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Foundations of fear

Author: David G Hartwell
Publisher: New York : T. Doherty Associates, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Horror fiction is a special and enduring pleasure, invoking fear and wonder. For centuries, writers have struggled to achieve the sublime through these tales, at times creating works of enduring interest. Horror novels have become one of the major bestselling forms of fiction in recent years, and Hollywood has given us a huge and varied supply of popular films, which has created an audience in the millions for
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Genre/Form: Horror fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David G Hartwell
ISBN: 0312850743 9780312850746
OCLC Number: 26211116
Notes: "An Exploration of horror"--Cover.
"TOR book."
Description: 660 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Don't look now / Daphne Du Maurier --
They / Robert A. Heinlein --
At the mountains of madness / H.P. Lovecraft --
The little room / Madeline Yale Wynne --
The shadowy street / Jean Ray --
Passengers / Robert Silverberg --
The moonstone mass / Harriet Prescott Spofford --
The blue rose / Peter Straub --
Sandkings / George R.R. Martin --
The great god Pan / Arthur Machen --
Aura / Carlos Fuentes --
Barbara, of the House of Grebe / Thomas Hardy --
Torturing Mr. Amberwell / Thomas M. Disch --
The prayer / Violet Hunt --
Who goes there? / John W. Campbell --
... And my fear is great / Theodore Sturgeon --
When darkness loves us / Elizabeth Engstrom --
We purchased people / Frederik Pohl --
The striding place / Gertrude Atherton --
In the hills, the cities / Clive Barker --
Faith of our fathers / Philip K. Dick --
The bell in the fog / Gertrude Atherton --
The sand-man / E.T.A. Hoffmann --
Bloodchild / Octavia Butler --
Duel / Richard Matheson --
Longtooth / Edgar Pangborn --
Luella Miller / Mary Wilkins Freeman --
The entrance / Gerald Durrell --
The lurking duck / Scott Baker.
Responsibility: edited by David G. Hartwell.

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Horror fiction is a special and enduring pleasure, invoking fear and wonder. For centuries, writers have struggled to achieve the sublime through these tales, at times creating works of enduring interest. Horror novels have become one of the major bestselling forms of fiction in recent years, and Hollywood has given us a huge and varied supply of popular films, which has created an audience in the millions for horror. But throughout history, many of the finest.

Achievements in horror have been in short fiction. From these masterpieces have been selected the contents of Foundations of Fear. This anthology presents an international selection of the strongest work by writers such as Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, and Arthur Machen, who have been identified as category horror writers, and by writers such as Carlos Fuentes, Gerald Durrell, and Daphne Du Maurier, whose literary reputations transcend category. For horror in literature.

Cuts across all category boundaries. Thus the reader will find in this volume domestic horror stories by Thomas Hardy, Violet Hunt and Mary Wilkins Freeman; and stories by Robert A. Heinlein and Philip K. Dick, masters of science fiction. The Introduction to Foundations of Fear takes particular note of women writers, who have made important contributions to the development of the horrific in literature; in addition to those already mentioned the collection includes works.

By Madeline Yale Wynne, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Gertrude Atherton, and others. Foundations of Fear challenges the notion that the supernatural in fiction has in modern times been supplanted by the psychological, the idea that horror is dead. Horror is one of the dominant literary modes of our time, a vigorous and living body of literature that continues to thrill us with the mystery and wonder of the unknown. This book is conceived as a companion volume to The Dark.

Descent, in which the anatomy of horror and its evolution were chronicled for the first time in the contemporary period. Foundations of Fear includes many stories of novella length, supplying the reader with works rarely anthologized in smaller, shorter books.

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