You don’t have to wait until October 31 to get spooky! Jump headfirst into horror this month with these 10 anthologies.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … in Hell! This anthology of Christmas-themed horror stories is just the thing for holiday naysayers and dark fiction fans alike. Featuring stories from Joe R. Lansdale, Seanan McGuire, Kelley Armstrong, and many other masters of the horror tale.
Lisa Morton and Ellen Datlow, editors
Not ready to jump into Christmas mode just yet? No problem. Check out Lisa Morton and Ellen Datlow’s anthology Haunted Nights. This collection sports 13 Halloween-inspired stories from Stephen Graham Jones, Pat Cadigan, John Langan, and others.
Edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar
Dark Screams is a best-of-the-best horror anthology series from acclaimed editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar. Volume ten features tales from Clive Barker, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Simon Clark, and three others.
Were you a fan of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps? You’ll love this collection of tales curated by Stine himself, featuring authors Meg Cabot, Heather Brewer, and many more. Fear was written with a young adult audience in mind, but older readers will still find a lot to love here!
The New Horror
Veteran horror author Peter Straub’s anthology Poe’s Children is an anthology of contemporary tales of terror from some of the genre’s most imaginative authors. Brian Evenson, Kelly Link, Thomas Ligotti, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman, and many more great writers make this one a must-have.
Classics of Horror and Suspense from the Modern Library
Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, Saki, Charles Dickens, O. Henry, Wilkie Collins, Ambrose Bierce, W. W. Jacobs
If your tastes run to classic horror stories, picking up a copy of The Raven and the Monkey’s Paw should be a no brainer. Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, and many other names you’re bound to recognize offer up their best known tales of terror in this timeless collection.
Tales of Cosmic Horror by Lovecraft, Chambers, Machen, Poe, and Other Masters of the Weird
H. P. Lovecraft; edited by D. Thin; other stories by Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allen Poe, R. W. Chambers, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, and more.
Remember HBO’s “True Detective”? What did homicidal maniac Reggie Ledoux mean when he told Detective Rust Cohle that he was in Carcosa? Prepare to find out in this anthology of the weird and uncanny. Features tales from Algernon Blackwood, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert W. Chambers and many more!
New Tales of Terror!
Edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan
Speaking of detectives fighting the weird and uncanny, Shadows Over Baker Street should be on the radar of every Sherlock Holmes fan. The world’s greatest detectives finds himself squaring off against Cthulhu and his minions in stories from Caitlin R. Kiernan, Poppy Z. Bright, Simon Clark, and others.
Edited with an Introduction by Otto Penzler
Everyone loves a good ghost story. Otto Penzler’s whopping 1000+ page anthology, The Big Book of Ghost Stories, features tales of spectral terror from Joyce Carol Oates, Rudyard Kipling, August Derleth, and many, many more.
How about a little art with your horror fiction? In the Dark features frightening tales from some of the best-known writers and artists in the comic book industry, plus an introduction from Scott Snyder, and an essay from comic book historian Mike Howlett.