The Dark Descent

Dark Descent

Edited by David G. Hartwell; With contributions by Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, John Collier, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and many others

Tor Books



Trade Paperback

1024 Pages



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Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology

In his highly informed and wide-ranging Introduction to The Dark Descent, hailed by many as one of the most important anthologies ever published on the theme of horror fiction, editor David G. Hartwell examines the rich history of horror in literature all the way back to the earliest short stories. An omnibus numbering over one-thousand pages, this thorough collection showcases many of Western literature's finest horror stories—from the classic yarns of Edgar Allan Poe, D. H. Lawrence, and Edith Wharton up to the contemporary tales of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Ray Bradbury.


Praise for The Dark Descent

"A gigantic, superlatively edited historical overview of horror fiction."—Chicago Sun-Times

"For a sample of the current excellence and variety of horror, one could do no better."—New York Newsday

"An important work which belongs in every library."—The West Coast Review of Books

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David G. Hartwell, called "an editor extraordinaire" by Publishers Weekly, is one of science fiction's most experienced and influential editors. As an editor with Berkley Books, Pocket Books, William Morrow, and Tor Books, he has worked with many of the field's best authors and edited many award-winning works. He is the author of Age of Wonders, a nonfiction study of the science fiction field. Among his many anthologies is the bestselling World Treasury of Science Fiction. He is the holder of a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Columbia University, a winner of the Eaton Award, and has been
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