It's almost time for Halloween and you know what that means?!? Time for some horror stories to give you the heebie-jeebies.
Before I start with the books, let me start with sharing with you one of my favorite short horror stories: http://weirdfictionreview.com/2011/12/the-red-tower-by-thomas-ligotti/
I remember reading this story for the first time and being blown away from it. Not only being blown away but feeling disgusted and uneasy; I don't feel that in a lot of horror stories which is sad because they should be ripe with such feelings.
Also another thing: http://sayainunderworld.blogspot.tw/ This is an awesome blog on Japanese Urban Legends, ghosts and other spooks
Now to the books:
- The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Stories by John Langan: One of the best collection of short monster horror stories. What makes Langan different from other monster writers is that he takes the genre inside-out and put its on it's head. Not only does he turn the monster genre on its head but he takes familiar tropes of horror and flips its head, and combine that with layered nuanced characters, you're in for a hell of a good time. I fucking love this book and the story The Wide, Carnivorous Sky is one of the best takes on a vampire story I've ever read.
- The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels: Take the abominations of Lovecraft, cult supernatural of Arthur Machen, and literary weirdness that Borges has at times filtered through a unique voice that takes the best of all those but puts his own original spin it, you have Mark Samuels.
- The Weird: A Compendium of Strange from Jeff & Ann VanderMeer: This is one of the best horror/weird fiction anthologies I have ever read. A thousand and hundred fifty-two pages long, collecting stories from Dunsay, Lovercraft, Kafka, Blackwood, Ligotti, Mieville, Cisco, Gaiman, Barker and a whole list of other fantastic writers. Anything you love from Horror and Weird Fiction you'll find here.
- Anything you can get from Ligotti: Ligotti is an amazing writer that understands how to use loneliness, weirdness, subtly, and pessimism in horror. He also knows how those elements work in horror and where they work best in a story and he also knows how to keep the horror out of the picture; that's the most important thing. The horror in a majority of his stories are underneath, always there, waiting to strike out but when they do strike we only see part of the picture, and the picture we do see leaves us befuddled, not knowing what happened or why it happened, a clear picture of the events never in our grasps.