Eric J. Guignard and Leslie S. Klinger
Horror fiction has long been a staple of world literature. Unfortunately, many of the great tales of the last 250 years have either been forgotten or are now remembered only through distorted theatrical or movie versions, while others have been relegated to academic study. The brainchild of past president Lisa Morton, “The Haunted Library of Horror Classics” will be a library of the classics, presented for the first time in a user-friendly format geared specifically for the modern reader. The selections will form a collectible set, and each volume will be set in historical context and enlightened by notes on vocabulary and obscure historical details, in a manner designed to send shivers down the reader’s spine!
Each volume, with a distinctive cover and logo, will include the following:
- A foreword /introduction by a renowned contemporary horror writer, editor, or scholar
- A mini-biography of the author
- A definitive text of the work
- Notes on obscure words and phrases
- A reader’s guide to the work, suitable for book clubs
- A list of suggested further reading
- A teacher’s guide to the text, with suggested study questions
The volumes are intended to be reasonably priced, published in trade paperback formats as well as e-books. The notes will provide explanation and insight into the works, making these ideal for general readers, ages fifteen and up.
The first titles selected are:
■ Phantom of the Opera (1910) by Gaston Leroux (introduced by Nancy Holder)
■ The Beetle (1897) by Richard Marsh (introduced by Joe R. Lansdale)
■ Vathek (1786) by William Beckford (introduced by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro)
■ The House on the Borderland (1908) by William Hope Hodgson (introduced by Ramsey Campbell)
■ The Parasite (1894) by Arthur Conan Doyle (introduced by Daniel Stashower)
■ The King in Yellow (1895) by Robert W. Chambers
The series editors are Eric J. Guignard and Leslie S. Klinger, both long-time HWA members. The books will be published by Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks. The first volume, due out in January 2020, is Phantom of the Opera.