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I am looking for a fantasy short story I read in the late 90s/early 2000s in high school. It was about a man who collects snails and was really into it, having cabinets full of aquariums filled with snails. The story ends with his cabinets falling over, and him getting covered in snails. I think he died as a result. This may be wrong, but I think he slowly went mad collecting snails as well.

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    This is almost certainly "The Snail-watcher", by Patricia Highsmith. The ISFDB lists this short story both as fantasy and as horror. The story itself can be read in pdf here. Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 13:18
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    Thanks for the link. I don't care that some people don't consider it fantasy, as long as I can read it again. :D
    – yesman
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 13:31
  • I edited fantasy into the question just to make it clear this is fantastical as you seem to believe the work mentioned above is what you are after.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Jun 3, 2020 at 14:49
  • Do you remember any fantastical elements about this story? Seems offtopic here.
    – Andres F.
    Commented Jun 3 at 16:19

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This is "The Snail-watcher", by Patricia Highsmith (1964). The ISFDB lists this short story both as fantasy and as horror. It has been anthologized many times. The story itself can be read in pdf here.

The story can be read in a scan of Gamma 3 at the Internet Archive.

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