venerdì 28 marzo 2014

Riddles in the Dark di J.R.R. Tolkien, versione del 1938 in Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural

Riddles in the Dark
di J.R.R. Tolkien
Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural
A cura di Saralee Kaye e Marvin Kaye
Doubleday and Company Inc., maggio 1985,
1° ed., pp. 623
Rilegato con sovraccoperta

Questa una raccolta meravigliosa per tutti gli appassionati dell'orrore che comprende quarantasette racconti e sei poesie scelte da Marvin Kaye con Saralee Kaye. Si tratta di alcune selezioni che si concentrano sul terrore psicologico, racconti dell'orrore tra i più noti, alcuni dei quali pubblicati in diverse antologie, altri assolutamente “inediti”, suddivisi in cinque sezioni.

Per noi appassionati tolkieniani, spicca una vera e propria perla. Si tratta del V capitolo “Riddles in the Dark” [Indovinelli nell'oscurità] di The Hobbit ma non quello che tutti noi conosciamo, bensì la prima versione del 1938 su licenza della Houghton Mifflin di Boston. Come noto, in concomitanza con l’uscita della prima edizione di The Lord of the Rings del 1954, Tolkien provvide a modificare alcune parti de The Hobbit per uniformarlo con la nuova storia di Frodo.

La sua pubblicazione è una buona opportunità per leggere questo “inedito” capitolo tolkieniano.

A collection of more than 50 short horror stories, both classic and modern. The authors include Bram Stoker, H.P.Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, Sheridan Le Fanu, Guy de Maupassant, Tennessee Williams, J.R.R.Tolkien, Isaac Asimov and Patricia Highsmith.

Introduction by Marvin Kaye

Fiends and Creatures
Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker
The Professor's Teddy Bear by Theodore Sturgeon
Bubnoff and the Devil by Ivan Turgenev, English adaptation by Marvin Kaye
The Quest for Blank Calveringi by Patricia Highsmith
The Erl-King by Johann Wolfgang Von Goëthe, English adaptation by Marvin Kaye
The Bottle Imp by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Malady of Magicks by Craig Shaw Gardner
Lan Lung by M. Lucie Chin
The Dragon Over Hackensack by Richard L. Wexelblat
The Transformation by Mary W. Shelley
The Faceless Thing by Edward D. Hoch

Lovers and Other Monsters
The Anchor by Jack Snow
When the Clock Strikes by Tanith Lee
Oshidori by Lafcadio Hearn
Carmilla by Sheriden LeFanu
Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory by Orson Scott Card
Lenore by Gottfried August Bürger, English adaptation by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Black Wedding by Isaac Bashevis Singer, translated by Martha Glicklich
Hop-Frog by Edgar Allan Poe
Sardonicus by Ray Russell
Graveyard Shift by Richard Matheson
Wake Not the Dead by Johann Ludwig Tieck
Night and Silence by Maurice Level

Acts of God and Other Horrors
Flies by Isaac Asimov
The Night Wire by H.F. Arnold
Last Respects by Dick Baldwin
The Pool of the Stone God by A. Merritt
A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor by Ogden Nash
The Tree by Dylan Thomas
Stroke of Mercy by Parke Godwin
Lazarus by Leonid Andreyev

The Beast Within
The Waxwork by A.M. Burrage
The Silent Couple by Pierre Courtois, translated and adapted by Faith Lancereau and Marvin Kaye
Moon-Face by Jack London
Death in the School-Room by Walt Whitman
The Upturned Face by Stephen Crane
One Summer Night by Ambrose Bierce
The Easter Egg by H.H. Munro ("Saki")
The House in Goblin Wood by John Dickson Carr
The Vengence of Nitocris by Tennessee Williams
The Informal Execution of Soupbone Pew by Damon Runyon
His Unconquerable Enemy by W.C. Morrow
Rizpah by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Question by Stanley Ellin

Ghosts and Miscellaneous Nightmares
The Flayed Hand by Guy de Maupassant
The Hospice by Robert Aickman
The Christmas Banquet by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Hungry House by Robert Bloch
The Demon of the Gibbet by Fitz-James O'Brien
The Owl by Anatole Le Braz, translated by Faith lancereau
No. 252 Rue M. Le Prince by Ralph Adams Cram
The Music of Erich Zann by H.P. Lovecraft
Riddles in the Dark (Original Version, 1938) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Miscellaneous Notes
Selected Bibliography