Classic Tales of Horror

Classic Tales of Horror

by H. G. WellsVictor Hugo Edgar Allan Poe and others

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 14/04/2018

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Ranging from the macabre to the supernatural, the collection of stories found in Classic Tales of Horror contains some of the most influential horror and dark fiction books of all-time.


Included in this classic horror anthology are:



  • At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft

  • The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker

  • Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu

  • The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells

  • The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

  • The Vampyre by John William Polidori


A bit more about each book:


At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft recounts the events of a disastrous expedition to the Antarctic continent in September 1930, as well as what was found there by a group of explorers led by the narrator, Dr. William Dyer of Miskatonic University.


Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and is one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) by 26 years.


The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker is based on the legend of the Lambton Worm. The plot focuses on Adam Salton, originally from Australia, who is contacted by his great-uncle, Richard Salton, in 1860 Derbyshire for the purpose of establishing a relationship between these last two members of the family. His great-uncle wants to make Adam his heir. Adam travels to Richard Salton's house in Mercia, Lesser Hill, and quickly finds himself at the centre of mysterious and inexplicable occurrences.


The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen relates the tragic events after the main character Clarke bears witness to a strange experiment performed by his friend, Dr. Raymond. The ultimate goal of the doctor is to open the mind of man so that he may experience the spiritual world, an experience he calls "seeing the great god Pan". He performs the experiment, which involves minor brain surgery, on a young woman named Mary. She awakens from the operation awed and terrified but quickly becomes "a hopeless idiot". Years later, as the story unfolds, Clarke learns that mysterious happenings and disappearances are related to this experiment.


The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French: Notre-Dame de Paris, "Our Lady of Paris") is a French Romantic/Gothic novel by Victor Hugo, published in 1831. The original French title refers to Notre Dame Cathedral, on which the story is centered along with the tragic story of Quasimodo who has fallen in love with the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda.


The Invisible Man is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells that tells the story of Griffin, a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body's refractive index to that of air so that it neither absorbs nor reflects light and thus becomes invisible. Griffin successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but fails in his attempt to reverse it. An enthusiast of random and irresponsible violence, Griffin, as the invisible man, has become an iconic character in horror fiction.


The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague, known as the Red Death, by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, hosts a masquerade ball within seven rooms of the abbey. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and makes his way through each of the rooms bringing death to Prospero's door.


The Vampyre is often viewed as the progenitor of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction and was described by Christopher Frayling as "the first story successfully to fuse the disparate elements of vampirism into a coherent literary genre."

ISBN:
1230002271460
1230002271460
Category:
Short stories
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
14-04-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Castanea Classics
H. G. Wells

Herbert George "H. G." Wells (September 21, 1866-August 13, 1946) was an English author, best known for his work in the "speculative fiction" genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics, and social commentary.

Wells is sometimes called "The Father of Science Fiction," along with Jules Verne. The War of the Worlds was written in the age of British colonialism, and Wells came up with the idea for the story while he and his brother were imagining what might happen if someone came to colonize England the way England had other countries.

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo's classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga adaptation by Crystal S. Chan!

The gorgeous art of SunNeko Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic Manga Classics production of Les Miserables! All Manga Classic titles are produced with lesson plans, teaching guides and leveling for use in the classroom.

With each and every Manga Classic, it is our passion and hope that we help the reader connect with the story in a meaningful way. We also feel this is an exciting way to introduce these classic stories to a new reader who may then go back to read the original texts. We hope you enjoy our work.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is one of America's greatest and best-loved writers.

Known as the father of the detective story, Poe is perhaps most famous for his short stories particularly his shrewd mysteries and chilling, often grotesque tales of horror he was also an extremely accomplished poet and a tough literary critic.

Poe's life was not far removed from the drama of his fiction. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by a foster family. As a young man, he developed problems with gambling, debts, and alcohol, and was even dismissed from the army.

His love life was marked by tragedy and heartbreak. Despite these difficulties, Poe produced many works now considered essential to the American literary canon.

Arthur Machen

Arthur Machen (Arthur Llewelyn Jones), a Welsh author of supernatural, fantasy, and horror fiction, was born on March 3, 1863. He grew up in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, and attended boarding school at Hereford Cathedral School.

He moved to London in 1881 and worked as a journalist, children's tutor, and publisher's clerk, finding time to write at night. By 1894, Machen had his first major success.

The Great God Pan was published by John Lane, and despite widespread criticism for its sexual and horrific content, it sold well and went into a second edition.

In the 1920s Machen's work became immensely popular in the United States, but Machen experienced increasing poverty; he was saved in 1931 by receiving a Civil List pension from the British government. Arthur Machen died on March 30, 1947.

Bram Stoker

Born in Dublin, Ireland, on November 8, 1847, Bram Stoker published his first literary work, The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, a handbook in legal administration, in 1879.

Turning to fiction later in life, Stoker published his masterpiece, Dracula, in 1897. Deemed a classic horror novel not long after its release, Dracula has continued to garner acclaim for more than a century, inspiring the creation of hundreds of film, theatrical and literary adaptations.

In addition to Dracula, Stoker published more than a dozen novels before his death in 1912.

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