Extra thanks to Marissa for starting us on this topic -- she posted her top ten horror novels last week, which got me thinking as to my own list. Now, I've spent the majority of my life reading murder mystery novels, so I can't really name 10 horror novels that would fill this list, but I've read quite a bunch of short stories that have gotten into me and my psyche so here goes!
7) Dorothy Sayers' Suspicion (short story): this is more of a tale of suspense, but the last line always gives me goosebumps!
6) The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs (short story): classic, just classic. The pacing and the suspense at the end is priceless.
4) There's a short story out there that I read like 20 years ago, it was in an anthology, about a man who takes his daughter to a carnival and is watching her ride the ferris wheel, around and around, until -- her cart is empty!!! She's not there!!!! I cannot for the life of me remember what it's called, but it's NOT The Black Ferris by Bradbury.
2) Lamb To the Slaughter by Roald Dahl (short story): more known for his children's stories, I just love this tale from beginning (it's set in the 1960's when pregnant women could drink alcohol) to the lovely ending. Not a scary one, but it's a tale of suspense and revenge. LOVE IT!!!
1) The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce (short story). Read it and tell me if you can walk into a dark room without turning on the lights afterwards!!