Look, please PLEASE don't list the other Robert Bloch's I should've listed here. "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper", "Sweets to the Sweet", etc. The man's a master. I picked the one I liked the best. There are others -- probably better, probably worse. You should...

Michael Motherfucking Shea. I know there are Stephen King, Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison and Richard Matheson fans. And they deserve 'em, 'cuz they're all so good. But Michael Shea is, in my opinion, the best horror/fantasy writer working today. It helps that he's...

Arthur Machen is an acquired taste, and I'm still in the process of acquiring it. But I can tell it'll be worth it. Anyone who's read SUPERNATURAL HORROR IN LITERATURE by H.P. Lovecraft knows that the mere descriptions of Machen's stories are scarier than most fully...

We're in the final stretch here, so I'm going to try to pick the heavy-hitters. This one, by Algernon Blackwood (I was so close to choosing "The Wendigo"!) kicks off our run up to Halloween. H.P. Lovecraft thought this was the most perfect expression of mood...

F. Marion Crawford wrote this -- the bloated, bloviating cousin to Ambrose Bierce's super-short "The Boarded Window". While Bierce's tale genially strolls up to a sucker-punch ending, Crawford's little number is packed through with creepiness, horror, and fright. And then...

Ambrose Bierce. His "An Inhabitant of Carcosa" got H.P. Lovecraft's blood a-boiling. Being the Ramones to the whole Cthulhu Mythos alone gets him on this list. But, again, he's got so many to choose from. Fuck it, I'm choosing this. And all because of the last...

Michael Reaves has a weird resume. He wrote on cartoons like THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, and he also penned this mutant hybrid love-and-horror story. It's about a changeling. You know, like when a human baby gets switched with a...