Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Short story month!



Edgar Allan Poe famously stated in his "Philosophy of Composition" that a short story should achieve a single effect. May is National Short Story Month and horror is one of the few genres the short story has truly thrived in.

As such, here follows a list of some of my favorite horror short stories. Feel free to mention your own favorites.

"Wordprocesser of the Gods," Stephen King.
"You Know They Have a Hell of a Band," Stephen King.
"1408," Stephen King.
"Quitters, Inc.," Stephen King.
"The Small Assassin," Ray Bradbury.
"I Sing the Body Electric," Ray Bradbury.
"Bobby Conroy Comes Back from the Dead," Joe Hill.
"Best New Horror," Joe Hill.
"Dreams in the Witch House," H.P. Lovecraft.
"The Rats in the Walls," H.P. Lovecraft.
"The Masque of the Red Death," Edgar Allan Poe.
"The Pit and the Pendulum," Edgar Allan Poe.
"Prey," Richard Matheson.
"In the Hills, the Cities," Clive Barker.
"Echoes," Cindie Geddes.
"Bubba Ho-tep," Joe R. Lansdale.
"The Washingtonians," Bentley Little
"Saint John," Jonathan Maberry.

This, of course, is just a small sample. Everyone has their own favorites and you should leave a comment about your favorite short stories.


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