The anthology presents some masterpieces that have appeared in innumerable other collections: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart," Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," W.W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw," H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu," and Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery." However, The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time avoids some obvious choices (instead of "Carmilla," the selection from J. Sheridan Le Fanu is "Green Tea"), and it includes a genre-stretching work (H.G. Wells's "The Country of the Blind," which may also be viewed as sci-fi or fantasy), as well as a classic novella (Arthur Machen's "The Great God Pan") that is often excluded from other anthologies because of limited space.
Prefaced with a brief, intelligent introduction by editor Leslie Pockell, The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time is a wonderful book for the budding horror fan. Readers more experienced in fantastic fiction will want to compare the table of contents with their libraries before making a purchase decision. --Cynthia Ward
This book is worth it for one story alone--the "Willows," by Algernon Blackwood.
If someone says, "I don't like horror", or rejects the newer splatter horror, this book is the perfect gift to introduce them to what horror is really about.
I liked this book very much, so much so, that I forgot I read it before and ordered the same book again.
Hard to find locally, love Amazon for book purchases. We have 2 horror short story readers in the family, so this makes a great gift twice. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Laura T. Rose
I purchased this book to read as part of a book club. The book is a compilation of "horror" stories. I say "horror" because the stories are not at all scary. Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by Lena
This collection of stories was very enjoyable. Of course, you must realize that some of these stories were written quite a while ago and that their style is different than that of... Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Night Wind