Best Ghost and Horror Stories
by Bram Stoker
Originally published in 1914, these fourteen horror tales depict supernatural and brutal events in a variety of settings. In The Dualists, a pair of cruel, degenerate boys embark on a campaign of destruction. They "progress" from breaking housewares to killing animals and, ultimately, to cold blooded murder.
Casting the Runes and Other Ghost Stories
by M.R. James
This selection of twenty-one short stories by M.R. James--a first-class writer of supernatural fiction--represents his best work, including "Count Magnus," "The Rose Garden," "The Uncommon Prayer-book," "Rats," "The Malice of Inanimate Objects," and "A Vignette," as well as the title story.
Duel: Terror Stories
by Richard Matheson
Duel, Steven Spielberg's acclaimed first film, was adapted by Richard Matheson from his story of the same name. But "Duel" is only one of the classic suspense tales in this treasure trove of terror, which also contains Matheson's legendary first story, "Born of Man and Woman," as well as several stunning shockers that inspired memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
A masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, this is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a "dark carnival" one Autumn midnight. How these two innocents, both age 13, save the souls of the town (as well as their own), makes for compelling reading on timeless themes. What would you do if your secret wishes could be granted by the mysterious ringmaster Mr. Dark?
by H.P. Lovecraft
The visionary master of cosmic horror joins The Library of America with this collection of classic stories of the strange and fantastic.
The Complete Stories
by Edgar Allan Poe
Sixty-eight short stories by the nineteenth century American master of the macabre. Contains familiar favorites such as The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Gold Bug, and The Pit and the Pendulum, and lesser known works such as MS. Found in a Bottle, King Pest, The Man That Was Used Up, The Devil in the Belfry, The Balloon-Hoax, and Some Words with a Mummy.
The Gods of Pegana
by Lord Dunsany
"The Gods of Pegana" is a rich tapestry of imaginative fantasy, one of the landmark collections of short stories from the early 20th century, and a tremendous influence on writers ranging from H.P. Lovecraft to Ursula K. LeGuin. One of the progenitors of twentieth century fantasy, Dunsany influenced H.P. Lovecraft and many others. Pegana was Dunsany's cycle of stories of mysterious other gods who care little for what worship they receive.
The Lottery and Other Stories
by Shirley Jackson
The Lottery , one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published . This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson's remarkable range and power as a storyteller.
The White People and Other Weird Stories
by Arthur Machen
The White People and Other Weird Stories is the perfect introduction to the father of weird fiction. The title story "The White People" is an exercise in the bizarre, leaving the reader disoriented and on edge. From the first page, Machen turns even fundamental truths upside-down, as his character Ambrose explains, "there have been those who have sounded the very depths of sin, who all their lives have never done an 'ill deed'", setting the stage for a tale entirely without logic.