The Weiser Book of Horror and the Occult: Hidden Magic, Occult Truths, and the Stories That Started It All. Edited by Lon Milo DuQuette, Weiser Books, 2014. Cover art by Symonenko Viktoriia/Shutterstock, interior art by Maureen Forys, Happenstance Type-O-Rama. Info: redwheelweiser.com.
"Looking for a thoughtful fright? Or perhaps a frightful thought? Packed with stories selected by one of today’s leading esoteric scholars, this book will do more than make your toes curl and your skin crawl. These tales reveal hidden truths, inspire forbidden pursuits, and divulge the secrets of magical initiation in the guise of fiction. Covering topics from rituals to hauntings to Satanism, this one-of-a-kind volume includes selections from Aleister Crowley, Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert W. Chambers, Ralph Adams Cram, H.P. Lovecraft, Dion Fortune, Sir Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Bram Stoker. As DuQuette writes in his introduction, horror takes its time. It creeps in, seeps in, and lingers. These stories will take you hours to read, but they will stay with you, biting at your heels from the shadows, eternally. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…"
Horror Takes Its Time, an Introduction by Lon Milo DuQuette
The House and the Brain by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Casting the Runes by Montague Rhodes James
Luella Miller by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
An Inhabitant of Carcosa by Ambrose Bierce
No. 252 Rue M. Le Prince by Ralph Adams Cram
The Testament of Magdalen Blair by Aleister Crowley
The Messenger by Robert W. Chambers
The Ring of Thoth by Arthur Conan Doyle
A Dream of Red Hands by Bram Stoker
Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe
At the Home of Poe by Frank Belknap Long, Jr.
The Alchemist by H.P. Lovecraft
Dickon the Devil by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The White People by Arthur Machen
The Sea Lure by Dion Fortune