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American Fantastic Tales

Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940's to Now

American Fantastic Tales( 1 customer ratings | )
Editor: Straub, Peter
Series title:Library of America Fantastic Tales Collection
ISBN:978-1-59853-048-3
Publication Date:Oct 2009
Publisher:Library of America, The
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $35.00
Book Description:

The second volume of Peter Straub's pathbreaking two-volume anthology American Fantastic Tales picks up the story in 1940 and provides persuasive evidence that the decades since then have seen an extraordinary flowering. While continuing to explore the classic themes of horror and fantasy, successive generations of writers--including Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, Stephen King, Steven Millhauser, and Thomas Ligotti--have opened up the field to new subjects, new...
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Book Details
Pages:750
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Short Stories (Single Author)
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.2 x 8.2 x 1.3 Inches
Book Weight:1.438 Pounds
Author Biography
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Author Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1943. He earned degrees in English from the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. He taught English at his former high school for three years and worked for a time on his doctorate in Ireland. He began writing in 1969 and published two books of poetry in 1972. His novel Julia (1975) was an attempt to find a successful genre in which to work, after his first novel, Marriages (1973), did not sell well.

He found that he had a talent for writing horror thrillers in the Gothic tradition. His stories are complex and well paced, with authentic settings that add to the believability of the plot. He is particularly good at creating grotesque characters and gruesome situations; the eeriness of his work is captivating. He has won numerous awards including the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award.

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