What Are Some Good Compilations of Horror Stories?


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Great horror story compilations by multiple authors include "Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson," edited by Darryl Jones, and "My Favorite Horror Story," edited by Mike Baker and Martin H. Greenberg. Annual collections such as "The Best Horror of the Year," edited by Ellen Datlow, are also worthwhile.

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"Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson," published in 2014, is a collection of some of the best Victorian- and Edwardian-era horror fiction that the Guardian calls "a bracing mixture of the classic but familiar and fresher material." It includes classic tales such as Edgar Allan Poe's "Berenice" and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," along with lesser-known ventures into the horror genre by other prominent 19th-century writers like Herman Melville and Rudyard Kipling and great writers of ghost stories Sheridan Le Fanu and M. R. James.

"My Favorite Horror Story," published in 2000, is a collection of horror writers' favorite horror stories. The editors asked horror writers such as Stephen King and Peter Straub to recommend their favorite stories, and the result is a collection of 15 classic tales that range from Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne to Richard Matheson and Ramsay Campbell. Although some of the stories in the collection are staples of many anthologies, such as Philip K. Dick's "The Father-Thing" and H. P. Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space," others provide great introductions to some of the masters of the genre.

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