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Author:  Pete [ Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:23 pm ]
Post subject:  The Best of Best New Horror

Just got a review copy of this book, a retrospective volume marking twenty years of "The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror", with editor Stephen Jones making his selection and one story representing each year between 1989 - 2008.

Here's the ToC:-

NO SHARKS IN THE MED Brian Lumley
THE MAN WHO DREW CATS Michael Marshall Smith
THE SAME IN ANY LANGUAGE Ramsey Campbell
NORMAN WISDOM AND THE ANGEL OF DEATH Christopher Fowler
MEFISTO IN ONYX Harlan Ellison
THE TEMPTATION OF DR STEIN Paul J. McAuley
QUEEN OF KNIVES Neil Gaiman
THE BREAK Terry Lamsley
EMPTINESS SPOKE ELOQUENT CaitlĂ­n R Kiernan
MR. CLUBB AND MR. CUFF Peter Straub
WHITE Tim Lebbon
THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT: ANNO DRACULA, 1981 Kim Newman
CLEOPATRA BRIMSTONE Elizabeth Hand
20TH CENTURY GHOST Joe Hill
THE WHITE HANDS Mark Samuels
MY DEATH Lisa Tuttle
HAECKEL'S TALE Clive Barker
DEVIL'S SMILE Glen Hirshberg
THE CHURCH ON THE ISLAND Simon Kurt Unsworth
THE NEW YORK TIMES AT SPECIAL BARGAIN RATES Stephen King

Nice to see some longer work in there, with the Lebbon and the Straub particular favourites of mine.

Author:  Ray [ Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:36 pm ]
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Strange - I was thinking of No Sharks in the Med only yesterday, that one had a real effect on me when I was much younger. I was wondering if there had been an anthology focusing on 'holiday' horror... anyone?

Author:  Pete [ Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:44 pm ]
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This is what you want Ray:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Chills-T ... 999&sr=1-7

Author:  Ray [ Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:50 am ]
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You're right, I do. I've ordered it now, thanks Pete.

I also ordred a couple of others this week on your reccomendation. I always enjoy your reviews, but this issue you were particularly persuasive regarding Slights and The Darkening.

Author:  Pete [ Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:59 am ]
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Those are both really good books I think, the Warren especially, and they're both up for Australian Dark Shadows awards.

Been dipping into "Best of the Best", and Stephen Jones has some fascinating reminiscences. Seems each edition was a fight to keep the non-fiction down to manageable proportions and find acceptable cover art. He also records the one time in his career when he's faced censorship, with Roberta Lannes' story "Apostate in Denim" withdrawn from #3 because people at Robinson 'vehemently objected to the content of the story and refused to include it'. I now want to read that story.

The book also has appendices listing every story that has appeared in "Best New Horror". Surprising to note only one story apiece from Joe Lansdale (#19), Peter Crowther (#20) and Stephen King (#20), and nothing at all from Gary Braunbeck.

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