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Older stories in general, but man do some of these kick ass. It would be worth it just for two stories, "The Two Bottles of Relish," by Lord Dunsany, and "The Open Window," by Saki. But there is also some other good stuff too. How could you not love a story called "The Beast with Five Fingers?"
Nifty collection of spooky and occasionally humorous horror stories, many reprinted countless times in other books such as this, (notably Saki, Collier, Heard, and Dunsany,) the real highlight for me anyway being "By One, By Two, and By Three" written by Stephen Hall which feels a bit like the demonic M. R. James classic "Casting the Runes", (as well as being turned into one of the more memorable Night Gallery episodes of my youth!) Also very good is "The Book" by Margaret Irwin about an evil ...more