Essential Reading List:

7 Short Stories You Should Read or Should Have Read


Last month, we presented you with 7 horror novels that either helped define the genre or presented excellent writing. This month, with the same criteria, Trembles wants you to enjoy 7 horror short stories that you should read or should have read. Has it been a long time since you’ve read any of the following? Or were for forced to read them for a literature class? Or maybe you never knew any of the following stories existed. Trust us, you should read or re-read them.

  1. “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe
  2. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
  3. “I Know What You Need” by Stephen King (from his collection, Night Shift.)
  4. “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  5. “The Rats in the Walls” by H.P. Lovecraft
  6. “The Book of Blood” by Clive Barker
  7. “The Willows” by Algernon Blackwood

In the next issue: 7 Independent Horror Novels