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Features stories by Honore de Balzac, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, Patricia Highsmith, Dorothy L. Sayers, and others.


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Features stories by Honore de Balzac, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, Patricia Highsmith, Dorothy L. Sayers, and others.

32 review for Best Horror Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bryant

    I wanted to find out if what was considered horrible in mcmlvii (that's what it says on the copyright page in my sturdy Faber paperback) would creep my fleshy parts 55 years later. So I put new batteries in the Creepometer and switched it on and here are the scientifically tested findings. Skeleton by Ray Bradbury. Creepometer reading : 82. The umpteenth variation of the vampire story but I'm not complaining when the sallow foreign-looking doctor Munigant (that's a clever anagram of vampire) eats I wanted to find out if what was considered horrible in mcmlvii (that's what it says on the copyright page in my sturdy Faber paperback) would creep my fleshy parts 55 years later. So I put new batteries in the Creepometer and switched it on and here are the scientifically tested findings. Skeleton by Ray Bradbury. Creepometer reading : 82. The umpteenth variation of the vampire story but I'm not complaining when the sallow foreign-looking doctor Munigant (that's a clever anagram of vampire) eats all the hypochondriac's bones and leaves him a giant blobby jellyfish for his wife to find. How he does this whilst leaving all vital organs intact is that he's a reverse-chiropractor. A Watcher by the Dead by Ambrose Bierce. Creepometer : 2. After a genial discussion in a pub, a confident young New Yorker agrees to spend the night in a locked room with a corpse. It's one of those daft bets you invent when you're pissed. I bet you a tenner that that beetle doesn't crawl all the way to the top of that window. Okay, you're on. Okay, better than that, I bet you can't spend a night in a locked room with a corpse without going stark staring mad. Of corpse I can. One hundered smackeroonies to the winner! Done! Anyway no mention is made about the complete lack of toilet facilities in the locked room with corpse, so i thought this story was unrealistic. Raspberry Jam by Angus Wilson. Creepometer : 97. A little ten year old lad is spending too much time with two crazy old alcoholic crypto-lesbians. This story runs on great atmosphere of the ten-day-bender sleeping-in-your-clothes variety. Excellent. Berenice by E A Poe. Creepometer : 71. This high score is entirely because it is very creepy to think any human being would sit down and write this kind of neurotic fever-dream and then think it was cool to get it published and people wouldn't cart you off to a sanatorium. Anyway, this is about post-mortem dentistry so that might not be everyone's cup of tea. August Heat by W F Harvey can be read here http://www.annexed.net/box/augustheat... Creepometer: 100! A great 7 page chiller, too good to summarise. Lot No 249 by Conan ("the Barbarian") Doyle. Creepometer : 0. The original MUMMY tale, I think, where the Oxford undergrad fiddles about with things which should be unfiddleable. just as stupid as all the other MUMMY stories. The Lovers by John Keir Cross. Creepometer: 45. Yon bonny Scottish electrician is wiring up a house & can't understand why the guy's wife just sits by the fire all day & never says a word. He's a little slow because any horror fan could tell him that yon bonny taxidermist has stuffed her. The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling. Creepometer : 25. Just a werewolf story set in India but gets points for the Silver Man who does some unexpected naked running about - silver because he's a leper, and he has no face and mews. The End of the Party by Graham Greene. Creepometer : 0. Everyone knows that if the story is about the fears of childhood and the children go to a party and play games in the dark, one of them will die of fright. Next. Heartburn by Hortense Calisher. Creepometer : 10. Nine point of that score is for the author's name which is very creepy. Otherwise another medical tale about a guy who has a growth which moves about inside his body. Sounds more interesting than it is. Bartleby by Herman Melville. Creepometer : 0. This is a great story of the sickness unto death experienced by the common wageslave. Bartleby is a scrivener and one day he just prefers not to do his job. The unwilling compassion of his boss who takes great pains to try to work around an employee who not only refuses to work but refuses to leave the office is a joy to behold. But as its horror is only metaphysical. this story does not score at all. Once again, the lack of toilets in this story bothered me. Our feathered Friends by Philip MacDonald. Creepometer : 80. That is if you haven't seen The Birds by Hitchcock because this story is the same as the film only compressed into 15 minutes and with a much more violent ending. Thrawn janet by Robert Louis Stevenson. Unreadable dialect story. Give me Irvine Welsh instead. Unrated. Mars is Heaven by Ray Bradbury. Creepometer : 95. From The Martian Chronicles. The astronauts arrive on Mars to find an exact replica of a small Illinois town from around 1920. Yes, creepy. Bradbury was the man, but the editor surely had not come across Theodore Sturgeon, who was also the man. Oh Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad by M R James. Creepometer ; 11. depends if you appreciate ghosts, which as I disbelieve in the supernatural, leave me fidgety bored. Great title though. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. Creepometer : 95. Great slice of Gothic pie from the master and a little bit of romantic necrophilia to close with.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    “Several “five star” reads here mixed in with many “not so five star” selections. I am not sure how I stumbled across this collection in the first place but it was worth it just to discover Angus Wilson and his “Raspberry Jam” and to read “Our Feathered Friends” by Phillip MacDonald. Most of the authors and many of the other selections I have read before including some of my favorites “August Heat”, “Mars is Heaven”, “Oh Whistle…” and “A Rose for Emily”.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lucky

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence Salani

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Goodwin

  6. 5 out of 5

    Surbhi

  7. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  8. 4 out of 5

    J.F. Gonzalez

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  11. 5 out of 5

    Judi

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aman Saxena

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Bishop

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bunny

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thom Winters

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hartley

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steven Chang

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma Stocker

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

  25. 5 out of 5

    RB

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Loop

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  31. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  32. 5 out of 5

    Adam Meade

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