Classic Horror Stories celebrates the rich literary legacy of the tale of the supernatural and the macabre with more than 40 stories that span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book's lineup of writers reads like a who's who of classic horror authors from America, Great Britain, and the European continent: Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Guy de Maupassant, William Hope Hodgson, Ambrose Bierce, Edith Wharton, and more. Its selections include some of the finest weird tales ever published, among them Lovecraft's "The Colour out of Space," Blackwood's "The Willows," Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Body-Snatcher," William Fryer Harvey's "August Heat," and W. W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw." Classic Horror Stories is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.
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Classic Horror Stories (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The only problem with this edition and why I can't give it 5 stars is due to an excessive amount of typographical errors within the book. The binding and cover art are beautiful, however. There is an interesting introduction to the horror genre and, after the text, there are mini-bios and sources for the texts in the collection, where it looks like they used the original sources. This book took me a month to get through, so you'll definitely get your money's worth. This is my sixth Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition, and it's the first one I've read with this many typos. It was enough to distract me a little and write a review, but it's still a great collection of the classics. This is probably the most fun I've ever had reading a book.
I haven't read this one all the way through yet, but the format and presentation are as beautiful as always, and I already know most (if not all) the authors collected in this volume at least by reputation if not by reading their work first hand. This collection would make a fine gift for fans of classic weird/horror/science/fantasy fiction, and fans of classic literature in general.