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By S. T. Joshi

The last word choice of bizarre and scary American fiction.

As Stephen King will attest, the recognition of the occult in American literature has in basic terms grown because the days of Edgar Allan Poe. American Supernatural stories celebrates the richness of this practice with chilling contributions from a few of the nation's brightest literary lighting, together with Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and-of path- Stephen King. by way of turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this can be a frighteningly solid addition to Penguin Classics.

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