Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales, edited by Peter Straub

American Fantastic Tales: Book two, Terror and the Uncanny, table of contents…

Introduction by Peter Straub
“Evening Primrose” by John Collier (1940)
“Smoke Ghost” by Fritz Leiber (1941)
“Mysteries of the Joy Rio” by Tennessee Williams (1941)
“The Refugee” by Jane Rice (1943)
“Mr. Lupescu” by Anthony Boucher (1945)
“Miriam” by Truman Capote (1945)
“Midnight” by Jack Snow (1947)
“Torch Song” by John Cheever (1947)
“I’m Scared” by Jack Finney (1948)
“The Daemon Lover” by Shirley Jackson (1949)
“The Circular Valley” by Paul Bowles (1950)
“The April Witch” by Ray Bradbury (1952)
“Black Country” by Charles Beaumont (1954)
“The Vane Sisters” by Vladimir Nabokov (1959)
“Trace” by Jerome Bixby (1964)
“Where the Woodbine Twineth” by Davis Grubb (1964)
“Nightmare” by Donald Wandrei (1965)
“I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison (1967)
“Prey” by Richard Matheson (1969)
“Events at Poroth Farm” by T.E.D. Klein (1972)
“Hanka” by Isaac Bashevis Singer (1974)
“Linneaus Forgets” by Fred Chappell (1977)
“Novelty” by John Crowley (1983)
“Mr. Fiddlehead” by Jonathan Carroll (1989)
“Family” by Joyce Carol Oates (1989)
“The Last Feast of Harlequin” by Thomas Ligotti (1990)
“A Short Guide to the City” by Peter Straub (1990)
“The General Who Is Dead” by Jeff VanderMeer (1996)
“That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French” by Stephen King (1998)
“The Long Hall on the Top Floor” by Caitlin R. Kiernan (1999)
“Sea Oak” by George Saunders (2000)
“Nocturne” by Thomas Tessier (2000)
“The God of Dark Laughter” by Michael Chabon (2001)
“Pop Art” by Joe Hill (2001)
“Pansu” by Poppy Z. Brite (2003)
“Dangerous Laughter” by Steven Millhauser (2003)
“The Chambered Fruit” by M. Rickert (2003)
“The Wavering Knife” by Brian Evenson (2004)
“Stone Animals” by Kelly Link (2004)
“Pat Moore” by Tim Powers (2004)
“The Little Stranger” by Gene Wolfe (2004)
“Dial Tone” by Benjamin Percy (2007)

9 comments on “Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales, edited by Peter Straub

  1. Eric says:

    Holy hell, what a collection. I started to get excited when I saw Fred Chappell and was progressively more bowled over with each name after that.

  2. Hellbound Heart says:

    my god, what a book……

    peace and love….

  3. The ToC reads like a “Who’s Who…” except there’s someone mysteriously absent from this list.

    No Stephen King? Did he recuse himself?

  4. kellys says:

    The king is here: “That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French” by Stephen King (1998)

    Straub’s an interesting editor. Considering these anthos and last year’s “Poe’s Children,” he seems focused on broadening how we define and think about horror.

  5. drax says:

    Very cool, Jeff.

  6. Helen Handbasket says:

    Really happy to see “Torch Song” by Cheever in there. He’s one of my favorite writers and that is one of the most disturbing stories I know.

  7. Oh… There it is.

    Well. Someday, I really do need to learn how to read.

  8. James says:

    Wow, I don’t remember volume one. I’ve got to start paying more attention.

    Interesting that Gene Wolfe is represented by such a recent story when he’s more a contemporary of Bradbury and Ellison than VanderMeer and Saunders.

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