Edgar Allan Poe suggested that the short story was the ideal vehicle for the dark tale, yet some of the finest ever written to take just two examples, Algernon Blackwood's 'The Willows' and H. P. Lovecraft's 'The Colour Out Of Space' are far longer. The novella, or novelette, is an enduringly popular form in the field of imaginative literature, yet few books celebrate it exclusively.
This collection seeks to show how the longer short story, or the very short novel, is ideally suited to the demands of creating an atmosphere, telling an involving tale, and developing compelling characters. The authors here are all masters of their craft: they know how to combine economy with broad visions of fear.
Let their chill melody seduce you; discordant imagery awaits; infectious rhythms will drive you wild with dread.
Six outstanding pieces from some of today's bleakest prodigies. Let the music commence...
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• Recommended by Ellen Datlow for the BRAM STOKER AWARD
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
introduction by Mike O'Driscoll
Adam L. G. Nevill
Trade paperback; ISBN: 0-9550922-2-1
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