Book reviewer Alan Cheuse selects the highlights of this holiday season: futuristic dystopias; things that go bump in the night; portraits from Norman Rockwell's America; gay New York; a celebration of our immigrant adventures; one writer's journey to manhood; and, of course, Long John Silver.
Author Peter Straub knows a bit about terror. As the editor of the new two-volume set American Fantastic: Tales, Terror and the Uncanny, he spent two years researching the best — and scariest — American stories, dating from the age of Edgar Allan Poe to the present.
The impulse to scare ourselves has been around for centuries, as American Fantastic Tales, the new two-volume horror anthology from The Library of America, proves. Editor Peter Straub has done a superb job with both his story selections and hyperliterate introductions.