“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.” Joseph Campbell
STAY OUT OF THE WOODS. DARK FOREST
Something deadly lurks among the shadows, and the trees themselves seethe with menace. No one is safe. The dark forest is a state of mind.
These classic stories of the malignant wilderness come from the pens of illustrious authors like Ambrose Beirce, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, E. Nesbit, and many others. Together they combine to create an atmosphere of inhuman malignity. Each tale is annotated by contemporary talents, and the insights and observations of writers of the caliber of Paul G. Bens, Ramsey Campbell, Sandy DeLuca, Robert Dunbar, James Everington, Greg F. Gifune, Kevin Lucia, Ronald Malfi, Lisa Mannetti, Elizabeth Massie, and B. E. Scully serve to deepen the reader’s appreciation of the work.
We fear darkness. We fear eyes that watch from the foliage. Sometimes we fear the foliage. Perhaps we should. Long before haunted houses existed, haunted forests circled the globe. Homer knew it. The Brothers Grimm knew it. In legend, all the great mythic quests of self-discovery begin with a hero entering a forsaken wood. Some journeys also end there…