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Mark of the Beast (Dover Horror Classics) [Paperback]

Rudyard Kipling

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28 Mar 2003 Dover Horror Classics
Seventeen of the author's best tales, compiled for the first time in one volume, range from comic ghost stories ("Haunted Subalterns") to psychological terror ("The Wandering Jew") and chilling accounts of the returning dead ("The Lost Legion"). Also includes what is widely considered Kipling's finest horror tale, the celebrated title story.

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Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) is best remembered for children's tales such as The Jungle Book as well as his poetry and stories about British soldiers in India, which include "Gunga Din" and The Man Who Would Be King. Kipling was enormously popular at the turn of the 20th century but his reputation declined with the change in attitude toward British imperialism. In recent years Kipling's works have found new acclaim as a vibrant source of literary and cultural history.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kipling in Weird Mode... 29 May 2001
By Rory Coker - Published on
Kipling was the pre-eminent man of letters circa 1900, but pretty much unread today. Here S. T. Joshi has assembled 17 short stories by Kipling, in chronological order of composition. Contrary to the book's subtitle, these aren't horror tales, and many have no supernatural aspect at all.
It is notable that the stories grow steadily better as one goes through the book. "The Phantom Rickshaw" is a total absurdity, but by the time we get to "They" Kipling, like Barlowe and Lovecraft in "The Night Ocean," is looking ahead to the type of story that would be written by the likes of Robert Aikman in the 1960s and 1970s, probably the ultimate (to date) literary development of the horror tale, before it backslid into the EC-comics imitations of Stephen King and Dean Koonz and other currently and undeservedly popular writers.
Kipling is noted for fiction and verse set in India, but the best stories in the book, for me, had nothing to do with India. These included the before-mentioned "They," and "The Finest Story in the World," both of which appear to be based very loosely on real experiences of Kipling, and both of which seem to break genuinely new ground within their respective themes.
S. T. Joshi contributes his usual perceptive introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpieces of the occult 1 May 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
S.T. Joshi edits Mark Of The Beast & Others, a collection of horror tales by Rudyard Kipling, which pairs his lively manner with chilling tales of the dead and psychological terror. Some, as 'The Phantom Ricksaw', have been widely published and will be familiar to fans of the genre; others such as 'Lost Legion' may be less so. All provide masterpieces of the occult.
5.0 out of 5 stars masterful story telling. 16 Mar 2014
By james mc nally - Published on
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Kipling's use of the language is masterful. This story, for me anyway, is the decisive werewolf story. Scary and engaging.
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