"In the Vault" is a short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft, written on September 18, 1925 and first published in the November 1925 issue of the amateur press journal Tryout.
"The Night They Crashed the Party" is a short story by American author, Robert Bloch, first published by Weird Tales Magazine in 1951. The story tells of a party, in which the guests, expecting to watch a televised wrestling match, are subjected to an unsettling and impromptu live broadcast.
"In the World's Dusk" is a short story by Edmond Hamilton. The story first surfaced in the March 1936 edition of Weird Tales magazine, and was described as follows: ?A gripping tale of the last survivor of the human race and his attempts to repopulate the world??
"What Is It?" is a work of flash fiction by the one-time Weird Tales author, Charles M. Morris. The story first appeared in the magazine in its January 1933 edition, and was described as follows: ?Retribution, swift and terrible, struck the man who had committed the sin of Cain??
"The Man Who Chained the Lightning" is a short story by the American author, Paul Ernst. It is the second story in Ernst's DOCTOR SATAN series (Weird Tales, September 1935).
"The Seeds from Outside" is a short story by Edmond Hamilton. First published in Weird Tales in March 1937, the magazine described the story as follows: ?A strange and curious weird-scientific fantasy about two beings that came to earth in a meteor.?
"The Way Home" is a short story by the obscure author, Paul Frederick Stern. In the author?s only published work, we learn of a man suffering from amnesia, wandering a city street after dark, soaked to the skin, searching for answers? First published in Weird Tales, November 1935.
"The Watcher at the Door" is a short story by Henry Kuttner. First published in Weird Tales in its May 1939 edition, the story concerns the horrible dreams of a man called Edward Keene.
"The Malignant Invader" is a short story by Frank Belknap Long. Lovecraftian in flavour, the story tells of a horrifying encounter with a strange creature from the bowels of the earth. First published in the January 1932 edition of Weird Tales.
"The Bed of Shadows" is a short story by the little-known author, Fred R. Farrow, Jr. Having debuted in the May 1929 edition of Weird Tales, the story asks: What lurked above the man in the bed?
"The Hollow Moon" is a work of horror/sci-fi by the great Everil Worrell. First appearing in Weird Tales in May 1939, it was given the following synopsis: ?A fascinating tale of a lunar vampire and strange icebergs in the Pacific Ocean.?
"Man in a Hurry" is a classic Weird Tale by Alan Nelson, having first appeared in the magazine in its May 1944 edition. "For 20 years the pudgy little man was always hurrying, as though to some appointment for which he was already late?"
The Impossible Adventure" is a short story by H. T. W. Bousfield. The work first appeared in Weird Tales in November 1940, and concerns a set of curious notes retrieved following the death of a man's uncle.
"The Seeking Thing" by Janet Hirsch, first appeared in the February 1964 edition of Robert A. W. Lowndes? Magazine of Horror. The story tells the account of a man who runs over something strange in the middle of the road.
"Fog Country" is a short story by the American author, Allison V. Harding. The work was first published by Weird Tales in its July 1945 edition, and tells of a peculiar mist that occasionally settles over a small, coastal town.
"The Treader in the Dust" is a short story by American author Clark Ashton Smith. The story introduces Quachil Uttaus and the Testament of Carnamagos to the Cthulhu Mythos, in relation to the tale of an unnamed character who obtains the forbidden tome from a sinister book-seller.
"Doctor Satan" is a short story by the American author, Paul Ernst. First appearing in Weird Tales in August 1935, the enigmatic Doctor Satan was described as ?the world's weirdest criminal?an immensely wealthy man, who has turned to crime to satisfy his longing for thrills.? There are 8 stories in the Doctor Satan series, with the titular character up against numerous challenges, pitted against his nemesis, the criminologist, Ascott Keane. This is the first story in the series.
"A Ghost Story" is a short story by the American writer Mark Twain. The tale is based upon the Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous hoaxes in United States history. It was a 10-foot-tall purported "petrified man" uncovered in 1869, by workers digging a well behind the barn of William C. "Stub" Newell in Cardiff, New York.
"Music of the Stars" is a Cthulhu Mythos story by the American author, Duane W. Rimel. The tale, which first appeared in The Acolyte in its Spring 1943 edition, tells of a musician who claims to have discovered an ancient and terrible form of music.
"The Sixth Tree" by Edith L. Stewart was first published in the May-June-July 1924 edition of Weird Tales Magazine, and was described as follows: ?This is a tale of the weirdest game that ever was played.?
"Lethe" is a short weird tale by the mysterious author, Harold G. Shane. Page 742 of the June 1936 edition of Weird Tales describes the story as follows: ?A bizarre little story about the strange fascination of an old oil painting.?
"They" is a short story by the American author, Robert Barbour Johnson. The story, which was published by Weird Tales in January 1936, tells of a curious horror in a remote canyon.
"A Visitor from Far Away" is a short story by the American author, Loretta Burrough. The story was published by Weird Tales in its February 1936 edition, and tells of the dreadful horror that hung over Mrs. Bowen for two decades.
"Murder in the Grave" is a short story by the American author, Edmond Hamilton. The story was published in Weird Tales in February 1935. The magazine described it as a story of a ?terrible ordeal? ? a night of terror ten feet below the surface of the ground.
"Return to Death" is a short story by the two-time Weird Tales contributor, J. Wesley Rosenquest. Appearing in the January 1936 edition of the magazine, the story was described as follows: ?A brief tale about the ghastly horror that befell the man in the coffin.?
"The Boat on the Beach" is a short story by Kadra Maysi, aka, Katherine Simons, of Charleston, South Carolina. The story first appeared in Weird Tales in December 1930, and was described as follows: "Strange was the woman who came down to the boat at night, and stranger still was the weird event that befell her."
"The Distortion Out of Space" is a cosmic horror story by Francis Flagg. Evidently a nod to Lovecraft?s COLOUR, the tale tells of a strange being that came from outer space in a meteoroid. It was first published in the August 1934 edition of Weird Tales Magazine.
"The Tree of Life" is a short story by the regular Weird Tales contributor, Paul Ernst. The story first appeared in the September 1930 edition of Weird Tales, and tells of a curious tree whose leaves could revivify a corpse.
"The Haunter of the Ring" is a Cthulhu Mythos story featuring the characters Conrad and Kirowan by Robert E. Howard. The story first emerged in Weird Tales in June 1934, and was described as follows: "A strange story of dark powers and occult evil."
"Dusk" is a short story by British writer, Saki. In another look at the darker side of human nature, the tale explores the concept of trust.
"The Chadbourne Episode" is a short story by the American writer, Henry S. Whitehead. It first appeared in the February 1933 edition of Weird Tales Magazine with the following description: ?A shuddery graveyard tale of ghastly shapes glimpsed in the moonlight, and little, reddish, half-gnawed bones scattered about the tomb in the Old Cemetery.?
"An Evening's Entertainment" is a short story from M. R. James' 1925 collection, A Warning to the Curious. The tale concerns a number of strange goings-on in an otherwise quiet, English village.
"It Walks by Night" is a classic weird tale by Henry Kuttner. It first appeared in Weird Tales in December 1936, and was described as follows: ?A blood-chilling narrative of a ghastly horror that stalked through the crypts beneath the old graveyard.?
"The Ocean Ogre" by American author Dana Carroll, first appeared in Weird Tales Magazine in July 1937. The story, told through a series of journal entries, tells of a ship stranded at sea, and of the stranger who came to its aid.
Written by American authors, H. P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald, "Out of the Aeons" focuses on a Boston museum that displays an ancient mummy recovered from a sunken island.
"The Boarded Window: An Incident in the Life of an Ohio Pioneer" is a short story by American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer Ambrose Bierce. It was first published in The San Francisco Examiner on April 12, 1891 and was reprinted the same year in Bierce's collection Tales of Soldiers and Civilians.
"The Wood of the Dead" is a short story by British author, Algernon Blackwood, included in the collection "The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories". In the story, a visitor to the West Country comes upon the ghost of an old man, whose appearance is an omen of death, which spells doom for the residents of a small mountain village.
"The Werewolf Snarls" is a short story by Manly Wade Wellman. The story appeared in Weird Tales in March 1937, with the synopsis: ?A brief story, with a breath of icy horror in it.?
"Outside the Door" is a short story by the British writer, E. F. Benson. The tale first surfaced in Benson?s 1912 collection, THE ROOM IN THE TOWER, and explores the intriguing and often worrying phenomenon of phantom footsteps heard at night.
"The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word "Nevermore". The poem makes use of a number of folk, mythological, religious, and classical references.
"The Oblong Box" was first published in the Dollar Newspaper, back in August 1844. Quite simply, the story tells of a sea voyage and a peculiar, pine box.
Taken from "The Abominations of Yondo", a collection of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories by author Clark Ashton Smith. It was released in 1960 and was the author's fourth collection of stories published by Arkham House.
"The Black Stone Statue" is a short story by Mary Elizabeth Counselman. It first appeared in Weird Tales Magazine in December 1937, described as "An amazing tale of weird sculpture?the story of a weird deception practised on the world by an obscure artist."
"Moxon's Master" is a short story by Ambrose Bierce. First published in the San Francisco Examiner in April 1899, the tale is notable in that it contains one of the first descriptions of a robot to be written in English Language literature. The story itself tells of an inventor, whose curious invention could have profound implications for humanity.
"The Challenge from Beyond" is a work of collaborative fiction by C. L. Moore, A. Merritt, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long. The tale describes the discovery a strange artefact - an unusual stone imbued with the power to transport its possessor to distant worlds.
"The Shadow from the Steeple" is a short story by American author, Robert Bloch, first published in 1950. It completes a series of tales started by Bloch in 1935 with The Shambler from the Stars, and continued by H. P. Lovecraft in 1936 with The Haunter of the Dark. The story concludes the mystery surrounding the "Shining Trapezohedron".
"The Jelly-Fish" is a short story by American author, David H. Keller. First appearing in Weird Tales in its January 1929 edition, the story tells of an obnoxious professor and a wild experiment under the microscope.
"Ghouls of the Sea" is a rare weird tale by the American author, J. B. S. Fullilove. Appearing in the March 1934 edition of Weird Tales, the story asks what it was that came up out of the sea, spreading death aboard the freighter "Kay Marie".
"Grotesquerie" is a short story by the little-known author, Harold Lawlor. First appearing in Weird Tales in its November 1950 edition, the story was described by the magazine as follows: ?The inmates of the house scuttled away in the purposely kept dimly lighted halls; the latest comer was never seen about at all.?
"Seedling of Mars", which explores the idea of Martian canals being much more than mere waterways, was first published as THE PLANET ENTITY in the Fall 1931 edition of Wonder Stories Quarterly. The story was the result of an Interplanetary Plot Contest, in which readers of Wonder Stories were invited to outline plots for established authors to develop.