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18 Oct 2012 Mammoth Books
The year's best, and darkest, tales of terror, showcasing the most outstanding new short stories by both contemporary masters of the macabre and exciting newcomers. As ever, this acclaimed anthology also offers a comprehensive overview of the year in horror, a necrology of recently deceased luminaries, and a list of indispensable addresses horror fans and writers. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world's leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (18 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780330901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780330907
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The world's premier annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction.

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Stephen Jones has won three World Fantasy Awards, four Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards and three International Horror Guild Awards. He has won the British Fantasy Award nineteen times and is also a Hugo Award nominee. A former television producer/director and genre movie publicist and consultant he has co-edited numerous books including The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series as well as numerous other Mammoths. He lives in London.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series. 8 Nov 2012
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One of the highlights of my book buying year is receiving the current edition of "The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror".
This year's volume, volume 23, is once again of a high quality.
As usual we have Stephen Jones' introduction, which at 87 pages, is shorter than normal. Mr Jones notes in his comments that he has been asked to keep this section briefer than normal and I for one am slightly sad at this. I am unable to keep up with what is happening in the horror world and Mr Jones' introductions always keep me abreast on things I may have missed.
However, this volume is all about the stories and this year sees some crackers. I was slightly disappointed by two overall, both of which shall remain nameless as I would not wish to influence anyone before they have read them.
The full contents listing is as follows;

Stephen Jones - Introduction: Horror In 2011

Ramsey Campbell - Holding The Light
Christopher Fowler - Lantern Jack
Paul Kane - Rag And Bone
Gemma Files - Some Kind Of Light Shines From Your Face
Joel Lane - Midnight Flight
Tim Lebbon - Trick Of The Light
Gregory Nicoll - But None Shall Sing For Me
Alison Littlewood - About The Dark
Daniel Mills - The Photographer's Tale
Mark Samuels - The Tower
Peter Atkins - Dancing Like We're Dumb
Simon Strantzas - An Indelible Stain Upon The Sky
Joan Aiken - Hair
Steve Rasnic Tem - Miri
Geeta Roopnarine - Corbeaux Bay
Michael Marshall Smith - Sad, Dark Thing
Robert Silverberg - Smithers And The Ghost Of The Thar
Reggie Oliver - Quieta Non Movere
Joe R.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Usual stuff 26 Mar 2013
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My annual one-stop shop for good horror. Not every story hits the mark (for me, at least) but there's no better anthology out there.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
'Best New Horror' is now the longest running annual 'best of' horror anthology ever, beating the previous 22-volume record held for the past eighteen years by DAW Books for 'The Year's Best Horror Stories' (1971-1994). Although, in fairness to the industrious Ellen Datlow, she has - so far - edited an unbroken run of 25 annual 'best of' anthologies, twenty-one with St. Martin's Press and currently four with Night Shade Books. Of course, both have a ways to go yet to beat the mighty Gardner Dozois, who has edited a colossal 34 'best of' science fiction volumes since 1977, five with the publisher Dutton and, presently, twenty-nine editions of 'The Year's Best Science Fiction'.

Last year 'Best New Horror' and Datlow's 'The Best Horror of the Year' overlapped by quite a few stories: this year none overlap. In fact, together with Paula Guran's 'The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror', only one story is duplicated out of a total of 77, making this year a true embarrassment of riches.

RAMSEY CAMPBELL leads off with "Holding the Light". Curiosity, a burning need to just know: the curse of youth, as young Tom and Lucas find out when they go exploring a local tunnel said to be haunted. As ever, Campbell's language is deceptively simple, the accumulative effect eerie, one of dread.

Next up CHRISTOPHER FOWLER gives us a mischievous piece of whimsy, presented as the monologue of a patron of The Jack O'Lantern pub telling a new customer about the strange events that always seem to occur there throughout its history on All-Hallows Eve. Readers of Fowler's recent Hammer-homage horror novel 'Hell Train' will know just how delightfully sly he can be, and as with the best of tongue-in-cheek horror "Lantern Jack" still manages to give a nasty bite at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best new horror 23 May 2013
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Stephen Jones is renowned for bringing the best new horror fiction to eager readers and this collection is truly a joy. Many of the works were more of the uncanny variety which appears to be where the genre is heading. I thoroughly enjoyed the collection and Jones' summary of the current state of horror in literature, films, television etc. However, I've knocked a star off because some of the stories failed to connect with my sense of the macabre, although the quality of the writing and story telling is fantastic throughout
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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By any standards this is a massive volume of work considering the price of the download.


Holding the Light - Ramsey Campbell, Lantern Jack - Christopher Fowler, Rag and Bone - Paul Kane, Some Kind of Light From Your Face - Gemma Files, Midnight Flight - Joel Lane, Trick of the Light - Tim Lebbon, But None Shall Sing for Me - Gregory Nicoll, About the Dark - Alison Littlewood, The Photographer's Tale - Daniel Mills, The Tower - Mark Samuels, Dancing Like We're Dumb - Peter Atkins, An Indelible Stain Upon the Sky - Simon Strantzas, Hair - Joan Aiken, Miri - Steve Rasnic Tem, Corbeaux Bay - Geeta Roopnarine, Sad, Dark Thing - Michael Marshall, Smithers and the Ghosts of the Thar - Robert Silverberg, Quiet Non Movere - Reggie Oliver, The Crawling Sky - Joe R. Lansdale, Wait - Conrad Williams, The Ocean Grand, North West Coast - Simon Kurt Unsworth, They That Have Wings - Evangeline Walton, White Roses, Bloody Silk - Thana Niveau, The Music of Bengt Karlsson, Murderer - John Ajvide Lindqvist, Passing Through Peacehave - Ramsey Campbell, Holiday Home - David Buchan.

I've read most of the 'New Best Horror Series'. They're a great way of introducing yourself to different authors from past and present (Ramsey Campbell to Michael Marshall) and helping you discover someone you might not otherwise have read.

My personal favourites in the anthology are The Music of Bengt Karlsson, Murderer and They That Have Wings but others came a very close second. I'm happy to recommend this series of books to any fan of the horror genre. There are bound to be some stories you don't like but; there are more than enough of them to make up for those.
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