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Damnable Tales: A Folk Horror Anthology

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Van az a pár ezer éves gondolat, hogy az ember annál boldogabb életet él, minél közelebb élhet a természethez. One of the joys of anthologies is squabbling with the editor's choices, but I can't quibble with these. Even if you know nothing about folk horror as a term, then this collection of supernatural stories, often featuring British settings or supernatural beliefs, will likely charm you. These twenty-two stories take the reader beyond the safety and familiarity of the town into the isolated and untamed wilderness.

It also clearly illustrates otherwise to anyone who may still think that folk horror originated with three British films at the tail-end of the hippy dream. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. some stories were more engaging than others-- I think my favourite was 'the tarn of sacrifice' in terms of pacing and foreshadowing. How Pan Came to Little Ingleton' by Margery Lawrence wasn't exactly 'horror' but quite a funny, heart warming tale of a young man coming to understand that there is wisdom in the old ways.The subtitle says ‘A Folk Horror Analogy’, and that description is kind of loose, since some of the tales are more folky than others, and a few are dubiously horrific at all.

It has the feel of a genuine folk narrative, and shows that Le Fanu wasn't finished after 'In a Glass Darkly'. But even if some are repetetive, it's usually easy to see why they were included, and this is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys horror or dark fantasy. And yes some of the stories where indeed good, but these where all stories I had read before so this anthology was not bringing me anything new and exciting. The stories included in this anthology are not very famous, even when the authors are well known in the horror and mystery genres. Wicked witches, bad fairies, and the restless dead be damned, for those who are looking to fill up their folk horror fiction shelves, Damnable Tales is a must-have.Lots of the stories were completely new to me, which is great: a personal favourite now has to be Man-Size in Marble by Edith Nesbit, a ferociously economical, chilling little tale of history intruding upon newcomers who don't know how to play by the rules.

So wicked witches, bad fairies, and the restless dead be damned, for those who are looking to fill up their folk horror fiction shelves, Damnable Tales is a must-have. I will not dally on the tales which sat less well with me because there is nothing constructive in doing so: my taste is not necessarily your taste, and I didn’t actually dislike any of the tales selected – there were just some I liked more than others, as is the way with anthologies. While her contemporaries were cranking out Victoriana Nesbit delivers her tale in a strikingly modern style that reminded me of Bernard Taylor's best. Others seemed to recognise the inherent uneasyness of some landscapes and that feeling, creeping up on you through the autumn mist, and that's what I'm really chasing when I turn to folk horror.Az, hogy a folk horror – ha jól értelmezem – pont ennek a felfogásnak ad egy piszkos nagy pofont, de úgy, hogy a fal adja a másikat. Sometimes (more often in the older stories) these lead to a denouement in which the protagonist either witnesses or is drawn into a specific bizarre happening, but in others the point seems to be more to leave the reader with a general sense of foreboding or unease without any specific event at the conclusion.

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