The Treasury of the Fantastic

David Sandner and Jacob Weisman, eds.

This fantastical assemblage of classic English and American literature from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries collects unforgettable tales, where supernatural creatures comingle with humans from all walks of life. These notable classics and unexpected gems from the pre-Tolkien era will captivate and enchant readers of all ages.


The Treasury of the Fantastic

by David Sandner and Jacob Weisman, eds.

ISBN: 9781616960964

Published: 2013 (First edition: 2001)

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and eBooks

The fantastic, the supernatural, the poetic, and the macabre entwine in this incomparable culmination of storytelling. Imaginative stories of wit and intelligence weave through vivid landscapes that are alternately wondrous and terrifying. As major literary figures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—from Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Edith Wharton to Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Wilde—these masters of English and American literature created unforgettable tales where goblins and imps comingle with humans from all walks of life.

This deftly curated assemblage of notable classics and unexpected gems from the pre-Tolkien era will captivate and enchant readers. Forerunners of today’s speculative fiction, these are the authors that changed the fantasy genre forever.

“From the evocative images of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’ and Lord Byron’s ‘Darkness’ to Mark Twain’s devil tale, ‘The Mysterious Stranger’ and Max Beerbohm’s devil plus time travel fantasy, ‘Enoch Soames,’ the 44 stories and poems in this compilation of fantastic literature provides a solid grounding in the development of the genre. Because most of the writers are ‘mainstream’ rather than genre authors, this collection also makes a good case for fantasy as literature, while the presence of Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells and Lord Dunsany alongside Edith Wharton, Emily Dickinson, and E.M. Forster breaks down the barrier between literary and genre fiction. VERDICT:  This is an important collection for all lovers of fantasy and literature.”
Library Journal

“A marvelous mix of classics and rarely seen works, bibliophile’s finds and old favorites . . . a treasury in every sense and a treasure!”
-Connie Willis, author of Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog

“I love the romanticism of early fantasy, it is very different to the type of fantasy we read now, and yet you can see all the seeds and sparks that inspire much of today’s fantasy. The Treasury of the Fantastic is an anthology that easily fits in on your book shelf.”
—Fantasy Book Review

“The fantasy tradition in English and American literature is rich and varied and strange.  This is the book to read to find out what you never knew you needed to know.”
-David G. Hartwell, editor of the Year’s Best Fantasy series

The Treasury of the Fantastic is truly that, a comprehensive collection of fantastical literature from throughout the many years covering the romanticism era to the early twentieth century . . . an exquisitely curated collection.”
The Arched Doorway

David Sandner is the author of the scholarly book The Fantastic Sublime: Romanticism and Transcendence in Nineteenth-Century Children’s Fantasy Literature and the editor of Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader. His work has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Pulphouse, Weird Tales, and the anthology Baseball Fantastic edited by W. P. Kinsella. Sandner is a professor at California State University Fullerton, where he teaches nineteenth-century British Literature, children’s literature, gothic, science fiction, and fantastic literature.

Jacob Weisman is the World Fantasy Award–nominated editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He is the series editor for several anthologies, including The Secret History of Fantasy, The Urban Fantasy Anthology, and Crucified Dreams: Tales of Urban Horror. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Realms of Fantasy, the Courier-Journal, Seattle Weekly, the Cooper Point Journal, and in the college textbook Sport in Contemporary Society.

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Introduction by Peter S. Beagle

Foreword by David Sandner and Jacob Weisman

“Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“Darkness” by Lord Byron
“La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by John Keats
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
“Peter Rugg, the Missing Man” by William Austin
“The Mortal Immortal” by Mary Shelley
“Young Goodman Brown” by Nathanial Hawthorne
“The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe
“Morte d’Arthur” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
“Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti
“Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson
“The Golden Key” by George MacDonald
“Carmilla” by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
“Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll
“The Ogre Courting” by Juliana Horatia Ewing
“The Ghostly Rental” by Henry James
“The Dong With the Luminous Nose” by Edward Lear
“The New Mother” by Lucy Lane Clifford
“The Griffin and the Minor Canon” by Frank Stockton
“The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde
“The Stolen Child” by W. B. Yeats
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek” by Ambrose Bierce
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman
“The Bottle Imp” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“A Moth: Genus Unknown” by H. G. Wells
“Cassilda’s Song” by Robert W. Chambers
“The Library Window” by Margaret Oliphant
“The True Lover” by A. E. Houseman
“The Blind God” Laurence Houseman
“The Reluctant Dragon” by Kenneth Grahame
“The Book of Beasts” by Edith Nesbit
“The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs
“Casting the Runes” by M. R. James
“They” by Rudyard Kipling
“The Sword of Welleran” by Lord Dunsany
“The Celestial Omnibus” by E. M. Forster
“The Eyes” by Edith Wharton
“The Ghost Ship” by Richard Middleton
“The Listeners” by Walter de la Mare
“Red-Peach-Blossom Inlet” by Kenneth Morris
“The Mysterious Stranger” by Mark Twain
“Enoch Soames” by Max Beerbohm
“Climax for a Ghost Story” by I. A. Ireland
“A Haunted House” by Virginia Woolf

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