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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (719 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Straub Narrator: Various Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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From the incomparable master of horror and suspense comes an electrifying collection of contemporary literary horror, with stories from 25 writers representing today's most talented voices in the genre.

Horror writing is usually associated with formulaic gore, but New Wave horror writers have more in common with the wildly inventive, evocative spookiness of Edgar Allan Poe than with the sometimes predictable hallmarks of their peers. Showcasing this cutting-edge talent, Poe's Children now brings the best of the genre's stories to a wider audience. Featuring tales from such writers as Neil Gaiman and Jonathan Carroll, Poe's Children is Peter Straub's tribute to the imaginative power of storytelling. Each previously published story has been selected by Straub to represent what he thinks is the most interesting development in our literature during the last two decades.

Selections range from the early Stephen King psychological thriller The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet, in which an editor confronts an author's belief that his typewriter is inhabited by supernatural creatures, to The Man on the Ceiling, Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem's award-winning surreal tale of night terrors, woven with daylight fears that haunt a family. Other selections include National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon's The Bees; Peter Straub's Little Red's Tango, the legend of a music aficionado whose past is as mysterious as the ghostly visitors to his Manhattan apartment; Elizabeth Hand's visionary and shocking Cleopatra Brimstone; Thomas Ligotti's brilliant, mind-stretching Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story; and Body, Brian Evenson's disturbing twist on correctional facilities.

Crossing boundaries and packed with imaginative chills, Poe's Children bears all the telltale signs of fearless, addictive fiction. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bj | 2/19/2014

    " A really fun anthology of new horror. And I loves me the horror. Some is very weird. All is very interesting. Some is nothing short of brilliant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drucilla | 2/19/2014

    " I'm not going to mince words so let me start of by telling you there are some pretty F'ed up stories in this book and they cover everything from murder to rape to suicide. Definitely for a high school and above audience. There were some stories I liked and they all seemed to be towards the end of the book. It was depressing to make my way through the first part of the book and I don't recommend doing it in one sitting unless you like this sort of thing. Many well-known writers contributed including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, etc. However, these stories have just been reprinted from previous sources so nothing is new material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randi | 2/14/2014

    " Upon second reading, a couple stories I felt "meh" about before, I liked more. My favorite story is the same, though: "The Voice of the Beach" by Ramsey Campbell. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 2/10/2014

    " Eh. Couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalliope | 1/26/2014

    " As I grow increasingly despairing as to the quality of modern science fiction, I have the pleasure to acknowledge that horror fiction is better than ever. Nothing is better evidence of that than this anthology. Every single story contained within is a gem, each unique and perfectly crafted. Skillfully dodging genre boundaries, avoiding cliches at every turn, producing the original and unexpected (while staying paying tribute to a few Old Greats... "The Voice of the Beach" is a Lovecraft story, plain and simple); this book is immaculately edited to contain only the most interesting stories. Congratulations, Peter Straub! This book makes me optimistic as to the future of speculative fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 1/13/2014

    " My urge is to give the book 3.5 stars. For me, 3 stars is pretty low, but a 4 star rating does not feel right because I found a number of the stories a struggle to get through, though I really enjoyed some of the stories. I liked "The Kiss" enough to look up the author, Tia Travis to see what else she has written. This was also true for "Plot Twist" author, David Schow. There were other great stories by authors I am already familiar with. Overall, a worthwhile anthology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/13/2014

    " A better than average horror anthology; it contains some of my favorite genre authors (Neil Gaiman's beautiful tribute to Ray Bradbury, "October in the Chair", Graham Joyce, Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell), as well as a few I wasn't familiar with ('The Bees' by Dan Chaon and 'The Great God Pan' by M. John Harrison are new favorites). Worth far more than the $1 I paid for it at Dollar Tree! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Gordon | 1/10/2014

    " This anthology of horror stories made a lot of "Best of 2008" lists so I was very eager to give it a try. Many of the stories don't really strike me as being in the horror genre, belonging instead to the category of fantasy, but I did enjoy many of them. If you read only one story in the collection make it "The Kiss" by Tia V. Travis. Joe Hill's "20th Century Ghost" is another good one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hitbybus | 1/5/2014

    " A collection of short stories, some of which were much better than others. Several of which weren't really horror, but whatever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 12/31/2013

    " All the stories had the same style and it got a little tiring. Not bad, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 12/27/2013

    " There are some good tales in here, but I was unimpressed by the majority of them. I've heard said that if a book of short stories has one gem, then it wasn't a waste of time or money. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nora | 12/15/2013

    " Not my genre, this mix of horror and who knows what. Too odd for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Catherine | 12/4/2013

    " I liked the first two stories alright, but the next three just didn't work for me. I felt unengaged and wasn't inclined to even finish any of them. I rarely walk away from a book, but I did with this one. It is probably just that the writing styles weren't to my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bailey | 11/10/2013

    " Some of these are misses (Cleopatra Brimstone was okay, but I went "What the fuck" way too much), but read "In Praise of Folly" by Thomas Tessier (chapter 10) and tell me you thought about venturing off the beaten bath any time soon. That story alone gives this damn book 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deidre Cook | 10/13/2013

    " "The Sadness of Detail" is the best story in this anthology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan Scott | 9/26/2013

    " Several of these stories aren't really part of the horror genre at all, but the quality of writing is quite high, and the last story, set in Surinam, is a knockout. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqi | 9/13/2013

    " Very good short stories. Some are gothic, some are gory, and some are outright strange. Good read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dung Beetle | 7/14/2013

    " Can I give it no stars? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nilchance | 12/20/2012

    " The new horror is, unfortunately, not very scary at all. The only standouts are Stephen King and Joe Hill; Peter Straub's contribution was great, but not really what I define as horror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 12/2/2012

    " Not every story is a keeper, but all of them are intriguing in their own way... and a few are absolute CLASSICS. An enjoyable anthology that really pushes the limits of what can be considered "horror." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/7/2012

    " This is a wonderful selection of short stories. There are some seriously disturbing, shudder-inducing stories in this book. Absolutely worth a read, really hard to put down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Claeys | 11/4/2012

    " Poe was a horror writer! What the hell was this crap?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 8/8/2012

    " This is a great anthology, and Dan Chaon's opening story is a killer. Good Halloween read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Michaud | 8/17/2011

    " Some were excellent, some were really bad - I guess that's the point of an anthology, right, to play on people's taste? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E.N. | 6/22/2011

    " Just started this creepy collection of short horror stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqi | 5/2/2011

    " Very good short stories. Some are gothic, some are gory, and some are outright strange. Good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 3/8/2011

    " There are some good stories in here, but I was unimpressed by the majority of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 1/24/2011

    " Best stories in this anthology:
    The Bees - Dan Chaon
    In Praise of Folly - Thomas Tessier
    20th Century Ghost - Joe Hill
    The Green Glass Sea - Ellen Klages
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 myswtghst | 11/15/2010

    " So far, the stories by Elizabeth Hand and Ramsey Campbell are my favorite, but I'm not quite through the whole thing yet, so that may change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 10/4/2010

    " Some good, some not-so-good, a mixed bag of short stories, perfect for October. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 9/18/2010

    "
    Frontloaded. The first half is awesome. The second half is kinda so-so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan | 7/21/2010

    " Several of these stories aren't really part of the horror genre at all, but the quality of writing is quite high, and the last story, set in Surinam, is a knockout. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 4/17/2010

    " Peter Straub has put together a terrific collection of stories to show that horror fiction is so much more than the monster under the bed or the bloody ax swinging through the air. While not every story was to my liking, I discovered new (to me) authors that I cannot wait to read more from. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hitbybus | 2/20/2010

    " A collection of short stories, some of which were much better than others. Several of which weren't really horror, but whatever. "

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Author Peter Straub

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He has won the Bram Stoker Award for his two of his novels and a short story collection, 5 Stories; he has also won a World Fantasy Award and an International Horror Guild Award. He received a BA in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA from Columbia University.