I pick the 5th best horror short story from 1800-1849 to be Honore de Blazac's "El Verdugo." This is his famous beheading story and the title means "The Executioner" in English. It is one of the first horror stories that forced a female character to commit a horrific act. You can read it in its entirety in my new book, The Best Horror Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Horror Anthology just in time for Halloween. At my Website (www.AndrewBarger.com) the haunting video book trailer for it.