Andie P

'Horror' short stories

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As some of you may now know I am a huge horror fan!! :P I have been trying to find some really good short stories out there. I have read a few of Stephen Kings short stories (and I am sorry to say this, truly!) I haven't found one I really like.

 

I have read a few on the net including on Wyrd Books and Black Static. Just wondering if anyone has come across any they would recommend?

 

Andie P x

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Not sure if you've read any of his work, but horror and short-stories springs Edgar Allen Poe to mind.

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Oh right, thanks Bree, will google that now. By the way...loving your name!

 

Andie P x

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I agree with Edgar Allen Poe. If you're after classic horror stories, you could look into Wordsworth's Tales of Mystery and Imagination series. They're collections of short stories written by many well-known authors (Bram Stoker, MR James, Henry James, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu...). There's a list of them at the Book Depository. They're all very cheap, but being classics, you can probably find them online for free.

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OOh thanks everyone, will give these a go and let you know how I get on.

 

Thanks for your replies.

 

Andie P x

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I read the short horror stories by Edgar Allan Poe and my favourite is The Black Cat.

 

The short horror stories by Oscar Wilde are fine too.

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Thanks Laia, will check them out!

 

Andie P x

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Hi @andie P read this book "The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe" i hope you would enjo it .

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Not sure if you've read any of his work, but horror and short-stories springs Edgar Allen Poe to mind.

 

 

yes, poe! no horror without poe! 

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I found Poe rather lacking. :( However, Wilde and Le Fanu are both brilliant! :)

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Daphne Du Maurier's short story "Don't Look Now" is brilliant.

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As much as I don't care for him, Palahniuk's "Guts" is horrific.

 

But if you want horror, I recommend Shelly.

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i recommend all stephen kings short stories or the mammoth books of best new horror compilations are good too

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ive just got 2 zombie short story books. 21st Century Dead & The Mammoth Book of Zombies, look very good!

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As already identified by posters above, both Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe are horror specialists and excellent short story writers (although I do find Poe a little old-fashioned these days). I seem to remember Roald Dahl wrote a few stories that were dark and macabre, if not horror in the strictest sense.

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ive just finished Simon Clarks Hotel Midnight, book of short stories, enjoyed all of them but there were a couple that really caught my eye such as The Burning Doorway , Demon Me & more, good read!!

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Im reading a  book called The Collection by Bentley Little, 32 short stories, im halfway through and theres some very good stories in it so far.

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Clive Barker has a rad book called A to Z of Horror.  It's sorta his view on horror by the alphabet.  Example: H is for Harlequinade and he discusses the fear of clowns in culture and horror.  Its a gem on my shelf.  Sort of a "grab while the house burns down" book.

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That sounds interesting Anna, thanks!

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Roald Dahl is one author to look into.I will try and get some titles for you by tomorrow.

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Clive Barker has a rad book called A to Z of Horror.  It's sorta his view on horror by the alphabet.  Example: H is for Harlequinade and he discusses the fear of clowns in culture and horror.  Its a gem on my shelf.  Sort of a "grab while the house burns down" book.

Didnt know about that, ill have to look for it, thanks!!

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Didnt know about that, ill have to look for it, thanks!!

Duh!  Should've just PM'd you on it lol You'd love it.

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