Anthologies, omnibuses, collections — whatever you call them, it’s no secret that we at BOOKGASM love them. While they tend not to sell well, we’re thankful the industry still allows them to slip their way to the shelves. Here are three new entries this season worth your support, with publisher-provides synopses.
THE DOLL COLLECTION edited by Ellen Datlow — From Tor Books, this anthology is designed to frighten and delight, featuring all-original dark tales of dolls from bestselling and award-winning authors compiled by one of the top editors in the field, a treasured toy box of all-original dark stories about dolls of all types, including everything from puppets and poppets to mannequins and baby dolls. The collection is illustrated with photographs of dolls taken by Datlow and other devoted doll collectors from the science fiction and fantasy field. The result is a star-studded collection exploring one of the most primal fears of readers of dark fiction everywhere, and one that every reader will want to add to their own collection.
ROSS MACDONALD: FOUR NOVELS OF THE 1950S edited by Tom Nolan — Revered by such contemporary masters as Sue Grafton, George Pelecanos and James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald (the pseudonym of Kenneth Millar) brought to the crime novel new levels of social realism and psychological depth, while honing a unique gift for intricately involving mystery narratives. For his centennial year, The Library of America inaugurates its Macdonald edition with four novels from the 1950s, all featuring his incomparable protagonist, private investigator Lew Archer. Here are THE WAY SOME PEOPLE DIE, a twisted journey through Los Angeles high and low; THE BARBAROUS COAST, an exploration of crime and corruption in the movie business; THE DOOMSTERS, a breakthrough novel of madness and self-destruction; and THE GALTON CASE, the mythically charged and deeply personal book that Macdonald considered a turning point in his career. As a special feature, this volume also includes five pieces in which Macdonald reveals the autobiographical background of his books and describes his distinctive approach to crime writing.
THE UNCANNY READER: STORIES FROM THE SHADOWS edited by Marjorie Sandor — From the deeply unsettling to the possibly supernatural, these thirty-one border-crossing stories from around the world explore the uncanny in literature, and delve into our increasingly unstable sense of self, home, and planet. The book opens with “The Sand-man,” E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1817 tale of doppelgangers and automatons — a tale that inspired generations of writers and thinkers to come. Stories by 19th- and 20th-century masters of the uncanny — including Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka and Shirley Jackson — form a foundation for 16 award-winning contemporary authors, established and new, whose work blurs the boundaries between the familiar and the unknown. Contemporary authors include Aimee Bender, Jonathon Carroll, Kelly Link, Steven Millhauser and Joyce Carol Oates.
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