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Simple question.

Short stories or novels...

Which is your favourite horror story?

Why?




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"The Rats in the Walls" by HPL. A great tale of ancestral horror.

Runners up:
The Lottery by Jackson.
Most of the rest of HPL's stuff.
Hop-Frog by Poe.
The rest of Poe.

I think short stories are really the best medium for (written) horror. Build up, reveal, get out.
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I dislike horror in all its manifestations: games, movies, stories, real life, whatever. So I have no favorite horror story - they're all, um, horrible to my tastes.
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'The Thing in the Moonlight' by H.P. Lovecraft. Very short and made a lasting impression on my imagination from a very early age.
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Pickman's Model, probably.
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I like 'lite' horror. Stephen King's Misery (IIRC) starts normal and then twists. The author (inside the book) is held captive by a fan, a situation I think most of us can imagine. I also liked the one where the Devil tempts a whole town gradually into a murderous riot.

I'd have to think back a bit, but I suspect a HP Lovecraft has a story that starts normal and twists.
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Dan Simmons, Summer of Night. I know nothing about it but it's Dan Simmons man.

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I remember really enjoying Pet Sematary because the beginning was such a normal enjoyable non-horror tale. I forgot I was reading anything other than small town America. Then, boom!

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The Ring. I LOVE that it caused my sister-in-law to have her lights on at night for a year or more...
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I am very fond of MR James, although I don't know if I have a favorite out of what I have read. The tend to run together. The Five Jars is excellently spooky for a children's book and gives a good flavor while being more of a fairy story.

My favorite HPL is The Color From Outer Space. I don't find HPL especially horrific most of the time, but that one certainly qualifies for me.

I was very taken with Clive Barker late in high school but do not find the work holds my attention these days.
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I don't usually read or watch horror fiction or films. Scary movies scare me. Gives me bad dreams. But I did read World War Z, and enjoyed the read...But it gave me nightmares. So no more Horror.
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Friday the 13th because it was one of the first horror stories that I have seen.
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The Rats in the Walls by Lovecraft is my pick as well. The guy had several really great ones, but that's my favorite.
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Written - one of Lovecraft's, I'm sure. I'd need to take another look to pick a favorite.

One short story that has always stayed with me, though, is actually by Arthur C Clarke, called "A Walk in the Dark". It may be SF...but it's horror as well.

I know the original post requested written, but for a movie, I would go with "Pontypool". Movies shift in my order of preference, but that would be it for the last couple of years.
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sos1 wrote:
I dislike horror in all its manifestations: games, movies, stories, real life, whatever. So I have no favorite horror story - they're all, um, horrible to my tastes.

Yeah, I generally count myself as allergic to horror.
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Horror would mean it's frightening? HPL and Stephen King are good, the movie Angel Heart was awesome, and Salem's Lot where the little girl didn't leave footprints in the snow? That was cool, though for what gets rated as "horror" Alien tops my list of favorites. Other than what was truly frightening, such as The Day After, or even more real, the news ... "the horror..." /Kurtz voice

Last Horror I saw was "The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow"



Though that was just funny.
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A few Lovecraft, Poe, James or Dunsany ones. Depends on my mood really...
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Dan Simmons, Summer of Night. I know nothing about it but it's Dan Simmons man.


Most of his horror is pretty good; for me Carrion Comfort & The Terror stand out ... only because I'm too chicken to read Song of Kali.
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The Winner:
Canine Oil by Ambrose Bierce. Simultaneously funny and scary, a true masterpiece of cynical horror.

Runners-Up:
Cats of Ulthar by Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.
Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Horror stories by Robert Ervin Howard. It is impossible to pick just one.
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Rindis wrote:
sos1 wrote:
I dislike horror in all its manifestations: games, movies, stories, real life, whatever. So I have no favorite horror story - they're all, um, horrible to my tastes.

Yeah, I generally count myself as allergic to horror.


This is mostly me... but I do dabble.

My faves are probably Poe (maybe the Tell-Tale Heart) and Dead in the West by Joe R. Lansdale.
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I can't stand horror movie (probably since I've seen the Exorcist when I was ten... ) but I love horror novels and short stories.

Novel: the Exorcist itself has given me huge creeps but I have loved so much also Rosemary's baby

Short stories: probably Rat in the walls
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Another one of my favorites is Nightmare on Elm Street. I forget which installment but one of the kids is a wizard in the fight against Freddy and uses his magic. Freddy then says, "Sorry kid, I don't believe in fairytales." And then Freddy causes his death.
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I find most horror writing too slow and limited, so the best horror expressions to me are usually films. Of which the greatest is the 1982 John Carpenter masterpiece, The Thing.

I'm quite fond of some Lovecraft stories. Whisperer In Darkness, Shadow Over Innsmouth, Pickman's model and others.
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I must admit I haven't read/watched many of these (including "The Rats in the Walls"), but the story which has stuck to me the most so far is The House on the Borderland (1908), by William Hope Hodgson.
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I'm not sure every reader would put Roald Dahl's "William and Mary" into the horror genre, but I would.

Actually, there are a lot of Dahl's razor-sharp short stories — "Lamb to the Slaughter", "Man From the South", "Pig", etc., etc. — that do it for me, though the man himself was not, by all accounts, someone I'd have cared to know.

I do think highly of "The Call of Cthulhu" (by another author whom I don't care for as a person but admire as a writer). And Ramsey Campbell's "Cold Print" is, for me, the most unnerving of many, many excellent follow-ups expanding on HPL's universe.

Edit: Can't believe I missed out Dracula, which I re-read more or less every year and enjoy every time.
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I am Legend by Richard Matheson. The movie adaptations have fallen short with The Vincent Price film Last Man On Earth being closest to the source material.

Lovecraft's The Colour of Outer Space is a close second.
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Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
I tend to prefer the vocabulary and slower style of the classics.
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