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Title:
The mammoth book of best new horror. 13
Author:
Jones, Stephen, 1953 November 4-
Edition:
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf, 2002.
Physical Description:
xi, 590 pages ; 20 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Mark of the beast / Chico Kidd -- Crocodile lady / Christopher Fowler -- All for sale / Ramsey Campbell -- The two dicks / Paul McCauley -- By her hand, she draws you down / Douglas Smith -- O death, where is thy spatula? / Poppy Z. Brite -- Got to kill them all / Dennis Etchison -- No more a-roving / Lynda E. Rucker -- First, catch your demon / Graham Joyce -- Pump jack / Donald R. Burleson -- Outfangthief / Gala Blau -- The lost district / Joel Lane -- Simeon Dimsby's workshop / Richard A. Lupoff -- Our temporary supervisor / Thomas Ligotti -- Whose ghosts these are / Charles L. Grant -- Shite hawks / Muriel Gray -- Off the map / Michael Chislett -- Most of my friends are two-thirds water / Kelly Link -- City in aspic / Conrad Williams -- Where all things perish / Tanith Lee -- Struwwelpeter / Glen Hirshberg -- Cleopatra brimstone / Elizabeth Hand -- Cats and architecture / Chico Kidd.
ISBN:
9780786710638
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Book

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Summary

The award-winning Best New Horror anthology series--winner of the World Fantasy Award and the International Horror Critics Guild Award--has now reached its thirteenth spectacular volume and to mark the event, Stephen Jones has chosen only the very best short stories and novellas by the horror genre's finest exponents and by new discoveries in the field. Contributors to this volume include Gala Blau, Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Charles Grant, Glen Hirshberg, Chico Kidd, Nancy Kilpatrick, Paul J. McAuley, and Conrad Williams. Also, Stephen Jones once again provides the most comprehensive overview of the field for the year and a full necrology, plus a list of useful contacts among organizations, magazines, booksellers, and more. Whether a reader is a fan of supernatural chillers, macabre fantasy, or psychological terror, the thirteenth Mammoth Book of Best New Horror will appeal to their dark side. "The definitive series of Horror 'Bests' ... you'll get quantity as well as quality."--Science Fiction Chronicle "A formidable line-up of must-read creepers whose merits are indisputable even to entrenched enthusiasts of the genre."--Publishers Weekly "Essential reading every year."--Hellnotes "The finest horror collection going."--Kirkus Reviews


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Booklist Review

This horror anthology series has been accumulating critical kudos for showcasing the best writing in the field. Much of the third outing is devoted to the genre's mainstay, psychological horror; in other words, horror that pays more attention to dying souls than it does to living corpses. Many of the major authors in the field are represented in the book's 29 pieces, including K. W. Jeter, Ramsey Campbell, Robert R. McCammon, Dennis Etchison, and Thomas Tessier. Noticeably absent is Clive Barker. Not all of the space, however, is given over to brand name writers. One of the best stories in the book is Grant Morrison's "The Braille Encyclopedia," a nasty little yarn about a new concept in information storage and retrieval. The only clunker is "Busted in Buttown," a silly, one-liner-oriented piece that would have been more at home in an old 1950s horror comic. This volume continues the welcome tradition of providing an overview of developments within the genre in terms of both print and media-related offerings. The less useful necrology of famous and obscure people associated with the field is also retained. A solid choice for public libraries. ~--Elliott Swanson


Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of horror fiction will no doubt read special auguries in this dependable anthology series tallying its "lucky" 13th volume. Like all previous incarnations, though, the book distinguishes itself simply by offering a cross-section of what Jones, one of the genre's most enthusiastic cheerleaders, reckons the best short horror fiction of the previous year. More than before, the contents seem to fall into categories that are easily discerned if not explicitly advertised. Travel to alien lands full of mystery and menace is a theme shared by a several stories, notably Graham Joyce's "First, Catch Your Demon," a fever dream of erotic fantasy and creepy physical transformation for a visitor to the Greek isles, and Ramsey Campbell's "All for Sale," which extrapolates its stranger-in-a-strange-land premise into the ultimate traveler's nightmare. Horrors seem to grow just as easily from the everyday in Charles L. Grant's "Whose Ghosts Are These," in which the ennui of small-town life transmutes into sociopathy; Thomas Ligotti's "Our Temporary Supervisor," which finds a supernatural consciousness behind routines that ensnare the average office drone; and Donald Burleson's "Pump Jack," a dandy bit of dark folklore involving ubiquitous oil wells in the American southwest. A high number of selections-by Tanith Lee, Chico Kidd (two stories), Michael Chislett and Conrad Williams-reference well-known supernatural works and showcase the recent resurgence of interest in horror's classic tradition. Jones's comprehensive summary essay and eloquent reflections on horror fiction's importance in the wake of the international events in 2001 help to make this volume one of horror's best. (Dec. 9) FYI: Last year's Mammoth Book of Best New Horror won the British Fantasy Award for best anthology. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved