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A selection of Repeater authors choose their favourite forgotten horror stories for this new anthology, with each also writing a critical introduction for the story of their choice. Edited by novelist and Repeater publisher Tariq Goddard and "horror philosopher" Eugene Thacker, The Repeater Book of the Dead is a new anthology of horror stories, selected and introduced by Re A selection of Repeater authors choose their favourite forgotten horror stories for this new anthology, with each also writing a critical introduction for the story of their choice. Edited by novelist and Repeater publisher Tariq Goddard and "horror philosopher" Eugene Thacker, The Repeater Book of the Dead is a new anthology of horror stories, selected and introduced by Repeater authors. Includes selections from Repeater authors like Graham Harman, Leila Taylor, Carl Neville, Adrian Nathan West and Rhian E Jones, with forgotten horror classics from authors such as W.W. Jacobs, Mark Twain and Sheridan Le Fanu.


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A selection of Repeater authors choose their favourite forgotten horror stories for this new anthology, with each also writing a critical introduction for the story of their choice. Edited by novelist and Repeater publisher Tariq Goddard and "horror philosopher" Eugene Thacker, The Repeater Book of the Dead is a new anthology of horror stories, selected and introduced by Re A selection of Repeater authors choose their favourite forgotten horror stories for this new anthology, with each also writing a critical introduction for the story of their choice. Edited by novelist and Repeater publisher Tariq Goddard and "horror philosopher" Eugene Thacker, The Repeater Book of the Dead is a new anthology of horror stories, selected and introduced by Repeater authors. Includes selections from Repeater authors like Graham Harman, Leila Taylor, Carl Neville, Adrian Nathan West and Rhian E Jones, with forgotten horror classics from authors such as W.W. Jacobs, Mark Twain and Sheridan Le Fanu.

41 review for The Repeater Book of the Occult: Ten Tales from the Darkside

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    4 stars--I really liked it. This book contains a selection of classic horror stories, including quite a few by women writers and some that were new to me. Each story is introduced by a current author, explaining their affection for the story and/or its place in history. The book also contains some all-time favorites: Squire Toby's Will: Sheridan Le Fanu The Yellow Wallpaper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman On Ghosts: Mary Shelley Par Avion: Marlene Dotard The Monkey's Paw: W.W. Jacobs A Haunted House: Virgin 4 stars--I really liked it. This book contains a selection of classic horror stories, including quite a few by women writers and some that were new to me. Each story is introduced by a current author, explaining their affection for the story and/or its place in history. The book also contains some all-time favorites: Squire Toby's Will: Sheridan Le Fanu The Yellow Wallpaper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman On Ghosts: Mary Shelley Par Avion: Marlene Dotard The Monkey's Paw: W.W. Jacobs A Haunted House: Virginia Woolf Green Tea: Sheridan Le Fanu Punch, Brothers, Punch: Mark Twain Unseen--Unfeared: Francis Stevens The Black Cat: Edgar Allan Poe The Willows: Algernon Blackwood I was especially glad to read "The Willows," a story I've heard a lot about but never got around to reading. (It was, indeed, quite spooky--a classic for a reason.) If you're interested in classic horror, or would like an introduction to the genre, this is a great place to start. I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review; I appreciate it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Max

    The Repeater Book of the Occult is definitely for those horror buffs who are looking to re-read some of their favorites. While you could probably look up any of these stories, it is nice to have them all in a single collection. The stories themselves are classics and very re-readable, I think where my issue lies is with the introductions. Except for an exempt few, I was hoping the introductions to the stories would be a little bit more conversational. I already know these stories are dark, master The Repeater Book of the Occult is definitely for those horror buffs who are looking to re-read some of their favorites. While you could probably look up any of these stories, it is nice to have them all in a single collection. The stories themselves are classics and very re-readable, I think where my issue lies is with the introductions. Except for an exempt few, I was hoping the introductions to the stories would be a little bit more conversational. I already know these stories are dark, masterful, and spine-tingling - I wanted to know more about the symbolism or things I might've missed. Definitely a read to take in at a slower pace, I did have some fun revisiting a story once per night.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Billy Degge

    it's a nice collection of decent supernatural horror stories but is honestly quite disappointing. The stories themselves are fine but if you're familiar with the genre you'd have read a few already. There's better anthologies that delve into the philosophical aspect of horror/fantasy in a more cathartic manner ( I'd recommend The Moons at Your Door, Teatro Grotesque and The New Weird if you can get it). Intros reminded me of Dangerous Visions in that it's a cool idea conceptually but just come a it's a nice collection of decent supernatural horror stories but is honestly quite disappointing. The stories themselves are fine but if you're familiar with the genre you'd have read a few already. There's better anthologies that delve into the philosophical aspect of horror/fantasy in a more cathartic manner ( I'd recommend The Moons at Your Door, Teatro Grotesque and The New Weird if you can get it). Intros reminded me of Dangerous Visions in that it's a cool idea conceptually but just come across as awkward. Not really worth the current price of admission; if they take another crack at it maybe focus more in finding fringe writers from the 18th century onwards who specifically use horror as a means of exploring novel conceptual framework. A burger of a book drowned in ketchup.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Nicol

    Not my kind of read. I’d say I only liked 3 of the story’s. Didn’t enjoy the introductions and other story’s were just plain boring to the extent I skipped through them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    J Earl

    The Repeater Book of the Occult is a nice collection of ten tales, some well known others lesser known, but all classic examples of the early periods of such dark tales. A collection of any kind will be hit or miss with many readers depending more on what the reader brings rather than the book itself. The book has ten very well written stories from excellent, and known, writers, so to give this anything less than a good rating is hubris in the extreme. But people do love to pose by being as negat The Repeater Book of the Occult is a nice collection of ten tales, some well known others lesser known, but all classic examples of the early periods of such dark tales. A collection of any kind will be hit or miss with many readers depending more on what the reader brings rather than the book itself. The book has ten very well written stories from excellent, and known, writers, so to give this anything less than a good rating is hubris in the extreme. But people do love to pose by being as negative as possible, so forgive them their little insecurities. The introductions also vary since each is written by a different person and some may be less interesting to you. I didn't find any to be pointless though I also would have liked a little more depth since one part of the book blurb says they are "critical introductions." These are, by and large, less critical and more contextual introductions, background on the writer and/or story. Nothing that really subtracts from the wonderful collection, just doesn't add very much either. Like many readers, I was familiar with most of the stories. If you only want collections to include stories that are new to you, well, good luck. Most readers will have read at least a few of these. I like collections like this because they group stories together that I might not group together. While this is not held together by a tight theme, they caused me to reread some stories that I likely would not have even though I have them in other books. I don't pull down any Poe or Twain collection very often and when I do I unfortunately gravitate toward the ones I either know or love best. So having a different one pulled out gives me the opportunity to read beyond what I would normally do. Some people, apparently, only like to have one copy of a story and even then, only in the right, to them, collection. I like different contexts for not only the fiction but for the physical location of the story. I would recommend this to readers who are looking for a nice collection of stories, some new to them, some not. Readers who only want collections of stories they have never heard of may not want this since there will likely be a couple they know. Also, while the introductions do add some context, they are not critical in the sense of analysis and interpretation, so those readers might want to search for critical essays on the works if they want such things. If you simply like to reread good stories, however, this is an excellent book. Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I was given an arc of this from the publisher through Netgalley, so I feel a little bad for this review, but gotta keep it honest. Not gonna lie, this was really not for me. Several of the stories were so boring I just straight up skipped through them. I also skipped most of the introductions because they didn't add anything meaningful or interesting to the reading experience. I already knew and loved The Yellow Wallpaper, and I definitely don't think you can call it a "lost story" or anything l I was given an arc of this from the publisher through Netgalley, so I feel a little bad for this review, but gotta keep it honest. Not gonna lie, this was really not for me. Several of the stories were so boring I just straight up skipped through them. I also skipped most of the introductions because they didn't add anything meaningful or interesting to the reading experience. I already knew and loved The Yellow Wallpaper, and I definitely don't think you can call it a "lost story" or anything like that. It's pretty popular. Apart from that I liked the story by Poe and the one about the monkey paw. I think this collection is for the horror reader that has already read everything, and is craving literally anything horror related to add to the collection.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Anthologies where authors select the stories are usually more varied than those where one editor chooses all the stories, and such is the case in "The Repeater Book of the Occult," with stories chosen by the authors of the Repeater Books publishing house. There are a number of well-known stories, such Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw," and two LeFanu stories. Mark Twain and Virginia Woolf were a pleasant surprise, and I had not previously heard of Francis Stevens. Dotard Anthologies where authors select the stories are usually more varied than those where one editor chooses all the stories, and such is the case in "The Repeater Book of the Occult," with stories chosen by the authors of the Repeater Books publishing house. There are a number of well-known stories, such Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw," and two LeFanu stories. Mark Twain and Virginia Woolf were a pleasant surprise, and I had not previously heard of Francis Stevens. Dotard's "Par Avion" was a miss for me. It didn't feel like it belonged with the others, even as loose as the theme of the anthology was. The authors provide introductions to each story, some of which were longer than a couple of the stories, and more likely essays. While there was a lot of good information in some of them, they detracted from the stories themselves. I would encourage the authors to choose lesser-known works that haven't had the readership of some of the selections in this book, but the choices were good, and this is recommended. I received an advance copy from NetGalley and Repeater Books in exchange for my honest review. Don't forget! Come back to your Review on the pub date, 09 Feb

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I was honestly disappointed in this one. Going by the title and description I was expecting something a little more dark and twisted. It was a nice collection of classic horror stories however. I found it to be a bit boring for my tastes and found myself skipping through the introductions before each of the story as they were beyond boring. On the plus side I did enjoy the few illustrations that were in the book.

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