Back There in the Grass: The Horror Tales of Irvin S. Cobb and Gouverneur Morris
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Edited by S. T. Joshi. Cover art by Aeron Alfrey. Cover design and custom title lettering by Dan Sauer. 6x9 Paperback, 287 pages.
This volume contains the weird stories of two leading American short story writers of the early 20th century, Irvin S. Cobb (1876–1944) and Gouverneur Morris (1876–1953). Both are known for a single weird tale, “Fishhead” and “Back There in the Grass,” respectively; but both produced several additional weird specimens in their variegated short story collections, ranging from grim tales of psychological suspense (“The Gallowsmith”) to tales of Nietzschean supermen (“The Bride’s Dead”). This volume constitutes the first time that their weird work has been collected.
Table of Contents
Introduction, by S. T. Joshi
Irvin S. Cobb
The Belled Buzzard
The Second Coming of a First Husband
The Unbroken Chain
Faith, Hope and Charity
The Bride’s Dead
Back There in the Grass
The Classics of Gothic Horror series seeks to reprint novels and stories from the leading writers of weird fiction over the past two centuries or more. Ever since the Gothic novels of the late 18th century, supernatural horror has been a slender but provocative contribution to Western literature. Edgar Allan Poe, Ambrose Bierce, the Victorian ghost story writers, the “titans” of the early twentieth century (Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Lord Dunsany, M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft), the Weird Tales writers, and many others contributed to the development and enrichment of weird fiction as a literary genre, and their work deserves to be enshrined in comprehensive, textually accurate editions. S. T. Joshi, a leading authority on weird fiction, has done exactly that in establishing this series. Using scholarly resources honed over decades of wide-ranging research, he has assembled volumes featuring not only the complete weird writings of the authors in question, but exhaustive bio-critical introductions and bibliographical data.