Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The American Fantasy Tradition - Brian M. Thomsen

For a book this length that is looking at urban or rural American fantasy, there seems to be a couple of notable omissions - there is no example of Robert E. Howard, yet there are two stories by Ellison, King, Wellman, etc., and generally the second one is rather minor and not adding anything.

Given the more academic title or look to this is presumably what the editor is trying for, the introductory material is pretty short and limited.

Also, if you don't like a lot of stories lapsing into what I suppose you could call 'realistic' hillbilly jargon, or old-fashioned rough speech, this is definitely not for you.

That being said, the stories are reasonable, having a 3.36 average.

American Fantasy Tradition : Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving
American Fantasy Tradition : Feathertop A Moralized Legend - Nathaniel Hawthorne
American Fantasy Tradition : Uncle Remus - Joel Chandler Harris
American Fantasy Tradition : The Saga of Pecos Bill - Edward O'Reilly
American Fantasy Tradition : Rosy's Journey - Louisa May Alcott
American Fantasy Tradition : The Yellow Sign - Robert W. Chambers
American Fantasy Tradition : The Shadow Over Innsmouth - H. P. Lovecraft
American Fantasy Tradition : O Ugly Bird! - Manly Wade Wellman
American Fantasy Tradition : The Fool - David Drake
American Fantasy Tradition : Narrow Valley - R. A. Lafferty
American Fantasy Tradition : Jackalope - Alan Dean Foster
American Fantasy Tradition : The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
American Fantasy Tradition : Children of the Corn - Stephen King
American Fantasy Tradition : Buffalo Gals Won't You Come Out Tonight - Ursula K. LeGuin
American Fantasy Tradition : The Jolly Corner - Henry James
American Fantasy Tradition : A Ghost Story - Mark Twain
American Fantasy Tradition : The Other Lodgers - Ambrose Bierce
American Fantasy Tradition : Ma’ame Pelagie - Kate Chopin
American Fantasy Tradition : The Devil and Daniel Webster - Stephen Vincent Benet
American Fantasy Tradition : The Valley Was Still - Manly Wade Wellman
American Fantasy Tradition : The Howling Man - Charles Beaumont
American Fantasy Tradition : Twenty-Three - Avram Davidson
American Fantasy Tradition : We Are the Dead - Henry Kuttner
American Fantasy Tradition : Where the Summer Ends - Karl Edward Wagner
American Fantasy Tradition : Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa - W. P. Kinsella
American Fantasy Tradition : Hatrack River [short story] - Orson Scott Card
American Fantasy Tradition : The Hero of the Night - Bradley Denton
American Fantasy Tradition : The Whimper of Whipped Dogs - Harlan Ellison
American Fantasy Tradition : The Griffin and the Minor Canon - Frank Stockton
American Fantasy Tradition : The Enchanted Buffalo - L. Frank Baum
American Fantasy Tradition : The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Stetson
American Fantasy Tradition : The Moving Finger - Edith Wharton
American Fantasy Tradition : Slow Sculpture - Theodore Sturgeon
American Fantasy Tradition : The Coin Collector [“The Other Wife”] - Jack Finney
American Fantasy Tradition : Prey - Richard Matheson
American Fantasy Tradition : The Geezenstacks - Fredric Brown
American Fantasy Tradition : Paladin of the Lost Hour - Harlan Ellison
American Fantasy Tradition : The Black Ferris - Ray Bradbury
American Fantasy Tradition : Bed and Breakfast - Gene Wolfe
American Fantasy Tradition : Dead Run - Greg Bear
American Fantasy Tradition : Mrs. Todd's Shortcut - Stephen King
American Fantasy Tradition : Among the Handlers or The Mark 16 Hands on Assembly of Jesus Risen Formerly Snake-o-rama - Michael Bishop


So easy going...feel...sleepy.

4 out of 5


Scarecrow lives

3 out of 5


Whatchoo talkin' about, Rabbit?

3.5 out of 5


I made this!

4 out of 5


An animal thing.

2.5 out of 5


Serpentskin books - don't get 'em.

3.5 out of 5


Small town's Esoteric Order of Dagon proves more than a little fishy.

4 out of 5


A good whack from a silver string axe leaves your big turkey ghost just a cold casserole.

3.5 out of 5


Got to be careful with that spell bulldust.

3 out of 5


Ditch illusion psychic projection projectile fun.

3.5 out of 5


Imaginary hunting reality.

4.5 out of 5


Stone loser.

3.5 out of 5


Crucifixion row monster.

3.5 out of 5


Don't eat the salmon.

2.5 out of 5


Ghost me.

2 out of 5


Giant fake phantom fagged, furniture desired.

3.5 out of 5


Dead room.

3.5 out of 5


Room for the young.

2 out of 5


"For if two New Hampshiremen aren't a match for the devil, we might as well give the country back to the Indians.""

4 out of 5


Deal just not worth it.

3.5 out of 5


Captive devil.

3.5 out of 5


Bad inheritance, bad age.

3 out of 5


Unknown Soldier sympathy.

3.5 out of 5


Vineland devil flaying.

3.5 out of 5


"If you build it, he will come."

4 out of 5


Bloody Mary land.

2 out of 5


Martyr cycle.

3.5 out of 5


City god call.

3.5 out of 5


Be good townspeople or I'll eat you.

3.5 out of 5


Bovine evil overlords? Blimey.

3 out of 5


The decor around here needs serious work.

3.5 out of 5


Which wife?

2.5 out of 5


Charged cancer cure.

4 out of 5


Alternate wife pleasing.

4 out of 5


Doll hunted mummy dearest.

3.5 out of 5


Strange dolls.

4 out of 5


Watch passing.

3.5 out of 5


Skeleton ride.

3.5 out of 5


Demon guests.

3.5 out of 5


Trucking hell, man.

3.5 out of 5


Holey bits.

2.5 out of 5


Bad Assembly.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

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