"The only joy in the world is to begin...." Cesare Pavese

"The only joy in the world is to begin...." Cesare Pavese

Monday, March 6, 2023

Short horror fiction: An initial personal list

I posted the below list on the Facebook Group Boiled Bones, which focuses on short horror fiction.

It is written in imitation of a recent FB trend listing one's favorite films.

The useful thing about making such a list is that it forces the reader to dig down and work with the sheer volume of short fiction already read. 

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Short horror fiction I think underrated: "Alfandega 49A" by Edward Lucas White

Short horror fiction I love: "The Red Bungalow" by B. M. Croker

Short horror fiction I can read over and over:

"Wolverton Tower" by Grant Allen

Short horror fiction that made me fall in love with short horror fiction: "The Lady or the Tiger" by Frank R. Stockton

Short horror fiction that changed my life: "The Imp of the Perverse" by Edgar A. Poe

Short horror fiction that surprised me: "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar A. Poe

Guilty Pleasure: "Old Fags" by Stacy Aumonier

Short horror fiction I should have read but have not: Pushkin, Hoffmann, Melville, Leonid Andreyev

Short horror fiction collection masterpiece: Flowers of the Sea: Thirteen Stories and Two Novellas by Reggie Oliver

Short horror fiction anthology masterpiece: And The Darkness Falls Edited by Boris Karloff; Dark Forces Edited by Kirby McCauley

Short horror fiction non-fiction Study: Elegant Nightmares: The English Ghost Story from Le Fanu to Blackwood by Jack Sullivan

Short horror fiction authors: E. Nesbit, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Ramsey Campbell; Reggie Oliver


5 March 2023

From top left: Stacy Aumonier, B. M. Croker, Reggie Oliver, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

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