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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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PN6071.H6 B45 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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

Jones' annual is a yearly treat for fans. Contributors to this edition include Neil Gaiman, David J. Schow, and Ramsey Campbell. Gaiman's October in the Chair opens with the months of the year personified and sitting in the woods telling stories. October regales the group with the tale of a boy who runs away from home and finds a ghostly friend. In Stephen Gallagher's Little Dead Girl Singing, a man takes a young relative to a singing competition and is struck by a talented but seemingly emotionless competitor and her family. Kim Newman's Egyptian Avenue involves a group of Egyptologists puzzling over a set of mummies and wondering how they are related to recent supernatural unrest; what they discover is a crime in the past and a very real danger to the present. The collection also includes the usual roundup of horror news and publications from the past year and a tribute to horror greats who have passed on. --Kristine Huntley Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Carroll & Graf's Mammoth Horror series is remarkable not only for presenting an outstanding selection of the best in horror and dark fantasy every year, but for doing so during a decade that has not been kind to the genre. As Jones points out in his introduction to this 10th volume, "the erosion of the mid-list and the cancellation of genre imprints" have resulted in the "all-but-collapse of the commercial field." Despite the decline, this multiple-award-winning anthology includes a wealth of fine offerings from both new and established authors. As usual, the volume includes a catch-all essay about horror in the past year. This time, more than a third of the hefty volume is devoted to two novellasÄyet the space is well used. The first, Peter Straub's brilliant revenge story "Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff" (inspired by Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener"), has won both Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards. The second, "The Boss in the Wall," is a posthumous work of old-fashioned horror from Avram Davidson (completed by his former wife Grania Davis). From the Hollywood noir of Dennis Etchison's "Inside the Cackle Factory" to the starkly eerie "The Dead Boy at Your Window" by Bruce Holland Rogers to the elegant "A Victorian Ghost Story" by Kim Newman, these tales evoke the grand tradition of horror while attesting to its lively and innovative future. Indispensable reading for horror lovers, this anthology and its predecessors must also be credited with having a hand in keeping horror itself alive. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

From David L. Schow's tale of grisly encounters with the walking dead ("Dying Words") to Kim Newman's superb reworking of the most famous of vampire stories ("Coppola's Dracula"), the 19 tales in this collection exhibit the broad range of styles and topics broached by horror writers in 1997. The addition of an introductory essay recapping the state of the genre places the stories in perspective. Contributors include such veterans of dark fantasy as Pat Cadigan, Thomas Ligotti, Ramsey Campbell, Gwyneth Jones, and Stephen Laws. A good selection for libraries where anthologies enjoy a wide circulation. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.