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abookaweek 2012: week forty-two

2012 October 21
by Romy

American Supernatural Tales, edited by S.T. Joshi

Category: Collections

Story: This book brings together 26 stories, written by American authors, which deal with the supernatural. They’re in chronological order, and preceded by a hugely useful introduction by S.T. Joshi.

Opinion: It’s impossible to give an opinion on all 26 stories, but I have nothing but praise for this book. There were one or two stories that I skipped, and another one or two which, when I finished them, only elicited the response “is this it?” (Stephen King, I’m looking at you!), but all the other stories were superb. The ’50s especially were a good time for supernatural stories, I loved Shirley Jackson’s A Visit, Richard Matheson’s Long Distance Call, and in particular Charles Beaumont’s The Vanishing American.

Not all of the stories felt particularly scary, but Joshi’s introduction really helps to put them into historial context, which makes it easier to understand what the stories were reacting to. A fantastic collection.

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  1. janny van lamoen permalink
    October 26, 2012

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