"born Gertrude Franklin Horn, in San Francisco...attended high school in California and college in Kentucky..her first book, RANDOLPH'S OF REDWOOD, was published anonymously in a local (Bay Area) newspaper in 1882. After her husband's death, she moved to New York, and began a professional literary career.." "BLACK OXEN, a novel about a woman who undergoes surgery to make herself younger, became a best seller." "born Conrad Porter Aiken, in Savannah, Georgia, he was the first of four children..in February 1901, his father shot his mother and then killed himself; Aiken discovered the bodies, moments later." "Adopted by an uncle in Cambridge, Mass., he attended Harvard from 1907-11, where he formed a close friendship with T.S. Eliot." "his first novel, BLUE VOYAGE, appeared in 1927." " he won the National Medal for Literature, in 1969." "born Katherine O'Flaherty in St. Louis, her father was killed in a railroad accident when she was five...her brother, a confederate soldier, died of Typhoid in 1863...her husband participated in the white supremacist insurrection of crescent city in 1974." " she published her first novel, AT FAULT, at her own expense, in 1890. her novel THE AWAKENING, was widely attacked, on moral grounds.she died of a stroke after attending the World's Fair, at St. Louis." "His friends included James, Conrad, and Madox Ford, and Wells. MAGGIE: A GIRL OF THE STREETS was praised by Hamlin Garland and William Dean Howells. He was a war correspondent for both the Greek-Turkish, and the Spanish-American wars. He died of tuberculosis at a sanatorium in the Black Forest of Germany." "She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1941, THEY STOOPED TO FOLLY was published in 1929, THE SHADOWY THIRD was published in 1923." " She formed friendships with Edwin Markham, Ina Coolbrith, Joaquin Miller, and other writers." "She committed suicide in 1935 while suffering inoperable cancer."
This anthology gathers together a diverse collection of tales- not of blood-and-guts horror- but the more subtle experience of the uncanny and terrible (in the original sense of the word!).
It includes classics such as "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "Young Goodman Brown:" stories that scare with subtlety.
The editor included many more tales that I was totally unfamiliar with; some even left me frightened to turn off the light before bed!
Give it a try, but maybe not as a bedside reader.
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