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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' showcases a vast panorama of horror and supernatural literature, featuring works by prominent figures ranging from Mary Shelley to H.P. Lovecraft. This collection presents an expansive exploration of gothic terror, psychological unease, and eerie mysteries, encapsulating a rich diversity of literary styles from the grimly poetic to the starkly suspenseful. The anthology not only reinforces the traditional elements of the macabre but also challenges them, by including lesser-known yet equally gripping tales that broaden the reader's perception of the genre. The authors included are titans of their respective eras, each contributing uniquely to the fabric of dark literature. The collection is emotionally and historically wide-ranging, carrying readers through the fear-tinged narratives of the 18th century to the more visceral horrors of the early 20th century. Together, these authors have shaped much of the modern understanding of horror and supernatural fiction, offering narratives that reflect societal anxieties and personal nightmares, framed within their distinct cultural and historical contexts. This anthology invites readers on a meticulously curated journey into the depths of horror and mystery, making it an indispensable volume for both newcomers and connoisseurs of the genre. The breadth and depth of the collection offer a remarkable educational opportunity— to observe the evolution and variety of horror writing across different periods and cultures. Engaging with this collection promises not only a thrilling literary experience but also a profound understanding of the ways in which supernatural fiction can illuminate darker corners of human experience and cultural fear.
Guy de MaupassantJane AustenOscar WildeEdgar Allan PoeEmily BrontëElizabeth GaskellCharlotte BrontëMark TwainArthur Conan DoyleDaniel DefoeRobert Louis StevensonBram StokerHenry JamesH. P. LovecraftJohn BuchanJohn Kendrick BangsAmbrose BierceEdith 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-GouldJoseph Sheridan Le FanuArthur MachenCharlotte Perkins GilmanFergus HumeStanley G. WeinbaumEdward BellamyLeonid AndreyevAmelia 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 LowndesVincent 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. PirkisRichard Le GallienneHelena 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