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Title: My Favorite Horror Story
Author: Mike Baker
Publisher: Published October 1st 2000 by DAW
ISBN: 9780886779146
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A veritable Who's Who of Horror, this wonderful new anthology features the biggest names in modern suspense-and the most terrifying tales ever told. Major authors like Stephen King, Peter Straub, and F. Paul Wilson were asked to choose and introduce the 15 classic stories that frightened and inspired them. The results, of course, are chilling. Stories chosen and introduced A veritable Who's Who of Horror, this wonderful new anthology features the biggest names in modern suspense-and the most terrifying tales ever told. Major authors like Stephen King, Peter Straub, and F. Paul Wilson were asked to choose and introduce the 15 classic stories that frightened and inspired them. The results, of course, are chilling. Stories chosen and introduced by: Stephen King Peter Straub F. Paul Wilson Joyce Carol Oates Dennis Etchison Rick Hautala Richard Christian Matheson Harlan Ellison Stories written by: Robert Bloch Richard Matheson M.R. James Nathaniel Hawthorne H.P. Lovecraft Edgar Allan Poe Contents: ix · Introduction · Mike Baker & Martin H. Greenberg · in 1 · Introduction to “Sweets to the Sweet” by Robert Bloch · Stephen King · is 1 · Sweets to the Sweet · Robert Bloch · ss Weird Tales Mar ’47 11 · Introduction to “The Father-Thing” by Philip K. Dick · Ed Gorman · is 11 · The Father-Thing · Philip K. Dick · ss F&SF Dec ’54 26 · Introduction to “The Distributor” by Richard Matheson · F. Paul Wilson · is 27 · The Distributor · Richard Matheson · ss Playboy Mar ’58 47 · Introduction to “A Warning to the Curious” by M. R. James · Ramsey Campbell · is 48 · A Warning to the Curious · M. R. James · ss The London Mercury Aug ’25 68 · Introduction to “Opening the Door” by Arthur Machen · Peter Atkins · is 70 · Opening the Door · Arthur Machen · ss When Churchyards Yawn, ed. Cynthia Asquith, London: Hutchinson, 1931 85 · Introduction to “The Colour Out of Space” by H. P. Lovecraft · Richard Laymon · is 89 · The Colour Out of Space · H. P. Lovecraft · nv Amazing Sep ’27 124 · Introduction to “The Inner Room” by Robert Aickman · Peter Straub · is 125 · The Inner Room · Robert Aickman · nv The Second Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories, ed. Robert Aickman, Fontana, 1966 162 · Introduction to “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne · Rick Hautala · is 163 · Young Goodman Brown · Nathaniel Hawthorne · ss New England Magazine Apr, 1835 179 · Introduction to “The Rats in the Walls” by H. P. Lovecraft · Michael Slade · is 180 · The Rats in the Walls · H. P. Lovecraft · ss Weird Tales Mar ’24 204 · Introduction to “The Dog Park” by Dennis Etchison · Richard Christian Matheson · is 205 · The Dog Park · Dennis Etchison · ss Dark Voices 5, ed. David Sutton & Stephen Jones, London: Pan, 1993 219 · Introduction to “The Animal Fair” by Robert Bloch · Joe R. Lansdale · is 219 · The Animal Fair · Robert Bloch · ss Playboy May ’71 236 · Introduction to “The Pattern” by Ramsey Campbell · Poppy Z. Brite · is 236 · The Pattern · Ramsey Campbell · nv Superhorror, ed. Ramsey Campbell, W.H. Allen, 1976 258 · Introduction to “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe · Joyce Carol Oates · is 259 · The Tell-Tale Heart · Edgar Allan Poe · ss The Pioneer Jan, 1843 266 · Introduction to “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce · Dennis Etchison · is 267 · An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge · Ambrose Bierce · ss San Francisco Examiner Jul 13, 1890 279 · Introduction to “The Human Chair” by Edogawa Rampo · Harlan Ellison · is 281 · The Human Chair [1925] · Edogawa Rampo · ss Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Tuttle, 1956 299 · About the Authors · Misc. Material · bg

30 review for My Favorite Horror Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    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 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 seasonal occupancies that a discount book store rolled into town. I swung by one day out of curiosity, knowing that the ephemeral nature of these shops afforded me a limited window to observe their wares. I was largely unimpressed by their selection, which seemed to consist of stacks of slightly damaged coffee table books and a sea of off-brand genre fiction. Still, I was determined to find something to read, and when I happened upon this book, a compilation of horror stories hand-picked by some of the biggest names in the genre, I figured it might be worth a look. Needless to say, if you've seen the star rating I have assigned, I was not disappointed. This is an incredible assortment of stories, and if you have any interest in horror fiction, you are sure to find something here to enthrall and chill you. My personal favorites here are the two Robert Bloch tales, "Sweets for the Sweet" and "The Animal Fair," a pair of slyly nasty tales whose endings provoke a pause to nod in grim recognition. Some stories, like Dennis Etchison's "The Dog Park" and Richard Matheson's masterful "The Distributor" are explorations of the horrors that lurk beneath the seemingly mundane, even cheerful veneer of our everyday lives, while others, like H.P. Lovecraft's narratives of unfathomable ancient evil, are distinctly more out there. The unifying thread here is that every single story here is quality, pure and simple. Sure, the collection has its drawbacks. High school lit favorites like "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" are perhaps a bit too familiar (though their popularity is certainly earned), and some of the author's introductory exhortations to read their hand-picked stories are a bit much, but far be it for me to discourage the appreciation of good writing. Besides, any fault-finding I can do here is irrelevant compared to the fact that this book pointed me toward works I may have never otherwise heard of, like Ramsey Campbell's intense and disturbing "The Pattern." Overall, this book is all you could ever ask for in a semi-pocket-sized horror anthology and then some. And to top it all off, it was CRAZY CHEAP. Thanks, temporary book store!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    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.” 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.” Fun for me to finally read Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space” and always pleasurable to revisit his shuddery “The Rats in the Walls.” For a trip back to required high school reading assignments there is Joyce Carol Oates’s pick, “The Tell Tale Heart,” along with Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” chosen by Rick Hautala, and Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," chosen by Dennis Etchison. All three tales are well worth revisiting with adult eyes. Philip K. Dick represents for the sci-fi horror genre with “The Father-Thing,” while Dennis Etchison’s “The Dog Park” and Richard Matheson’s “The Distributor” both darkly warn of the terrible, cynical evil human beings are capable of perpetrating. My man M.R. James is represented with his classic “A Warning to the Curious” (which reminds us all once again: Do Not Take Old Relics From Ancient Burial Grounds), and Harlan Ellison’s pick is a memorable bit of grotesquerie from the little-known Japanese scribe, Edogawa Rampo, “The Human Chair.” Finally, there is perhaps my favorite story here, Ramsey Campbell’s “The Pattern,” chosen by Poppy Z. Brite. This is a downright scary tale which builds an acute sense of impending doom before drawing to a perfectly bloodcurdling conclusion. If I had to pick just one story for an anthology such as this, "The Pattern" might well be a finalist. There you have it, a nice anthology - marred only by one of the all-time worst copy-editing jobs I’ve ever encountered. The editors and publishers should hang their heads in shame with the dozens of sloppy typos riddling this text. Both the choosers and the chosen deserved far better presentation than they received here. **** for the stories, *1/2 for the volume itself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    More like "My Favorite Horror Story That is in the Public Domain or that We Could Get the Rights To on the Cheap" - lots of old favorites here "Young Goodman Brown," "The Colour Out of Space" and a number of stories that I hadn't read, but, despite the enthusiastic introductions by some good writers, including my own beloved Stephen King, I can't say that I absolutely loved any of the stories or that any will stick with me for any period of time, the one possible exception is "The Human Chair" b More like "My Favorite Horror Story That is in the Public Domain or that We Could Get the Rights To on the Cheap" - lots of old favorites here "Young Goodman Brown," "The Colour Out of Space" and a number of stories that I hadn't read, but, despite the enthusiastic introductions by some good writers, including my own beloved Stephen King, I can't say that I absolutely loved any of the stories or that any will stick with me for any period of time, the one possible exception is "The Human Chair" by Edogawa Rampo, chosen by Harlan Ellison, which is quite unusual. I wish I had enjoyed it more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    SmarterLilac

    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).

  5. 4 out of 5

    ✿ cassandra ✿

    This book has been really helpful for my research during Ext. 2 and I can't wait to read more horror/Gothic stories. :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    K.T. Katzmann

    An anthology of the best, picked by the best. If you're going to do some Lovecraft, make sure one is "The Color out of Space is Perfect." If you have to pick one M.R. James story, they nail the write one. I want to point out two gems I'd never heard of before picking this one up: “The Distributor” by Richard Matheson “The Human Chair” by Edogawa Rampo Those are two underrated classics I've never heard anyone discuss. Just describing the plot of the second one squicked out a class of 8th graders I h An anthology of the best, picked by the best. If you're going to do some Lovecraft, make sure one is "The Color out of Space is Perfect." If you have to pick one M.R. James story, they nail the write one. I want to point out two gems I'd never heard of before picking this one up: “The Distributor” by Richard Matheson “The Human Chair” by Edogawa Rampo Those are two underrated classics I've never heard anyone discuss. Just describing the plot of the second one squicked out a class of 8th graders I had.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Giannis

    :Η πρωτη ομοτιτλη ανθολογια που ειχα διαβασει με ειχε απογοητευσει αλλα αυτη μπορω να πω οτι ηταν αρκετα καλη,με δυνατα διηγηματα και καποια διαμαντακια.Δυο λογια για το καθε διηγημα: Αφρα της Nancy Collins:Αντρας που λογω ενος παιδικου απωθημενου αποκτα εμμονη με τους ανθρωπινους σκελετους,ερωτευεται εναν!Καλο και αρκετα creepy.. Το ματι του Λυγκα του Thomas Liggotti:Πρωτος Λιγγοτι που διαβαζω ever.Γοτθικο υποβαθρο,ωραια γραφη και ωραιες εικονες,μας περιγραφει το ονειρο-εφιαλτη(;) καποιου(;)δεν π :Η πρωτη ομοτιτλη ανθολογια που ειχα διαβασει με ειχε απογοητευσει αλλα αυτη μπορω να πω οτι ηταν αρκετα καλη,με δυνατα διηγηματα και καποια διαμαντακια.Δυο λογια για το καθε διηγημα: Αφρα της Nancy Collins:Αντρας που λογω ενος παιδικου απωθημενου αποκτα εμμονη με τους ανθρωπινους σκελετους,ερωτευεται εναν!Καλο και αρκετα creepy.. Το ματι του Λυγκα του Thomas Liggotti:Πρωτος Λιγγοτι που διαβαζω ever.Γοτθικο υποβαθρο,ωραια γραφη και ωραιες εικονες,μας περιγραφει το ονειρο-εφιαλτη(;) καποιου(;)δεν πολυεπιασα το νοημα του διηγηματος(αν υπαρχει) Ο φουσκωτος του Ray Bradbury:Διηγημα για την παιδικη αθωοτητα και την αφοσιωση της μανας μετριο εως κακο για μενα. Ο Λαθος ανθρωπος της Elizabeth Jane Howard:Κοπελα αγοραζει αυτοκινητο το οποιο αποδεινυεται στοιχειωμενο.Μετριο και χωρις πολυ βαθος αν λαβουμε υποψη και το μεγεθος του. Οι φυγαδες εραστες του Ray Russell:Το διηγημα ξεκιναει με καποιον Δουκα να εχει μπροστα του την πανεμορφη νεαρη γυναικα του και τον τροβαδουρο εραστη της με σκοπο την τιμωρια τους.Πολυ καλο γοτθικο διηγημα με πολλες ψυχολογικες εναλλαγες και για τους ηρωες αλλα και για τον αναγνωστη!Μου αρεσε πολυ! Η πρωτη φορα του David Kuehls:Σε ενα μελλοντικο συμπαν με κρανιακες καρτες,packfax που στελνουν αντικειμενα σε 5 δευτερολεπτα και droids μια παρεα αντρων δοκιμαζει μια υπηρεσια που υπόσχεται οτι μπορει να αναπαραστήσει την πρωτη φορα που εκαναν σεξ.Για τον Ροντ ομως η πρωτη φορα δεν ηταν και η καλυτερη του.Καλουλι κι αυτο,καλογραμμενο και με απροσμενο φιναλε. Η τελετη του Arthur Machen:Μικρουσικο διηγημα χωρις πολυ ουσια.Ο συγγραφεας δεν προλαβαινει να μας βαλει στο κλιμα αυτου που θελει να μας περασει.Αδιαφορο. Η φυση των τεκμηριων της May Sinclair:Συζηγος που εχει πεθανει η πολυαγαπημενη του γυναικα προσπαθει να παντρευτει ξανα.Θα τον αφησει ομως η νεκρη τοσο ευκολα?Πολυ καλο και ανατριχιαστικο και αυτο! Το προσωπο της Ελιν Μπουρναου του Harlan Ellison:Η Ελιν Μπουρναου ειναι η ομορφοτερη γυναικα που εχει υπαρξει πανω στην γη.Οι αντρες αυτοκτονουν για τα καλλη της και μια νυχτα μαζι της ποια ειναι ομως στα αληθεια?Το καλυτερο διηγημα του Ελλισον που εχω διαβασει.Το απολαυσα! Φορεας αγριων ψευδαισθησεων του J.G Ballard:Μετρια ιστορια καταστασεων με καποια διανοητικα ασταθη κοπελα που προσπαθει να ζησει το παραμυθι της Σταχτοπουτας στην πραγματικοτητα.Δεν τρελαθηκα. Οταν ερχεται η κοκκινη θυελλα της Sarah Smith:Καλουτσικη ιστορια με βαμπιρ.Καλη γραφη,ωραια χτισμενη πλοκη και συμπαθητικο τελος. Καποια γενεθλια της Lisa Tuttle:Γιος επισκέπτεται την μανα του στα γενεθλια της και ανακαλυπτει οτι αυτη αιμοραγει απο καθε πορο του κορμιου της.Απογοητευτικο το τελος δεν εβγαζε νοημα και δεν μας εξηγησε τιποτα. Ravissante του Robert Aickman:Ζωγραφος πεθαίνοντας αφηνει καποια χειρογραφα σε εναν φιλο του κι εκεινος μας παραθετει μια πολυ αλλοκοτη ιστορια που ανακαλυπτει. Αρκετα καλο,ο συγγραφεας μας πιανει απο το γιακα και μας κανει οτι θελει και στο τελος δεν μας εξηγει τιποτα αφηνοντας μας να βγαλουμε τα δικα μας συμπερασματα. Ενας διεστραμμενος ανθρωπος του Charles Beaumont:Το διαμαντακι αυτης της συλλογης!Μου εκανε τρομερη εντυπωση η συγκεκριμενη ιστορια γιατι ηταν πολυ απροβλεπτη!Δεν χρειαζεται να ξερετε περι τινος προκειται γιατι θα χαλασει την μαγεια της! Στη λιμνη των τελευταιων επιθυμιων της Claudia O'Keefe:Γυναικα που πεθαινει αποδρα σε ενα μερος οπου εχει δημιουργησει στα ονειρα της.Συμπαθητικο,γλυκοπικρο και με μερικες πολυ δυνατες εικονες. Ξανα του Ramsey Campbell:Οδοιπορος κανοντας μια παρακαμψη συναντα μια πολυ παραξενη γυναικα και το σπιτικο της.Δυνατο και τρομακτικο. Η συναφεια του ερωτα του T.H White:Οι τελευταιες ωρες ενος θανατοποινιτη και οι συνεπεις στους γυρω του.Καλουτσικο πετυχαινει να μας πει οτι ο θανατος μοιαζει πολυ με τον ερωτα. Ιδιο μερος,ιδια ωρα του Mervyn Peak:Καλουτσικο και αυτο με εναν γιο που εχει βαρεθει την μονοτονη ζωη στο σπιτι με τους γονεις του και προσπαθει να φυγει,βγαινοντας ομως στον κοσμο ανακαλυπτει οτι πουθενα σαν το σπιτι! Το μοντελο του Robert Bloch:Ο πρωταγωνιστης μας ερωτευεται ενα μοντελο που ομως δεν ειναι αυτο που δειχνει.Αν και το εχουμε ξαναδιαβασει το συγκεκριμενο μοτιβο ο Bloch καταφερνει να μας ξαφνιασει.Καλο κι αυτο. Το ασημενιο τσιρκο του A.E. Coppard:Ιδιοκτητες τσιρκου πειθουν σωματωδη αχθοφορο να υποδυθει μια τιγρη φορωντας την γουνα της και να τα βαλει με ενα λιονταρι!Το λιονταρι ομως εχει κι αυτο ενα μυστικο.Αρκετα καλο και πρωτοτυπο. Μηνας του μελιτος του clement wood:Μικρο και αδιαφορο,ισως ο πιο αδυναμος κρικος της συλλογης. Το παρασιτο του Arthur Conan Doyle:Καθηγητης που δεν πιστευει σε παραφυσικα φαινομενα δεχεται να υπνωτιστει απο μια υπνωτιστρια και η ζωη του αλλα ζει αρδην.Εξαιρετικο χτισιμο ατμοσφαιρας και πλοκης,πολυ καλο.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ethan Mann

    This book is a compilation of 12 short horror stories whose authors were famous for their time, ranging from the 1920s to the 2000s. Although I cannot summarize in a short way all 12 of them, one of my favorite ones that I really enjoyed was “The Distributor” by Richard Matheson. This was actually from the horror causing persons perspective, Theodore, who on the outside was a very normal human, however, in the story, he ruptures the community by turning them against each other to the point of mu This book is a compilation of 12 short horror stories whose authors were famous for their time, ranging from the 1920s to the 2000s. Although I cannot summarize in a short way all 12 of them, one of my favorite ones that I really enjoyed was “The Distributor” by Richard Matheson. This was actually from the horror causing persons perspective, Theodore, who on the outside was a very normal human, however, in the story, he ruptures the community by turning them against each other to the point of murder and death, however, they can never pinpoint him as the cause. I really hope that I will never make a connection to any of the characters in the story because that would be really terrifying if I did, however, a memorable part in reading these stories was situational irony experienced at the end of the first story, which was what made the story so scary. The story, about a character with a stepdaughter whom he insists is a witch, is not truly revealed until the end of the story, when the girl made a wax doll that actually transmitted pain from whatever she did to it to the stepdad. At the end, the irony experienced makes the story a memorable moment for me. Overall, I would give it a four out of five because the stories are thrillers but the language sometimes makes it slightly difficult to understand and therefore makes it harder to become excited and understand the plot.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christine McCann

    Some great stories, with fabulous introductions from noted horror writers. A few stories didn't work for me, but overall this is an amazing introduction to scary short stories!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    These stories, a few familiar, but mostly not, were all excellent. The introductions to each story only added to the enjoyment.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Giannis

    Τελειωσα την ανθολογια "Η αγαπημενη μου ιστορια τρομου" οπου διαφοροι συγγραφεις του φανταστικου επιλεγουν τα αγαπημενα τους διηγηματα απο αλλους συναδελφους τους.Η συλλογη με αφησε πολυ ευχαριστημενο καθως περιειχε στην πλειοψηφια τους αρκετα καλα διηγηματα και 3-4 διαμαντακια. Λιγα λογια για την καθε ιστορια: Γλυκια απολαυση για ενα γλυκο πλασμα:Του Robert Bloch,μετριο διηγημα για ενα κοριτσακι που το καταπιεζει ο πατερας του και "μεταμορφωνεται" σε κατι σκοτεινο για να παρει την εκδικηση του.Κα Τελειωσα την ανθολογια "Η αγαπημενη μου ιστορια τρομου" οπου διαφοροι συγγραφεις του φανταστικου επιλεγουν τα αγαπημενα τους διηγηματα απο αλλους συναδελφους τους.Η συλλογη με αφησε πολυ ευχαριστημενο καθως περιειχε στην πλειοψηφια τους αρκετα καλα διηγηματα και 3-4 διαμαντακια. Λιγα λογια για την καθε ιστορια: Γλυκια απολαυση για ενα γλυκο πλασμα:Του Robert Bloch,μετριο διηγημα για ενα κοριτσακι που το καταπιεζει ο πατερας του και "μεταμορφωνεται" σε κατι σκοτεινο για να παρει την εκδικηση του.Καλο το φιναλε,αλλα οχι το πιο αποτροπαιο που εχω διαβασει σε αντιθεση με τον Κινγκ που το προλογει-προτεινει.7/10 Το πραγμα-πατερας:Του Phillip K.Dick,πιτσιρικος αρχιζει να καταλαβαινει οτι κατι δεν παει καλα με τον πατερα του,οτι ειναι καποιος αλλος,και ψαχνει για να ανακαλυψει τι συμβαινει.ενα απο τα διαμαντακια τις συλλογης,καλη γραφη,καλη κλιμακωση,αγχωτικο,περιεργο,ευφανταστο.Ιστορια που σου μενει στο μυαλο.9/10 Ο εμπορικος αντιπροσωπος:Του Richard Matheson,ξενος φτανει σε μια μικρη επαρχιακη γειτονια και καταφερνει εμπλεκοντας τους κατοικους σε διαφορες καταστασεις να την κανει κρανιου τοπο.Μου θυμισε "Χρησιμα αντικειμενα" του Κing.Μου αρεσε αν και με μπερδεψε με τα τοσα ονοματα.8/10 Προειδοποίηση για τους περιεργους:Του M.R.James,αρχαιολογος κλεβει ενα στοιχειωμενο στεμμα και αρχιζουν τα προβληματα γι.αυτον,ιστορια φαντασματων, δειχνει τα χρονακια της,εχει ενα.καποιο σασπενς αλλα μεχρι εκει.6/10 Ανοιγωντας την πορτα:Του Arthur Machen,μιλαει για παραλληλα συμπαντα και την λεπτη γραμμη μεταξυ πραγματικοτητας και φαντασιας.Υπαινικτικός τρομος που δεν ειναι και το καλυτερο μου το σωζει η προσεγμενη γραφη του Machen.7/10 Το χρωμα περα απο το συμπαν:Του H.P.Lovecraft,ενας μετεωριτης πεφτει σε στην αυλη ενος αγροτη και κατι παραξενο απο το υπερπεραν ερχεται μαζι του,και μενει.Οτι και να καταλογιζουμε στον Lovecraft λογοτεχνικα,ηξερε να δημιουργει ατμοσφαιρα και να σε παρασυρει να γυρνας σελιδες για να δεις το τελος.Δεν ξερω απο που του ηρθε η παραξενη ιδεα γι αυτη την ιστορια αλλα παντως εμενα καταφερε να με κανει να αγωνιω μεχρι το τελος!9/10 Το εσωτερο δωματιο:Του Robert Aickman,κοριτσακι αγοραζει κουκλοσπιτο που μοιαζει να ειναι ζωντανο.Καλη γραφη που σε κραταει και ενα αμφιλεγομενο φιναλε.Δεν ξερω αν προσπαθουσε να περασει καποια μηνυματα εγω παντως δεν ειμαι σιγουρος οτι τα καταλαβα.7/10 Ο νεαρος Γκουντμαν Μπραουν:Του Nathaniel Hawthorn,πιστος νεαρος παει βολτα με τον διαβολο και βλεπει οτι ολα οσα πιστευε ειναι ενα ψεμα.Αν και τα δειχνει τα χρονακια της η ιστορια θα μπορουσε να ειχε γραφτει και σημερα!Ωραιο θεμα,σε βαζει σε σκεψεις.8,5/10 Οι αρουραιοι μεσα στους τοιχους:Του H.P.Lovecraft,ισχυει οτι εγραψα παραπανω με την διαφορα οτι αυτη η ιστορια ηταν πιο καλογραμμενη και πιο αγωνιωδης.Οι εικονες δε που περιγραφονται στο τελος του διηγηματος δεν τις ξεχνας ποτε.9/10 Παρκο σκυλιων:Του Dennis Etchison,η πιο αδυναμη ιστορια της συλλογης κατα την γνωμη μου.Προσπαθησε να περασει καποια στερεοτυπα των μεγαλουπόλεων και να δωσει εναν αληγορικο τονο στις ζωες των κατοικων τους αλλα δεν το βοηθησε η γραφη.6/10 Το πανυγηρι:Του Robert Bloch,ενας περιπλανωμενος,ενας κασκαντερ και ενας... γοριλας!Δευτερο διαμαντακι της συλλογης με ιστορια που δεν σου λεει ακριβως τι εγινε αλλα σε βαζει να καταλαβεις μονος σου Η να διαλεξεις!9/10) Το μοτιβο:Του Ramsey Campbell,πρωτο δειγμα που διαβαζω απο τον συγκεκριμένο συγγραφέα,και ηταν ακρως απογοητευτικο.Δεν μου αρεσε ουτε η ιστορια ουτε η γραφη,ουτε τιποτα.4/10 Προδοτρα καρδια:Του Edgar Allan Poe,πασιγνωστο το διηγημα,το ειχα ξαναδιαβασει.Καλο αλλα οχι απο τα αγαπημενα μου του Poe.8/10 Ενα επεισοδιο στην γεφυρα του Οουλ Κρικ:Του Ambrose Bierce,λατρεμενος.ο Bierce και δεν με διεψευσε ουτε σε αυτο το διηγημα.Καθηλωτικη γραφη,εναλλαγη συναισθηματων και μια τελευταια προταση που σε αφηνει αγαλμα!10/10 Η ανθρωπινη καρεκλα:Του Εdogawa Rambo,αλλη μια δυνατη και ευφανταστη ιστορια της συλλογης.Δεν λεω τιποτα για την πλοκη γιατι πραγματικα δεν πρεπει να ξερεις τιποτα γι αυτην την ιστορια πριν την διαβασεις!Και αυτη σου μενει στο μυαλο για παντα.9/10 Συνολικα αξιζει το χρονο που του διαθετεις το βιβλιο και γνωρισα και συγγραφεις που δεν ηξερα το εργο τους και θα ηθελα να διαβασω κι αλλα απο αυτους στο μελλον.

  12. 5 out of 5

    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. Contents: 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 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. Contents: 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. Hawthorne The Rats in the Walls by H. P. Lovecraft The Dog Park by D. Etchison The Animal Fair by R. Bloch The Pattern by R. Campbell The Tell-Tale Heart by E. Poe An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by A. Bierce The Human Chair by E. Rampo. I would say of these, I was really struck with the two Bloch stories, as I hadn't read them before and they were snappy and quite scary, The Animal Fair also being funny in places. James was not scary, but a solid read. I remember PKD's tale to be very good. Matheson's contribution is quite a ride. It's a cold, unrelenting narrative. The Machen didn't do much for me, but is prose-wise fine. Aickman is great. Lovecraft's writing is excellent and his settings and build-up of story amazing, but he has his weaknesses, notably going over the top sometimes and dialog. Still, classics; and I was very much impressed with the opening of The Colour out of Space. Very strong writing. The Dog Park by Etchison is a fine, modern read, with an ending that left me wondering in a good way. Ramsey Campbell kept me on the edge of my seat and he provides somewhat of a shocker of an ending. Rampo's tale was a riveting read. My hopes of it were high, as I had read other people's recommendation already and Ellison praised it into the sky. Did not disappoint. The intros are usually very short and not as informative as I'd like. I think it's a missed opportunity to not provide a story by each of the writers who selected their favorite story. The book would have been twice as thick, but as is, it's a fairly quick read, so could have used more meat and gore ;) My biggest criticism is that there's a whole lot of annoying typos in the book. I always notice such things and I think the publisher really failed here. It's a shoddy job and I hope they learned from their mistake.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jason Sharp

    My Favorite Horror Story Edited by Mike Baker 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 My Favorite Horror Story Edited by Mike Baker 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 creepy because it’s somewhat plausible, but I think it’s worse that this guy it’s some murdering psychopath. Because he never gives himself away, YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW HE’S THERE. The idea that while you curl up and read your favorite book, some stalker could be inches away from you and having grandiose fantasies about your lives together creeps me out to no end. While this one obviously stuck to me, there are several other books in this anthology that more than warrants a read. The Distributor is a thinking man’s tale about a salesman of sorts who sets innocuous events into motion for nefarious purposes. It seems harmless at first, but I love stories when all sorts of seemingly randomly events tie together at the end for some greater purpose. There a few slower stories in the bunch (I just can’t get into Lovecraft), the vast majority are great and well recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    James Castle

    A fun little anthology, better than most because authors are the best editors. 4 - 5s "Opening the Door" by Arthur Machen, chosen by Peter Atkins "The Inner Room" by Robert Aickman, chosen by Peter Straub "The Animal Fair" by Robert Bloch, chosen by Joe Lansdale "The Dog Park" by Dennis Etchison, chosen by Richard Christian Matheson "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, chosen by Joyce Carol Oates "The Human Chair" by Edogawa Rampo, chosen by Harlan Ellison 3 - 3.5s "The Father Thing" by Philip K Di A fun little anthology, better than most because authors are the best editors. 4 - 5s "Opening the Door" by Arthur Machen, chosen by Peter Atkins "The Inner Room" by Robert Aickman, chosen by Peter Straub "The Animal Fair" by Robert Bloch, chosen by Joe Lansdale "The Dog Park" by Dennis Etchison, chosen by Richard Christian Matheson "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe, chosen by Joyce Carol Oates "The Human Chair" by Edogawa Rampo, chosen by Harlan Ellison 3 - 3.5s "The Father Thing" by Philip K Dick, chosen by Ed Gorman "A Warning to the Curious" by M.R. James, chosen by Ramsey Campbell "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, chosen by Rick Hautala "The Pattern" by Ramsey Campbell, chosen by Poppy Z. Brite "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce, chosen by Dennis Etchison 2s and lower "Sweets to the Sweet" by Robert Bloch, chosen by Stephen King "The Distributer" by F. Paul Wilson, chosen by Richard Matheson "The Colour Out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft, chosen by Richard Laymon "The Rats in the Walls" by H.P. Lovecraft, chosen by Michael Slade As you can see, 3 hoary chestnuts and 2 Lovecrafts (I'm not a fan), but enough variety to still make it a worthwhile anthology. Plus, the authors' introductions are fun.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah

    Most of the stories in this anthology I had already read in other books. My favorites were "The Father-Thing" (1954) by Philip K. Dick, "The Colour Out of Space" (1927) by H.P. Lovecraft, and "Young Goodman Brown" (1835) by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    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.) It' 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.) It's about the inevitability of horror, that terrible things would happen, and like a typhoon, nothing you do can stop it from coming and destroying everything you love and hold dear. Close second is Edogawa Rampo's The Human Chair. Creepy, perverted and twisted in all the good ways.

  17. 5 out of 5

    PenneyDreadful

    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 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 chills.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    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 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 Distributor," "The Dog Park," "The Animal Fair," "The Pattern," and "The Human Chair."

  19. 4 out of 5

    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

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    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!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I kept waiting for more. More horror. More excitement. It never came. On the upside, I enjoy short stories and this was easy reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Morgue Anne

    Book 83/150

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iopipistrello

    few of them were really interesting!got a bit bored!

  25. 4 out of 5

    thaddeus

    tiramasu with lots of coffee and alcohol.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Samjana

    good

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    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

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joanie

    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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Mher

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