Happy Halloween, kids! Tell me, quickly: what's the scariest short story you know?
I'm thinking something by Lovecraft or Poe, but maybe those are more creepily atmospheric than actually scary (though any mention of the Mad Arab makes my skin tingle). Some of the tales in Kate Bernheimer's collection My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me are good and creepy, but not really horrifying, if you know what I mean. Don't try to push any King on me, either; he never really scared me.