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A deluxe edition of original and classic short stories, packed with monsters, vampires and a host of weird creatures. Tales of shadows and voices in the dark from the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Nathaniel Hawthorne and William Hope Hodgson are cast with previously unpublished stories by some of the best writers of horror today.A daz A deluxe edition of original and classic short stories, packed with monsters, vampires and a host of weird creatures. Tales of shadows and voices in the dark from the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Nathaniel Hawthorne and William Hope Hodgson are cast with previously unpublished stories by some of the best writers of horror today.A dazzling collection of the most gripping tales of horror, vividly told.


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A deluxe edition of original and classic short stories, packed with monsters, vampires and a host of weird creatures. Tales of shadows and voices in the dark from the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Nathaniel Hawthorne and William Hope Hodgson are cast with previously unpublished stories by some of the best writers of horror today.A daz A deluxe edition of original and classic short stories, packed with monsters, vampires and a host of weird creatures. Tales of shadows and voices in the dark from the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Nathaniel Hawthorne and William Hope Hodgson are cast with previously unpublished stories by some of the best writers of horror today.A dazzling collection of the most gripping tales of horror, vividly told.

30 review for Chilling Horror Short Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff McIntosh

    My thoughts on this book are much the same for the same publisher's "Gothic Ghost Stories"... While a beautiful book overall.....the contents don't seem to share the same sensibilities.....I'd guess that as much of a third of the book isn't horror at all, but perhaps fantasy or science fiction. Quite a few of the stories, as noted by other reviewers, are classics in the field - how many times do I need to read "Screaming Skull, Dead Smile, or The Yellow Sign?? An entertaining read, but buy it at d My thoughts on this book are much the same for the same publisher's "Gothic Ghost Stories"... While a beautiful book overall.....the contents don't seem to share the same sensibilities.....I'd guess that as much of a third of the book isn't horror at all, but perhaps fantasy or science fiction. Quite a few of the stories, as noted by other reviewers, are classics in the field - how many times do I need to read "Screaming Skull, Dead Smile, or The Yellow Sign?? An entertaining read, but buy it at discount - I got my copy from a bookseller for $10. And this copy will likely go to the library....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Oliviu Craznic

    While a very good anthology overall (a token of gratitude to my fellow writer Alexandra Medaru for this beautiful gift), the effect is mostly achieved through classic writers which are... well, they ARE classics. The contemporary writers included here are quite unreadable, with only few exceptions (most notably exception being James Lecky with his excellent „The Magnificat Of Devils”). How come? Well, no enigma: I. THE STYLE. While the classics try to charm us with their rich, flourished, carefully While a very good anthology overall (a token of gratitude to my fellow writer Alexandra Medaru for this beautiful gift), the effect is mostly achieved through classic writers which are... well, they ARE classics. The contemporary writers included here are quite unreadable, with only few exceptions (most notably exception being James Lecky with his excellent „The Magnificat Of Devils”). How come? Well, no enigma: I. THE STYLE. While the classics try to charm us with their rich, flourished, carefully crafted prose, the contemporary tales are rather similar to police reports or, at best, to newspaper articles. II. THE TALE. While the classic tales emerge from mystery and from legend, making you wonder „Could this be...?”, the contemporary tales tend to emerge from pure imagination (pure enough to suspect a child hiding behind the pen name). E.g.: Strange noises coming from a room where a skull is kept - mystery; an unexplained creature devouring your arms and legs each Halloween, only to see them growing back next day - childish. Even more, some of the contemporary tales are mere reworking of classics. For example, „Justified” (DJ Tyrer) is a faded shadow of „Thing On The Doorstep” (Lovecraft). The similarities could have been only coincidental (every writer is destined to discover - sooner or later - some of his writing was done before, and it is no pleasent surprise), but the mention of „Necronomicon” warns us the story is intended as homage. Unfortunately, it is too weak and too similar for succeeding.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♠️Michelle

    Despite the rating, there are a few good stories in this collection, but this just doesn't work as a collection; you'd be better off to seek these (rare) good stories elsewhere, where they aren't tarnished by stories that seek to scare from shock value and make you feel like you need to shower afterwards. Beyond the Wall by Ambrose Bierce was quite truly the best. Many of the classics were at least all right, if not entirely the best examples of classic creepiness, but better than the modern tra Despite the rating, there are a few good stories in this collection, but this just doesn't work as a collection; you'd be better off to seek these (rare) good stories elsewhere, where they aren't tarnished by stories that seek to scare from shock value and make you feel like you need to shower afterwards. Beyond the Wall by Ambrose Bierce was quite truly the best. Many of the classics were at least all right, if not entirely the best examples of classic creepiness, but better than the modern trash presented here. This is the worst collection of any short stories I've ever read. No exaggeration. Read at your own peril.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Peyton

    Well... That's kind of the best way to phrase my reading experience. I was hoping for the same sort of eclectic collection I'd found in Flame Tree's Supernatural anthology, due to the vagueness of the word"chilling". Anything can be chilling. You could do so much with that, but this was mostly creatures. I think I said Supernatural Short Stories read like the Twilight Zone... well, this read more like Tales From the Crypt. While I usually adore finding a new age gem among the classics, the moder Well... That's kind of the best way to phrase my reading experience. I was hoping for the same sort of eclectic collection I'd found in Flame Tree's Supernatural anthology, due to the vagueness of the word"chilling". Anything can be chilling. You could do so much with that, but this was mostly creatures. I think I said Supernatural Short Stories read like the Twilight Zone... well, this read more like Tales From the Crypt. While I usually adore finding a new age gem among the classics, the modern additions relied a bit too much on blood/gore. I think another reviewer mentioned this already, but there are at least two stories that appear to be homages/re-imaginings of classic scifi/horror ("Thing in the Bucket" had elements of Lynch's Eraser Head and "Justified" was an interesting twist on Lovecraft's "The Thing on the Doorstep"). If you're a hardcore Lovecraft fan, this collection should serve you well. Here are the ones I found... interesting *"Ecdysis"-Rebecca J. Allred *"The Damned Thing"- Ambrose Bierce *"Beyond the Wall"-Ambrose Bierce *"Mirror's Keeper"- Michael Bondies *"The Dying Art"- Glen Damien Campbell *"The Yellow Sign"-Robert W. Chambers *"The Screaming Skull"-Marion Crawford *"Lenora"-Elise Forier Edie *"A Game of Conquest"-David A. Elsensohn *"Thing in the Bucket"-Eric Esser *"Worth the Having"-Michael Paul Gonzalez *"Extraneus Invokat"-Ed Grabianowski *"The Man in the Ambry"-Gwendolyn Kiste *"The Vampire"-Jan Neruda *"The Mortal Immortal"-Mary Shelley *"Justified"-DJ Tyrer I know it looks like a lot, but this was very meh. Too many were just too gory and strange for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Raechel

    Overall, the majorty of the stories were subpar, and i found myself asking "wait, it this actually supposed to be horror?" Much too frequently to give this collection an actual good rating. There were some really good scary stories, but they were unfortunately few and far between.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Fuller

    I was disappointed to say the least

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jasmin Hvam

    DNF

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ginger Knight

  9. 5 out of 5

    J.S. Bailey

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Pope

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Williams

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristopher Triana

  13. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

  14. 4 out of 5

    Iren

  15. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Provan

  16. 5 out of 5

    aazeris

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  19. 5 out of 5

    H

  20. 5 out of 5

    Martin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Saarebas

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katarína

  23. 5 out of 5

    Khyra

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Thomas

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Kelley

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hew La France

  27. 5 out of 5

    Colleen ( The Bibliofeline)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  29. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

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