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Stephen Jones & David Sutton – Dark Terrors 2

Posted by demonik on May 27, 2011

Stephen Jones & David Sutton (eds.) – Dark Terrors 2: The Gollancz Book of Horror  (Gollancz, 1996)

 Stephen Jones & David Sutton – Introduction

 Nicholas Royle – The Comfort of Strangers
 Brian Lumley – A Really Game Boy
 Conrad Williams  – Something for Free
 David J. Schow  – (Melodrama)
 James Miller  – Absolute Zero
 Paul J. McAuley  – Negative Equity
 Caitlín R. Kiernan – To This Water (Johnstown, Pennsylvania 1889)
 Ramsey Campbell – Out of the Woods
 Steve Rasnic Tem – The Rains
 Graham Masterton – Underbed
 Clive Barker  – Animal Life
 Jay Russell – Lily’s Whisper
 Michael Marshall Smith – Hell Hath Enlarged Herself
 Thomas Tessier – Ghost Music: A Memoir by George Beaune
 Dennis Etchison – The Dead Cop
 Kim Newman – Where the Bodies Are Buried 2020
 Harlan Ellison – The Museum on Cyclops Avenue
 Peter Straub – Hunger: An Introduction

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Stephen Jones & David Sutton – Dark Terrors

Posted by demonik on May 24, 2011

Stephen Jones & David Sutton (eds.) – Dark Terrors: The Gollancz Book Of Horror Stories   (Gollancz, 1995: Vista, 1996)

Cover: Bob Eggleton

Stephen Jones & David Sutton – Introduction

Michael Marshall Smith – More Tomorrow
Ramsey Campbell – The Puppets
Steve Rasnic Tem – Sampled
Graham Masterton – The Hungry Moon
Lisa Morton – Love Eats
Brian Lumley – Uzzi
Charles A. Gramlich – Splatter Of Black
Christopher Fowler – The Laundry Imp
Mandy Slater – Food for Thought
Terry Lamsley – Screens
Charles Wagner – All My Friends Are Here
Mark Morris – Eternity Ltd.
Nicholas Royle – The Lagoon
Jeff VanderMeer – At the Crossroads, Burying the Dog
C. Bruce Hunter – The Travelling Salesman’s Christmas Special
Roberta Lannes – A Feast At Grief’s Table
Richard Christian Matheson – Bleed
Kim Newman – Where the Bodies Are Buried 3: Black and White And Red All Over
Karl Edward Wagner – I’ve Come to Talk With You Again
Peter Straub – Fee

see also the Dark Terrors thread on the Vault forum

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Stephen Jones & David Sutton – Dark Terrors # 5

Posted by demonik on May 14, 2011

Stephen Jones & David Sutton (eds) – Dark Terrors # 5 (Gollancz, 2000)

Dark Terrors 5

Stephen Jones and David Sutton – Introduction

Christopher Fowler – At Home in the Pubs of Old London
Caitlín R. Kiernan – Valentia
Richard Christian Matheson – Barking Sands
Chaz Brenchley – Everything, in All the Wrong Order
James Van Pelt – Savannah is Six
Brian Hodge – Now Day Was Fled as the Worm Had Wished
David J. Schow – Why Rudy Can’t Read
Ramsey Campbell – No Story in It by
Graham Masterton – Witch-Compass
Nicholas Royle – The Proposal
C. Bruce Hunter – Changes
Tanith Lee – The Abortionist’s Horse (A Nightmare)
Michael Marshall Smith – The Handover
Roberta Lannes – Pearl
Eric Brown – Beauregard
Nancy Kilpatrick – Necromimicos
Joel Lane – The Bootleg Heart
Cherry Wilder – Saturday
Gregory Frost – The Girlfriends of Dorian Gray
Mary A. Turzillo – Bottle Babies
Kim Newman – Going to Series
Lisa Tuttle – Haunts
Dennis Etchison – My Present Wife
Melanie Tem – Alicia
Brian Stableford – The Haunted Bookshop
Mick Garris – Starfucker
Gwyneth Jones – Destroyer of Worlds
Peter Straub – The Geezers
William B. Trotter – Honeysuckle
Gahan Wilson – Final Departure
David Case – Pelican Cay

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Stephen Jones – The Very Best of Best New Horror

Posted by demonik on March 9, 2010

Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Very Best of Best New Horror (Robinson, March 2010)


Joe Roberts

Stephen Jones – Foreword
Ramsey Campbell – Introduction: Bettering The Best

Brian Lumley – No Sharks In The Med
Michael Marshall Smith – The Man Who Drew Cats
Ramsey Campbell – The Same In Any Language
Christopher Fowler – Norman Wisdom And The Angel Of Death
Harlan Ellison – Mefisto In Onyx
Paul J. McAuley – The Temptation Of Dr. Stein
Neil Gaiman – Queen Of Knives
Terry Lamsley – The Break
Caitlín R Kiernan – Emptiness Spoke Eloquent
Peter Straub – Mr. Clubb And Mr. Cuff
Tim Lebbon – White
Kim Newman – The Other Side Of Midnight: Anno Dracula 1981
Elizabeth Hand – Cleopatra Brimstone
Joe Hill – 20th Century Ghost
Mark Samuels – The White Hands
Lisa Tuttle – My Death
Clive Barker – Haeckel’s Tale
Glen Hirshberg – Devil’s Smile
Simon Kurt Unsworth – The Church On The Island
Stephen King – The New York Times At Special Bargain Rates.

Index To Twenty Years Of Best New Horror


For the past twenty years the annual Best New Horror series has been the major showcase for superior short stories and novellas of horror and dark fantasy. Edited by Stephen Jones, the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award and International Horror Guild Award-winning series has published more than 450 stories by around 200 of the genre’s most famous and acclaimed authors, as well as those newcomers who are just starting out on their careers. To celebrate the anthology’s twentieth anniversary, the editor has selected from each volume one story that he considers to be the “best” for reasons explained in his historical introduction to each tale. As a result, some of horror’s biggest names are represented, including Stephen King, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Harlan Ellison, Brian Lumley and Neil Gaiman, along with newer writers such as Joe Hill, Glen Hirshberg, Mark Samuels and Terry Lamsley. With a unique Introduction by Ramsey Campbell, and an indispensable Index detailing the entire contents of the series over all twenty volumes, The Very Best of Best New Horror is a tribute to the world’s premier annual anthology of contemporary horror fiction.

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Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell – The Giant Book Of Best New Horror

Posted by demonik on October 21, 2009

Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell – The Giant Book Of Best New Horror (Magpie, 1993, 1994)

Cover: Luis Rey

Cover: Luis Rey

Introduction – Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell

Robert R. McCammon – Pin
Brian Lumley – No Sharks In The Med
Chet Williamson – … To Feel Another’s Woe
Stephen Gallagher – The Horn
Peter Straub – A Short Guide To The City
Robert Westall – The Last Days Of Miss Dorinda Molyneaux
Ian Watson – The Eye Of The Ayatollah
Cherry Wilder – Alive In Venice
Thomas Tessier – Blanca
Steve Rasnic Tem – Carnal House
Michael Marshall Smith – The Man Who Drew Cats
Thomas Ligotti – The Last Feast Of Harlequin
Donald R. Burleson – Snow Cancellations
J. W. Jeter – True Love
J. L. Comeau – Firebird
Karl E. Wagner – Cedar Lane
D. F. Lewis – Mort Au Monde
Nicholas Royle – Negatives
Richard Laymon – Bad News
Elizabeth Hand – On The Town Route
Alan Brennert – Ma Qui
David J. Schow – Incident On A Rainy Night In Beverly Hills
Kathe Koja – Impermanent Mercies
Ian MacLeod – 1/72nd Scale
Ramsey Campbell – The Same In Any Language
Poppy Z. Brite – His Mouth Will Taste Of Wormwood
Charles L. Grant – Our Life In An Hourglass
Grant Morrison – The Braille Encyclopedia
David Sutton – Those Of Rhenea
Joel Lane – Power Cut
Harlan Ellison – Jane Doe
F. Paul Wilson – Pelts
Jean-Daniel Breque – On The Wing
Douglas Clegg – Where Flies Are Born
Garry Kilworth – Inside The Walled City
Jonathan Carroll – The Dead Love You
S. P. Somtow – Chui Chai
Dennis Etchison – When They Gave Us Memory
Gene Wolfe – Lord Of The Land
Gahan Wilson – Mister Ice Cold
Kim Newman – The Original Dr. Shade

600+ page compilation derived from the first two Best New Horror collections. The customary lengthy introduction and Necrology are missed, but this all-story Best New Horror is possibly my favourite of the entire series to date.

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Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell – Best New Horror 2

Posted by demonik on October 19, 2009

Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell – Best New Horror 2 (Robinson, 1991)

cover: Luis Rey

cover: Luis Rey

Stephen Jones & Ramsey Campbell – Horror in 1990

K.W. Jeter – The First Time
Peter Straub – A Short guide to the City
Elizabeth Massie – Stephen
Jonathan Carroll – The Dead Love You
Harlan Ellison – Jane Doe #112
Ray Garton – Shock Radio
Michael Marshall Smith – The Man Who Drew Cats
Melanie Tem – The Co-Op
Nicholas Royle – Negatives
Thomas Ligotti – The Last Feast of Harlequin
Ian R. MacLeod – 1/72nd Scale
Karl Edward Wagner – Cedar Lane
Kim Antieau – At a Window Facing West
Garry Kilworth – Inside the Walled City
Jean Daniel-Braque (trans. Nicholas Royle) – On the Wing
J.L. Comeau – Firebird
David J. Schow – Incident On a Rainy Night in Beverly Hills
Poppy Z. Brite- His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood
Kim Newman – The Original Dr. Shade
D.F. Lewis – Madge
Cherry Wilder – Alive in Venice
Gregory Frost – Divertimento
F. Paul Wilson – Pelts
David Sutton – Those of Rhenea
Gene Wolfe – Lord of the Land
Steve Rasnic Tem – Aquarium
Gahan Wilson – Mr. Ice Cold
Elizabeth Hand – On The Town Route

Stephen Jones & Kim Newman – Necrology: 1990

Thanks to Alan J. Frackelton for the cover scan and 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)


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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