- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (Oct 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671701495
- ISBN-13: 978-0671701499
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,014,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I read in the introduction that these were all original stories and that suprised me...in a positive way! That's because the're all so good. My regards for Mister Gelb (once again) and Mister Garrett for really collection the cream of the crop, so to speak.
Highlights for me include Richard Laymon's 'The Tub (he's always been a favorite of mine, this one also doesn't disappoint), John Byrne's 'Nocturne' and Patrick Gates 'Hard men are hard to find' (another favorite author of mine, my apologies if I seem a bit chauvinistic by praising them).
I really enjoyed that most of these stories went of in completely different directions than you expected they'd go. I grew up with the eighties version of 'the Twilight Zone'...
Compared to most of the other stories Grant Morrison's 'Braille Encyclopedia' seems a bit out of place, but also in a positive way. I read somewhere that his story received multiple awards, and rightfully so. It maybe the best piece in the collection. It sure is harrowing, and really disturbing, with it's graphic descriptions of degrading sexacts and mutilation.
It really strikes me as odd that, in the author descriptions, the editors hail the writers in this anthology as pretty much the next big thing in horror. I myself know of most of them and have read quite a few of their works. But I consider myself a conaisseur and collector of rare horrorbooks. Let's be honest. To most of the Stephen King/ Dean Koontz horrorbuying population these writers will seem nothing but obscure.
DON'T LET THAT WITHHOLD YOU FROM TRACKING THIS DOWN!