I’ve created a short list of many of my favourite works of short horror and weird fiction over at the Quietus website for Haloween.
Baker’s Dozen here
It was a real hard task to get this list down to thirteen stories, and I’ve tried to reflect a range of voices, styles and approaches, but I would be deeply remiss if I didn’t include a list of notable publications and authors for further reading. As a good entry point into the scene, I highly recommend Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year annual series, and Undertow Press’s Year’s Best Weird annual series. A subscription to Black Static is something you won’t regret either. For other good multi-author collections, I thought A Book of Horrors and Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth, both edited by Stephen Jones were filled with treasures, as is Black Wings 1 edited by S.T Joshi.
As well as the author’s in this Baker’s Dozen, I’d liked to have included something by all of the authors that follow, but thirteen is thirteen, and lists are a near impossible task and only intended here as an introduction and guide.Anyway, please also consider:
Ted E. Grau (The Nameless Dark); Richard Gavin (Altar of Fear); V.H Leslie (Skein and Bone); Simon Strantzas (Burned Black Suns); Scott Nicolay (Ana Kai Tangata); Michael Griffin (The Lure of Devouring Light); Matthew Bartlett (Gateways to Abomination and Creeping Waves); Robert Shearman (Remember Why You Fear Me); Paul Meloy (Islington Crocodiles); Ray Cluley (Probably Monsters); Gary Fry (What They Find in the Woods), Gary McMahon (Where You Live), Dale Bailey (The End of the End of Everything); Christopher Slatsky (Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales); Gemma Files (Experimental Film – a novel); amd works by Alison Moore, John Howard, Stephen Volk, Mark Valentine, Daniel Mills, Brian Evenson, Mark Samuels, Justin Isis, Paul Tremblay, S. P. Miskowski, Rhys Hughes, Livia Lewellyn, Quentin Crisp …
The list just goes on, while still limited by what I have read. But if this end of the horror spectrum rings your bell, it is also worth scouring the catalogues and signing up for the newsletters of PS Publishing, Undertow, Word Horde, Tartarus, Swan River Press, Egaeus, Dim Shores, Dunhams Manor Press, Hippocampus, Small Beer Press, and Coffee House Press among others.