Three Halloween Horrors

Halloween goes hand-in-hand with great horror stories, so today I thought I might share the work of three of my own favorite scary scribes.  While three listings just scratches the surface, I hope the stuff you see below spurs you to consider some of your own favorites.  Feel free to share them in the comments section!

The Horror Stories Of Robert E. Howard / [editor, Rusty Burke] ; illustrated by Greg Staples — My two favorites from this collection include “The Touch of Death,” which I read at last year’s CLP Read to the People event to promote library awareness, and “Worms of the Earth,” a Bran Mak Morn tale that might just be the best thing Howard ever wrote.

Books Of Blood : Volumes One To Three / Clive Barker — English author Barker brings the pain in this collection of bloodcurdling tales, and “Midnight Meat Train” tops the list for this assemblage.  As an avowed proponent and user of public transit, this one really unsettled me.

At The Mountains Of Madness / H.P. Lovecraft — No tale better illustrates Lovecraft’s storytelling powers quite like this one.  The story is highlighted by this gorgeous Modern Library edition, whose cover features Michael Chabon’s ringing endorsement: “One of the greatest short novels in American literature, and a key text in my own understanding of what that literature can do.”

Now it’s your turn!  List a favorite scary novel or short story in the comments section–share the fear!

Thanks for reading!



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12 responses to “Three Halloween Horrors

  1. Good stuff – thanks Scott! As for me, Lovecraft’s “The Music of Erich Zahnn” is still the creepiest thing I’ve ever read.

    Happy Halloween!!

    Leigh Anne

  2. lizzy

    I believe Midnight Meat Train was made into a movie???

  3. Oooh, now I have a new author to explore (Robert Howard). Thanks! I really enjoy Ramsey Campbell’s horror stories–I found him just from passing his books so often in the stacks. (We also collected some of our favorite scary stories on my other blog today: )

  4. Maria

    I loved Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella Carmilla, a vampire story.

  5. Dracula by Bram Stoker. Or It by Stephen King. Both good in different ways.

  6. The Tell-Tale Heart by Poe, told by a counselor as we huddled around the campfire in the middle of the woods. Camp Crestview the summer of…well, it was a few years ago.

  7. sarah louise

    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

  8. Garrison Keillor reads Poe’s The Raven in Halloween season some years.
    He conveys the poem’s creepiness very well. I also enjoyed Poe’s Cask of Amontillado. The ending gave me chills when I first read it. According to III we have a 2011 Pitttsburgh-made DVD in our collection/

  9. Rebekah

    I will have to second Patte’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” though my version was read aloud by my mom when she was teaching at my grade school. Scary stuff. I am also a fan of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”

  10. Don

    bibliotessaria, Ramsey Campbell is just great – The Face That Must Die by him is incredible. One of the all time great novellas, right up there with Lovecraft, is King’s story “The Mist”, which was originally published in the fantastic horror anthology, “Dark Forces.” Two old time horror authors that are somewhat neglected are M. R. James (short story “The Mezzotint” is really good – John Carpenter payed homage to it in his movie, In the Mouth of Madness (sound familiar)) and Arthur Machan.

  11. Mr. Critic

    Reblogged this on georgensima and commented:

  12. Sky

    The Shadow over Innsmouth or Rats in the Walls for me! I love Clive Barker too, The Hellbound Heart and Cabal, both made into great movies.

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