Thanks to Edgar Allan Poe, Honore de Balzac, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others, the half century from 1800-1849 is the cradle of all modern horror short stories. Andrew Barger, the editor of this book as well as "Edgar Allan Poe Annotated and Illustrated Entire Stories and Poems," read over 300 horror short stories to compile the 12 best.
At the back of the book he includes a list of all horror short stories he considered along with their dates of publication and author, when available. He even includes background for each of the stories, author photos and annotations for difficult terminology. A number of the stories were published in leading periodicals of the day such as Blackwood's and Atkinson's Casket. Read The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849 today!
Andrew Barger's latest fiction is The Divine Dantes trilogy. The first book in the series follows the characters of Dante’s “The Inferno” in a messed-up modern world. Andrew is also the award winning author of Coffee with Poe: A Novel of Edgar Allan Poe’s Life. Mailboxes – Mansions – Memphistopheles is his first short story collection. The later was a finalist in the International Book Awards short story collection category. He is also the editor of a number of other books, including Mesaerion: The Best Science Fiction Stories 1800-1849, BlooDeath: The Best Vampire Stories 1800-1849 and Edgar Allan Poe Annotated and Illustrated Entire Stories and Poems. He is recognized for his scholarly and creative writing.
A film crew tracks a creature in the forest—or is it tracking them…? A producer sells his soul for the rights to a comic book, but the deal isn’t what it seems… The hideous secret to an mega-star’s fame lies in the bottom of his hot tub… An actress buys a smartphone and gets far more than she bargained for… A reality TV show pushes contestants to insane limits… A Hollywood movie palace worker gets trapped in a ghostly nightmare…
Take a behind the screams tour into the dark heart of show business and see the cast of bloodthirsty monsters, power-mad directors, starving zombies, deal-making demons and more horrific creatures tear up the screen! Buy your ticket, bloody the popcorn, and settle into your seat—and don’t forget to turn off your Hell phone…
FANGORIA MAGAZINE REVIEW
"This book is not just your basic horror stories. This is extreme shit...Edited by Cheryl Mullenax, VILE THINGS: EXTREME DEVIATIONS OF HORROR is not for the light horror fan. The stories are not just extreme horror, but also extreme gore and sex…a triple threat of fun in my eyes...This book is a definite for any extreme horror fan. Full of terror, sex, and gore, I don’t recommend this for the faint of heart or for a light read at a beauty salon."
MONSTER LIBRARIAN REVIEW
"Vile Things is one of the stronger horror anthologies I have come across in some time... I would say that while there are definitely some stronger and gorier stories in this collection than in other horror anthologies, Vile Things offers some excellent horror tales and is highly recommended for public libraries."
RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE REVIEW
"The most striking fiction is often rooted directly in reality, and this is especially true for the stories found in Vile Things. Most of these tales, collected by editor Cheryl Mullenax, begin with plausible, everyday situations and then darken quickly to trap the reader in twisted supernatural plotlines that teem with the imagination's most repulsive creations, including parasitic mutations, a spate of festering fungal rashes and many other rancid and, well, vile things...But dismembered members aside, there are no cheap gross-outs here; even though the focus is clearly on the vile and unpalatable these don't feel like stories that were written with the sole purpose of being labeled "extreme horror" or to merely revel in their graphic, gory descriptions. Simply put, Vile Things is every deviant horror fan's wet dream."
DAGON, by H.P. Lovecraft
THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, by Robert E. Howard
MOTHER OF PEARL, by Fitz-James O'Brien
THE WALKING DEAD, by E. Hoffmann Price
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SHOUT ABOUT IT, by Darrell Schweitzer
THE STORY OF MING-Y, by Lafcadio Hearn
BY MOONLIGHT, by John Gregory Betancourt
THE GATEWAY OF THE MONSTER, by William Hope Hodgson
CANON ALBERIC'S SCRAP-BOOK, by M.R. James
DRACULA'S GUEST, by Bram Stoker
THE MAN WHO FOUND OUT, by Algernon Blackwood
PHANTAS, by Oliver Onions
FEAR, by Achmed Abdullah
LUCIFER, by John D. Swain
PENNIES FROM HELL, by Darrell Schweitzer
THE HOUND, by H. P. Lovecraft
THE DUKE OF DEMOLITION GOES TO HELL, by John Gregory Betancourt
JUKE-BOX, by Henry Kuttner
THE MUMMY'S FOOT, by Theophile Gautier
PIT OF MADNESS, by E. Hoffmann Price
THE GHOST OF TOWNELEY TOWERS, by Seabury Quinn
SMALL WORLD, by William F. Nolan
THE BELL IN THE FOG, by Gertrude Atherton
THE CORPSE ON THE GRATING, by Hugh B. Cave
THE MAN WHO COLLECTED KNIVES, by John Gregory Betancourt
And don't forget to check out all the other volumes in the "Megapack" series! Search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see the complete list...covering mysteries, adventure, ghost stories, science fiction, westerns, and much, much more!
Many of us grew up on The Pan Book of Horror Stories and its later incarnations, Dark Voices and Dark Terrors (The Gollancz Book of Horror), which won the World Fantasy Award, the Horror Critics' Guild Award and the British Fantasy Award, but for a decade or more there has been no non-themed anthology of original horror fiction published in the mainstream. Now that horror has returned to the bookshelves, it is time for a regular anthology of brand-new fiction by the best and brightest in the field, both the Big Names and the most talented newcomers including:
- Ramsey Campbell
- Peter Crowther
- Dennis Etchison
- Elizabeth Hand
- Brian Hodge
- Caitlin R. Kiernan
- Stephen King
- John Ajvide Lindqvist
- Richard Christian Matheson
- Reggie Oliver
- Robert Shearman
- Angela Slatter
- Michael Marshall Smith
- Lisa Tuttle
A Book of Horrors will be the foremost in the field: an eclectic collection of the very best chiller fiction from across the world.