Poe's Children

Poe's Children : The New Horror: An Anthology

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From the incomparable master of horror and suspense comes an electrifying collection of contemporary literary horror, with stories from twenty-five writers representing todayÂs most talented voices in the genre.

Horror writing is usually associated with formulaic gore, but New Wave horror writers have more in common with the wildly inventive, evocative spookiness of Edgar Allan Poe than with the sometimes-predictable hallmarks of their peers. Showcasing this cutting-edge talent, PoeÂs Children now brings the best of the genreÂs stories to a wider audience. Featuring tales from such writers as Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Carroll, PoeÂs Children is Peter StraubÂs tribute to the imaginative power of storytelling. Each previously published story has been selected by Straub to represent what he thinks is the most interesting development in our literature during the last two decades.

Selections range from the early Stephen King psychological thriller ÂThe Ballad of the Flexible Bullet, in which an editor confronts an authorÂs belief that his typewriter is inhabited by supernatural creatures, to ÂThe Man on the Ceiling, Melanie and Steve Rasnic TemÂs award-winning surreal tale of night terrors, woven with daylight fears that haunt a family. Other selections include National Book Award finalist Dan ChaonÂs ÂThe BeesÂ; Peter StraubÂs ÂLittle RedÂs Tango, the legend of a music aficionado whose past is as mysterious as the ghostly visitors to his Manhattan apartment; Elizabeth HandÂs visionary and shocking ÂCleopatra BrimstoneÂ; Thomas LigottiÂs brilliant, mind-stretching ÂNotes on the Writing of Horror: A StoryÂ; and ÂBody, Brian EvensonÂs disturbing twist on correctional facilities.

Crossing boundaries and packed with imaginative chills, PoeÂs Children bears all the telltale signs of fearless, addictive fiction.

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  • CD-Audio
  • 124.46 x 149.86 x 27.94mm | 272.15g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739375997
  • 9780739375990

About Peter Straub

PETER STRAUB is the author of seventeen novels, including Ghost Story and Koko, as well as two collaborations with Stephen King. Winner of eight Bram Stoker Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, two World Fantasy Awards, and both a Lifetime Achievement Award and election as a Grand Master from the Horror Writers Association, he lives in New York City.
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“Revelatory. . . . A remarkably consistent, frequently unsettling book.” —The Washington Post

“Straub is uniquely qualified to hold forth on what makes a good horror story. . . . [He] collects the best scary short stories out there.” —Time

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