A timeless anthology of chilling tales known to torment the mind and stir up nightmarish visions that can never be unseen.
Ghosts, murder, demonic possession, and psychological terror: these are just some of the subjects explored by the unparalleled writers in this superb collection. Lovers of the supernatural will discover the true masters of the genre, and readers of classic literature will see another side of their favorite Victorian, French, and American authors.
In “La Grande Bretêche” by nineteenth-century French writer Honoré de Balzac, a doctor discovers an abandoned manor with a disturbing history. Victorian master Thomas Hardy’s “Three Strangers” proves just how hard it is to judge a man’s character, even when a life is at stake. In Robert Louis Stevenson’s suspenseful trilogy “The Suicide Club,” a detective delves into a dark association whose members are intent on losing their lives. And in “Green Tea,” by the incomparable ghost-story writer Sheridan Le Fanu, a detective of the occult investigates the case of a clergyman haunted by a demon in the form of an ethereal monkey.
This anthology includes twenty-two stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Willa Cather, Charles Dickens, Guy de Maupassant, Rudyard Kipling, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charlotte Brontë, and many other masters of mayhem and darkness.