Tales of Terror: The Supernatural Poem Since 1800, Volume 2 (PDF)

by The Poet's Press

“The Goblins will get you if you don’t watch out!”
Terrifying poems of ghosts, monsters and cosmic terror from the 1890s to the present.

This annotated edition of 176 supernatural-themed poems is the second part of a modern sequel to Matthew Gregory Lewis’s famous 1801 poetry anthology, Tales of Wonder. As might be expected, several of the best-known horror writers who were also poets are here, including H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and Frank Belknap Long. But surprises abound as ghosts, goblins, fairies, monsters, and cosmic doom escape the pens of poets from the United States, Britain, Ireland, Australia, Switzerland, and Germany. Treasures to be found in this volume include the lore of The Flying Dutchman, arctic werewolves, an octopus-woman, a rampaging Sphinx, malevolent fairies, house ghosts, a painting fatal to look upon, Santa Claus’s evil cousin, the Phantom of the Opera, mad scientist Nikola Tesla,  “women scorned” with revenge in mind — plus the inevitable sea serpents, Gorgons, vampires, and the hungry slime mold that ate Providence, Rhode Island. This volume samples the best supernatural-themed poems from the 1890s to about 1930, and then leaps forward to offer over a hundred pages of Gothic works by contemporary poets working in a variety of styles.
For the poetry lover, and for the fan of supernatural literature, this book is a year-round Halloween treat of entertaining and alarming poems to read aloud — bedtime stories for very bad children. For the scholar of the Gothic, it presents an intriguing array of poems that range from overtly entertaining Gothic narratives, to works that employ the devices of the Gothic for other ends, social, political, or personal. The book also includes a cumulative bibliography of source materials on the supernatural and Gothic in poetry.

Poets included in this anthology are:

THOMAS HARDY
EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN
WALTER CHALMERS SMITH
CLINTON SCOLLARD
JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY
MADISON CAWEIN
THOMAS LOVELL BEDDOES
STEPHEN VINCENT BENÉT
WALTER DE LA MARE
LIONEL PIGOT JOHNSON
JAMES ELROY FLECKER
HAROLD MONRO
JOHN DRINKWATER
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
KATHERINE TYNAN
JOSEH PLUNKETT
CATHAL O'BYRNE
PATRICK JOSEPH McCALL
ALICE FURLONG
OSCAR WILDE
FRANCIS LEDWIDGE
LEWIS SPENCE
CARL SPITTELER
CHARLES DAWSON SHANLY
WILLIAM WILFRED CAMPBELL
HENRY KENDALL
SAMUEL SLOPER
RICHARD WAGNER/li>
SIR JOHN COLLLINGS SQUIRE
ROBERT GRAVES
ROBERT CAMERON ROGERS
HOWARD PHILIPS LOVECRAFT
FRANK BELKNAP LONG
CLARK ASHTON SMITH
BARBARA A. HOLLAND
JOEL ALLEGRETTI
CLAUDIA DOBKINS-DIKINIS
SHIRLEY POWELL
BRETT RUTHERFORD
PIETER VANDERBECK
JACK VEASEY
SCOTT THOMAS
JACOB RABINOWITZ

 

Published May 2016. 6x9 inches, paperback. 348 pp

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