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Dark Forces: New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror
Dark Forces New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror Author:Kirby McCauley The evocation of the supernatural exerts a powerful attraction over writers. Great names have been made in horror and suspense literature, and many writers have turned to the supernatural when they needed, as Isaac Bashevis Singer put it, to being themselves "into contact with reality." The classic form for fantasy fiction is the short story, a... more »nd although collections of these stories are traditional, it is the very rare anthology that may be labeled "landmark." Dashiell Hammett's Creeps by Night was one, Bennett Cerf's Famous Ghost Stories was another; both editors used the very best and most diverse talents working in the genre. The publication of Kirby McCauley's Dark Forces marks the latest, and perhaps the most exciting, addition to this list.
Each of the tales in this compendium of terror was collected especially for this volume, and none has been published before. Crowned by Stephen King's new and absolutely terrifying new short novel The Mist, the collection is studded with many of the greatest names in supernatural fantasy writing and aprrked with the talent of new and exciting young writers. A tremendous variety in style--Edward Gorey's elegant and macabre whimsey, Joyce Carol Oates's "surreal mode," Theodore Sturgeon's powerful, inventive prose, Robert Auckman's bizarre and exotic imaginings--was the natural result.
Subject and theme also run the gamut, from Isaac Bashevis Singer's concern with the spirit of man to Robert Bloch's portrayal of the ticking mechanisms of the psychpath, from the traditional and often allegorical entertainments of Russell Kirk to Ray Bradbury's interest in the supernatural in modern settings and Stephen King's unnerving ability to invest the familiar with absolute terror. Even the settings are far-ranging, moving from Davis Grubb's beloved West Virginia to T. E. D. Klein's paranoia-inducing New York City to Joe Haldeman's menacing and exotic North Africa.
But it is editor Kirby McCauley's skillful notes and intelligent commentary on the twenty-three authors represented here that make Dark Forces at once a masterful introduction to the finest living writers in the field and--for the long-time aficionade--an undeniable invitation to be terrified by old (and some new) favorites.« less