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Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural

Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New
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AuthorEdited by Marvin Kaye and Saralee Kaye
Released[May] 1985 (1st ed.)

Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New is an anthology of fantasy and horror short stories and poems. The collection includes a reprint of J.R.R. Tolkien's entire chapter Riddles in the Dark, as it was published in the first edition of The Hobbit.[1][2]

[edit] From the publisher

This exceptional compilation contains more than fifty short stories, novellas and poems, both classic and modern, by some of the most distinguished writers of all time. Masterful works by Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecroft, Mary Shelley, Sheridan LeFanu, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Tennessee Williams, Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, in addition to little-known masterpieces of fantasy and terror by such authors as Stanley Ellin, Patricia Highsmith, John Dickson Carr and Damon Runyon, make this one of the most wide-ranging, outstanding collections of its kind. Marvin Kaye provides fascinating prefatory notes to each selection and an annotated bibliography of other recommended reading, as well as an Introduction and Afterword providing further insights into the genres of terror and the supernatural.

Marvin Kaye, award-winning author and anthologist, has compiled several collections of fantasy fiction, and has written many acclaimed fantasy novels. He is an associate professor of creative writing at New York University and the artistic director of the Open Book theatre company in New York.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, "Gollum", p. 165
  2. Tolkien Reading Order at, as of 22 August 2010