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My Favorite Horror Story

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  179 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The biggest names in modern suspense--such as Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Joyce Carol Oates--were asked to choose the 15 classic stories that frightened and inspired them. The result is this landmark collection of stories by Robert Bloch, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and others. The modern authors introduce their favorites.
Paperback, 365 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by iBooks (first published October 1st 2000)
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Joey Marsilio
A local strip mall has fallen on hard times in recent years. Several once-thriving businesses have shuttered, and the empty husks of the buildings that once housed them have been occupied by a steady stream of temporary occupants. Merchants will set up a ramshackle shop, putting up a banner outside in lieu of an actual sign, and after a few months they simple vanish, like a parasite that has sucked its host dry and moved on to the next warm-blooded organism.
It was during one of these brief seas
There’s not a clinker in this entire collection of 15 horror stories chosen by such modern masters as Ramsey Campbell, Poppy Z. Bright, Peter Straub, and Joe R. Lansdale, among others. The tales range from the just-for-fun grue of Robert Bloch (represented with 2 titles, “The Animal Fair" and “Sweets to the Sweet”) to the subtle, thoughtful, slipping-through-cracks-in-reality scenario of Arthur Machen’s “Opening the Door” and the uncanny, allusive phantasms of Robert Aickman’s “The Inner Room.” ...more
An excellent and very scary collection—includes some pieces I don't think I would ever have heard of if not for this book (like the remarkable concluding story by Edogawa Rampo).
Jeroen Nouwens
There's not a clunker in this anthology, but on the other hand readers may already be familiar with a few stories in here, most notably the one by Bierce, the two Lovecraft selections, the Hawthorne, and the Poe, all classics.


Sweets to the Sweet by R. Bloch
The Father-Thing by P. K. Dick
The Distributor by R. Matheson
A Warning to the Curious by M. R. James
Opening the Door by A. Machen
The Colour out of Space by H. P. Lovecraft
The Inner Room by R. Aickman
Young Goodman Brown by N. Ha
As a rule, I don't like scary stories. I don't even know how I finished this book, and I'll probably won't read it again. Ramsey Campbell's The Pattern scared the shit out of me. By the time I got to the last two pages, I literally had to put the book down and do something else, watch TV, read something funny. It took me around two days to pluck up the courage to touch the book and finally finish it. (I think I flung the book away and cried in a corner afterwards; it was really traumatizing.)

Without question, this anthology is a treasure trove of high-quality horror literature from many of the genre's greatest masters. My only complaint with it, but not a very passionate one, is that it offered only three or four stories I hadn't read at least two or three times in the past. A few more surprises in the table of contents would have been nice, but for someone who is just beginning to embark on an exploration of fiction's darker realms, this book is worth three times its weight in chil ...more
Jason Sharp
My Favorite Horror Story
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Review by Jason Sharp @ Whitehaven Library

I was drawn to this book by Edogawa Rampo’s most famous short story “The Human Chair”. It is a horror story about a lonely man who builds a large and magnificent chair for some of his rich customers and decides to live inside it. He builds a compartment for himself inside the chair and falls in love with the various women that use his chair, cradling them as the sit or sleep a few inches away from him. It’s cre
Okay, I don't give anthologies or collections five stars, but this bargain find is what put the horror genre in my conscience. I wasn't much of a reader then, and I stopped reading for a while probably because I was busy being forced to read something for school. A year or so later when I picked it up to finish it, it started my stint as a horror and short fiction fan. I didn't enjoy some of them, such as Lovecraft's entries (not my kind of thing), but loved "Sweets to the Sweet," "The Distribut ...more
a little something for everybody. a lot of things for most bodies.
Jorge Gutierrez
it is a very outstanding book with lots of intresting stories. at first the introduction to the stories might seem not intresting but as soon as you start paying attention through halfway of the story you would want to read from the beggining just so you can catch every detail of each story. i recommend this book for those who are into mystery and horror stories along with some thriller stories .... so pay attention because it won't be a waste of time
While getting current authors to introduce classics that inspired/frightened them adds some interest, the sad truth is that most of these stories/authors are not my favorites.

I understand their importance to the horror genre, and I respect the influence they have had over some of the authors who are my favorites, but I just don't enjoy reading them.
David Kempf
Great short stories every genre fan or aspiring reader should read. Many are sadly not read as often as they should be. Edogawa Rampo's "The Human Chair" is the best short story I have ever read in my entire life. Read it!
I liked some of the stories, about half and half. This was the worst edited book I ever read. It was like looking at something my juniors would have typed
Famous horror authors pick and preface their favorite horror stories. Would be rated higher if I were a bigger fan of short stories, but I'm not, so it isn't.
I kept waiting for more. More horror. More excitement. It never came. On the upside, I enjoy short stories and this was easy reading.
A fun compilation ideal for reading on an airplane or over a lazy weekend.
few of them were really interesting!got a bit bored!
tiramasu with lots of coffee and alcohol.
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Martin Harry Greenberg was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel.
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