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Title:
999 : new stories of horror and suspense
Author:
Sarrantonio, Al.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Avon Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xviii, 666 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
William Peter Blatty / Elsewhere -- Edward Bryant / Styx and Bones -- P.D. Cacek / The Grave -- Ramsey Campbell / The Entertainment -- Nancy A. Collins / Catfish Gal Blues -- Thomas M. Disch / The Owl and the Pussycat -- Neil Gaiman / Keepsakes and Treasures: A Love Story -- Ed Gorman / Angie -- Nick Hautala / Knocking -- Stephen King / The Road Virus Heads North -- T.E.D. Klein / Growing Things -- Joe R. Lansdale / Mad Dog Summer -- Edward Lee / ICU -- Thomas Ligotti / The Shadow, The Darkness -- Bentley Little / The Theater -- Eric Van Lustbader / An Exaltation of Termagants -- Dennis L. McKiernan / Darkness -- Thomas F. Monteleone / Rehearsals -- David Morrell / Rio Grande Gothic -- Kim Newman / Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue -- Joyce Carol Oates / The Ruins of Contracoeur -- Tim Powers / Itinerary -- Al Sarrantonio / The Ropy Thing -- Peter Schneider / Des Saucisses, Sans Doute -- Michael Marshall Smith / The Book of Irrational Numbers -- Steven Spruill / Hemophage -- Chet Williamson / Excerpts from the Records of the New Zodiac and the Diaries of Henry Watson Fairfax -- F. Paul Wilson / Good Friday -- Gene Wolfe / The Tree is My Hat.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780380977406
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The weaving of fictional suspense and terror is as ancient as humankind itself. But where does this age-old tradition stand at the cusp of a new decade, a new century, a new millennium? This mammoth volume seeks to answer that question. Your hold in your hands the state of the art -- of fear.

To prepare this groundbreaking anthology, writer and editor Al Sarrantonio challenged a distinguished roster of authors to demonstrate with all-new stories the shape of horror/suspense literature as we enter the twenty-first century. As you will read the twenty-nine contributors responded by displaying the infinite variety which is the very hallmark of this field. Some of these stories will startle you or fill you with terror. Some will haunt you long after you finish reading them. There is even an eerily echoing chuckle or two found inside. But together, these weirdest of tales join to form a great literary mosaic, a vivid contemporary portrait of a genre which is proud, potent, and irresistible.

Not only is this the largest anthology of original horror/suspense fiction of all time -- not one story in 999 has ever been published before -- but it is also the finest. Here is a major publishing event with an attitude: to shake you up and scare you silly.


Author Notes

Al Sarrantonio has written 28 novels and has had his short stories appear in publications such as, "Heavy Metal," Twilight Zone," "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine" and "Realms of Fantasy." He has also had his work appear in such anthologies as "The Year's Best Horror Stories," Visions of Fantasies: Tales from the Masters," "Great Ghost Stories" and "The Best of Shadows."

Sarrantonio writes a host of genres, including, science fiction, fantasy, horror and western. His novels include, "Exile," "Moonbane," "October," "West Texas" and "Campbell Wood." He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award of the Horror Writer's Association and the Private Eye Writer's of America's Shamus Award. Sarrantonio has edited three volumes of humor as well as co-edited "100 Hair Raising Little Horror Stories."

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Editor Sarrantonio hopes this fat story collection will launch a new golden age of horror. Because a novel by King, Rice, Koontz, Barker, or Harris seems to be best-selling at any given time, isn't such hope unnecessary? Not if we are talking horror short stories, for the magazines that published them are gone or uninterested. So what are the odds that these particular stories will revive the form? If proven talents alone could do it, here comes horror utopia. King offers a well-written 20-pager, though he recycles the metamorphosing picture gimmick of Wilde's Dorian Gray only adequately. David Morrell's "Rio Grande Gothic" impressively resembles a nail-biting TV cop-series episode. Ed Gorman's "Angie," as oh-no sickening as a Jim Thompson tale, is even more satisfying; and Bentley Little's "The Theater" is as flesh curdling as any horror maven could wish. Thomas F. Monteleone's "Rehearsals" is chilly, but with its warm heart, is it really a horror story? Exorcist creator William Peter Blatty, who hasn't published a book in ages, resurfaces with a 100-page haunted-house story. Neil Gaiman, Thomas M. Disch, Joyce Carol Oates, and other veteran chillmongers also pitch in, but newcomers are scarce. If this isn't the first lode from a new Golconda of short horror fiction, it is at least a surefire fan pleaser. The title, with its double whammy invocation of millennium anxiety and end-times hysteria (999 is 666--the number of the beast of Revelation 13:18--upside down), is gratifying all by itself. --Ray Olson


Publisher's Weekly Review

The anthology of all new horror stories not driven by a specific themeÄepitomized at its best by Kirby McCauley's Dark Forces (1980) and Douglas Winter's Prime Evil (1988)Äattains a new benchmark of excellence with this overstuffed trick-or-treat bag. Sarrantonio's introduction outlines his plan "to prove, once and for all, that the horror and suspense genre is a serious literary one"; though not all of his 29 selections meet the challenge, the contents showcase the vitality and variety of the short horror tale at the century's end. Typical of the prime picks is Stephen King's "The Road Virus Heads North," about the ineluctable fate that overtakes the buyer of a haunted painting. Its yard-sale milieu is classic King, and its ordinary characters snared in weird circumstances a modern horror paradigm. By contrast, Joyce Carol Oates's "The Ruins of Contracouer," an addendum to her Mysteries of Winterthurn, is a chunk of neo-Gothic marzipan studded with family skeletons, serial killings and gloomy mansions. William Peter Blatty's novella "Elsewhere" is talky and predictable but still an intriguing study of metaphysical mysteries that enrich a house-haunting tale. Most of horror's signature themes of the '90s are tackled: vampires in F. Paul Wilson's "Good Friday"; serial killers in David Morrell's "Rio Grande Gothic"; zombies in Kim Newman's droll "Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue." Equally well represented are the terror tale's most inimitable contemporary voices, among them Ramsey Campbell and Thomas Ligotti. But for a handful of underachieversÄincluding an incomplete outtake from Steven Spruill's "Hemophage" vampire trilogyÄthis volume is a sturdy vehicle for delivering horror's literary promise and a celebration of the primacy of haunting prose over physical horrors. Agent, Ralph Vicinanza. (Sept.) FYI: Sarrantonio has just sold Redshift, a companion anthology of millennial SF, to Roc. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

From Kim Newman's grotesque tale of zombies in Communist Russia ("Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue") to "Darkness," an eerie new short novel by William Peter Blatty, the 29 tales of horror and suspense that make up this end-of-the-millennium collection illustrate a broad spectrum of new and veteran talent. Including contributions from Stephen King, F. Paul Wilson, Neil Gaiman, Nancy A. Collins, this volume belongs in most libraries. Heavy online promotion may increase demand. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Kim NewmanJoyce Carol OatesThomas M. DischStephen KingNeil GaimanT. E. D. KleinF. Paul WilsonChet WilliamsonEric Van LustbaderTim PowersNancy A. CollinsRamsey CampbellEdward LeeP. D. CacekThomas LigottiRick HautalaDavid MorrellPeter SchneiderEd GormanAl SarrantonioGene WolfeEdward BryantSteven SpruillMichael Marshall SmithJoe R. LansdaleBentley LittleThomas F. MonteleoneDennis L. McKiemanWilliam Peter Blatty
Introductionp. xiii
Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morguep. 1
The Ruins of Contracoeurp. 24
The Owl and the Pussycatp. 70
The Road Virus Heads Northp. 83
Keepsakes and Treasures: A Love Storyp. 105
Growing Thingsp. 123
Good Fridayp. 129
Excerpts from the Records of the New Zodiac and the Diaries of Henry Watson Fairfaxp. 153
An Exaltation of Termagantsp. 165
Itineraryp. 204
Catfish Gal Bluesp. 214
The Entertainmentp. 225
ICUp. 247
The Gravep. 260
The Shadow, The Darknessp. 271
Knockingp. 301
Rio Grande Gothicp. 311
Des Saucisses, Sans Doutep. 361
Angiep. 364
The Ropy Thingp. 380
The Tree Is My Hatp. 387
Styx and Bonesp. 412
Hemophagep. 428
The Book of Irrational Numbersp. 436
Mad Dog Summerp. 450
The Theaterp. 507
Rehearsalsp. 520
Darknessp. 548
Elsewherep. 561

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