7 best short stories: Halloween

7 best short stories: Halloween

by M. R. JamesLafcadio Hearn W.W. Jacobs and others

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 04/06/2019


Halloween is time for 'trick or treat' and scary readings. Check out the selection of seven tales of horror by the critic August Nemo: The Monkey's Paw By W. W. Jacobs 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' By M. R. James Yuki-Onna By Lafcadio Hearn The Terrible Old Man by H. P. Lovecraft The Black Cat By Edgar Allan Poe Lazarus By Leonid Andreyev The Death of Halpin Frayser By Ambrose Bierce

Historical romance
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M. R. James

Montague Rhodes James was born on 1 August 1862 near Bury St Edmunds, though he spent long periods of his later life in Suffolk, which provided the setting for many of his ghost stories. He studied at Eton and Kings College, Cambridge, where he was eventually elected Fellow, and then made Provost in 1905. In 1918 he became Provost of Eton.

He was a renowed medievalist and biblical scholar, and published works on palaeography, antiquarianism, bibliography and history, guides to Suffolk and Norfolk, as well as editing a collection of ghost stories by Sheridan Le Fanu.

However, he remains best known for his own ghost stories, which were published in several collections including Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), A Thin Ghost and Other Stories (1919), A Warning to the Curious (1925) and a collected edition in 1931. M. R. James never married and died on 12 June 1936.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is one of America's greatest and best-loved writers.

Known as the father of the detective story, Poe is perhaps most famous for his short stories particularly his shrewd mysteries and chilling, often grotesque tales of horror he was also an extremely accomplished poet and a tough literary critic.

Poe's life was not far removed from the drama of his fiction. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by a foster family. As a young man, he developed problems with gambling, debts, and alcohol, and was even dismissed from the army.

His love life was marked by tragedy and heartbreak. Despite these difficulties, Poe produced many works now considered essential to the American literary canon.

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