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Stephen Jones – Best New Horror 6

Posted by demonik on March 9, 2010

Stephen Jones (ed.) – Best New Horror 6 (Raven, 1995)


Luis Rey
Stephen Jones – Introduction: Horror in 1994

Lawrence Watt-Evans – Dead Babies
Harlan Ellison – Sensible City
Terry Lamsley – Blade and Bone
Norman Partridge – Harvest
Charles L. Grant – Sometimes, in the Rain
Richard Christian Matheson – Ménage à Trois
Joel Lane – Like Shattered Stone
Douglas E. winter – Black Sun
M. John Harrison – Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring
Ian R. MacLeod – The Dead Orchards
Elizabeth Massie – What Happened When Mosby Paulson Had Her Painting Reproduced on the Cover of the Phone Book
Ramsey Campbell – The Alternative
Karl Edward Wagner – In the Middle of a Snow Dream
Paul J. McAuley – The Temptation of Dr Stein
Garry Kilworth – Wayang Kulit
Robert Bloch – The Scent of Vinegar
Nicholas Royle – The Homecoming
Geoffrey A. Landis – The Singular Habits of Wasps
Michael Marshall Smith – To Receive Is Better
Brian Hodge – The Alchemy of the Throat
Kim Newman – Out of the Night, When the Full Moon is Bright…
Esther M. Friesner – Lovers


Stephen Jones & Kim Newman – Necrology – 1994

see also Best New Horror 6 thread on Vault forum

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Stephen Jones – Dancing With The Dark

Posted by demonik on September 25, 2009

Stephen Jones (ed.) – Dancing With The Dark: True Encounters With The Paranormal By Masters Of The Macabre (Vista, 1997)


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Cover by Splash: Photography by Simon Marsden

Stephen Jones – Introduction: Dancing with the Dark

Joan Aiken – My Feeling about Ghosts
Sarah Ash – Timeswitch
Mike Ashley – The Rustle in the Grass
Peter Atkins – Take Care of Grandma
Clive Barker – Life After Death
Stephen Baxter – The Cartographer
Robert Bloch – Not Quite So Pragmatic .
Ramsey Campbell – The Nearest to a Ghost
Hugh B. Cave – Haitian Mystères
R. Chetwynd-Hayes – One-Way Trip
A. E. Coppard – The Shock of the Macabre
Basil Copper – The Haunted Hotel
Peter Crowther – Safe Arrival
Jack Dann – A Gift of Eagles
Charles de Lint – The House on Spadina
Terry Dowling – Sharing with Strangers
Lionel Fanthorpe – Hands on the Wheel
Esther M. Friesner – That Old School Spirit
Gregory Frost – Twice Encountered
Neil Gaiman – The Flints of Memory Lane
Stephen Gallagher – In There
Ray Garton – Haunted in the Head
John Gordon – The House on the Brink
Ed Gorman – Riding the Nightwinds
Elizabeth Goudge – ESP
Simon R. Green – Death is a Lady
Peter Haining – The Smoke Ghost
Joe Haldeman – Never Say Die
James Herbert – Not Very Psychic
Brian Hodge – Confessions of a Born-Again Heathen
Nancy Holder – To Pine with Fear and Sorrow
M. R. James – A Ghostly Cry
Peter James – One Extra for Dinner
Mike Jefferies – A Face in the Crowd
Nancy Kilpatrick – Raggedy Ann
Stephen King – Uncle Clayton
Hugh Lamb – Go On, Open Your Eyes…
Terry Lamsley – Moving Houses
John Landis – Inspiration
Stephen Laws – Norfolk Nightmare
Samantha Lee – Not Funny
Barry B. Longyear – The Gray Ghost
H. P. Lovecraft – Witch House
Brian Lumley – The Challenge
Arthur Machen – World of the Senses
Graham Masterton – My Grandfather’s House
Richard Matheson – More Than We Appear To Be
Richard Christian Matheson – Visit to a Psychic Surgeon
Paul J. McAuley – The Fall of the Wires
Anne McCaffrey – Unto the Third Generation
Thomas F. Monteleone – Talkin’ Them Marble Orchard Blues
Mark Morris – A Shadow of Tomorrow
Yvonne Navarro – The House on Chadwell Drive
William F. Nolan – The Floating Table and the Jumping Violet
Edgar Allan Poe – Mesmeric Revelation
Vincent Price – In the Clouds
Alan Rodgers – Clinic-Modern
Nicholas Royle – Magical Thinking
Jay Russell – De Cold, Cold Décolletage
Adam Simon – The Darkness Between the Frames
Guy N. Smith – The Mist People
Michael Marshall Smith – Mr Cat
S. P. Somtow – In the Realm of the Spirits
Brian Stableford – Chacun sa Goule
Laurence Staig – The Spirit of M. R. James
Peter Tremayne – The Family Curse
H. R. Wakefield – The Red Lodge
Lawrence Watt-Evans – My Haunted Home
Cherry Wilder – The Ghost Hunters
Chet Williamson – A Place Where a Head Would Rest
Paul F. Wilson – The Glowing Hand
Douglas E. Winter – Finding My Religion
Gene Wolfe – Kid Sister

A Spectral vision …. The sound of phantom footsteps … An experiment in astral projection ….. A childhood premonition of disaster …. Possession by a voodoo god ….
An Ouija board that predicted death … A body kept alive by force of will ….. A cursed family name …

Such tales as these are more usually associated with horror books and movies. However, these anecdotes are absolutely true! They are ,just a sample of the real-life experiences recounted by some of the world’s most famous frighteners, from such bestselling authors as Stephen King and James Herbert, to actor Vincent Price and director John Landis.

Collected together for the very first time, many or the most successful and well-known exponents, along with rising stars of the horror field, relate their fascinating encounters with the supernatural, revealing how such unique experiences have affected their lives and influenced their works.

Even for the experts, when it comes to Unexplained phenomena, fact can be much more frightening than fiction …

See also Dancing With the Dark thread on Vault Of Evil

Thanks to Nightreader!

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Stephen Jones – Best New Horror 6

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Stephen Jones – Best New Horror 6 (Raven, 1995)

bestnewhorror6

Luis Rey

Stephen Jones – Introduction:  Horror in 1994

Lawrence Watt-Evans – Dead Babies
Harlan Ellison – Sensible City
Terry Lamsley – Blade and Bone
Norman Partridge – Harvest
Charles L. Grant – Sometimes, in the Rain
Richard Christian Matheson – Ménage à Trois
Joel Lane – Like Shattered Stone
Douglas E. Winter – Black Sun
M. John Harrison – Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring
Ian R. MacLeod – The Dead Orchards
Elizabeth Massie – What Happened When Mosby Paulson Had Her Painting Reproduced on the Cover of the Phone Book
Ramsey Campbell – The Alternative
Karl Edward Wagner – In the Middle of a Snow Dream
Paul J. McAuley – The Temptation of Dr Stein
Garry Kilworth – Wayang Kulit
Robert Bloch – The Scent of Vinegar
Nicholas Royle – The Homecoming
Geoffrey A. Landis – The Singular Habits of Wasps
Michael Marshall Smith – To Receive Is Better
Brian Hodge – The Alchemy of the Throat
Kim Newman – Out of the Night, When the Full Moon is Bright…
Esther M. Friesner – Lovers

Stephen Jones & Kim Newman – Necrology 1994

Best New Horror 6 thread at Vault Of Evil

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Stephen Jones – Best New Horror 9

Posted by demonik on June 14, 2008

Steve Jones (ed.) – Best New Horror 9 (Robinson, 1998)

Best New Horror 9

Stephen Jones – Introduction: Horror in 1997

David J. Schow – Dying Words
Conrad Williams – The Windmill
John Burke – The Right Ending
Simon Clark – Swallowing a Dirty Seed
Pat Cadigan – This Is Your Life (Repressed Memory Remix)
Christopher Fowler – Christmas Forever
Yvonne Navarro – Four Famines Ago
Stephen Laws – The Crawl
David Langford – Serpent Eggs
Dennis Etchison – No One You Know
Brian Hodge – The Dripping of Sundered Wineskins
Thomas Ligotti – The Bells Will Sound Forever
Ramsey Campbell – The Word
Andy Duncan – The Map to the Homes of the Stars
Caitlin R. Kiernan – Emptiness Spoke Eloquent
Michael Marshall Smith – Save As…
Kim Newman – Coppola’s Dracula
Gwyneth Jones – Grazing the Long Acre
Douglas E. Winter – The Zombies of Madison County

Stephen Jones & Kim Newman – Necrology: 1997

Thanks to Alan Frackelton for providing the table of contents!

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Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell – Best New Horror 4

Posted by demonik on June 12, 2008

Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell (eds.) – Best New Horror 4 (Robinsons, Carroll & Graf, Nov. 1993)
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Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell – Introduction: Horror In 1992

Scott Edelman – The Suicide Artist
Roberta Lannes – Dancing On A Blade Of Dreams
Clive Barker – The Departed
Poppy Z. Brite – How To Get Ahead In New York
John Brunner – They Take
Lisa Tuttle – Replacements
Graham Joyce – Under The Pylon
Thomas Ligotti – The Glamour
John Gordon – Under The Ice
Joel Lane – And Some Are Missing
Les Daniels – The Little Green Ones
Steve Rasnic Tem – Mirror Man
Sarah Ash – Mothmusic
Karl Edward Wagner – Did They Get You To Trade?
Nicholas Royle – Night Shift Sister
Simon Ings & M. John Harrison – The Dead
Christopher Fowler – Norman Wisdom And The Angel Of Death
Kim Newman – Red Reign
Peter Atkins – Aviatrix
Ian R. MacLeod – Snodgrass
Kate Wilhelm – The Day Of The Sharks
M. John Harrison – Anima
Douglas E. Winter – Bright Lights, Big Zombie
Peter Straub – The Ghost Village

Stephen Jones & Kim Newman – Necrology

In their introduction, the editors refer to 1992 as the year of the vampire but, judged on this selection at least, there was also a trend for festooning your horror fiction with pop culture references. Rog has already tackled several of these on a Giant Book Of Terror thread, but no harm in having another go. As Nemo Skagg would say, “It’s all bollocks anyway”. So, to bollocks.

Douglas E Winter – Bright Lights, Big Zombie: “Miami is gone, carpet-bombed back into swampland … Food riots in Boston and Providence … A news team in Palm Springs got footage of what looks like a zombified Tom Cruise, his buttocks chewed away but otherwise intact ….”

Black Wednesday was the day the zombies rose from their graves to re-enact The Night Of The Living Dead for real, great news for horror fans until all zombie and cannibal films were banned outright by the state, leading to a flourishing underground trade in badly recorded pirate copies of Cannibal Holocaust, Eaten Alive, Trap Them And Kill Them, etc.

We follow the adventures of a horror magazine editor as he and his colleagues try and acquire more stock and keep their glossy going in the face of police harassment. When they’ve bought up everything available, the logical next step is to make their own flesh eating films. How timely that the living dead version of Miranda, the only woman our hero ever loved, should show up as they’re filming a live zombie massacre. Well, she always wanted to be in the movies.

This one references John Lydon, P.I.L.’s This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get, Billy Graham (still leading candlelight prayer vigils!), the Forbidden Planet chain and Oingo Boingo.

Christopher Fowler – Norman Wisdom And The Angel Of Death: “I would like to say that he died in order to make the world a safer, cleaner place, but the truth is that we went for a drink together and I killed him in a sudden fit of rage because he had not heard of Joyce Grenfell. How the Woman Who Won The Hearts Of The Nation in her thrice-reprised role as Ruby Gates in the celebrated St. Trinians films could have passed by him unnoticed is still a mystery to me.”

Stanley Morrison, a Hospital Visiting Friend in the employ of Haringey Council, readies his patients for death by instructing them on the history of radio shows and Brit films from the ‘fifties and ‘sixties and those who starred in them. If that doesn’t bore them into the next word, his tampering with their intravenous drips certainly does. Morrison’s dark secrets are exposed when he takes in the wheelchair-bound diabetic and nosey parker Saskia who, despite sharing his fondness for Norman Wisdom, Tony Hancock, Hattie Jacques, the divine Joyce & co., frowns on his mass murdering tendencies. Do you suppose Harold Shipman added names to his ‘to do’ list on the grounds they weren’t au fait with Carry On Again Doctor? And what did Haringey council ever do to our Chris to upset him so?

Karl E. Wagner – Did They Get You To Change?: Nemo Skagg, former lead singer with hugely influential punk band Needle (Excessive Bodily Fluids, The Coppery Taste Of Blood, etc.), is now a grimy down and out alcoholic, cadging cigs and 10p’s with the best of us. Ryan Chase, a good natured American portrait artist, generously funds their pub crawl from Bloomsbury through to Kensington Market in return from Skagg’s story of “where it all went wrong”. Finally, in the squat-cum-vault that Skagg has made his “home”, Ryan learns that the fallen idol is one star who never forgot his loyal fans, particularly the dead ones.

Name-checks include Sid Vicious & Nancy Spungeon, Betty Page, Brian Jones, Elvis, several dead rock and film stars and Tennant’s Super.

Nicholas Royle – Night Shift Sister: Record shop owner Carl finds a map in the street and is henceforth haunted by a teenage goth whose face is a perfect composite of his heroine, Siouxsie Sioux and his former partner, Christine. She lures him to his doom by means of a white label pressing of … a gasholder in action. Royle works plenty of Banshee lyrics and titles into his prose – “His stomach went into a slow dive. But it was love in a void …” etc – which some may find inspired. My eyes just shot to the ceiling. Intriguing supernatural mystery or smarmy horror with way too many ‘O’ levels? You decide …

See the Vault of Evil Best New Horror 4 thread

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Stephen Jones – Dark of the Night

Posted by demonik on June 12, 2008

Stephen Jones  – Dark of the Night: New Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (Pumpkin Books, 1997)

Dark Of Night

(cover: Randy Broecker ?)

Ramsey Campbell – Kill Me Hideously
Michael Marshall Smith – Victoria’s Secret
Richard Christian Matheson – Ywom…
Caitlin R. Kiernan – Two Worlds, and In Between
Stephen Baxter – Lines of Longitude
Roberta Lannes – Good Girl
Paul J. McAuley – The Quarry
Nicholas Royle – Futility Room
Stephen Laws – The Crawl
David Case – Reflection
Jay Russell – Waltz in Vienna
Kim Newman – The End of the Pier Show
Christopher Fowler – The Grand Finale Hotel
Douglas E. Winter – The Zombies of Madison County
Jo Fletcher – Dark of the Night (verse)

Thanks to Alan Frackelton for providing the contents and cover scan!

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Stephen Jones – Best New Horror 7

Posted by demonik on November 4, 2007

Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Best New Horror: Volume #7 (Robinson, 1996)

Luis Rey

Introduction: Horror In 1995 – Stephen Jones

Ian R. MacLeod – Tirkiluk
Christopher Fowler – The Most Boring Woman In The World
Brian Hodge – Extinctions In Paradise
Lisa Tuttle – Food Man
Michael Marshall Smith – More Tomorrow
Ramsey Campbell – Going Under
Dave Smeds – Survivor
Patrick Thompson – The Stones
Cherry Wilder – Back of Beyond
Steve Rasnic Tem – A Hundred Wicked Little Witches
Manly Wade Wellman – The Finger Of Halugra
Terry Lamsley – The Toddler
Stephen Gallagher – Not Here, Not Now
Thomas Ligotti – The Bungalow House
Alan Brennert – Cradle
Jane Rice – The Sixth Dog
Terry Dowling – Scaring The Train
David Sutton – La Serenissima
Norman Partridge – The Bars On Satan’s Jailhouse
Jeff VanderMeer – The Bone-Carver’s Tale
Neil Gaiman – Queen Of Knives
Paul J. McAuley – The True History Of Doctor Pretorius
Graham Masterton – The Grey Madonna
Douglas E. Winter – Loop
Brian Stableford – The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires
Nicholas Royle – Lacuna

Stephen Jones & Kim Newman – Necrology: 1995

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