volume -- a reader can dip into it for a taste, then put it aside for a bit, and then go back for more. Indeed, one reader's horror i...
  • James Castle
    1970-01-01
    Although there are some very good stories here, there are also some stories that are for various reasons virtually unreadable. Had the following stories been excised, this anthology would have been good indeed:"Leiningen versus the Ants." A remarkably stupid story. Its main character is virtually an unwitting parody of himself."Rappacini's Daugher." Although I generally like this author, I thought this work weak and repetitive."The Trial for Murd...
  • Stephen
    1970-01-01
    This is a terrific collection of short stories in the terror and supernatural genre. It was published in 1947, so all the stories are from the old guard. Authors like Honore de Balzac and Guy de Maupasant and Charles Dickens are the standard fair. And frankly, that's what makes this collection the most interesting. You're reading stories from the advent of the genre. Back when ghost stories and hinting at the unknown were novel.It's a large colle...
  • Theresa Glover
    1970-01-01
    This is a great collection of classic stories that no horror aficionado should be without. While most of these stories have been reprinted elsewhere (and with good reason), this collection provides a sweeping overview of stories of varying intensity. While the older stories in it were somewhat dated and didn't shock me as a modern reader, considering when they were written, they would have been ground-breaking. To show the importance of this volu...
  • Leah
    1970-01-01
    I love to read stories like these, and what's also really cool is that I've actually heard of some of these older authors. And I am even seeing them in things that I see now, outside of the book. I can't wait to finish this one. And I did! Whoo! I loved reading the short stories, though some I was genuinely confused on as to why they were in a book with such a title as this, but I absolutely enjoyed reading it. Overall, it was such a great book t...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    What a fabulous book! I was surprised at how many of the tales I’ve read, and I was excited to see my favorite short story--A Rose For Emily included in this collection. The most interesting thing about this copy was it was an original copy from 1944 and the flyleaf said “this is a wartime book” and though it was made with rationing in mind, the quality should not be affected. Thanks to my coworker for lending it to me!
  • Stephen Vessels
    1970-01-01
    A legendary collection. Highly recommended to anyone interested in horror written to a high literary standard. Includes stories by Edgar Allen Poe, H.G. Wells, Ernest Hemingway, Isak Dinesen, H.P. Lovecraft, Honoré de Balzac, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rudyard Kipling, Henry James, and many, many others. It contains "Leiningen Versus the Ants," by Carl Stephenson, which was the basis for the 1954 film "The Naked Jungle," starring Charlton Heston. A big,...
  • Bart Hill
    1970-01-01
    I might have given this a higher rating, but I've never been much of a fan of terror tales or of horror. Even so, I thought I'd give this book of collected tales a try, if nothing more than to get a sampling of the genre. Some stories were great-- Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Rudyard Kipling, and a few others. But, not enough of them to keep me thoroughly enthralled.