The Horror Writers Association (HWA) and Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks, will be publishing the Haunted Library of Horror Classics, a new reprint series. Now some of the genre’s seminal titles will be easily available to modern readers.
The series editors include Eric J. Guignard, past winner of the
Bram Stoker Award®, and Leslie S.
Klinger, editor of the Edgar® winning New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.
HWA’s President Lisa Morton said, “This is a project we’ve been working on behind the scenes at HWA for years, because keeping the genre’s classics alive is something I consider a key part of HWA’s core mission goals. I can’t imagine better choices to edit this series than Eric and Les, and I’m thrilled to be working with everyone at Poisoned Pen and Sourcebooks.”
Each volume will feature an introduction by a noted horror expert and/or author, and every book will close with a study guide for classroom use. The editions (quality trade paperback) are aimed to be reasonably priced for a mass market.
The first release, Gaston LeRoux’s Phantom of the Opera, will be introduced by New York Times-bestselling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award® winner Nancy Holder. The other initial titles selected are:
- The Beetle by Richard Marsh
- Vathek by William Beckford
- House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson
- The Parasite and Other Tales of Terror by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers.
[Based on a press release.]