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
I liked this book very much, so much so, that I forgot I read it before and ordered the same book again. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Louise B
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 on February 15, 2013 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