San Francisco: Weiser Books, 2014. Paperback, xxvi+313 pages. New.
The Weiser Book of Horror and the Occult is a selection of occult-oriented tales from some of the most renown masters of horrific fiction, such as M.R. James, Ambrose Bierce, Robert W. Chambers and H.P Lovecraft. The fifteen tales selected in this anthology and introduced by Lon Milo Duquette have been chosen for their occult themes. Some of the tale-spinners are themselves occultists, and there are contributions by Aleister Crowley, Arthur Machen, Dion Fortune and Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Here are tales of wonder and nightmare, forbidden pursuits and hidden truths shrouded by fiction, ranging from M.R James’ chilling ‘The Casting of the Runes’ to Edgar Allen Poe’s haunting ‘Ligea’. Duquette’s introduction sets the scene with a meditation and reflection on the power of horror fiction, together with some insightful commentary on the fictional work of Bulwer-Lytton, Robert W. Chambers, and Aleister Crowley.
The perfect reading companion as the nights draw in, and winter’s wind howls outside, these tales of magical horror will enthrall and delight lovers of weird fiction and occult strangeness.