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Architecture of Fear Hardcover – Oct 1987

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Arbor House Pub Co; First Edition edition (October 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877959218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877959212
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,675,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Setting is important in fiction, and perhaps never more so than in the horror genre. This anthology of 14 original stories proves the case. The quality of the selections varies, but there are some wonderful tales here. Particularly impressive are Gene Wolfe's play on fairy-tale themes, "In the House of Gingerbread"; Ramsey Campbell's sad and sinister "Where the Heart Is," about a widower who cannot bring himself to leave his home and memories; "Visitors" by Jack Dann, in which a boy becomes conscious of the dead souls inhabiting the hospital in which he lies dying; and Michael Bishop's sweet, surreal "In the Memory Room," where a corpse wistfully reminisces as she is being made up by a funeral parlor cosmetician. Also particularly good are the stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Aickman and Scott Baker.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Containing 11 original stories and three reprints, this horror theme anthology concerns itself with haunted houses and haunted minds. Superior stories, including Robert Aickman's "The Fetch" and Joyce Carol Oates's "Haunted," range in style from literary mainstream to "slasher" film graphic, but are well written and ultimately convincing in the worlds they create. The anthology has a strong psychological bent, and several of the other stories lack the necessary depth to rise above merely illustrating some psychological tenet. Still, recommended for academic and larger public libraries. James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Colo.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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HASH(0x9f07dad4) out of 5 stars A Very Overlooked Horror Story Collection! Sept. 6 2013
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For starters I'm not much of a book critic...just someone whom like scary stories. I originally bought this book in a B. Dalton back in the late 80's when it first came out and 'The Architecture of Fear' has been in my collection of horror stories and I really liked it.Not to throw any spoilers to anyone interested in getting this book but here's an example from the story in The Architecture of Fear called the 'That House That Knew No Hate'...

Well a majority of people are nostalgic, they like to hang on to the fond memories because sometimes that's all they have left. A married couple moves into a house that was the husband's childhood home and as one might expect...one would reminisce in a place like that. But the moments of nostalgia the husband experiences are so questionable he's having trouble distinguishing if it's real or not and the thing is they're coming like flashbacks regardless if he wants to experience them or not. To be fair I can't go into anymore detail than that. Here is a list of the stories though....

In The House of Gingerbread by Gene Wolfe

Where The Heart Is by Ramsey Campbell

Ellen, In Her Time by Charles L. Grant

Nesting Instinct by Scott Baker

Endless Night by Karl Edward Wagner

Trust Me by Joseph Lyons

The Fetch by Robert Aickman

Visitors by Jack Dann

Gentlemen by John Skipp and Craig Spector

Down In The Darkness by Dean R. Koontz

Haunted by Joyce Carol Oates

In The Memory Room by Michael Bishop

Tales From The Original Gothic by John M. Ford

The House That Knew No Hate by Jessica Amanda Salmonson

I guess what really appealed to me about this book was it did have it's offering of haunted house feel to some of the stories and a share didn't to throw some variety into the mix. Like the story 'Gentlemen' has nothing to do ghosts and haunted houses but it throws a good level of dark and strange into the collection. Even though famous writers like Campbell,Grant,and Koontz lent a hand in this collection I thought the lesser known authors threw in some pretty noteworthy stories. Now I didn't know it until 1993/1994 but I was in a discount book store and came across the sequel collection 'The Walls of Fear(published in 1990)' edited by Kathryn Cramer. I really liked the secondary volume and as a shortly lived horror story series of the late 80's/early 90's era they are definitely worth owning...been out of print for a long time. I thought I lost this book and couldn't go without it so I ordered a replacement, as luck might have it(laughing) I found my old copy a few months later. Oh well at least I've got a back up...I've surely read it plenty of times :)