FORGOTTEN BOOKS #338: TALES OF THE OCCULT Edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Charles G. Waugh

tales of the occult
Over the years, I’ve read more than a dozen Isaac Asimov and Marty Greenberg anthologies. Not only are the stories fun to read, but Asimov and Greenberg always provide interesting introductions to the stories and their authors. In the case of Tales of the Occult this information is provided in a series of “Afterwards” with “Additional Reading” recommendations included. As you glance at the Table of Contents you’ll find plenty of classic writers as well as more contemporary authors. I suspect this anthology was aimed at the school market. No matter. The stories will give you pleasure and you’ll learn a lot about the occult!
Introdution: The Occult, Isaac Asimov
1. Under the Knife, H. G. Wells
2. Children of the Zodiac, Rudyard Kipling
3. The Girl Who Found Things, Henry Slesar
4. The Emigrant Banshee, Gertrude Henderson
5. Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne
6. Through a Glass, Darkly, Helen McCloy
7. Dumb Supper, Kris Neville
8. The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe
9. The House and the Brain, Edward Bulwer-Lytton
10. The Dead Man’s Hand, Manly Wade Wellman
11. The Scythe, Ray Bradbury
12. The Great Keinplatz Experiment, A. Conan Doyle
13. Do You Know Dave Wenzel, Fritz Leiber
14. August Heat, W. F. Harvey
15. Speak to Me of Death, Cornell Woolrich
16. The Woman Who Thought She Could Read, Avram Davidson
17. Tryst in Time, C. L. Moore
18. The Blood Seedling, John Hay
19. The Tracers of Lost Persons & the Seal of Solomon Cypher, Robert W. Chambers
20. Miss Esperson, August Derleth
21. Peeping Tom, Judith Merrill
22. The Moving Finger, Edith Wharton

15 thoughts on “FORGOTTEN BOOKS #338: TALES OF THE OCCULT Edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Charles G. Waugh

  1. Jeff Meyerson

    I don’t know that one at all. Greenberg did a boatload of anthologies, didn’t he? A check of my database surprised me – I have 36 titles read with Greenberg’s name on them, though only a couple were with Asimov (though I have several more in their GREAT SF STORIES series on the shelf).

    I will look for this one.

      1. Todd Mason

        Wolf, it received only 18 ratings there, and one, from someone who’d like you to think of him as reactionary blowhard tv commentator Bill O’Reilly, is a one-star rating which drags down the average. Consider the fanboy source of the judgment, in other words.

  2. Richard R.

    I’m currently reading an anthology edited by them: SHERLOCK HOLMES THROUGH TIME AND SPACE. Being a traditionalist, Holmes in the canon only, you probably wouldn’t like it, but it has good stories by the likes of Mack Reynolds, Poul Anderson, several others. As for this I’m not much for occult stories.

    1. george Post author

      Rick, I have a copy of SHERLOCK HOLMES THROUGH TIME AND SPACE but haven’t gotten around to reading it. You’re tempting me to find it and put it on my Real Real Soon stack.


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