The Harbor-Master


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The Harbor-Master: Best Weird Stories of Robert W. Chambers edited by S. T. Joshi

Paperback – Hippocampus Press – 2021 – 300 pages

This volume of the Classics of Gothic Horror presents the best weird fiction of the American writer Robert W. Chambers (1865–1933). Chambers attained celebrity for the enigmatic volume The King in Yellow (1895), and this book reprints several of the most notable tales from that collection, as well as such later volumes as The Maker of Moons (1896), Thye Mystery of Choice (1897), In Search of the Unknown (1904), among others. These stories display the power and strangeness of Chambers’s weird conceptions, making it understandable why his work has exercised so profound an influence on such later writers as H. P. Lovecraft, Karl Edward Wagner, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., and many other leading figures in the field.

The Classics of Gothic Horror series seeks to reprint novels and stories from the leading writers of weird fiction over the past two centuries or more. Ever since the Gothic novels of the late 18th century, supernatural horror has been a slender but provocative contribution to Western literature.

Authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, the Victorian ghost story writers, the “titans” of the early twentieth century (Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Lord Dunsany, M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft), the Weird Tales writers, and many others contributed to the development and enrichment of weird fiction as a literary genre, and their work deserves to be enshrined in comprehensive, textually accurate editions.


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