The New People - this really unsettled me for some reason. Perhaps the thought of 50-something successful individuals getting bored and turning to increasingly decadent thrills is something that worries me
Those are the very reasons why I rate The New People above his other straight horror stories (of which there don't seem to be many: the way I remember it, much of his work is a mash-up of fantasy/ sci-fi/ 'what if...?' which, of course, made him ideal for Twilight Zone). Mary-Rose Hayes developed the idea for her thoroughly unpleasant and highly recommended The Neighbours.
Free Dirt: Mr. Aorta, petty thief, swindler, sponger and glutton, grows his crops in soil removed from the local cemetery. A plant in the shape of a human hand sees to it that he receives supernatural comeuppance. His body is found, bloated and hideous, stuffed to the gills with the contaminated earth.
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.
Btw I remember The New People was one of the episodes of Hammer's late 60s TV series Journey To the Unknown, which I've never seen (nor heard its apparently legendary whistling theme tune). A quick look at the cast list makes it sound a bit of a winner though: Patrick Allen, Adrienne Corri, Melissa Stribling, Damien Thomas, Milo O'Shea.