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In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 4:01:36 PM PDT
Nick Jones says:
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ma01/white/anthology/faulkner.html

Posted on May 29, 2012 4:41:44 PM PDT
I agree with L. Tolbert about King's 1408 - that was as disturbing as any even slightly paranormal experience I've ever had, and The Mist pretty much slayed me the first time I read it. The Birds, by Daphne DuMaurier, is far creepier in print than Hitchcock's film, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper is true psychological horror.

Posted on May 29, 2012 4:49:08 PM PDT
2/2 Tango says:
If you like history, read Ambrose Bierce's "Coup de Grace", "Scream of the Panther" or find his collection of short stories, which includes these.

Posted on May 29, 2012 6:01:49 PM PDT
Barbarian says:
Winston Churchill - Man Overboard

Posted on May 29, 2012 6:03:37 PM PDT
Barbarian says:
I can't remember if I've already posted these so here they are:

Winged Death - Hazel Heald
Man of Stone - Hazel Heald

Both stories in The Horrors in the Museum by H.P. Lovecraft

These will produce nightmares!!

Posted on May 30, 2012 2:00:45 PM PDT
Pigeons from Hell by Robert E. Howard

Posted on May 30, 2012 3:34:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 3:35:54 PM PDT
Barbarian says:
Andrew - I agree! Great choice by Robert E. Howard - Pigeons From Hell.
Page 424 The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 3:05:23 PM PDT
Barbarian says:
Banished: A Demon, an Exorcist and A Battle of Faith
Scary and creepy with an unbelievable ending!

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 12:18:30 AM PDT
Gene Bivins says:
Through Channels, by Richard Matheson, is written in the form of a transcribed taped interrogation of a boy by a police detective concerning something the boy has seen. Absolutely terrifying.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 8:21:58 AM PDT
Gene, thanks! I love Matheson, sounds fantastic. Off to find it.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 4:02:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2012 4:04:42 PM PDT
Barbarian says:
True Haunting I lost sleep over this one and the scariest part of all is it happened over 40 years ago, the house is still vacant, and occupied by these dark entities. I'll never forget it as long as I live. Whew!! Warning - Not for the weak or feeble.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 4:06:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2012 4:06:41 PM PDT
Barbarian says:
Hi Alexandra: I didn't know you were an author. I looked you up and and am going to download some of your dark suspense works here on Amazon soon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2012 4:44:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2012 4:46:58 PM PDT
Hey Barbarian - first, thanks for the True Haunting rec, and yes, I am an author as well as an avid dark suspense fan, and am pleased to report that I have given a lot of grown men nightmares. With my books, I mean. Spooky without being gory, that's what I do. And you can actually download my maybe supernatural police procedural Book of Shadows for free on Kindle tomorrow through Friday. Thanks for trying the books - hope I scare you!

Book of Shadows

- Alex

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 6:41:27 PM PDT
Splinker says:
There was a Ray Bradbury story called Something Shiny (i think). About an evil baby.

Also, Stephen King's Boogeyman did the job for me.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 11:17:09 PM PDT
The October Country by Ray Bradbury. The Small Assassin. Nightmare city!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 12:14:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 13, 2012 12:15:09 AM PDT
Gene Bivins says:
Splinker, the story is "The Small Assassin," first collected in "Dark Carnival" and then included in "The October Country." Oops! Katt beat me to it!

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 5:30:38 AM PDT
Splinker says:
Thanks!

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 10:31:58 AM PDT
I second Alexandra's recommendation of The Yellow Wallpaper. It was a chilling story.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 12:46:58 PM PDT
Such a hard question to answer, so many worthy candidates.

One story that stands out among others as scaring the bejezus out of me as a child was "Wendigo's Child" by Thomas Monteleone. I vividly remember making the mistake of reading this one at bedtime and as a consequence, getting little sleep that night. Judging by numerous comments by other amazon reviewers, I was not the only child given sleepless nights by that story.

Although it probably doesn't qualify as a horror story in the strictest sense, the ending of Al Nussbaum's "The Artist" ranks as probably the most jarring "shock ending" to a story I've ever read. Wow. It's a pretty obscure story, but I've NEVER forgotten the impact it had on me.

Also the late lamented Ray Bradbury deserves mention for his chilling "The October Game".

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 12:55:34 PM PDT
yes check out "Kasey's Short Horror Stories" on Amazon

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2012 1:11:45 PM PDT
Did I say this already? I love Anthony Boucher's THEY BITE. Gave me nightmares as a child. Still think of it any time I'm on a desert road trip.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 8:09:12 AM PDT
Mrs. Danvers says:
Alexandra, I read your books The Harrowing, The Unseen, and Book of Shadows. I really enjoyed them!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 11:30:56 AM PDT
Thanks for reading, Dex! I'm so glad you liked them. Anyone in this thread has to be a connoisseur...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 11:50:43 AM PDT
Dingfelder says:
I remember that King one really giving me the willies.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 11:54:38 AM PDT
KinksRock says:
That's the one with the guy who goes to a therapist to talk about the creature that lives in his closet, right? Ends with the line: "So nice. So nice." That one?
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