Originally Posted by Fried Egg
One author missing from the introductory essay (but not from the collection) is Robert Aickman. I noticed that the collection contains his story "The Hospice" which if a good choice because, if I were to nominate a single story for someone to read that they might readily grasp the meaning of "weird fiction", that would probably be it. Aickman pretty much nailed it with that one.
Mine would be, A. Merritt, “The People of the Pit,” 1918.