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The mammoth book of best new horror. 14
Jones, Stephen, 1953 November 4-
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf, [2003]

Physical Description:
590 pages ; 20 cm
October in the chair / Neil Gaiman -- Details / China Miéville -- Wretched thicket of thorn / Don Tumasonis -- Absolute last of the ultra-spooky, super-scary Hallowe'en horror nights / David J. Schow -- Standard gauge / Nicholas Royle -- Little dead girl singing / Stephen Gallagher -- Nesting instincts / Brian Hodge -- Two Sams / Glen Hirshberg -- Hides / Jay Russell -- Unbeheld / Ramsey Campbell -- Ill met by daylight / Basil Copper -- Catskin / Kelly Link -- 20th century ghost / Joe Hill -- Egyptian avenue / Kim Newman -- Boy behind the gate / James Van Pelt -- Nor the demons down under the sea / Caitlín R. Kiernan -- Coventry Boy / Graham Joyce -- Prospect cards / Don Tumasonis -- Cage / Jeff Vandermeer -- Dr Pretorius and the lost temple / Paul McAuley -- Necrology: 2002 / Stephen Jones & Kim Newman.
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The fourteenth volume in this series is going strong, and with another generous sampling of the past year's best horror fiction, it again earns "merits" from Publishers Weekly. With contributions from such favorites as Ramsey Campbell and Kim Newman, along with the talented likes of Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Graham Joyce, Paul McCauley, Stephen Gallagher, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Jay Russell, Glen Hirshberg and many more, the hairraising tales in this edition hold nightmares for travelers in alien lands, unveil the mystery and menace lurking in our everyday reality, explore the terrors of the supernatural, and honor horror's classic tradition. As always, editor Stephen Jones provides an illuminating and engaging overview of the past year in horror fiction, as well as an affecting necrology and a guide to contacts among publishers, organizations, booksellers, and magazines in the eerier fields of fiction.

Author Notes

Stephen Jones has won more awards for editing horror and fantasy than anyone else in the field. His more than sixty books include Horror: The 100 Best Books and The Mammoth Book of Vampires. He lives in London.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

No doubt horror fans look forward to each yearly installment of this particular Mammoth series, and volume 12 should please them immensely. As usual, the collection begins with editor Jones' comprehensive precis of the year in horror, which covers new novels, movies, and television shows, keeping buffs updated on all the latest work in the genre. Then comes the meat of the book: noteworthy new stories from such hardworking and often acclaimed horror hands as Kim Newman, who boasts several entries, including "Castle in the Desert," the story of a man who goes to rescue his former stepdaughter from a gang of vampires, with help from an expected source. In Mick Garris' "Forever Gramma," a young boy is disturbed to see that his town's general store owner is still fixated on the boy's grandmother after her death. In "Bone Orchards," Paul J. McAuley tells the story of a man drawn into a young girl's murder after encountering her ghost. And those are just for starters. Ghoulish fun. --Kristine Huntley

Publisher's Weekly Review

Jones, a veteran with more than 20 years of credits in the horror field, has once again sifted gold from the dross of a year's yield of genre and mainstream publications to produce a fine collection that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes in terror. The considerable number of new talents among his 24 choices as the top stories from 1996 suggest horror fiction's enduring vitality. Styles vary from Gregory Frost's "That Blissful Height," a pastiche of 19th-century spiritualist stories, to Iain Sinclair's "Hardball," a postmodern black comedy that uses linguistic legerdemain and compares a football game to a primitive sacrificial ceremony. Some stories work inventive variations on classic themes: Terry Lamsley, in "The Break," creates a new type of vampire for a hotel resort setting, and Scott Edelman, in "A Plague on Both Your Houses," casts a Shakespearean tragedy with zombies. In most of the selections, horror begins at home, rooted in the most fundamental relationships: husband and wife in Douglas Clegg's "Underworld"; mother and son in D.F. Lewis's "Kites and Kisses"; father and daughter in Roberta Lannes's "Butcher's Logic"; boyfriend and girlfriend in Joel Lane's "The Moon Never Changes." In his highly informative introduction, Jones speculates that "horror fiction is set for a renaissance as the new millennium approaches." The contents of this expertly assembled anthology would suggest that the rebirth has already arrived. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Jones, who also edited The Mammoth Book of Dracula (Carroll & Graf, 1997), has selected what he considers the 24 best horror stories of 1996 from a cast of international authors, mostly British, including Poppy Z. Brite, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Masterson, and Cherry Wilder. Instead of emphasizing shock or gore, most of the tales are written in a quiet Bradburyesque style. In Donald R. Burleson's "Hopscotch," a woman returning to her old neighborhood plays a dangerous game of hopscotch in a dark alley. Jones's introductory overview covers the year's horror scene: novels, anthologies, mainstream and small presses, magazines, reference books, films, television, and conventions. For larger horror and short story collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.