Last week we talked briefly about the Modern Library’s Tales of Horror And The Supernatural. Some of you had read it and many of you knew some of the stories from it. There is one other anthology of horror worth mentioning: The Dark Descent. Actually, “worth mentioning” doesn’t really say it.
It’s worth reading every October as long as you live. Yes, that’s much better. Best of all, there is minimal overlap between The Dark Descent and the ML anthology. So that’s two giant fat books of great scary stories that get better with every page.
The even bester part of DD is that even though there are many predictable authors here–Shirley Jackon, Clive Barker, Lovecraft, etc–some of them are represented by stories that rarely make it into anthologies.
Everybody who knows about Shirley Jackson seems to know about her because of The Lottery. But in this book we have her story The Summer People, which I find better and scarier than The Lottery.
Good old Clive Barker is represented by the brief freakout Dread, which makes me shiver every time I read it.
The Dark Descent is over 1,000 pages long and every page is worth reading. That’s a far cry from most books out there, where I say, “Hmm…this could have been 300 pages shorter, ideally clocking in at zero pages.”
Read it! October is slipping away!
On that note, what are you going to be for Halloween? I think I’m going to dress up like a magical Unicorn named Passion Apocalypse.
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