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25 Must-Read Horror Collections and Anthologies

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Not only do authors have less time to ratchet up the terror, but there are also fewer

A novel might have any number of scares, but short horror stories must limit themselves to a

With that in mind, I’ve picked out 25 must-read horror collections and anthologies that will have you

You’ll find something to love below, no matter what kind of horror you’re in the

In 2001, Linda Addison became the first African American to win the Bram Stoker Award with Consumed, Reduced

Addison has since won the Horror Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and published four more Stoker

Focusing on “demons in the most unlikely people…and places,” How to Recognize a Demon Has Become

Literature has a problem with fat people, from Jane Austen’s digs at the Musgroves in Persuasion

” Nico Bell and Sonora Taylor’s 2022 anthology of fat-positive horror tales flips the script on the problems

Sometimes bleak, sometimes gruesome, sometimes shocking, the 11 stories in Chesya Burke’s 2011 collection revolve around knowledge — specifically,

This is creeping, unsettling-to-the-bone horror at its finest

Angela Carter’s prize-winning classic turns a feminist eye toward your favorite fairy tales

) Here, Carter remixes “Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” and more

Best of all for horror aficionados, these fables are gruesome enough to make the Brothers Grimm proud

From the author of The Queen of the Cicadas and Goddess of Filth comes this “short story

No list of must-read horror collections and anthologies could possibly be complete without The King in Yellow

All three Gracetown stories take place in a tiny Florida town of the same name, the kind

But all is not as it seems in Gracetown, and the Florida sunshine belies the horror that

I recommend the title story in this collection every chance I get

The specter of unthinkable violence shadows many imaginations

If you’re a fan of magical realism, make this your next horror read

Brian Evenson’s 2019 collection contains more than 20 horror stories, many of them incredibly brief

You can’t attribute any of the scares in this anthology from Dark Matter Magazine to the

Today, Gabino Iglesias is best known for his 2022 novel, The Devil Takes You Home, but please don’

The nine stories in Shiver are Things You Can’t Unsee-levels of grotesque, but it’s the

After the success of The Only Good Indians and My Heart Is a Chainsaw, horror fans are

Nominated for both the Stoker and the Shirley Jackson Award, After the People Lights Have Gone Off

What does it mean to fear “the other”? That’s the question at the heart of this

Addison, Tananarive Due, Gabino Iglesias, and Stephen Graham Jones

If “The Girl with the Green Ribbon” really freaked you out as a kid, you’re going

For fans of Law and Order: SVU, there’s “Especially Heinous”: a reimagining of Benson and Stabler

Plenty of authors are still writing weird fiction today, but the VanderMeers have been instrumental in introducing

Although there are too many writers of the weird to fit into any single anthology, readers looking

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