My Review of The Weiser Book of the Fantastic & Forgotten edited by Judika Illes
The Witching Season is upon us and nothing screams Hallowe’en to me more than curling up with a collection of brilliant and terrifying supernatural fictions.
Every year I seek out a selection of horror stories that are layered and textured and full of atmosphere, the sort of tales that guarantee nightmares and disturbing thoughts.
This year, Judika Illes made the selections for me.
The Table of Contents for The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten: Tales of the Supernatural, Strange, and Bizarre is a veritable who’s who of supernatural fiction: Bram Stoker, H.D. Elliot, M.R. James, Oscar Wilde, Richard Le Gallienne, Robert W. Chambers, H.P. Lovecraft, Charles Dickens, W.B. Yeats, Arthur Machen, Dion Fortune, Algernon Blackwood, Marie Corelli, Lord Dunsany, Edgar Allan Poe, Hans Heinz Ewers, W.W. Jacobs.
For many horror fiction aficionados, there are some well-tread stories here, but there are some delightful gems that don’t normally make it into collections like these as well.
Judika Illes is to be commended for putting together a book that isn’t just another ‘greatest hits’ collection. She did her homework and has delivered a diverse compilation of stories read best by the light of a warm fire, a full moon peeking in from a parlour window, where the scratch of a tree limb on the pane gives you pause.
This is how I choose to spend this Hallowe’en. I suggest you do the same.
The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten: Tales of the Supernatural, Strange, and Bizarre, edited by Judika Illes is available wherever books are sold or online at your favorite cyber-marketplaces, such as Amazon… or better yet, show your support by ordering directly from the publisher.