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Subject: Favorite Horror Short Story Writers?
Date Posted: 6/28/2011 5:12 AM ET
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Who are your favorites when it comes to short stories? I'd also love to hear recs for great horror anthologies. :)
My very favorites are Stephen King (obvious one, sorry) David J. Schow. Joe Lansdale, Clive Barker and Skipp & Spector- I was a little kid during the "splatterpunk" era but man, I love those books.
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Date Posted: 6/28/2011 4:59 PM ET
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I recently read 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill and I highly recomment it.  I love Stephen King's novels and novellas, but I think that when it comes to the short story, his son may be the better writer.

I am also partial to Richard Matheson's short stories, more so than his novels.

Date Posted: 6/28/2011 11:08 PM ET
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I enjoy Brandon Massey, Joe Hill, and Scott Nicholson.  Most anthologies, for me, are hit and miss.  Brandon Massey has edited three anthologies in the Dark Dreams series (collections of short stories by African American horror writers) and I've enjoyed those three more than any other anthology.  Massey and Tananarive Due are particular favorites.  I especially love when Due and her husband, Stephen Banks, collaborate on short stories.  He's a terrific author in his own right, but I think he's strongest with her. 

Date Posted: 6/29/2011 2:51 PM ET
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edward lee is the best short story  author i've read

Date Posted: 7/27/2011 4:11 AM ET
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Matheson, for sure, and if you can find it, Richard Christian Matheson too.

Date Posted: 7/27/2011 10:30 PM ET
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Ray Bradbury's written some great ones, my favorites are The Veldt, The Small Assassin, Skeleton, and The Scythe.

And, duh, H.P. Lovecraft.  Founding father of the nihilistic cosmic horror genre.  My favorites are Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Thing on the Doorstep, The Call of Cthulu and The Dunwich Horror.

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Date Posted: 8/3/2011 5:48 PM ET
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Bentley Little.

Date Posted: 8/11/2011 2:13 PM ET
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I actually have 2 David J. Schow short story collections I was considering posting on PBS. I love the gory stuff : ) 

also tink Ramsey Campbell is very good at short form fiction

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Date Posted: 8/28/2011 5:47 PM ET
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I'd suggest Richard Layman's collection of DREADFUL TALES. His stories usually involve some sort of pyhsco klller. He'd written several for Alfred Hitchcock mag before they changed editors. I think you'd enjoy this collection. Every story has a surprise twist

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 6:35 PM ET
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Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, W.W. Jacobs, Shane Jiraiya Cummings (ebooks).

I'm glad I found this topic.  I love short story horror and I'm looking forward to checking out some of these authors.

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Date Posted: 4/18/2012 11:37 PM ET
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Shirley Jackson!
Date Posted: 12/27/2012 6:07 PM ET
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They would be Richard Laymon, Ramsey Campbell and if you include novellas, Brian Keene!