Lost Souls & American Fantastic Tales

Author: Colin Enquist

Date: October 19th, 2015

It is that time of year again. The time where candy litters the entrance of every store, costumes are debated, horror stories are told, and pumpkin beers hit the shelves.

Since I'm a fan of horror stories I figured we needed to step into the world of American horror stories. And no not the TV show.

American Fantastic Tales is a reprint two horror anthologies edited by Peter Straub. Released on their own as American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps and American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now before being put together in this really nice collection.

The collection has stories from Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Rice, Jack Finney, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Michael Chabon, just to name a few of the fantastic authors in this collection. You will easily find some scary stories, no matter what your preference of fantastic tales are.

American Fantastic Tales -

"From its beginning, American literature teems with tales of horror, hauntings, terrifying obsessions and gruesome incursions, of the uncanny ways in which ordinary reality can be breached and subverted by the unknown and the irrational. In the tales of Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne, and their literary successors, the bright prospects of the New World face an uneasy reckoning with the forces of darkness. As this pathbreaking two-volume anthology demonstrates, it is a tradition with many unexpected detours and hidden chambers, and one that continues to evolve, finding new forms and new themes.

Peter Straub, a contemporary master of literary horror and fantasy, offers an authoritative and diverse gathering of stories calculated to unsettle and delight, in styles ranging from the exquisitely insinuating speculations of Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” to the nightmarish post-apocalyptic savagery of Harlan Ellison’s “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.” Ghostly narratives of the Edwardian era, lurid classics from the pulp heyday of Weird Tales, latter-day masterpieces by Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Steven Millhauser: over 80 stories in all, with a generous selection of contemporary authors who continue to push the genre in new and startling directions."

Since it is pumpkin season a pumpkin beer is in order. So when you are sitting beside a fireplace, with the fire crackling, a light blanket covering your legs as the floor creeks slightly with every small movement, crack open a bottle of Parallel 49 Lost Souls Pumpkin Porter, find your favourite horror story in the collection, and enjoy with the knowledge that you will jump at least once reading the story (or hearing the floor creak or fire crack).

This book is full of atmosphere and Lost Souls Pumpkin Porter brings the atmosphere to your palette: dark, haunting, yet reminding you of autumn.