Before Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Anne Rice, came H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley, among others. If you've read everything by the modern masters of horror, try these classic stories to chill your bones.
"Once upon a midnight dreary..." Enter the world of premature burials, tell-tale hearts, and the conqueror worm if you dare.
The best from the legendary 19th-century journalist, including stories that still amuse, shock, and entertain. Bierce wrote many horror tales in his career. Look for them here under “Can Such Things Be?”
"A series of major works by the master of the horror genre--including 'The Rats in the Walls' and 'The Dreams in the Witch-House'--showcases his meticulously described and historically grounded style, which became the basis for the modern horror story."
Three hours after midnight, one week before Halloween, Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show rolls into Green Town, Illinois. A carnival like no other, it feeds on the dreams and weaknesses of those drawn to its eerie attractions, destroying every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. Two boys--best friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade--are about to learn the secret of its smoke, mazes and mirrors as they confront a nightmarish evil that will change their lives forever.
Scary Stories features an all-star lineup of contemporary masters and timeless authors, including H. G. Wells, Edgar Allen Poe, O. Henry and 17 others. What sets this book apart from all others is Barry Moser's stunning black-and-white illustrations.
By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The original story will leave you asking the question, which is the monster-- the creature or its creator?
This classic vampire novel will hold you in suspense and keep your heart pounding to the very end.
By Joyce Carol Oates, editor
Joyce Carol Oates selects and introduces a collection of American gothic stories ranging from the early 19th century up to modern times.