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The Best horror from Fantasy tales
Jones, Stephen, 1953-
First Carroll and Graf trade paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf, [2003]

Physical Description:
xviii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Forbidden / Clive Barker -- Dreams may come / H. Warner Munn -- Dark country / Dennis Etchison -- Dead to the world / Allen Ashley -- Generation waltz / Charles L. Grant -- Don't open that door / Frances Garfield -- Frolic / Thomas Ligotti -- Sorcerer's jewel / Robert Bloch -- Strange years / Brian Lumley -- Red / Richard Christian Matheson -- Ever the faith endures / Manly Wade Wellman -- Extension 201 / Cyril Simsa -- Last wolf / Karl Edward Wagner -- Tongue in cheek / Mike Grace --

In the x-ray / Fritz Leiber -- Bad people / Steve Rasnic Tem -- Place of no return / Hugh B. Cave -- Terminus / Kim Newman -- Green man / Kelvin Jones -- Voice of the beach / Ramsey Campbell.
Added Uniform Title:
Fantasy tales.
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PS648.H6 B43 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From 1977 to 1991, Fantasy Tales magazine published tales of terror from the best-known authors in the field, continuing the tradition of Weird Tales. Long unavailable, this best-of anthology from its terror-packed pages returns in paperback to deliver chills from Charles L. Grant, Kim Newman, Richard Christian Matheson, Karl Edward Wagner, Fritz Leiber, Dennis Etchison, and many more. Winner of the World Fantasy Award and the British Fantasy Award, Fantasy Tales re-created the look and--more important--the entertainment value of the old pulp magazines from the 1930s and 1940s, but with up-to-date nightmares and modern-day monsters. These selections of both traditionally creepy storytelling and psychological hair-raisers are illustrated by a wide range of artists specializing in the macabre. "Whatever your taste in terror," veteran horror editors Stephen Jones and David Sutton promise, "we are certain you'll be suitably entertained and chilled as you explore these fictional slices of half-glimpsed worlds of horror."

Author Notes

David Sutton -- winner of the World Fantasy Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and twelve British Fantasy Awards

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Booklist Review

In an effort to revive the spine-tingling tradition of the pulps of the 1930s and 1940s, the British Fantasy Tales is heir apparent to Weird Tales, which was perhaps the most influential newsstand pulp in the horror genre (it spawned the careers of such popular authors as Robert Bloch, Robert E. Howard, and Fritz Leiber). In this collection, editors Jones and Sutton have selected a sample of the best stories to have appeared in Fantasy Tales, including an author list that reads like a veritable who's who in the world of modern, macabre fiction (Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Charles L. Grant, etc.). The stories range in quality from effective hack work to the truly terrifying. Francis Wellman's "Don't Open That Door" is the sort of classic scary tale that one would tell on a dark and stormy night. In "A Place of No Return," Hugh B. Cave spins a voodoo yarn worthy of an E.C. comic. In a potent piece of urban fright, "The Forbidden," Barker transforms a run-down housing estate into a den of unspeakable evil. The tales are embellished by the art of contemporary illustrators. --Benjamin Segedin

Table of Contents

Ramsey CampbellClive BarkerH. Warner MunnDennis EtchisonAllen AshleyCharles L. GrantFrances GarfieldThomas LigottiRobert BlochBrian LumleyRichard Christian MathesonManly Wade WellmanCyril SimsaKarl Edward WagnerMike GraceFritz LeiberSteve Rasnic TemHugh B. CaveTim NewmanKelvin JonesRamsey CampbellStephen Jones and David Sutton
Introductionp. xvii
The Forbidden: Urban myth becomes horrifying realityp. 1
Dreams May Come: What if it was possible to go back and change the past?p. 39
The Dark Country: A bizarre and horrific tale of death in Mexicop. 50
Dead to the World: The pores of his skin were sealing over...p. 68
The Generation Waltz: In the town of Oxrun Station the dead sometimes come backp. 77
Don't Open That Door: What terror lurked inside the forbidden cupboard?p. 86
The Frolic: Dare you ignore the nightmare visions of a lunatic?p. 96
The Sorcerer's Jewel: An artist-scientist beholds an horrific worldp. 110
The Strange Years: When the End finally came it was unexpected and deadly!p. 126
Red: He had to go back and collect it allp. 132
Ever the Faith Endures: What eldritch secret lives on inside the old house?p. 135
Extension 201: A missing telephone extension hides a terrifying secretp. 146
The Last Wolf: What is left when you're the Last Writer?p. 163
Tongue in Cheek: A deserted road leads to supernatural terrorp. 172
In the X-Ray: Do the dead come back?p. 183
The Bad People: Beware the mala gente, for death will surely followp. 196
A Place of no Return: A professor's skepticism is brutally shattered!p. 209
The Terminus: Sixteen thousand people are lost in the London Underground!p. 221
The Green Man: Eldritch evil survives deep in the forestp. 226
The Voice of the Beach: What terrible power controls the minds of men?p. 236
Afterwordp. 263