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Hours of great reading await with tales from some of the 20th century's most renowned horror & dark fantasy authors: DAGON, by H.P. Lovecraft THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, by Robert E. Howard MOTHER OF PEARL, by Fitz-James O’Brien THE WALKING DEAD, by E. Hoffmann Price SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SHOUT ABOUT IT, by Darrell Schweitzer THE STORY OF MING-Y, by Lafcadio Hearn BY MOONLIGHT, Hours of great reading await with tales from some of the 20th century's most renowned horror & dark fantasy authors: DAGON, by H.P. Lovecraft THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, by Robert E. Howard MOTHER OF PEARL, by Fitz-James O’Brien THE WALKING DEAD, by E. Hoffmann Price SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SHOUT ABOUT IT, by Darrell Schweitzer THE STORY OF MING-Y, by Lafcadio Hearn BY MOONLIGHT, by John Gregory Betancourt THE GATEWAY OF THE MONSTER, by William Hope Hodgson CANON ALBERIC’S SCRAP-BOOK, by M.R. James DRACULA’S GUEST, by Bram Stoker THE MAN WHO FOUND OUT, by Algernon Blackwood PHANTAS, by Oliver Onions FEAR, by Achmed Abdullah LUCIFER, by John D. Swain PENNIES FROM HELL, by Darrell Schweitzer THE HOUND, by H.P. Lovecraft THE DUKE OF DEMOLITION GOES TO HELL, by John Gregory Betancourt JUKE-BOX, by Henry Kuttner THE MUMMY’S FOOT, by Théophile Gautier PIT OF MADNESS, by E. Hoffmann Price THE GHOST OF TOWNELEY TOWERS, by Seabury Quinn SMALL WORLD, by William F. Nolan THE BELL IN THE FOG, by Gertrude Atherton THE CORPSE ON THE GRATING, by Hugh B. Cave THE MAN WHO COLLECTED KNIVES, by John Gregory Betancourt


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Hours of great reading await with tales from some of the 20th century's most renowned horror & dark fantasy authors: DAGON, by H.P. Lovecraft THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, by Robert E. Howard MOTHER OF PEARL, by Fitz-James O’Brien THE WALKING DEAD, by E. Hoffmann Price SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SHOUT ABOUT IT, by Darrell Schweitzer THE STORY OF MING-Y, by Lafcadio Hearn BY MOONLIGHT, Hours of great reading await with tales from some of the 20th century's most renowned horror & dark fantasy authors: DAGON, by H.P. Lovecraft THE CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT, by Robert E. Howard MOTHER OF PEARL, by Fitz-James O’Brien THE WALKING DEAD, by E. Hoffmann Price SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SHOUT ABOUT IT, by Darrell Schweitzer THE STORY OF MING-Y, by Lafcadio Hearn BY MOONLIGHT, by John Gregory Betancourt THE GATEWAY OF THE MONSTER, by William Hope Hodgson CANON ALBERIC’S SCRAP-BOOK, by M.R. James DRACULA’S GUEST, by Bram Stoker THE MAN WHO FOUND OUT, by Algernon Blackwood PHANTAS, by Oliver Onions FEAR, by Achmed Abdullah LUCIFER, by John D. Swain PENNIES FROM HELL, by Darrell Schweitzer THE HOUND, by H.P. Lovecraft THE DUKE OF DEMOLITION GOES TO HELL, by John Gregory Betancourt JUKE-BOX, by Henry Kuttner THE MUMMY’S FOOT, by Théophile Gautier PIT OF MADNESS, by E. Hoffmann Price THE GHOST OF TOWNELEY TOWERS, by Seabury Quinn SMALL WORLD, by William F. Nolan THE BELL IN THE FOG, by Gertrude Atherton THE CORPSE ON THE GRATING, by Hugh B. Cave THE MAN WHO COLLECTED KNIVES, by John Gregory Betancourt

30 review for The Horror Megapack: 25 Classic and Modern Horror Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    This collection was more like a bunch of racist, sexist stories than horror. I had a really difficult time making my way through this book because it was so offensive. In one of the stories, the "monsters" were literally Asian people, and in another story the author could not stop describing women's breasts repeatedly and failing in his imagination and vocabulary to say anything other than they were "firm" over and over. The large majority of the authors were white men, and it really shows. There This collection was more like a bunch of racist, sexist stories than horror. I had a really difficult time making my way through this book because it was so offensive. In one of the stories, the "monsters" were literally Asian people, and in another story the author could not stop describing women's breasts repeatedly and failing in his imagination and vocabulary to say anything other than they were "firm" over and over. The large majority of the authors were white men, and it really shows. There were basically no female characters that had any depth or weren't there just for decoration or to be ravaged and saved. With regards to people of color, they were either exoticized or portrayed as simple, backwards, and - the age old - "savage" people. Many of the "horrors" were really just amplifications of how white men wrongly viewed other cultures (i.e. "primitives" in the African jungle, "mystique" of ancient Egyptians, the "demonic" look of "Mongoloid" people). I'm glad I read this so that I personally learned how biased and discriminatory (horror) writers used to be. Modern literature still isn't perfect but it sure is better than this. 2 stars because there were a few stories that I did enjoy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Davor Krajcer-Vitez

    Like every horror anthology, some great short stories, some boring fillers. In all, good anthology collection.

  3. 4 out of 5

    GracieKat

    Generally Good A generally good megapack although not all to my taste and some I honestly wondered if they had been included just because of the name. Here is my story by story review: Dagon- 4 Stars : I love Lovecraft's stories and this is one of his good ones. Short and eerie. The Children of the Night- 2 Stars: Started off with promise with a minor wink, wink, nudge, nudge reference to Lovecraft by the author Robert E. Howard. But it devolved rather quickly into more of an action adventure stor Generally Good A generally good megapack although not all to my taste and some I honestly wondered if they had been included just because of the name. Here is my story by story review: Dagon- 4 Stars : I love Lovecraft's stories and this is one of his good ones. Short and eerie. The Children of the Night- 2 Stars: Started off with promise with a minor wink, wink, nudge, nudge reference to Lovecraft by the author Robert E. Howard. But it devolved rather quickly into more of an action adventure story that strays away from horror. Mother of Pearl- 4 Stars: It starts off a little slow but packs a wallop of an ending that is slightly diminished by the ending paragraph which, frankly, seems out of place to me. The Walking Dead- 3 Stars: Without even checking the publication date you can easily tell this story comes from the heyday of Adventure pulps when men were tough, rugged and ready for action (of whatever kind) and women were scantily clad damsels in need of rescue and/or ravishment. Very amusing if you can look past its non-PC faults. But not very spine tingling. Sometimes You Have to Shout About It- 2 Stars: Meh. Just not very interesting to me. The Story of Ming-Y- I honestly didn't read this one because I have it in a collection of Lafcadio Hearn and I wanted to read it all together. By Moonlight- 4 Stars: A bit of a different take on a vampire story. I would give a spoiler warning but it's pretty clear what he is right away. I liked the twist at the end. The Gateway of the Monster- 4 Stars: I love the Carnacki series by William Hope Hodgson and only wish there were more of them. Canon Alberic's Scrapbook- 4 Stars: Another great classic by a master, M.R. James. I have to wonder though, with this same story in the Second Ghost Story Megapack, why they didn't choose another. There are plenty of good ones to choose from. Dracula's Guest- 3 Stars: This is supposed to be an excised chapter from Dracula but it works well as a stand-alone short story. The Man Who Found Out- 2 Stars bordering on 3: It starts out great and seems to be building to a great climax when...nothing. Perhaps Blackwood couldn't think of anything horrible enough and decided to leave it vague but it seems to be a bit of a cheat. Phantas- 4 Stars: I'm not overly fond of Oliver Onions' stories but this one I really like. Particularly the revelation at the end. Fear- 2 1/2 Stars: Is a very good suspense builder and keeps the pace moving along briskly. I just couldn't really care about the character and really thought he got what he deserved. Lucifer- 2: Just ok Pennies from Hell- 3 Stars: Will certainly make you think of picking up loose change! The Hound- 4 Stars: Another by Lovecraft and another I've always liked. I've always had a fondness for spectral hounds (from Hell or otherwise) The Duke of Demolition Goes to Hell- 4 Stars: A different take on Hell that I really liked. I thought it was very creative. I don't know if the story could be stretched to novella length but I would read it if it were. Juke Box- 1 Star: It starts out ok but the ending tanks it. The Mummy's Foot- 3 Stars: More fantasy than horror and rather odd at that but still enjoyable. Pit of Madness- 1 Star: I honestly think some of these were chosen based off the title alone. Very little horror but in typical E. Hoffman Price fashion plenty of brawling and sex. The Ghost of Towneley Towers- 1 Star: Was interesting at first but the mundane creeps in pretty early. And honestly, I have a pretty high tolerance for older stories being not PC, I try to look past it because the times were different then but this story... His pretty blond ward feels it's necessary to praise him with every other breath, especially in the clue finding department. Think a prettier, more obsequious Watson with a weird pidgin language and you've got her. I also think the two characters must be part of a larger series of stories because it felt like being plunked down into the middle of their story. A Small World- 3 Stars: A decent end-of-the-world story with a nice twist at the end. The Bell in the Fog-1 Star: Ok, this story was creepy but not in a horror vein. This main character was way too obsessed with two paintings of small children and very creepy when he actually meets a girl that resembles the painting. There's nothing really untoward exactly but it gave me the creeps. Maybe it's my more modern mind coloring it with modern perceptions but to me it was weird that he has her live wholly with him, sends the mother to the theater and trips so he can have her to himself. And the part near the end really irked me. Apparently to him it's acceptable to lay a guilt trip on a young girl. The Corpse on the Grating- 2 Stars: A slow zombie-ish story. It was ok. The Man Who Collected Knives- 3 Stars: Pretty decent story. Certainly an interesting take on a hobby! Well, thank you for reading this very long review and my summation is you can't beat the price.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ana-Maria Bujor

    I normally really like reading short story compilations - if they have horror or supernatural elements, then it's even better! However, this one was probably the weakest I've read - the ones that were bad were pretty bad (especially those with the big macho man saving the mostly nude girl from a stereotypical danger). There was no suspense and the characters were boring. Others had interesting settings, such as the one with the lone girl that needs to sleep outside because of her family's activi I normally really like reading short story compilations - if they have horror or supernatural elements, then it's even better! However, this one was probably the weakest I've read - the ones that were bad were pretty bad (especially those with the big macho man saving the mostly nude girl from a stereotypical danger). There was no suspense and the characters were boring. Others had interesting settings, such as the one with the lone girl that needs to sleep outside because of her family's activities. Some had interesting twists and the one with the ghost that slammed doors really built up the tension. So all in all it was a decent red in spite of the fact that the first stories almost made me give up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tim Petersik

    This was surprisingly enjoyable and entertaining. Most collections like this have their share of losers, but I'm glad I read each and every one of these. Some were by pretty well-known authors too. I'd recommend getting it and taking your time with it. No rush. Even the longest of the stories can probably be finished in an hour or so. This was surprisingly enjoyable and entertaining. Most collections like this have their share of losers, but I'm glad I read each and every one of these. Some were by pretty well-known authors too. I'd recommend getting it and taking your time with it. No rush. Even the longest of the stories can probably be finished in an hour or so.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Frank Barich

    A nice collection of old Pulp with a dash of Modern horror.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Renee Bidal

    Meh..

  8. 5 out of 5

    Crissy

    Excellent collection of horror with just enough scifi, mystery and murder for variety. Several classic authors -- Stoker, Lovecraft, Blackwood, Price, etc. -- to maintain a high level of style.

  9. 4 out of 5

    hotel romeo

  10. 5 out of 5

    UglyOldBat(in Outsize Specs)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gábor Török

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tokkan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Blanca E. Galvan

  14. 4 out of 5

    C

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marina

  16. 4 out of 5

    John

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark J Kettlewell

  18. 4 out of 5

    j rees

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rob Bruce

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Snead

  21. 4 out of 5

    graham lundegaard

  22. 5 out of 5

    JLasketty

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emmilee Fromm

  24. 5 out of 5

    Albert

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Harnett

  26. 4 out of 5

    Atmosfear787

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Mack

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Shull

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erik

  30. 5 out of 5

    James McCarthy

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