Best Horror short story

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  1. DailyAlice

    DailyAlice Registered User

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    Reading this thread is making me peculiarly nostalgic for fear. I recall "The Tower Room" by E.F. Benson as being really scary in, well, a nostalgic way. One of those "recurring dreams" scenarios, like the movie "Dead of Night." E.F. Benson--brother of a somewhat more famous writer, I'm thinking (and blocking)--wrote the Lucia series of cute British satire, some of which was televised. Hard to get your head around that.

    What the heck ever happened to T.E.D. Klein?

    John Collier is one of my favorites. Though I can't say he ever scared me much, "Evening Primrose" made me want to live in a department store. Like, when there were real ones.
     
  2. Randy M.

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    "Caterpillers," too, for me.

    I think E. F. was the more famous -- as a writer -- brother. The others, A. C. and R. H. wrote, too, but I don't think they achieved the fame E. F. did.

    A question a lot of us have asked. There was a pricey limited edition collection of his published a year or two ago, but it appears that writing is too painful for him -- it doesn't come easy, I take it -- and so he does little of it now.

    Try "Bird of Prey" if you haven't read it before. But, no, he's not all that scary, I guess. I just think it's a great collection and a some of his stories are intense enough to be classified as horror.

    Randy M.
     
  3. Ariana

    Ariana Sci-Fi/Fantasy Artist

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    Blue World by Robert McCammon

    about the tastiest little book of horror around...excluding any Lovecraft.
    Favorite, 'Pin'.

    Hugs:p
    Ariana
     
  4. Harvest62

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    I am new here and this is my first post, so hi to everyone! Thanks for all your recommendations, here are some I really enjoyed...

    The first horror anthology I ever read was "Frights" edited by Kirby McCauley, circa 1975 or so. I read this when I was about 12 or 13 and it was my first exposure to short horror fiction. This particular collection was loaded with some gems that have stuck with me over 30 years later, including the following:

    "The Companion" by Ramsey Campbell
    "The Whisperer" by Brian Lumley
    "They Only Come Out at Night" by Dennis Etchison
    "There's a Long, Long Trail a Winding" by Russell Kirk
    "The Idiots" by Davis Grubb
    "Dead Call" by William F. Nolan

    Another memorable anthology was "Modern Masters of Horror" edited by Frank Coffey. From this collection I recommend:

    "The Monkey" by Stephen King
    "The Siege of 318" by Davis Grubb
    "The Small World of Lewis Stillman" by William F. Nolan
    "Makeup" by Robert R. McCammon

    Also on the A-List:

    "Again" by Ramsey Campbell
    "The Mist" by Stephen King
    "Pumpkinhead" by Al Sarrontonio
    "When Damon Comes" by Charles L. Grant
    "Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory" by Orson Scott Card
    "Levitation" by Joseph Payne Brennan
    "Graveyard Shift" by Richard Matheson
    "Blue Rose" by Peter Straub
     
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  5. Poelzig

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    Some of my favorite short stories:

    H.P. Lovecraft - "The Rats in the Walls", "The Thing on the Doorstep", "The Picture in the House"
    Ambrose Bierce - "The Damned Thing"
    M.R. James - "Number 13"
    Stephen King - "Jerusalem's Lot", "Gray Matter"
    Robert E. Howard - "Pigeons from Hell"
    Gary A. Braunbeck - "Haceldama"
    Graham Greene - "A Little Place Off the Edgeware Road"
    Edward P. Mitchell - "The Devilish Rat"
    Robert Bloch - "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper", "Mr. Steinway"
    H.F. Arnold - "The Night Wire"
     
  6. jamieem

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    Although, strictly speaking, it's from the science fiction genre, the first of the pilgrim's tales (Father Hoyt, telling his own and Paul Dure's story) from Dan Simmon's 'Hyperion' could be considered a chilling horror short story in it's own right...

    It has a shocking and disturbing ending that's still bothering me days after I read it.
     
  7. cougs

    cougs I like spaceships

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    A few stories that i've read recently and enjoyed:

    The Autopsy - Micheal Shea
    The Whimper of Whipped Dogs - Harlan Ellison
    There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding - Russell Kirk
    Ray Bradbury - The Crowd
    Sticks - Karl Edward Wagner

    I enjoyed the Shea and Ellison stories so much that i've been inspired to find more of their work.
     
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    Mark Samuels' "Glyphotech". Excellent and creepy and I highly recommend it. I found it in "Best New Horror 17".
     
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    "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson