Fantastic Tales - ed. Italo Calvino (Italian version - Arnoldo Mondadori Editore 1983; English version - Random House 1997, Penguin 2001, 2009)
Introduction - Italo Calvino
I: The Visionary Fantastic of the Nineteenth Century
The Story of the Demoniac Pacheco (from The Manuscript out of Saragossa) - Jan Potocki Autumn Sorcery - Joseph von Eichendorff The Sandman - E. T. A. Hoffmann Wandering Willie's Tale - Sir Walter Scott The Elixir of Life - Honore de Balzac The Eye with No Lid - Philarete Chasles The Enchanted Hand - Gerard de Nerval Young Goodman Brown - Nathaniel Hawthorne The Nose- Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol The Beautiful Vampire (Clarimonde) - Theophile Gautier The Venus of Ille - Prosper Merimee The Ghost and the Bonesetter - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
II: The Everyday Fantastic of the Nineteenth Century
The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe The Shadow - Hans Christian Andersen The Signal-Man - Charles Dickens The Dream - Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev A Shameless Rascal - Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov The Very Image - Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam Night: A Nightmare - Guy de Maupassant A Lasting Love (Amour Dure) - Vernon Lee Chickamauga - Ambrose Bierce The Holes in the Mask - Jean Lorrain The Bottle Imp - Robert Louis Stevenson The Friends of the Friends - Henry James The Bridge-Builders - Rudyard Kipling The Country of the Blind - H. G. Wells
Originally published in Italy, so the familiarity of some of the English-language stories can probably be forgiven. I was slightly surprised that no Italian authors made the cut - in his introduction, Calvino suggests that they just weren't good enough. Of the lesser-known stories, Balzac's ultra-gory "The Elixir of Life" really takes the biscuit.