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Best Ghost and Horror Stories
by Bram Stoker Details
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.
Collected Ghost Stories
by M.R. James Details
M.R. James is probably the finest ghost-story writer England has ever produced. These tales are not only classics of their genre, but are also superb examples of beautifully-paced understatement, convincing background and chilling terror.
Duel: Terror Stories
by Richard Matheson Details
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.
by H.P. Lovecraft Details
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 Details
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 Details
"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 Hair Wreath and Other Stories
by Halli Villegas Details
Girls and boys disappear; couples caught in the heat and suppressed rage of urban life are haunted by the ghosts of their own making; neighborhoods drift in the murky atmosphere of buried emotions, where the echoes of distrust and dissonance prove that something just isn't right. These strange stories gather and weave themselves together into a wreath of memories, rife with an atmospheric and ominous creep redolent of Shirley Jackson. This eerie collection illustrates the disconnect amongst people and the places they inhabit: the gap that allows the supernatural to flourish.
The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
by Joyce Carol Oates Details
In these stories, Joyce Carol Oates explores with bloodcurdling insight the ties that bind (or worse). The Museum of Dr. Moses is another chilling masterpiece from the author The Nation called "one of the great artistic forces of our time".
The White People and Other Weird Stories
by Arthur Machen Details
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.
Updated 02/05/2015
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