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The Repeater Book of the Occult

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A fantastic collection of 10 classic horror stories by masters of the genre such as Mary Shelley and Poe. Each includes an introduction that covers not only the author and their lives but also their beliefs in the occult and what caused them to write the story being introduced.
This book feels like a college course in classic horror. I learned so much about stories I've read and also read a few I had only heard of such as The Willows by Algernon Blackwood. Must-read for anyone who loves the genre and wants to dive deeper.
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This book is an excellent collection of classic weird and horror tales; it contained both stories I'd read before and loved (The Black Cat), stories I meant to read but hadn't gotten around to (The Yellow Wallpaper), and stories I'd never heard of but was pleasantly surprised by (The Willows). If one has already read all the stories included, it might not be something I would suggest, but for someone who is interested in weird horror short stories but hasn't read many, it is definitely one I would suggest, especially as an introduction to authors one may not have read yet and is curious about.

The only slight issue I have with the collection is that the first story, 'Squire Toby's Will', is... well. I love le Fanu--Carmilla is one of my favorite stories--but 'Squire Toby's Will' is not his most gripping work. I struggled a bit to get through it; it actually took me several weeks of reading pieces of it very slowly to get past it. Once I crested that hill the rest of the stories made it worth the slog. I would have definitely liked a more engaging or interesting story to kick of the collection with. It's just not the fantastic start I would have expected compared to the other choices, and it may turn folks away who are more casual readers or can't force themselves through it.

The introductions themselves are good. They provide interesting context regarding the history, author, and interpretation that did a good job of prepping the story without doing too much.
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In the beginning, it was interesting until it became too much of the author giving information about the story. I mean, I do like getting details of the story's origin, yet, it could've been short and gotten onto the story. It was making me lose interest. I had to keep skipping, just to get right into the story. That's the only problem I had. Other than that, the stories were very great. Creepy as well, I will add.
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I’ve never read a book like this before in the past and I thought this was different in Kent in terms of genres of I don’t really read this type of book but I thought it was very interesting and I learnt lots of new knowledge and I thought it was interesting overall
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I really like the concept of this book – an anthology of lesser-known stories featuring the supernatural. Unfortunately, many of the stories in this collection are actually very well-known, and an avid reader of horror short stories has probably already read them, and the rest... generally are not very good.
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I loved this anthology of Horror stories from some authors that i know and love and some that i hadnt read before but now love. Some of them were more terrifying than others but all had a creepy, dark and gothic feel that made me want to leave the light on
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A brilliant collection of Gothic horror, some of the best stories in the genre. With classic horror tales like The Monkey Paw and The Yellow Wallpaper, every story has a touch of sinister and quiet terror that creeps up at you. The best part is that each story is a well written treasure.
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This is a collection of short stories by well known authors, including Mary Shelley, Sheridan Le Fanu, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe and Algernon Blackwood. Some of the stories, like Yellow Wallpaper, are fairly well know and others quite obscure.

Possibly the best know is The Willows by Algernon Blackwood. This one takes up much of the page count in the book, but is still classed as a short story.

Blackwood has a way of writing with descriptive, evocative language that puts the reader right into the setting. This story starts out beautifully with no hint of the Horror to come, but when it comes it's in the form of the elements of nature that no human can hope to win against.

From there the creepy factor grows and step by step, you're transported into the supernatural world. At various points I wondered whether the protagonist was imagining things or if his companion might be the real danger, but in the end it all becomes clear.

Very disturbing stuff. Some of the stories read a bit slow due to old writing styles, but all are worth a read for any Horror reader.
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this book just isn't for me at all when it comes to short stories. But I would love to read other work be each of the authors in hopes that maybe it was just those stories that I didn't like.
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I enjoyed this collection a lot! The essays are great (I especially loved Leila Taylor's piece) and I'm running to read everything else Algernon Blackwood ever wrote now. A couple of the selections seemed ill-fitting to me; I kind of think you can maybe only put one, maximum two already-super-famous stories in an anthology like this one, especially if one of those stories stretches the definition of "occult" a little too thin. But there were several stories I had never heard of before that were incredible, and the commentary made the collection really special.
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I sadly couldn't read this book, I tried but it just wasn't for me. Nothing against the stories or the contributing authors it just wasn't what I thought it would be.
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4 stars--I really liked it. This book contains a selection of classic horror stories, including quite a few by women writers and some that were new to me. Each story is introduced by a current author, explaining their affection for the story and/or its place in history. The book also contains some all-time favorites:

Squire Toby's Will: Sheridan Le Fanu
The Yellow Wallpaper: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
On Ghosts: Mary Shelley
Par Avion: Marlene Dotard
The Monkey's Paw: W.W. Jacobs
A Haunted House: Virginia Woolf
Green Tea: Sheridan Le Fanu
Punch, Brothers, Punch: Mark Twain
Unseen--Unfeared: Francis Stevens
The Black Cat: Edgar Allan Poe
The Willows: Algernon Blackwood

I was especially glad to read "The Willows," a story I've heard a lot about but never got around to reading. (It was, indeed, quite spooky--a classic for a reason.) If you're interested in classic horror, or would like an introduction to the genre, this is a great place to start.

I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review; I appreciate it!
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The Repeater book of the Occult was a collection of horror stories which I loved. As a horror fan I would definitely recommend this book to people who like that genre. I did take some breaks in between reading the different stories though as I found that worked better for me. Great book!
Thank you to Repeater Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this amazing book.
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This anthology from Tariq Goddard and Eugene Thacker puts together a number of short horror classics from names such as Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain.

Each story features detailed introductions by Repeater authors such as Leila Taylor, Carl Neville, Rhian E Jones, and Elvia Wilk who all provide a fascinating insight into the stories behind the stories.

While not every short story works there are some stunning pieces of work, such as Algernon Blackwood’s unnerving classic The Willows.

W.W Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw is another classic that this reviewer had the pleasure of reading for the first time.

The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe does not quite hold up as a story, with its detailing of animal cruelty quite uncomfortable to read about.
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The Repeater Book of the Occult is a nice collection of ten tales, some well known others lesser known, but all classic examples of the early periods of such dark tales.

A collection of any kind will be hit or miss with many readers depending more on what the reader brings rather than the book itself. The book has ten very well written stories from excellent, and known, writers, so to give this anything less than a good rating is hubris in the extreme. But people do love to pose by being as negative as possible, so forgive them their little insecurities.

The introductions also vary since each is written by a different person and some may be less interesting to you. I didn't find any to be pointless though I also would have liked a little more depth since one part of the book blurb says they are "critical introductions." These are, by and large, less critical and more contextual introductions, background on the writer and/or story. Nothing that really subtracts from the wonderful collection, just doesn't add very much either.

Like many readers, I was familiar with most of the stories. If you only want collections to include stories that are new to you, well, good luck. Most readers will have read at least a few of these. I like collections like this because they group stories together that I might not group together. While this is not held together by a tight theme, they caused me to reread some stories that I likely would not have even though I have them in other books. I don't pull down any Poe or Twain collection very often and when I do I unfortunately gravitate toward the ones I either know or love best. So having a different one pulled out gives me the opportunity to read beyond what I would normally do. Some people, apparently, only like to have one copy of a story and even then, only in the right, to them, collection. I like different contexts for not only the fiction but for the physical location of the story.

I would recommend this to readers who are looking for a nice collection of stories, some new to them, some not. Readers who only want collections of stories they have never heard of may not want this since there will likely be a couple they know. Also, while the introductions do add some context, they are not critical in the sense of analysis and interpretation, so those readers might want to search for critical essays on the works if they want such things. If you simply like to reread good stories, however, this is an excellent book.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.
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I was honestly disappointed in this one. Going by the title and description I was expecting something a little more dark and twisted. It was a nice collection of classic horror stories however. I found it to be a bit boring for my tastes and found myself skipping through the introductions before each of the story as they were beyond boring. On the plus side I did enjoy the few illustrations that were in the book.
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I was given an arc of this from the publisher through Netgalley, so I feel a little bad for this review, but gotta keep it honest. Not gonna lie, this was really not for me. Several of the stories were so boring I just straight up skipped through them. I also skipped/skimmed most of the introductions because they didn't add anything meaningful or interesting to the reading experience. I already knew and loved The Yellow Wallpaper, and I definitely don't think you can call it a "lost story" or anything like that. It's pretty popular. Apart from that I liked the story by Poe and the one about the monkey paw. I think this collection is for the horror reader that has already read everything, and is craving literally anything horror related to add to the collection.
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3,5 stars
I liked the stories and discovered some new to me authors. Unfortunately I found the introductions a bit too verbose and a bit boring.
I think it can be recommended to people  who want an introduction to horror stories.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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This was a great collection of older horror stories brought back to life. A lot of excellent classics. I would definitely buy the hardback copy of this for my book collection when it's published. Great authors. Good stories.
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The Repeater Book of the Occult is definitely for those horror buffs who are looking to re-read some of their favorites. While you could probably look up any of these stories, it is nice to have them all in a single collection. The stories themselves are classics and very re-readable, I think where my issue lies is with the introductions.

Except for an exempt few, I was hoping the introductions to the stories would be a little bit more conversational. I already know these stories are dark, masterful, and spine-tingling - I wanted to know more about the symbolism or things I might've missed. 

Definitely a read to take in at a slower pace, I did have some fun revisiting a story once per night.
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