Horror and Mystery: Short Story Collections

Are you looking for something spooky or mysterious to read, but don't have time for a whole book? Dip into one of these short story anthologies.

San Francisco NoirSan Francisco Noir
edited by Peter Maravelis

The stories in this anthology are all set in or concern San Francisco.  If you're interested in stories from another city, check out Akashic's other City Noir anthologies.


A Study in Sherlock: Stories inspired by the Holmes CanonA Study in Sherlock
edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

This recent anthology features stories by popular mystery writers such as S.J. Rozan, Charles Todd, Lee Child, Neil Gaiman, and more, paying homage to literature's most famous detective.


The Weird : a Compendium of Strange and Dark StoriesWeird and dark stories
edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

This huge anthology features classic and contemporary stories in the horror/fantasy genres.  Authors like Franz Kafka, William Gibson, and Stephen King come together for a wonderfully weird experience.


The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft
by Howard Phillips Lovecraft ; edited with a foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger ; introduction by Alan Moore

Before Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Neil Gaiman, there was H.P. Lovecraft.  His bizarre, twisted universe comes alive in these classic stories.

Crimes by Moonlight : Mysteries From the Dark SideCrimes by moonlight
edited by Charlaine Harris

This anthology by an assortment of popular mystery writers features mystery stories with a paranormal bent.  Edited by Charlaine Harris--creator of the Sookie Stackhouse series.



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