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The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural followed the first two Arbor House books of science fiction, from Robert Silverberg and Martin H. Greenberg, by a year. (There never was an Arbor House Treasury of Fantasy.) Beginning with a cheerfully defensive view of the horror genre by Stephen King, the book presents 41 stories divided into two groups: Grand Masters, from Poe to Fredric Brown; and Modern Masters, from Evan Hunter to Stephen King himself. Though there is no editorial statement from Pronzini and Malzberg (as Silverberg had provided in his books), individual story introductions provide assessments of the writers and their works.

David G. Hartwell's ambitious first horror anthology collects not only fine stories but attempts to understand the evolution of horror literature and to define what it is. Both it and its companion volume five years later grew out of discussions with Kathryn Cramer, Peter D. Pautz, and others. Contents range from works of 19th century writers to modern examples of horror in science fiction.

Most reprinted authors: Thomas M. Disch and Stephen King (4 each), then Robert Aickman, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Fritz Leiber, H.P. Lovecraft, and Theodore Sturgeon (3 each).

  • The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural, Bill Pronzini, Barry N. Malzberg & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. (Arbor House, 1981) [isfdb]
  • The Dark Descent, David G. Hartwell, ed. (Tor, 1987) [isfdb]
  • Foundations Of Fear, David G. Hartwell, ed. (Tor, 1992) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Robert Aickman
  • The Hospice (Cold Hand in Mine, 1975) -- The Dark Descent
  • Larger Than Oneself (Powers of Darkness, 1966) -- The Dark Descent
  • The Swords (The Fifth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories, 1969) -- The Dark Descent
  • Gertrude Atherton
  • The Bell in the Fog (The Smart Set Aug 1903) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • The Striding Place (The Speaker 1896) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Scott Baker
  • The Lurking Duck (Omni Dec 1983) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Clive Barker
  • Dread (Clive Barker's Books of Blood, 1984) -- The Dark Descent
  • In the Hills, the Cities (Clive Barker's Books of Blood, 1984) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • The Damned Thing (Tales from New York Town Topics Dec 7 1893) -- The Dark Descent
  • The Middle Toe of the Right Foot (San Francisco Examiner Aug 17 1890) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Michael Bishop
  • Within the Walls of Tyre (Weirdbook #13 1978) -- The Dark Descent
  • Algernon Blackwood
  • The Willows (The Listener and Other Stories, 1907) -- The Dark Descent
  • Robert Bloch
  • Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper (Weird Tales Jul 1943) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
          -- The Dark Descent
  • Ray Bradbury
  • The Crowd (Weird Tales May 1943) -- The Dark Descent
  • Fredric Brown
  • Come and Go Mad (Weird Tales Jul 1949) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Octavia E. Butler
  • Bloodchild (IASFM Jun 1984) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Who Goes There? (Astounding) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Ramsey Campbell
  • Call First (Night Chills, 1975) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Mackintosh Willy (Shadows, 1979) -- The Dark Descent
  • Truman Capote
  • Shut a Final Door (Atlantic Monthly Aug 1947) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Robert W. Chambers
  • The Repairer of Reputations (The King in Yellow, 1895) -- The Dark Descent
  • Winston S. Churchill
  • "Man Overboard!" (The Harmsworth Magazine Jan 1899) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Lucy Lane Clifford
  • The New Mother (Anyhow Stories, Moral and Otherwise, 1882) -- The Dark Descent
  • Theodore R. Cogswell
  • You Know Willie (F&SF May 1957) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • John Collier
  • Evening Primrose -- The Dark Descent
  • Jack Dann
  • Camps (F&SF May 1979) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Walter de la Mare
  • Seaton's Aunt (The London Mercury Apr 1922) -- The Dark Descent
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Faith of Our Fathers (Dangerous Visions, 1967) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • A Little Something for Us Tempunauts (Final Stage, 1974) -- The Dark Descent
  • Charles Dickens
  • The Signalman (All the Year Round Christmas 1866) -- The Dark Descent
  • Thomas M. Disch
  • The Asian Shore (Orbit 6, 1970) -- The Dark Descent
  • The Roaches (Escapade Oct 1965) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
          -- The Dark Descent
  • Torturing Mr. Amberwell -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Theodore Dreiser
  • The Hand (Munsey's May 1919) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Daphne du Maurier
  • Don't Look Now -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Gerald Durrell
  • The Entrance (The Picnic and Such Like Pandemonium, 1979) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Harlan Ellison
  • The Whimper of Whipped Dogs (Bad Moon Rising, 1973) -- The Dark Descent
  • Elizabeth Engstrom
  • When Darkness Loves Us (When Darkness Loves Us, 1985) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Dennis Etchison
  • You Can Go Now (Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Sep 1980) -- The Dark Descent
  • William Faulkner
  • A Rose for Emily (The Forum Apr 1930) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
          -- The Dark Descent
  • Mary E. Freeman
  • Luella Miller (Everybody's Magazine Dec 1902) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Carlos Fuentes
  • Aura -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Yellow Wallpaper (New England Magazine Jan 1892) -- The Dark Descent
  • Charles L. Grant
  • If Damon Comes (The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VI, 1978) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
          -- The Dark Descent
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Barbara of the House of Grebe (The Graphic Dec 1890) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Rappaccini's Daughter (United States Magazine and Democratic Review Dec 1844) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Young Goodman Brown (New England Magazine Apr 1835) -- The Dark Descent
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • They (Unknown Apr 1941) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Robert Hichens
  • How Love Came to Professor Guildea (Pearson's Magazine Oct 1897) -- The Dark Descent
  • Edward D. Hoch
  • The Oblong Room (The Saint Magazine Jul 1967) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • The Sandman (Best Tales of Hoffmann, 1967) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Violet Hunt
  • The Prayer (Chapman's Magazine of Fiction Dec 1895) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Evan Hunter
  • The Scarlet King (Manhunt Dec 25 1954) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Shirley Jackson
  • The Beautiful Stranger (Come Along With Me, 1968) -- The Dark Descent
  • The Summer People (Charm Sep 1950) -- The Dark Descent
  • Adobe James
  • The Road to Mictlantecutli (Adam Bedside Reader #20 1965) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Henry James
  • The Jolly Corner (The English Review Dec 1908) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
          -- The Dark Descent
  • M. R. James
  • The Ash-Tree (Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, 1904) -- The Dark Descent
  • Stephen King
  • The Crate (Gallery Jul 1979) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Crouch End (New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, 1980) -- The Dark Descent
  • The Monkey (Gallery Nov 1980) -- The Dark Descent
  • The Reach (Yankee Nov 1981) -- The Dark Descent
  • Russell Kirk
  • There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding (Frights, 1976) -- The Dark Descent
  • C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Mindworm (Worlds Beyond Dec 1950) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • D. H. Lawrence
  • The Rocking-Horse Winner (The Ghost-Book, 1926) -- The Dark Descent
  • J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Mr. Justice Harbottle (Belgravia Jan 1872) -- The Dark Descent
  • Schalken the Painter (Ghost Stories and Tales of Mystery, 1939) -- The Dark Descent
  • Squire Toby's Will (Temple Bar Jan 1868) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Tanith Lee
  • Three Days (Shadows, 1984) -- The Dark Descent
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Belsen Express (The Second Book of Fritz Leiber, 1975) -- The Dark Descent
  • The Girl with the Hungry Eyes (The Girl With the Hungry Eyes, 1949) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Smoke Ghost (Unknown Oct 1941) -- The Dark Descent
  • Thomas Ligotti
  • Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story (Dark Horizons #28 1985) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • The Call of Cthulhu (Weird Tales Feb 1928) -- The Dark Descent
  • Pickman's Model (Weird Tales Oct 1927) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • The Rats in the Walls (Zest ) -- The Dark Descent
  • John Lutz
  • The Explosives Expert (AHMM Sep 1967) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Arthur Machen
  • The Great God Pan (The Great God Pan, 1894) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Barry N. Malzberg
  • Transfer (Fantastic Aug 1975) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • George R. R. Martin
  • Sandkings (Omni Aug 1979) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Richard Matheson
  • Born of Man and Woman (F&SF Sum 1950) -- The Dark Descent
  • Duel (Playboy Apr 1971) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Elizabeth Morton
  • Namesake (Amazing Jul 1981) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • E. Nesbit
  • John Charrington's Wedding (Temple Bar Sep 1891) -- The Dark Descent
  • William F. Nolan
  • The Party (Playboy Apr 1967) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Doll (Epoch 1980) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Night-Side (Night-Side, 1977) -- The Dark Descent
  • Fitz-James O'Brien
  • What Was It? (Harper's Mar 1859) -- The Dark Descent
  • Flannery O'Connor
  • Good Country People (Harper's Bazaar Jun 1955) -- The Dark Descent
  • Oliver Onions
  • The Beckoning Fair One (Widdershins, 1911) -- The Dark Descent
  • Edgar Pangborn
  • Longtooth (F&SF Jan 1970) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Robert S. Phillips
  • A Teacher's Rewards (The Land of Lost Content, 1970) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Fall of the House of Usher (Burton's Gentlemen’s Magazine Sep 1839) -- The Dark Descent
  • Hop-Frog (The Flag of Our Union Mar 17 1849) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Frederik Pohl
  • We Purchased People (Final Stage, 1974) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Arthur Porges
  • The Fly (F&SF Sep 1952) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Bill Pronzini
  • Black Wind (EQMM Sep 1979) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Jean Ray
  • The Shadowy Street (Ghouls in My Grave, 1965) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Joanna Russ
  • My Dear Emily (F&SF Jul 1962) -- The Dark Descent
  • Ray Russell
  • Sardonicus (Playboy Jan 1961) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Arthur L. Samuels
  • Mass Without Voices (Nightmares, 1979) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Michael Shea
  • The Autopsy (F&SF Dec 1980) -- The Dark Descent
  • Robert Sheckley
  • Warm (Galaxy Jun 1953) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Robert Silverberg
  • Passengers (Orbit 4, 1968) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
          -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Henry Slesar
  • The Jam (Playboy Nov 1958) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Harriet Spofford
  • The Moonstone Mass (Harper's Monthly Oct 1868) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Bram Stoker
  • The Squaw (Holly Leaves Dec 2 1893) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Peter Straub
  • Blue Rose -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Theodore Sturgeon
  • ...And My Fear Is Great... (Beyond Fantasy Fiction Jul 1953) -- Foundations Of Fear
  • Bianca's Hands (Argosy (UK) May 1947) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Bright Segment (Caviar, 1955) -- The Dark Descent
  • Ivan Turgenev
  • Clara Militch (Dream Tales and Prose Poems, 1897) -- The Dark Descent
  • Karl Edward Wagner
  • Sticks (Whispers Mar 1974) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
          -- The Dark Descent
  • Manly Wade Wellman
  • Vandy, Vandy (F&SF Mar 1953) -- The Dark Descent
  • H. G. Wells
  • The Valley of the Spiders (Pearson's Magazine Mar 1903) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Edith Wharton
  • Afterward (The Century Jan 1910) -- The Dark Descent
  • Gene Wolfe
  • Seven American Nights (Orbit 20, 1978) -- The Dark Descent
  • Cornell Woolrich
  • The Screaming Laugh (Clues Nov 1938) -- The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural
  • Madeline Yale Wynne
  • The Little Room (Harper's Monthly Aug 1895) -- Foundations Of Fear

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