So I know there were a few different books in these anthologies of short stories, but the only ones I read were 'fantasy' and 'horror'. The fantasy cover was purplish with a dragon on it, and the horror one had a woman with cybernetic eyes on the cover with a green back I think.

In them there is a story about a girl that gets a ring that lets her hear people's thoughts, but after she hears all of the horrible things people are thinking about her she cuts off the finger with the ring because it won't let her pull it off.

There is also a story where a man dreams about being in a tower of some sort with an old woman floating at the foot of the bed staring at him.

These books had illustrations, but they were in black and white. They were printed in English and I remember picking them up from Borders in the 90's or early 2000's.

  • Being illustrated, were they aimed at younger readers? Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 11:43

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"The Ring" is a short story from Point Horror: 13 More Tales of Horror, printed in 1994. This story in particular was written by Margaret Bingley.

I found it via TVTropes' A Mind is a Terrible Thing to read (WARNING: TV Tropes!):

The short horror story "The Ring" by Margaret Bingley, in which a girl acquires a cursed ring that enables her to read the minds of everyone around her and is soon driven insane when she discovers how much her family and "friends" really despise her.

Not sure if the "Old Woman in the tower" is one of the other 12, but it might be.

Additionally, the cover of 13 More Tales of Horror is similar to the description.

Point Horror: 13 More Tales of Horror

It might not belong to a cybernetic woman, but it's definitely an eye on a green background.

  • Loved "The Ring" as a kid. I always wondered whether the ring gave actual surface thoughts, or filtered for the bad ones.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 13:39

It isn't that particular book you pictured, but I was able to find it based on the title and author you gave me. Thank you so much!

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The fantasy collection is from the same series by Kingfisher. The picture below for the cover:

From Abe Books

  • So what's the answer?? Are you saying that the book is Horror Stories edited by Susan Price? One of the stories you described is "The Ring" by Margaret Bingley? Is the other one ["The Room in the Tower"]() by E. F. Benson, which is described in this Wikipedia article and is available at Librivox?
    – user14111
    Commented Aug 2, 2017 at 19:35
  • "The Ring" is indeed the described story, but clearly it's contained in more than one anthology, and I got the wrong one. "The Room in the Tower" seems to fit the other story description, and is also within this anthology edited by Susan Price. I believe at this point the only thing that's still a mystery is the purple Fantasy book with a Dragon on the cover, but I get the feeling that's not actually part of this question. Commented Aug 3, 2017 at 8:35

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