Spooky woods, haunted houses, strange neighbors that seem to be in a weird cult worshiping an elder god? SIGN ME UP. The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror gathers some of the creepiest tales of the world’s thin places. There is a healthy blend of older stories by writers like Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft, and M.R. James, but also work by newer authors like Ramsey Campbell, Alison Littlewood, and Kim Newman.
For those not familiar with the concept of folk horror, it is an archetype of horror fiction that includes things like standing stone circles, restless spirits traveling across the moors, legendary creatures in darkened pools, unwary travelers who soon discover that they are somewhere they are definitely not safe from the mysterious locals. If you love atmospheric horror, The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror is fantastic.
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