The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time by Leslie Pockell

The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time

The stories that comprise this collection will surprise the reader even after numerous readings. They reflect innermost fears and head for spaces where reality is blurred by imagination, where insanity and madness are shrouded in mystery and where humanity is haunted by repressed passion and obsession.

Details The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time

TitleThe 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time
Release DateSep 1st, 2002
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreHorror, Fiction, Short Stories, Anthologies, Classics, Fantasy, Collections

Reviews The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time

  • Laura
    These really are some of the best horror stories of all time. This is a collection of classic horror tales, the kind of stories that get into your head. These stories don’t have to use the shock factor or blood and gore. These stories creep and crawl and slither across your bedroom floor. They are truly haunting tales. The Table of Contents speaks for itself:The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu The Yellow Wall...
  • Frances
    A lovely collection. I'd read most of them--the only new one was "The Beckoning Fair One" by Oliver Onions--but it was nice to sit down and curl up with them. (Would have been slightly better if the M.R. James one was "Lost Hearts", but I realize I am partisan. :) )The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is because five stars means I recommend books to people regardless of their interest in the genre, and this is not a book I would do that w...
  • Jien
    I had read three of these stories before (Lottery, Tell Tale Heart, and Monkey's Paw), but the rest were new to me. It was my first sample of Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft. My favorite story of the lot though was "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood, that alone would be enough for me to give this five stars, but really the stories were all well chosen.
  • Sharon/ LFrog1386
    Excellent compilation of classic horror stories from the 1800s and early 20th century. I had only read Poe's The Raven before, so finally being able to read the source material that so many future novels or movies were based upon was a real treat.
  • Constance
    Ever wonder why the English language has the word Lovecraftian, but not the word Poean? No? Well, start wondering. Or... just read this book. I don't know if these are the best horrors stories of all time, but they are certainly among the most influential, ranging from the first and earliest story in the book, Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" (1843), to the last and most modern in this volume, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" (1946). If you are looking for...
  • Karl Arney
    Obviously the title is an exageration here - aside from the subjectivity of such a statement, the collection includes nothing longer than short novella-length, and nothing from the 1950's onward.As a collection of Golden Age short horror, however, it is quite excellent. It covers a fair amount of ground despite the fact that you can easily match up thematically-like stories into categories (dementia, extra-dimensional forces, "be careful what you...
  • Lance Eaton
    Overall, this is a solid representation of some great and classic horror authors. They have Lovecraft, Machen, Stevenson, Stoker, Poe, Le Fanu, Blackwood, and others. Classics like The Call of Cthulhu, The Great God Pan, and The Willows are perfectly chosen for this collection but then they throw away opportunities for great stories from other authors by offered in up The Bottle Imp by Stevenson which seems much less interesting in terms of horro...
  • Hal
    I read this book in honor of Halloween. Not a big fiction reader I thought it was time to delve into the realm of terror for a little aversion from my typical non-fiction fare. This collection of 13 kind of scary stories came from an earlier era mostly in the 1800's. You will find some well known authors among them such as Poe, Well, and Stevenson. I was disappointed in the majority of them as they could get somewhat boring with the heavy style a...
  • Blaine
    I checked out this collection primarily because I wanted to read The Call Of Cthulhu and The Great God Pan, which Stephen King cited as the inspiration for his novella "N." in Just After Sunset. Both stories are very good, though I agree with some other reviewers that they are not so much scary as 'interesting in a college lit class sort of way.' I also re-read a few of the shorter stories I had read before (The Tell-Tale Heart, The Monkey's Paw,...
  • Mark
    Spanning roughly 100 years, this collection starts with Poe's famous "The Tell Tale Heart" (1843) and ends with Jackson's "The Lottery" (1948).While I wasn't wild about every story, there are some real gems among them. "The Monkey's Paw", The Bottle Imp", "The Country Of the Blind", "The Willows" and of course "The Call Of Cthulhu". In an age when graphic horror has become the norm, it's nice to get a pleasant chill from these genuinely creepy ra...
  • Brian Gordon
    I picked up this book on a whim. It was a very interesting read. Most of the stories are not typical horror stories that you would find in an anthology today. Think of them as representing proto horror stories. When you read this book you are going back in time to see the foundations of modern horror work. My favorite story in the collection was probably "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood. It had a great otherworld feel. I will definitely rememb...
  • Tamara
    This book was full of classing horror stories. Taking it for what is is (classic stories), it's a pretty good selection of stories.Don't plan on being scared, plan on feeling like your back in your college English Lit class. Some of the stories were good, but not scary by any means. Maybe we are desensitized and things that were scary in the early 1900's aren't scary today...who knows. I found that with my book club, who just finished reviewing t...
  • Heather Brock
    I honestly don't have much to say about this book. I did enjoy it, but what can you really say about a collection of stories? There were the classic tales like "The Tell Tale Heart" and "The Monkey's Paw". There were also some new stories I had never read before. I especially enjoyed "Green Tea". I wouldn't call these tales especially "horrifying", but it was a decent collection nonetheless.
  • Donald
    This collection is really pretty scary! Eleven of the stories got me good, and I'd even read 3 of them before! But two tales (The Willows and The Beckoning Fair One) not only were not scary to me, they were not even good stories, in my opinion. Take 'em out, and this is a 5 star collection all the way!
  • Kaethe Douglas
    Great picks. We could quibble, but if you only get to choose thirteen stories in English, I think these would be on everyone's top twenty. Between this and the coolth and the rain, it's starting to feel like fall.
  • frogfairie
    Such a great mix of stories I'd read long ago, some I'd been meaning to, and even ones I'd never heard of before.
  • Jake
    I only read 'The Great God Pan' by Arthur Machen, but it was really good. I'd highly recommend it if you like Lovecraft.
  • Allen
    The stories that really interested me are The Tell-Tale Heart and The Lottery.Some of the other stories seemed to go on a bit too long for short stories.