Classic Tales of Horror Collection

Classic Horror Tales and Other Disturbing StoriesClassic Horror Tales and Other Disturbing Stories by Editors of Thunder Bay Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The edition I purchased actually has 864 pages, not 700. Not sure why there’s the discrepancy since I searched Goodreads for it by ISBN, but hey! An extra 164 pages of horror stories is a bonus in my books.

These are mainly public domain stories from authors who have been dead for a while, but speaking as someone who isn’t super-familiar with the genre, I thought there was an excellent mix of well known classics (Edgar Allan Poe, HP Lovecraft, and Bram Stoker) with stories I’d never heard of from authors whom I wasn’t aware wrote horror, like Edith Wharton and Charles Dickens. There’s also a broad span of levels of creepiness, some gruesome stories mixed in with milder thrillers for people whose tolerance level is a little lower. Nothing that’s seriously gory here.

Also be aware that since these stories hail from the 18 – 1900s, there’s some racism and sexism. Again, there’s lots of different authors so there’s a range of good examples and bad, and if one story is rubbing you the wrong way the next one will almost certainly be better.

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