The Cone Jimmy Goggles the God The Beautiful Suit Under the Knife The Lord of the Dynamos Through a Window The Star A Dream of Armageddon The Treasure in the Forest The Apple Aepyornis Island Skelmersdale in Fairyland
The Cone is without equal among his horror stories, one of the most spiteful revenge fantasies ever written. Horrocks has just discovered that his wife is planning to elope with his best friend, Raut. He invites him along to the Ironworks under the pretext of showing him "the fine effects of moonlight on smoke" but in reality he's desperate to introduce him to the Blast Furnace. As bleak as the outcome is Wells' evocation of the grim industrial estate. It's a remarkable story and (admittedly, from memory), nothing that follows can live with it in terms of horror. I think most of his nastier work had already been used in the companion volume, The Valley Of The Spiders.
"True Fact". This tied for first place with the Redemption edition of Michel Parry's Countess Dracula in my 'cover models who look a bit like Carol Vorderman' competition. (I'm a sad man. Like you need telling.)
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Im stil only halfway through my recomended stories from Thirty STrange stories-the cone being among them and high on the what to read list now,but from what I did read,I found Pollock and the Porroh Man and Rose Orchid to be the best so far.