Press Release: The Folio Book of Horror Stories
Edited and introduced by Ramsey Campbell
Illustrated by Corey Brickley
Curated exclusively for Folio by multi-award-winning British horror writer Ramsey Campbell, this new edition is a collection of superlative writing from the mid-19th century to the present day.
The tales are presented chronologically, so the reader embarks upon a hair-raising journey through the evolution of the genre. This begins with ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ – one of Poe’s most terrifying stories – in which a woman is entombed alive and returns to seek vengeance. British writer M. R. James’ ‘Count Magnus’ tells the chilling tale of a travel writer who becomes fascinated by a long-dead occultist and H. P. Lovecraft writes of a man who takes lodgings in the wrong part of town – a place that may not actually exist. Stories by Shirley Jackson, Thomas Ligotti and others lead us finally to Adam Nevill’s ‘Hippocampus’ – a hyper-real and ultimately gruesome story set on a lurching abandoned cruise liner.
The collection also includes ‘1408’. This chilling story by Stephen King was originally written as a creative writing exercise demonstrating the classic ‘ghostly room at the inn’ premise.
In addition to being a master of the art of horror writing, Campbell is a genuine fan. Drawing on an encyclopaedic knowledge of the genre, his introduction traces the history of horror fiction on both sides of the Atlantic through the work of writers and critics.
The collection is illustrated by award-winning artist Corey Brickley. His spine-chilling illustrations give form to the dark themes and trepidation that flow through the stories. Brickley’s truly terrifying binding portrait depicts a frenzied human face with part-skeletal features, set into a blood-red cloth with ghostly hand prints.
Three-quarter bound in blocked cloth with a printed and spot varnished front board. Set in Poliphilus. 272 pages. 7 full-page colour illustrations. 9½˝ x 6¼˝
UK £36.95 US $56.95 Can $72.95 Aus $82.95
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