Think of this as my Halloween contribution. For the last several years, I have celebrated Halloween not by Trick-or-Treating, not by gorging myself with candy, but by reading collections of horror stories, mostly those published by Dover Publications. I find that the best works of horror fiction are usually not the longest (sorry, Stephen King), but either short stories or novellas.
Here is a list of ten of my favorites, in order of publication:
- Edgar Allan Poe, “The Masque of the red Death” (1842)
- J S Le Fanu, “Carmilla” (1871)
- Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Body Snatcher” (1884)
- Henry James, “The Turn of the Screw” (1898)
- Bernard Capes, “An Eddy on the Floor” (1899)
- W W Jacobs, “The Monkey’s Paw” (1902)
- Arthur Machen, “The White People” (1904)
- Algernon Blackwood, “The Willows” (1907)
- M R James, “Casting the Runes” (1911)
- H P Lovecraft, “The Colour Out of Space” (1927)
Happy Halloween, and Boo!