Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
11. 1817 The Deserted House by E.T. A. Hoffmann
10. 1836 The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
9. 1843 The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
8. 1828 The Severed Hand by Wilhelm Hauff
7. 1826 The Lighthouse by George Soane
6. 1842 The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
5. 1829 El Verdugo (The Executioner) by Honoré de Balzac
4. 1832 The Thunder-Struck and the Boxer by Samuel Warren
3. 1845 The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar by Edgar Allan Poe
2. 1832 The Mysterious Mansion by Honoré de Balzac
1. 1839 The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Midwest Book Review has posted a review of The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-8149: A Classic Horror Anthology. Here is what the 5 star review said:
"Horror is a young genre as far as literature goes, and it has gone far in its short life. "The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Horror Anthology" compiles some of the best early work by the fathers of modern horror such as Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, among other names. These stories branch from the traditional fiction of the time into something a bit more sinister. "The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849" is a top to bottom pick for anyone who appreciates where the best of horror came from."
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The reveal is finally here for the best horror short story of 1800-1849. I pick Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" for the number one spot. This fantastic horror tale is one of the best for the entire century, let alone the first half. You can read my thoughts and background information on it in The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Horror Anthology. In a future post I will list all of the Top 40 horror short stories again just in case you missed them the first time. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The last notch in the wrung of my countdown for the Top 40 horror short stories from 1800-1849 is finally here. To little surprise, Edgar Allan Poe, who has appeared numerous times on this countdown, weighs in at the number one spot. Tomorrow I will reveal his classic horror tale that got him there. From there I will post the list of all 40 stories if you missed them during the countdown.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I though those of you who have been following my countdown of the Top 40 horror short stories for the first half of the nineteenth century would like to know that there has been a price drop on The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Horror Anthology to $13.98 at most online booksellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. So, if the book has been sitting in your virtual shopping cart, now is the time to pull the trigger. Have a great weekend!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
For the second best short horror story of 1800-1849 I choose "The Mysterious Mansion" by Honore de Balzac (1799-1850). This horrific story of "entrapment" rises far above Edgar Allan Poe's best tale of a similar nature, "The Cask of Amontillado." You can read the story along with my annotations and story background in The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Horror Anthology.
Frenchman, Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), has already appeared a number of times in my countdown of the Top 40 horror short stories for the first half of the nineteenth century. Most recently he appeared in the 5th spot with "The Executioner." In my next post I will reveal the classic horror tale that lofted him into 2nd place on the countdown.
Friday, November 5, 2010
I am down to the Final Three in my countdown of the Top 40 horror short stories from 1800-1849. I pick Edgar Allan Poe's "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" as the third best horror tale for this period. You can read it along with my annotations and introduction in my newly published horror anthology.
Edgar Allan Poe has already appeared many times on my countdown of the Top 40 horror short stories for the first half of the nineteenth century. He appears again in the third position. In my next post I will reveal the terrifying story that got him there.