Classic Tales of Horror

American Gothic Tales

By Joyce Carol Oates, editor

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Joyce Carol Oates selects and introduces a collection of American gothic stories ranging from the early 19th century up to modern times.
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Dracula

By Bram Stoker

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This classic vampire novel will hold you in suspense and keep your heart pounding to the very end.

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Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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The original story will leave you asking the question, which is the monster-- the creature or its creator?

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Scary Stories

By Various authors

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Scary Stories features an all-star lineup of contemporary masters and timeless authors, including H. G. Wells, Edgar Allen Poe, O. Henry and 17 others. What sets this book apart from all others is Barry Moser's stunning black-and-white illustrations.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

By Ray Bradbury

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Three hours after midnight, one week before Halloween, Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show rolls into Green Town, Illinois. A carnival like no other, it feeds on the dreams and weaknesses of those drawn to its eerie attractions, destroying every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. Two boys--best friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade--are about to learn the secret of its smoke, mazes and mirrors as they confront a nightmarish evil that will change their lives forever.

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Tales of H.P. Lovecraft: Major Works

By H.P. Lovecraft

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"A series of major works by the master of the horror genre--including 'The Rats in the Walls' and 'The Dreams in the Witch-House'--showcases his meticulously described and historically grounded style, which became the basis for the modern horror story."

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The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

By Edgar Allan Poe

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"Once upon a midnight dreary..." Enter the world of premature burials, tell-tale hearts, and the conqueror worm if you dare.

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The Collected Writings of Ambrose Bierce

By Ambrose Bierce

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The best from the legendary 19th-century journalist, including stories that still amuse, shock, and entertain. Bierce wrote many horror tales in his career. Look for them here under “Can Such Things Be?”
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The Ghost Stories of M.R. James

By M.R. James

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M.R. James was one of the most accomplished scholars of his generation, a brilliant, internationally known authority on early Christian manuscripts. He was in turn a Fellow, Dean, and Provost of Kings College, Cambridge, and then finally the Provost of Eton, where he died a much-loved and revered figure in 1936.

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The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

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The four visitors at Hill House-- some there for knowledge, others for adventure-- are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.
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