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Curl up with this collection of classic scary stories from the masters of the genre. With dozens of stories of the macabre, fantastic, and supernatural, Classic Horror Tales is sure to keep readers on the edges of their seats. This collection of works by classic writers spans more than a century—from 19th-century trailblazers such as John William Polidori, Nathaniel Hawthor Curl up with this collection of classic scary stories from the masters of the genre. With dozens of stories of the macabre, fantastic, and supernatural, Classic Horror Tales is sure to keep readers on the edges of their seats. This collection of works by classic writers spans more than a century—from 19th-century trailblazers such as John William Polidori, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Washington Irving to 20th-century masters like Saki, Edith Wharton, and Franz Kafka. The fear of the unknown is a driving force in literature, and the horror genre surpasses all others in bringing this idea to the forefront of the reader's consciousness. A wide range of cultures and classes of society are represented in this volume, reminding us that dark forces lurk all around us—for even in broad daylight, a shadow exists somewhere.


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Curl up with this collection of classic scary stories from the masters of the genre. With dozens of stories of the macabre, fantastic, and supernatural, Classic Horror Tales is sure to keep readers on the edges of their seats. This collection of works by classic writers spans more than a century—from 19th-century trailblazers such as John William Polidori, Nathaniel Hawthor Curl up with this collection of classic scary stories from the masters of the genre. With dozens of stories of the macabre, fantastic, and supernatural, Classic Horror Tales is sure to keep readers on the edges of their seats. This collection of works by classic writers spans more than a century—from 19th-century trailblazers such as John William Polidori, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Washington Irving to 20th-century masters like Saki, Edith Wharton, and Franz Kafka. The fear of the unknown is a driving force in literature, and the horror genre surpasses all others in bringing this idea to the forefront of the reader's consciousness. A wide range of cultures and classes of society are represented in this volume, reminding us that dark forces lurk all around us—for even in broad daylight, a shadow exists somewhere.

30 review for Classic Horror Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    The fact the cover legit feels like skin is perhaps the most horrific thing about this compilation.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Connor

    3.5* I enjoyed this book but I feel like I disliked more stories than I liked, which I have found is a common problem with short story collections. I started to lose interest around halfway through as there was a succession of boring and/or plain bad stories in a row however it picked up towards the end with "The Interlopers" by Saki being one of my favourites of the whole collection and it was the 4th last story! There are 28 stories in the collection and the stories that are the most worthwhile r 3.5* I enjoyed this book but I feel like I disliked more stories than I liked, which I have found is a common problem with short story collections. I started to lose interest around halfway through as there was a succession of boring and/or plain bad stories in a row however it picked up towards the end with "The Interlopers" by Saki being one of my favourites of the whole collection and it was the 4th last story! There are 28 stories in the collection and the stories that are the most worthwhile reading in my opinion are; 1). All of the Edgar Allan Poe stories 2). The Interlopers by Saki 3). The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman 4). The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft 5). In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka (I usually hate Kafka but this is my favourite work of his) 6). The Case of Lady Sannox and The Japanned Box both by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 7). Kerfol by Edith Wharton 8). Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tony Laplume

    A collection of well-known horror stories. I found most of them tedious. Some of them were just characters with stupidly vivid imaginations, some mere murder mysteries. I guess I’m not really a horror guy, classic or otherwise.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina B.

    It took me longer than normal to read this book. The language was, at times, a struggle to get through. Rating a book of short stories is so hard. There were a couple stories that I didn’t care for, and one I didn’t finish, but there were several that I loved. It’s clear how Poe and Lovecraft laid the groundwork for so many successful writers, and I expected to be impressed by their work. I was happy to see that there were other stories I hadn’t heard of, by authors I didn’t know, that were equa It took me longer than normal to read this book. The language was, at times, a struggle to get through. Rating a book of short stories is so hard. There were a couple stories that I didn’t care for, and one I didn’t finish, but there were several that I loved. It’s clear how Poe and Lovecraft laid the groundwork for so many successful writers, and I expected to be impressed by their work. I was happy to see that there were other stories I hadn’t heard of, by authors I didn’t know, that were equally as entertaining.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly L Hobbins

    This is obviously a collection of Classic Horror Tales, most of them British or American folklore, but also a few international authors who had to be translated, like Kafka, for example. Many of these were stories I had heard of, and the list of authors included many famous names: Edgar Allen Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Washington Irving, H.P. Lovecraft, etc. This was a very different read for me, as I'm not normally into short stories. I enjoyed the change of pace, and I noticed a pattern amon This is obviously a collection of Classic Horror Tales, most of them British or American folklore, but also a few international authors who had to be translated, like Kafka, for example. Many of these were stories I had heard of, and the list of authors included many famous names: Edgar Allen Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Washington Irving, H.P. Lovecraft, etc. This was a very different read for me, as I'm not normally into short stories. I enjoyed the change of pace, and I noticed a pattern among the entries: All the authors are male, many of the stories are told by a narrator who is rich, Anglo-Saxon, and has nothing better to do than travel the world meeting unique people and exploring his interests! The setting often consists of him sitting around with his friends, relaying a parable of his own or another's. This can be a little repetitive, but if you take into consideration the time in which these were written, you should be able to get past that and just enjoy, as long as you understand the olde English vernacular, of course!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Fidis

    This collection was a perfect read for October, but it would do equally as well for any other time. Many of the stories included are famous for their spooky and horrifying themes and plots, and they were written by well-known authors such as Edgar Allen Poe, Ambrose Bierce, HP Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle, Saki, and Algernon Blackwood. I can confess I did not read every story in this book, however I did try to. I only skipped 2 of the 28. The stories range from the 1810s to the 1920s so some sto This collection was a perfect read for October, but it would do equally as well for any other time. Many of the stories included are famous for their spooky and horrifying themes and plots, and they were written by well-known authors such as Edgar Allen Poe, Ambrose Bierce, HP Lovecraft, Arthur Conan Doyle, Saki, and Algernon Blackwood. I can confess I did not read every story in this book, however I did try to. I only skipped 2 of the 28. The stories range from the 1810s to the 1920s so some stories were just hard to understand because of the writing style while others were just too long (Turn of the Screw was both of those). These are not a problem for everyone though. The stories I did read certainly fit the horror theme. I often found myself quite nervous after finishing the last words.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Madame Jane

    I've read better horror stories than these offerings. A slog to get through, and really not worth it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Sibik

    I definitely was struggling to finish because some of the stories are, in my opinion, boring. My favorites were all the Poe stories, “Young Goodman Brown,” and “The Interlopers.”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Fuller

    This is a great collection, better than most I've read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    My favorite short stories from this collection: "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James, "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood, and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cassndra Ness

    It was a great book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cade Fleming

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Mads

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diane Plogger

  16. 5 out of 5

    Catt Cole

  17. 5 out of 5

    Holly Ann

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Cheeatow-Gison

  19. 4 out of 5

    Suada Leskaj

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zach Johnson

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Montalbano

  23. 4 out of 5

    M

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karla

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Grant

  26. 4 out of 5

    L.M.Williams.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  28. 4 out of 5

    Damian Rene

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arnold W

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Pohl

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