Serendipity comes through two posts titled “Strange Tales”
I agree with the classic choices, love the Barker, have reservations about Ramsey Campbell. He’s a great observer of society and power dynamics, but a lot of his dread comes from “poor people are scary”.
Number Nine is a well-known atmospheric trick. Number Eight is a “globster” or decayed whale. Number Seven: pretty cool. Six is a well-known fraudster. Who wouldn’t want more Number Fours in the world? Number Two would make an interesting story. Number One is on the scope of the Angel of Mons, but really really Russian.