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The Big Thrill Discusses FANTASMAGORIANA DELUXE with Editor Eric J. Guignard

FANTASMAGORIANA DELUXE book coverFirst published in 1812, Fantasmagoriana has become one of the most seminal ghost-story anthologies of all time.

Originally collected as a French translation of eight German-language tales, Fantasmagoriana famously led to the creation of such works as the horror-classic novel Frankenstein, the short story “The Vampyre” (a progenitor to the fantasy vampire genre), the novella “Ernestus Berchtold; or, The Modern Oedipus,” the poem “Manfred,” and more.

In 1813, the anthology was partially translated into English as Tales of the Dead, excluding three of the original stories while adding in one new, and inspiring an even wider audience to delight in stories of the ghostly and macabre.

Now, for the first time, both Fantasmagoriana and Tales of the Dead have been combined into one English-language volume, in this beautifully presented showcase by Dark Moon Books!

Also included within are:
• Original English translations by Anna Ziegelhof
• Introduction by award-winning author Lisa Morton
• Annotations by noted literary editor Leslie S. Klinger
• Illustrations, biographies, reading list, and more!

Open yourself to FANTASMAGORIANA DELUXE, and to all that is weird, ghostly, and wonderous.

Author Photo: Eric J. Guignard

Eric J. Guignard
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Eric J. Guignard recently sat down with The Big Thrill to discuss their new anthology, FANTASMAGORIANA DELUXE, edited by Eric J. Guignard and Leslie S. Klinger.

Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?

We’ve been engaged in republishing a host of classics of supernatural fiction, for the Haunted Library of Horror Classics under the imprimatur of the Horror Writers Association. This book was always on our list, and when the Haunted Library series came to an end, we knew we had to do this one ourselves!

In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?

This work is important to both our understanding of the creation of Frankenstein (and Polidori’s “The Vampyre”) and the early history of the ghost story. Additionally, I hope readers will take away that mixed-genre works of dark fantasy, horror, and thriller, can be rich in literary quality while also being fun and entertaining.

What can you share about what you’re working on next?

Through my press, Dark Moon Books, I’m publishing a series of author primers created to champion modern masters of the dark and macabre, titled: Exploring Dark Short Fiction (Vol. 1: Steve Rasnic Tem; Vol. II: Kaaron Warren; Vol. III: Nisi Shawl; Vol. IV: Jeffrey Ford; Vol. V: Han Song; Vol. VI: Ramsey Campbell, etc.).

And through SourceBooks I’m curating a new series of books with co-editor Leslie S. Klinger titled, The Horror Writers Association Presents: Haunted Library of Horror Classics, reissuing classic novels with new introductions and other ancillary material.

And I’m continuing editing and publishing the afore-mentioned series, +HORROR LIBRARY+, which promotes unthemed horror short stories.

I also enjoy writing short stories, and I’m hoping to have my second collection in publication next year. I’m in process of writing three novels, of which I’m jumping back and forth between! One is a paranormal detective series, one a literary historical horror, and one a cosmic slipstream time-travel.


Eric J. Guignard is a writer and anthologist of dark and speculative fiction, operating from the shadowy outskirts of Los Angeles. He’s twice won the Bram Stoker Award, won the Shirley Jackson Award, and been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and International Thriller Writers Award. His latest books are his novella Last Case at a Baggage Auction (Harper Day), novel Doorways to the Deadeye (JournalStone), and short story collection That Which Grows Wild (Cemetery Dance). Visit Eric at: or Twitter: @ericjguignard.


Leslie S. Klinger is the New York Times best-selling editor of the Edgar®-winning New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and the Edgar®-winning Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s as well as numerous other annotated books, anthologies, and articles on Holmes, Dracula, Lovecraft, Frankenstein, mysteries, horror, and the Victorian age. Twice nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® for Best Nonfiction, his work includes the acclaimed New Annotated Dracula and New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft as well as the World Fantasy Award-nominated New Annotated Frankenstein and five anthologies of classic vampire and horror fiction, three of them with Lisa Morton. His latest books are New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham, also nominated for a World Fantasy award, Annotated American Gods with Neil Gaiman, and The New Annotated Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

FANTASMAGORIANA DELUXE with Editor Eric J. Guignard