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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 a sweeping panorama of the eerie, the Gothic, and the supernatural as conceptualized across centuries and continents. This anthology not only showcases a remarkable diversity in literary styles but also traces the evolution of horror and mystery through its most transformative periods. From the haunting melancholy of Gothic romance to the sharp twists of psychological horror, the collection brings together an astonishing array of voices to chart the depths of human fear and fascination with the unknown. Standout pieces capture the quintessence of their era's anxieties and delights, making the collection a treasure trove for enthusiasts of dark literature. The contributing authors and editors, hailing from varied cultural and historical backgrounds, collectively paint a rich tableau of the human experience with the macabre. Figures such as Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft stand shoulder to shoulder with lesser-known luminaries, offering readers a comprehensive view of the literary movements that have shaped the genre. The anthology aligns with key periods in literary history, including the Romantic fascination with the sublime and the Victorian obsession with the supernatural, while also reaching into the existential depths explored by modern writers. This diverse assembly enriches the anthology, allowing it to act as a gateway into the complex interplay of societal fears, historical events, and the perennial allure of the unknown. The Light Has Been Broken is a must-read for anyone intrigued by the shadows that lurk just beyond the reach of the candlelight. It offers a unique opportunity to explore an unmatched breadth of dark themes, from the whispers of the past that have shaped the genre to the chilling echoes that resonate in contemporary literature. Scholars and casual readers alike will find value in its pages, making it an indispensable addition to any collection. Whether as an academic resource or a source of thrilling escapades, this anthology promises to engage, enlighten, and entertain, inviting readers to partake in a centuries-spanning dialogue about what truly haunts the human soul.
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