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Psycho-Mania! [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Jones
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A stunning collection of twisted tales of psychos, schizoids and serial killers from the master horror anthologist Stephen Jones. With an introduction by Psycho author Robert Bloch.

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We all go a little mad sometimes ...

Included among these twisted tales - of psychos, schizoids and serial killers, many with a supernatural twist - is Reggie Oliver's revival of Edgar Allan Poe's wily French detective, C. Auguste Dupin, a new 'Bryant & May' London mystery from Christopher Fowler, child-actor-turnedprivate-eye Marty Burns investigating a quirky Hollywood case by Jay Russell and internationally bestselling Michael Marshall revisiting The Straw Men conspiracy.

Alongside one of Robert Bloch's most iconic stories, there's an original wraparound sequence in the style of the author by John Llewellyn Probert.

With classic reprints by R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Basil Copper and Dennis Etchison, original fiction by Peter Crowther, Brian Hodge, Richard Christian Matheson, Paul McAuley, Lisa Morton, Robert Shearman, Steve Rasnic Tem and others, you'd have to be out of your mind not to take a stab at these stories!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (17 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #534,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary Psycho-Mania! 15 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Psycho-Mania! is a collection of 36 short stories featuring killers and psychos from a wide variety of horror and crime writers, and edited by the excellent Stephen Jones. And it's a very good anthology!
As a long time fan of horror and crime fiction, it was no surprise that I was drawn to this book particularly with the garish but brilliant cover by Les Edwards. I've also read the latest edition of the Mammoth Book of Horror (no. 24), and was felt unusually under-whelmed by it, so I bought this on a whim. The book's stories are a mixture of new and classic, and I'll mention each in passing.
The anthology begins with a never-seen before introduction by Robert Bloch, author of Psycho (quite impressive since he died almost 20 years ago) which sets the scene perfectly. The first story in the book, by John Llewellyn Probert, forms a prologue, an epilogue and four `case conferences' in between which detail the findings of an investigative journalist when he arrives at the Crowsmoor Asylum. I read these together and the stories frame the anthology perfectly. The remaining stories are:
I Tell You Its' Love - Joe R. Lansdale (1983). Short but certainly not sweet - 8/10.
The Green Hour - Reggie Oliver (2013). An Auguste Dupin story (Edgar Allan Poe), set in nineteenth-century Paris and is a thoroughly evocative piece - 9/10.
The Secret Laws of the Universe - Steve Rasnic Tem (2013). A great piece, with a completely believable psycho - 9/10.
The Recompensing of Albano Pizar - Basil Copper (1973). An evocative and intriguing story set in Italy - 8/10.
Night Soil Man - David A. Sutton (2013). An atmospheric piece set in Victorian times. I just wish it was a little longer - 7/10.
Let My Smile Be Your Umbrella - Brian Hodge (2013). Quite a creepy story - 7/10.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 3.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 24 July 2014
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As is the case with most of the Jones edited anthologies, "Psychomania" was uneven but entertaining. The framing story by Probert was fun even if you saw the ending coming from the beginning. The collection itself does feature some excellent stories by Bloch, Gaiman, Etchison and Matheson as well as a real gem in my opinion by Michael Marshall. The remainder of the stories tend to be cliche or just average. The volume as a whole still provides an enjoyable read.
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