I read quite a bit, but haven't really even touched horror. I've realized I am ignoring an entire genre, which concerns me. I've also been thinking I might like to try my pen at a sort of horror story myself, but I would like to see how it should be done properly, first.
I usually stick to the 'classics', but would like to hear some contemporary recommendations, as well. I'm a big fan of the romantic stuff, and would like to avoid pure popcorn.
Examples of great horror story, technique, execution, and such would be appreciated. More obscure/different works would be helpful too, of course. Don't limit yourselves to just novels, as short stories and the like should be included.
Basically, I'm looking for recommendations of quality/classic horror writing, both for entertainment and informational purposes. Bodybuilding.com doesn't count.