Wondering if anybody else likes old horror short stories. Writers I particularly like are M.R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Ambrose Bierce, Sheridan LeFanu. The prose is not what we're used to (except for Bierce, whose writing is so potent I don't think it can become dated). But they have a sense of the storyteller confiding something to you by a fire that I don't find much in current horror writing.
Bierce's "Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge" is pretty generally regarded as one of the best short stories ever written, period. James's "Passing The Runes" is one of my favorites, and was the basis for the classic B&W film "Curse Of The Demon." LeFanu's "Carmilla" has been made into several horror films, including Hammer's groudnbreakingly sexy "The Vampire Lovers."
These guys paved the way for many of the writers we read, and they don't deserve to be forgotten.