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
Release DateOct 18th, 1994
PublisherModern Library
GenreHorror, Short Stories, Fiction, Anthologies, Gothic, Ghost Stories, Classics, Fantasy, Supernatural, Literature

Reviews Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

  • Jonathan Janz
    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
    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...
  • Kimberly
    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. :)
  • lark benobi
    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
    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...
  • Werner
    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
    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
    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 VanderMeers 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 the c...
  • Sharon Barrow Wilfong
    This was a good book. The first half were stories of high suspense and the second half, scary tales involving the supernatural.Actually not all the stories were scary or suspenseful. Some of the suspenseful stories, are more accurately described as horror stories, like "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner or Geoffrey Housefold's "Taboo". And of course it would not be a complete analogy without some Edgar Allen Poe.One of the most suspenseful st...
  • Juushika
    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...
  • Dan
    Lots of good authors and great stories, but this book confirmed for me that Lovecraft is still the best when it comes to horror.
  • Rita
    Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural: This book had many, many weak stories in it that I'd just as soon not have to Wade through. There were a few goodies, though, and I note them here.La Grande Breteche, Honore de Balzac4 🌟Shades of "The Cask of Amontillado" EAPThe Black Cat, EAP4 🌟An alcoholic takes out the black mood of his debauchery on his pets and his sweet-tempered wife. But there's always the KARMIC court, where the court of h...
  • Randolph
    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
    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.
  • Simon Workman
    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...
  • Hal Johnson
    Ever since I read this anthology (which is one of the best of its kind), Ive been imaging a counterfactual scenario: What if Phyllis Fraser and Herbert A. Wise had put out a sequel, say ten or fifteen years later? What stories would they include?So of course then I had to fantasy-edit my own hypothetical anthology. The rules are that the stories must be consonant in tone with those in the original, and have been published in the 1950s or earlier....
  • Kathryn
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Favorite stories:Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come To You, My LadThe Beckoning Fair OneWhat Was It?The HorlaThe Screaming SkullAfterwardThe Dunwich Horror
  • Tree
    Has a good mix of short stories from the well recognized authors, and some that may surprise you.
  • Ash
    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
    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 ...
  • Mark Isaak
    As with nearly all anthologies, it has some stories which I liked more than others. Many of the stories have the same basic plot: A supernatural being is gradually discovered, and it does bad stuff; the beings, the discovery, and the stuff vary artfully, but the formula still becomes tired. Still, the best of the stories are good enough and famous enough that just a few of them -- particularly Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw", Saki's "The Open Window",...
  • Richard Subber
    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...
  • Chelsey
    The two stars are for the two Poe stories. I wanted to like this I did. But not my cup of tea.
  • Brandon
    This is an old, but solid selection of short stories that manages to avoid limiting itself to well known titles or strictly horror stories.
  • A Shaskan
    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...