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Dark Descent, the (1987) [Anthology]
by Robert Aickman Clive Barker Ambrose Bierce Michael Bishop Algernon Blackwood Robert Bloch Ray Bradbury Ramsey Campbell Robert W. Chambers Lucy Lane Clifford John Collier Walter de la Mare Philip K. Dick Charles Dickens Thomas M. Disch Harlan Ellison Dennis Etchison William Faulkner Charlotte Perkins Gilman Charles L. Grant Nathaniel Hawthorne Robert Hichens Shirley Jackson Henry James M. R. James Stephen King Russell Kirk Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Tanith Lee Fritz Leiber H. P. Lovecraft Richard Matheson Edith Nesbit Fitz-James O'Brien Flannery O'Connor Joyce Carol Oates Oliver Onions Edgar Allan Poe Joanna Russ Michael Shea Theodore Sturgeon Ivan Turgenev Karl Edward Wagner Manly Wade Wellman Edith Wharton Gene Wolfe Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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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, which won the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, showcases the finest of these ever written--from the time-honored classics of Edgar Allan Poe, D.H. Lawrence, and Edith Wharton to the contemporary writing of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Ray Bradbury.

Contents:

  • Introduction by David G. Hartwell
  • 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

Original title: The Dark Descent
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: FictionHorrorGeneral


The following works are contained within this one:
     Young Goodman Brown (1835) [Short Story]
      Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
     Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter (1839) [Short Story]
      Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
     Fall of the House of Usher, the (1839) [Short Story]
      Author: Edgar Allan Poe
     Signalman, the (1866) [Short Story]
      Author: Charles Dickens
     Mr. Justice Harbottle (1872) [Novelette]
      Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
     New Mother, the (1882) [Short Story]
      Author: Lucy Lane Clifford
     Yellow Wallpaper, the (1892) [Short Story]
      Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
     Damned Thing, the (1893) [Short Story]
      Author: Ambrose Bierce
     Willows, the (1907) [Novelette]
      Author: Algernon Blackwood
     Jolly Corner, the (1908) [Short Story]
      Author: Henry James
     Call of Cthulhu, the (1928) [Novelette]
      Author: H. P. Lovecraft
     Rose for Emily, a (1930) [Short Story]
      Author: William Faulkner
     Evening Primrose (1940) [Short Story]
      Author: John Collier
     Smoke Ghost (1941) [Short Story]
      Author: Fritz Leiber
     Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (1943) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert Bloch
     Good Country People (1955) [Short Story]
      Author: Flannery O'Connor
     Roaches, the (1965) [Short Story]
      Author: Thomas M. Disch
     Whimper of Whipped Dogs, the (1973) [Short Story]
      Author: Harlan Ellison
     Sticks (1974) [Short Story]
      Author: Karl Edward Wagner
     Belsen Express (1975) [Short Story]
      Author: Fritz Leiber
     There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding (1976) [Novelette]
      Author: Russell Kirk
     Night-side (1977) [Short Story]
      Author: Joyce Carol Oates
     If Damon Comes (1978) [Short Story]
      Author: Charles L. Grant
     Mackintosh Willy (1979) [Short Story]
      Author: Ramsey Campbell
     Autopsy, the (1980) [Short Story]
      Author: Michael Shea
     Monkey, the (1980) [Novelette]
      Author: Stephen King
     Reach, the (1981) [Short Story]
      Author: Stephen King
     Three Days (1984) [Short Story]
      Author: Tanith Lee
     Crouch End (1993) [Short Story]
      Author: Stephen King

Edition #1: The Dark Descent #3: A Fabulous, Formless Darkness

The Dark Descent #3: A Fabulous, Formless Darkness (1991)
Edition Details:

The third part (17 stories) in a single volume.

Language: English


Edited by: David G. Hartwell
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Manifested in:

The Dark Descent #3: A Fabulous, Formless Darkness (December 1991)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 9780812509670
Dimensions: x x in
Pages: 585

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Edition #2: The Dark Descent #2: The Medusa in the Shield

The Dark Descent #2: The Medusa in the Shield (1991)
Edition Details:

The second part (20 stories) in a single volume.

Language: English


Edited by: David G. Hartwell
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Manifested in:

The Dark Descent #2: The Medusa in the Shield (October 1991)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 9780812509663
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.7 x 1.3 in
Pages: 498

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Edition #3: The Dark Descent #1: The Color of Evil

The Dark Descent #1: The Color of Evil (1991)
Edition Details:

The first part (19 stories) in a single volume.

Language: English


Edited by: David G. Hartwell
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Manifested in:

The Dark Descent #1: The Color of Evil (August 1991)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 9780812518986
Dimensions: 4.3 x 6.7 x 1.3 in
Pages: 438

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Edition #4: The Dark Descent

The Dark Descent (1987)
Awards: World Fantasy Award: Anthology (1988)
Edition Details:

Language: English


Edited by: David G. Hartwell
Introduction by: David G. Hartwell
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Manifested in:

The Dark Descent (January 1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 9780312862176
Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.1 x 2.1
Pages: 1011

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The Dark Descent (October 1987)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780312930356
Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.5 x 2
Pages: 1011

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