An Anthology of Gripping Horror Tales of Peril & Escape
Edited with Charles G. Waugh, PhD.
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Gripping stories of danger and suspense have always been strangely attractive reading, especially when life begins to grow predictable and boring. The desire to shift in the imagination from a reality where we enjoy safe, cozy house with plenty of food and a reliable-if-tedious job to a fantasy world invaded by hideous dangers where escape is doubtful and survival unlikely is one of the stranger impulses of human psychology. But it is a time-honored tradition: since the popularization of the 1001 Arabian Nights, with its white-knuckle tales of derring-do, break-neck perils, and nick-of-time escapes, humans have thrilled in reading stories about perilous escapes.
Mankind still has an insatiable appetite to imagine, and to seek battle with the elements that he understands pose the ultimate risk to the species. We long to experience – from a place of safety, say an armchair in a library – the perils that tested the mettle of our forefathers, to face starvation, immolation, dehydration, hypothermia, or wild animals and to come out on top. For those who are interested in such masochistic escapism, this collection of classics and rarities alike from the Golden Age of suspense thrillers is the perfect solution. From “The Pit and the Pendulum” to “The Most Dangerous Game,” it offers your imagination the chance to slip into a state of high-adventure… to get away from it all.
To paraphrase the opening lines of Escape:
"Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you [an escape]… designed to free you from the four walls of today…"
And indeed, we do...
TALES INCLUDED IN THIS EDITION:
A Dreadful Night – Edwin Lester Arnold
The Country of the Blind – H. G. Wells
The Stranger – Ambrose Bierce
The Brazilian Cat – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Haunted Island – Algernon Blackwood
The Iron Shroud – William Mudford
The Grain Ship – Morgan Robertson
A Tropical Horror – William Hope Hodgson
The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes – Rudyard Kipling
The Bamboo Trap – Robert S. Lemmon
The Most Dangerous Game – Richard Connell
A Terribly Strange Bed – Wilkie Collins
A Nightmare of the Doldrums – W. Clark Russell
The Third Drug – E. Nesbit
Buried Alive – E. W. Hornung
The Arm-Chair of Tustenuggee – William Gilmore Simms
The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
The Outcasts of Poker Flat – Bret Harte
An Occurrence at Owl-Creek Bridge – Ambrose Bierce
The Kelpie – Frederick Graves
The Valley of the Spiders – H. G. Wells
The Interlopers – Saki
A Descent into the Maelström – Edgar Allan Poe
Life-Like – Martin Swayne
The Almedi Concession – Fred M. White
The Mystery of the Derelict – William Hope Hodgson
The Fog – Morley Roberts
The Gorilla – Henry W. Shoemaker
The Burial of the Rats – Bram Stoker