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The Best Classic Horror Stories

Posted on 5th October 2021 by Mark Skinner

With Halloween approaching it's time to gather round an open fire as a storm rattles the windows and break out the classics of the horror genre. From Mary Shelley's groundbreaking Frankenstein to Stephen King's unparalleled The Shining, here are the scary stories guaranteed to keep you awake at night.

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Selected and gorgeously illustrated by Richard Wells, this unique collection brings together a host of classic stories exploring the dark side of folklore – the interplay between the eerie, haunted landscapes and the inescapable terrors that lurk deep in the human mind.

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One of the milestones of horror fiction, Mary Shelley’s masterful Gothic novel about a zealous scientist and the tragic creature he gives life to remains an ever-chilling exploration of ambition and responsibility, cruelty and revenge.
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From its iconic vampiric tropes to its now-familiar cast of characters, such as Mina Murray, Van Helsing and, of course, the eponymous Count, Dracula has lost none of its power to terrify and enthrall.
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One of King’s most famous novels is also one of his most chilling; the spine-tingling story of a hotel caretaker driven to monstrous insanity by supernatural forces.
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A touchstone of supernatural horror, Jackson's profoundly unsettling novel revolves around the titular eerie residence and the quartet of individuals who come to experience its terrifying properties.
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One of the most disquieting stories ever written, The Turn of the Screw pits a young governess against her two unnerving charges and a sinister country house suffused with ghostly apparitions.
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From The Fall of the House of Usher to The Masque of Red Death, this collection contains many of the gruesomely gothic tales that made Edgar Allan Poe's name alongside intriguing lesser known works.
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Part ghost story, part profound reflection on the evils of slavery, Morrison’s Pulitzer-winning masterpiece synthesises myriad themes and ideas into a scorching, emotionally devastating narrative.
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A masterclass in disturbing atmospherics and full-throttle occult thrills - and the literary horror classic that spawned the notorious Hollywood movie - Blatty’s chilling tale of possession and devilry is every bit as terrifying as it was when first published in 1971.

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First published in 1894, Arthur Machen’s harrowing tale woven around a terrible mistake made by a doctor encompasses sinister rites, death and devastation and remains one of the most revered and influential classic horror stories.
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When a traveling carnival comes to their Midwestern hometown, two teenage boys soon find its irresistible lure turning into a nightmare in Bradbury’s disturbingly dark masterpiece.
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The four members of the storytelling Chowder Society begin to experience a spate of terrors following the mysterious demise of one of their friends in Straub's stunningly constructed supernatural horror which has become a classic of the genre.
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Accompanied by Stevenson’s other stories brimming with Gothic unease, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is chilling slice of Victorian psychological horror, mining a rich seam of split personality, remorse and the nature of evil.
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Featuring Venetian clairvoyants and a party of pilgrims who meet disaster in Jerusalem, Don’t Look Now and Other Stories curates five feverishly unsettling tales of deep-rooted fears and destructive desire.
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Wire-taut, unbearably tense and told in crisp, spare prose, Matheson’s ground-breaking zombie/vampire hybrid unleashed a horde of imitators and continues to influence both horror and sci-fi genres.
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A slice of genre-defining classic horror, H.P. Lovecraft’s tale of a group of doomed Antarctic explorers who discover signs of an ancient civilization older than the human race has not lost an ounce of its chilling tension.
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The spine-chilling novel behind Polanski’s eponymous 1968 film, Rosemary’s Baby plunges the reader into a world of terrifying dreams, paranoia and devilry in an old New York City apartment building.
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Collecting six 'strange stories' of magnificently macabre tone, Dark Entries showcases Aickman's uncanny ability to craft psychological horror tales that outwit and elude the reader at every turn.
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Terrifying, eerie and pre-dating Dracula, Le Fanu’s seductive original vampire story about a young isolated girl’s encounter with the beautiful, mysterious Carmilla brims with passion, danger and gothic romance.
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Recounting the sinister history of Ash Tree Lane through found objects, random scribblings and other eerie ephemera, Danielewski’s audacious experiment in multimedia horror is a dazzling feat of invention and interpretation.
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Masterfully atmospheric and chilling to the core, Hill’s pitch-perfect horror story about a mysterious woman all dressed in black who haunts an English village surrounded by marshes and sea fog is a gloriously ghostly read.
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One of the great pracitioners of the British ghost story, Benson's deeply disquieting miniatures transform the everyday and banal into totems of sheer terror and this collection features some of her very finest pieces.
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Character driven, emotionally intelligent and a cornerstone of the vampire genre, Rice’s stunningly accomplished spine-chiller finds the tormented Louis de Pointe du Lac recounting his tragic, immortal existence.
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The most chilling and atmospheric tales from a true pioneer of supernatural fiction, this collection of M.R. James’ ghost stories makes for delightfully spooky reading on a dark winter’s night.
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