I fell in love with short stories through the old Best New Horror collections edited by Stephen Jones, borrowed from Harlow library. Horror fiction gave me my first glimpse of how many different things could be done with a few thousand words.
Yes, a lot of it was terrible, but the lack of limits on horror fiction allows leaps of imagination and emotion that literary fiction would never dare.
Five Horror Stories is an A7-sized book containing five complete horror stories. It’s available via post for £1.