The Dark Descent

The Dark Descent


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Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology. A gigantic, superlatively edited historical overview of horror fiction.” —Chicago Sun-Times

In The Dark Descent, hailed as one of the most important anthologies ever to examine horror fiction, editor David G. Hartwell traces the complex history of horror in literature back to the earliest short stories. The Dark Descent showcases the finest of these ever written—from the time-honored classics of masters of the form, including:

Edgar Allan Poe

D.H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton

Flannery O'Connor

Henry James

Ambrose Bierce

Shirley Jackson

Stephen King

Clive Barker

Ray Bradbury

John Collier

H.P. Lovecraft

Harlan Ellison

Robert Bloch

Richard Matheson

Philip K. Dick

Joyce Carol Oates

and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312862176
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 01/15/1997
Series: Dark Descent Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 1024
Sales rank: 654,400
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.79(d)

About the Author

David G. Hartwell, called "an editor extraordinaire" by Publishers Weekly, is one of science fiction's most experienced and influential editors. As an editor with Berkley Books, Pocket Books, William Morrow, and Tor Books, he has worked with many of the field's best authors and edited many award-winning works. He is the author of Age of Wonders, a nonfiction study of the science fiction field. Among his many anthologies is the bestselling World Treasury of Science Fiction. He is the holder of a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, a winner of the Eaton Award, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award twenty-four times.

Table of Contents


PART I: The Color of Evil

"The Reach," by Stephen King

"Evening Primrose," by John Collier

"The Ash-Tree," by M. R. James

"The New Mother," by Lucy Clifford

"There's a Long, Long Trail a-Winding," by Russell Kirk

"The Call of Cthulhu," by H. P. Lovecraft

"The Summer People," by Shirley Jackson

"The Whimper of Whipped Dogs," by Harlan Ellison

"Young Goodman Brown," by Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Mr. Justice Harbottle," by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

"The Crowd," by Ray Bradbury

"The Autopsy," by Michael Shea

"John Charrington's Wedding," by E. Nesbit

"Sticks," by Karl Edward Wagner

"Larger Than Oneself," by Robert Aickman

"Belsen Express," by Fritz Leiber

"Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper," by Robert Bloch

"If Damon Comes," by Charles L. Grant

"Vandy, Vandy," by Manly Wade Wellman

PART II: The Medusa in the Shield

"The Swords," by Robert Aickman

"The Roaches," by Thomas M. Disch

"Bright Segment," by Theodore Sturgeon

"Dread," by Clive Barker

"The Fall in the House of Usher," by Edgar Allen Poe

"The Monkey," by Stephen King

"Within the Walls of Tyre," by Michael Bishop

"The Rats in the Walls," by H. P. Lovecraft

"Schalken the Painter," by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

"The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

"A Rose for Emily," by William Faulkner

"How Love Came to Professor Guildea," by Robert Hichens

"Born of Man and Woman," by Richard Matheson

"My Dear Emily," by Joanna Russ

"You Can Go Now," by Dennis Etchison

"Three Days," by Tanith Lee

"Good Country People," by Flannery O' Connor

"Mackintosh Willy," by Ramsey Campbell

"The Jolly Corner," by Henry James

PART III: A Fabulous Formless Darkness

"Smoke Ghost," by Fritz Leiber

"Seven American Nights," by Gene Wolfe

"The Signal Man," by Charles Dickens

"Crouch End," by Stephen King

"Night-Side," by Joyce Carol Oates

"Seaton's Aunt," by Walter de la Mare

"Clara Militch," by Ivan Turgenev

"The Repairer of Reputations," by Robert W. Chambers

"The Beckoning Fair One," by Oliver Onions

"What Was It?," by Fitz-James O'Brien

"The Beautiful Stranger," by Shirley Jackson

"The Damned Thing," by Ambrose Bierce

"Afterward," by Edith Wharton

"The Willows," by Algernon Blackwood

"The Asian Shore," by Thomas M. Disch

"The Hospice," by Robert Aickman

"A Little Something for Us Tempunauts," by Philip K. Dick

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Dark Descent 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
amandrake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My taste in horror is pretty narrow, but even for me this fat collection was far more "hit" than "miss"
lpg3d on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent collection of horror short stories. One of the best anthologies I've read.
silversurfer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some great short stories..scary, scary....