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The Light Has Been Broken: 560+ Macabre Classics, Supernatural Mysteries & Dark Tales

The Mark of the Beast, The Ghost Pirates, The Vampyre, Sweeney Todd, The Sleepy Hollow…

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The Light Has Been Broken: 560+ Macabre Classics, Supernatural Mysteries & Dark Tales offers an unparalleled collection of spine-chilling narratives, bringing together an extraordinary compendium of the macabre, the supernatural, and the darkly mysterious from the quills of the most celebrated authors in literary history. Across a vast expanse of themes and styles, from gothic horror to eerie supernaturalism and from Victorian thrillers to modern-day mysteries, this anthology showcases the remarkable diversity and profound depth of dark literature. With narratives that range from the psychological to the supernatural, every story promises to enthrall, terrify, and enchant, featuring standout pieces that have shaped and defined the horror and mystery genres. The contributing authors and editors, a veritable whos who of literary legends including Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, and Charles Dickens, among others, bring their unique voices and perspectives to this comprehensive collection. Their works reflect the diverse cultural, historical, and literary movements of their times, enriched by their varied backgrounds. Together, they weave a tapestry of tales that not only entertain but also delve deep into the human psyche, societal norms, and the ever-persistent allure of the unknown, presenting a rich mosaic of narratives that traverse geographical and temporal boundaries. The Light Has Been Broken is a must-read for aficionados of dark literature, offering readers a unique opportunity to explore a treasure trove of chilling tales that have haunted imaginations for generations. This anthology serves not only as a testament to the enduring power of the macabre and the supernatural in literature but also as an educational journey through the evolution of these genres. It invites readers to immerse themselves in the depth and breadth of its stories, engage with the minds of its legendary authors, and ponder the darker aspects of human nature and the unknown. Ideal for scholars, students, and fans alike, this collection promises enriching insights and countless hours of fascinating, if not somewhat uneasy, reading pleasure.
Jane AustenOscar WildeEdgar Allan PoeEmily BrontëElizabeth GaskellCharlotte BrontëMark TwainArthur Conan DoyleDaniel DefoeRobert Louis StevensonBram StokerHenry JamesH. P. LovecraftJohn BuchanJohn Kendrick BangsAmbrose BierceGuy de MaupassantEdith NesbitLucy Maud MontgomeryNathaniel HawthorneRobert E. HowardRudyard KiplingWashington IrvingCharles DickensJack LondonMary ShelleyWilliam Makepeace ThackerayAnatole FranceThomas HardyMary Elizabeth BraddonLouisa M. AlcottHorace WalpoleFrederick MarryatWilkie CollinsAnn RadcliffeJerome K. JeromeHarriet Beecher StoweWilliam Hope HodgsonDavid LindsayH. G. WellsNikolai GogolWilhelm HauffE. T. A. HoffmannM. R. JamesE. F. BensonFrancis Marion CrawfordEdward Bulwer-LyttonAdelbert von ChamissoW. W. JacobsThéophile GautierJohn William PolidoriSabine Baring-GouldArthur MachenCharlotte Perkins GilmanFergus HumeStanley G. WeinbaumEdward BellamyLeonid AndreyevJoseph Sheridan Le FanuAmelia B. EdwardsEllis Parker ButlerGrant AllenJohn Meade FalknerLouis TracyFrank R. StocktonThomas de QuinceyRichard MarshWalter HubbellWilliam T. SteadFiona MacleodHugh WalpoleLafcadio HearnRalph Adams CramJames Malcolm RymerRobert W. ChambersWilliam F. HarveyMatthew Gregory LewisMarie Belloc LowndesRichard Le GallienneVincent O'sullivanM. P. ShielCleveland MoffettFlorence MarryatVilliers l'Isle de AdamWilliam ArcherKatherine RickfordLeopold KompertA. T. Quiller-CouchGambier BoltonAndrew Jackson DavisNizidaWalter F. PrinceChester Bailey FernandoBrander MatthewsLeonard KipBithia Mary CrokerCatherine L. PirkisHelena BlavatskyPliny the YoungerPedro De AlarçonThomas Peckett PrestCatherine CroweWilliam Thomas BeckfordGeorge W. M. ReynoldsÉmile ErckmannFitz-James O'BrienAlexandre ChatrianH. H. Munro (Saki)Mary Louisa MolesworthMary E. Wilkins Freeman