While at the library over the weekend I stumbled upon this little forgotten gem, Gallery of Horror from 1983. It contains twenty stories from, as it puts it, “modern masters of dread.” Over the week leading to Halloween I’m going to review one of these spooky stories each day. The question is, which stories do I read? I’m only going to review seven, but there are twenty total…
There are three authors I’m leaning towards, but that still leaves four. Here’s the complete list:
Something Nasty by William F. Nolan
Canavan’s Back Yard by Joseph Payne Brennan
The Conqueror Worm by Stephen R. Donaldson
Death to the Easter Bunny! by Alan Ryan
The Rubber Room by Robert Bloch
Petey by T.E.D. Klein
Out of Sorts by Bernard Taylor
The Sunshine Club by Ramsey Campbell
Down Among the Dead Men by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann
The Crazy Chinaman by John Coyne
Gravid Babies by Michael Bishop
The Chair by Dennis Etchison
The Typewriter by David Morrell*
Nunc Dimittis by Tanith Lee*
Derelicts by Steve Rasnic Tem
In Darkness, Angels by Eric Van Lustbader
The Arrows by Chelsea Quinn Yarbo
Talent by Theodore Sturgeon
Aim for the Heart by Craig Shaw Gardner
Nona by Stephen King*
Several of these authors are familiar but there are many I’ve never heard of at all. I’m curious where they are now, what they are doing. Are they still writing? Also, how will these stories compare to contemporary horror fiction? I could have picked something more recent to read but sometimes it’s refreshing to take a different direction — not follow the crowd.
Now I need your help to decide which stories I should read. You can pick 3 of your top choices and on October 22nd I will go with the top 7 in order of votes.
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I haven’t heard of most of these authors, but can I vote based on title? 😉
Amanda Makepeace said:
Definitely! Sometimes that’s best part. Luck of the draw!
Done! Looking forward to the reviews.