Armed with a notepad and a pen, and writing down anything that seems worth reading, I am working my way through Horror Literature: A Reader's Guide, a fairly extensive annotated bibliography of horror novels and short story collections up to 1990 or so. Its age is an advantage. It highlights some works that are now seemingly obscure. Highly recommended and accordingly sought-after (the cheapest used edition on Amazon is 30 dollars).
Items below that are struck are ones I've read or started to read and skipped.
Here's what I've written down so far:
Alan Ryan - "Sheets"
Alan Ryan - Cast a Cold Eye(between poor and okay) Anne River Siddons - The House Next Door(excellent)
Bernard Taylor - Sweetheart, Sweetheart(not very good)
Bernard Taylor - The Godsend
Campbell Black - Letters from the Dead
Chet Williamson - Ash Wednesday
Dino Buzzati - Catastrophes
Guy de Maupassant -
"On the River", "Little Louise Roque"
Herman Raucher - Maynard's House(didn't like)
Hugh Lamb - Black Reaper
Jack Cady - The Jonah Watch(didn't like, but might deserve a second chance) Jack Cady - The Well(see above)
Jack Williamson - Darker than you think
John Maxim - Platforms
John Metcalfe - The Feasting Dead
Joyce Carol Oates - Bellefleur(good, but slow and meandering; didn't finish. Really should come back to this one day.)
Joyce Carol Oates - Night-Side
Lawrence Block - Ariel
Lisa Tuttle's short stories
Marasco - Burnt Offerings
Marghanita Laski - The Victorian Chaise Longue(very good)
Mary Freeman -
"Luella Miller"(good), "The Southwest Chamber"
Osbert Sitwell - A Place of One's Own
Peter Straub - Julia
R.R. McCammon - They Thirst
Ramsey Campbell - Incarnate
Ramsey Campbell - To Wake the Dead
Ramsey Campbell - "The Telephones"
Richard Adams - Girl in a Swing
Robert Graves - "The Shout"
Roland Topor - The Tenant(very good)
Thomas Mordane - Bloodroot
Thomas Tryon - Harvest Home
Thomas Tryon - The Other
Walter de la Mare - "Recluse", "Crewe",
"The Green Room"(okay)