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message 1: by Randy (last edited Jun 12, 2018 11:28AM) (new)

Randy Money | 332 comments I have read a lot of single-author story collections, many of them consisting of horror, ghost or weird fiction, or a mix of fiction some of which fits that description. Among my favorites are,
M.R. James: M. R. James: The Complete Supernatural Stories
H.P. Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction
Graham Joyce: Partial Eclipse: and Other Stories
Thomas Ligotti: Grimscribe: His Lives and Works
Fritz Leiber: Night's Black Agents & Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark
Poppy Z. Brite: Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories
Clark Ashton Smith: Zothique
Sarah Monette: The Bone Key: The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth
Karl Edward Wagner: In a Lonely Place
Manly Wade Wellman: Who Fears The Devil
Ray Russell: Haunted Castles
Walter de la Mare: Ghost Stories
Bob Leman: Feesters in the Lake & Other Stories
Caitlin Kiernan: To Charles Fort, With Love
Glen Hirshberg: The Two Sams

Mixed collections with some dark fiction, not necessarily all horror, include,
John Collier: Fancies and Goodnights
Tananarive Due: Ghost Summer: Stories
Holly Phillips: In the Palace of Repose
Theodora Goss: In the Forest of Forgetting
Joe Haldeman: None So Blind: A Short Story Collection

I'm curious, do you read single author story collections and if so, what are your favorites?


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The first collections which came to my mind:

Al Sarrantonio: Toybox by Al Sarrantonio

Anthony Horowitz: The Complete Horowitz Horror by Anthony Horowitz

Personally, I love short fiction.


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Benjamin Appleby-Dean (benjaminappleby-dean) I have many, many favourites of this kind but I'll list a few of the more obscure ones:
Robert Aickman: The Wine-Dark Sea
William Hope Hodgson: Carnacki, the Ghost Finder
Eleanor Scott: Randalls Round
Arthur Machen: The White People and Other Weird Stories
HR Wakefield: Ghost Stories
DK Broster: Couching at the Door
Hanns Heinz Ewers: Nachtmahr: Strange Tales
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other Stories
F Marion Crawford: The Complete Wandering Ghosts


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Randy Money | 332 comments I've read a few stories by Sarrantonio, Aickman, and Wakefield, and the collection by Hodgson, whose short work is hit and miss for me -- who strikes me as having had a vivid imagination but not quite the knack for putting it in vivid, lively prose. I greatly enjoy Le Fanu and should get back to him.

Thanks, Ekel and Benjamin.


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Robert Kratky (bolorkay) | 336 comments Grant and Beaumont.... two favorite over the years.

Fritz Lieber, I've been meaning to re-introduce myself to this author for a while, now ( sporadic examples in "The Arbor House Book of Horror and The Supernatural")

But my all-time favorite is Robert Bloch. I've never read a "bad" story from the master. The "leanness" of his prose always hits the mark.


message 7: by Randy (last edited Jun 15, 2018 05:42AM) (new)

Randy Money | 332 comments Robert, I realized after I posted that I'd forgotten to add a collection by Bloch. I'm not sure what the first story I read by him was, though "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" seems likely, but I'm pretty sure the first collection by him I read was either Cold Chills, which I bought new, or The Skull of the Marquis de Sade, which I picked up used, both of which I still own. He's an old favorite of mine, too, and I'm slowly re-/reading the stories in The Early Fears, reading one or two now and again as the mood strikes me. Fun stuff.

James, I have several of those on Mount TBR, and I've read some of the stories in the Grant and Langan. I never quite warm to Grant for some reason, but Langan, Beaumont and Straub are favorites, and I've enjoyed a couple of Hill's novels so I should get to his collection.

A few other titles I should have thought of,
Robert Bloch: Robert Bloch: Appreciations of the Master
Davis Grubb: Twelve Tales of Suspense and the Supernatural
Lafcadio Hearn: Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
Gerald Kersh: Nightshade & Damnations
Kathe Koja: Extremities: Stories
Brian MacNaughton: The Throne of Bones


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