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These horror stories -- never before compiled in one volume -- are carefully crafted, compelling and believable. Written in about the same decade as the Sherlock Holmes series, they will convince you that Arthur Conan Doyle was a master of more than just the detective story.


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These horror stories -- never before compiled in one volume -- are carefully crafted, compelling and believable. Written in about the same decade as the Sherlock Holmes series, they will convince you that Arthur Conan Doyle was a master of more than just the detective story.

30 review for Best Horror Stories of Arthur Conan Doyle

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Margarita

    Every story submerges you to it's own word. They are not necesarily "horror" per se, but they are worth reading, nevertheless.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Veysel

    - Stanley, sen ölüsün! - Bana doğru, o aynı eski nazik ve efkarlı gülümsemesiyle baktı: - Sen de öyle!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Teo

    This was my first venture into Conan Doyle's horror yarns. While in Sherlock Holmes he created a truly unique character, his horror stories are far less distinctive - which is not to say they aren't worth reading. Conan Doyle's prose is fabulous yet again, retaining that special stylistic flair no matter the subject. Being a man of truly many talents (skiing, alpinism, aviation, sailing, whaling, etc.) the setting of each tale varies widely: one takes place on a whaling ship stuck in the icy Pole This was my first venture into Conan Doyle's horror yarns. While in Sherlock Holmes he created a truly unique character, his horror stories are far less distinctive - which is not to say they aren't worth reading. Conan Doyle's prose is fabulous yet again, retaining that special stylistic flair no matter the subject. Being a man of truly many talents (skiing, alpinism, aviation, sailing, whaling, etc.) the setting of each tale varies widely: one takes place on a whaling ship stuck in the icy Pole, another features a pilot encountering a terror of the heights, yet the next has medical students dealing with mummies... All these fields were familiar to Conan Doyle, and due to his first-hand knowledge, there's a discernible degree of authenticity in his writing. However, do consider the following... The plots themselves, on the other hand, are always predictable. This is not detective fiction. Those who like a mystery shall be greatly disappointed, since you can guess all the "twists" almost from the get go. The proceedings in these yarns are rather simplistic, sometimes to the point of absurdity (when viewed with contemporary eyes). Instead, what carries them is the undeniable strength of Conan Doyle's prose. To conclude, if you like the classic horror literature from the 19th and early 20th century, you should give this collection a look. It just so happens I not only like that period, but love it, so I probably enjoyed it a bit more than I objectively should've had.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Allan Krummenacker

    Known best for his beloved Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was extremely gifted in his other writings as well. This collection of some of his short horror stories is as brilliant as it is varied. From mummies, to funnels to stripes and to a terrifying flight in up into the heights, his brilliant style leaves the reader begging for more. Each story in this collection is unique and the terror that we are introduced is different from the previous one. His skill in bringing suspense and horro Known best for his beloved Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was extremely gifted in his other writings as well. This collection of some of his short horror stories is as brilliant as it is varied. From mummies, to funnels to stripes and to a terrifying flight in up into the heights, his brilliant style leaves the reader begging for more. Each story in this collection is unique and the terror that we are introduced is different from the previous one. His skill in bringing suspense and horror is as exciting and surprising as his stories with Holmes. Of this collection the two that stand out to me are the "Horror in the Heights" which has an almost Lovecraftian feel, and "The Striped Chest" which is a brilliant locked-door horror/mystery. I strongly recommend this collection to any fan of Mr. Doyle.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I've always been a fan o Sherlock Holmes and decided to try this book of his other writings. I honestly didn't finish it because it seemed that many of the stories were occult based. There were several that were passable however, and these included Case of Lady Sannox, Fiend of the Cooperage and J Habakuk Jephson's Statement. Terror of the Heights is cleverly done, but reading it a century later its more comedy than horror. Wouldn't recommend, but those 4 stories are ok.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Schwartz

    Honestly, for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, these stories were generally rather predictable. Scary, entertaining, intriguing, yes... but also predictable. Still recommended, just don't expect Sherlock Holmes-level of complexity.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ange

    Think I going to like it. Did like it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James Hold

    Incredible that Doyle could write great stuff like this and at the same time turn out that awful Challenger rubbish.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nadya

    aahhhh... kumcer yang kereeeennnnnnn!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Barrett

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro Rojo

  12. 5 out of 5

    Irene Núñez

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Cox

  14. 4 out of 5

    Russell Brennan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Manuel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael Altman

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Ashworth

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Troy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vaginalvoodoo

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brad

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

  22. 4 out of 5

    Raul

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leah

  24. 4 out of 5

    AC.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lê Vân

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ruthy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Florencia Ascanio

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fauzan

  30. 5 out of 5

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