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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 18 [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Jones
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Well-crafted celebration of a continuously inventive genre
-- SFX Magazine, review

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The year's darkest tales of terror.

Here is the latest edition of the world's premier annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction. It features some of the very best short stories and novellas by today's masters of the macabre - including Neil Gaiman, Brian Keene, Elizabeth Massie, Glen Hirshberg, Peter Atkins and Tanith Lee. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror also features the most comprehensive yearly overview of horror around the world, lists of useful contact addresses and a fascinating necrology. It is the one book that is required reading for every fan of macabre fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1152 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (4 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005A54K42
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not horror 7 Sep 2008
By M. King
Format:Paperback
I grew up reading Pan horror anthologies at a time when horror was perhaps not quite so subtle and you could smell the blood from dissected recalcitrant wives, husbands, mothers etc, seeping from every page.

We have gone back to subtler times and it shows with this book. As other reviewers have said there are some decent horror stories in here, however there was absolutely nothing scary in anything I read. Unsettling, thought provoking yes. Terrifying no !

I'd point out that the first thing that annoyed me was a 70 page summary of horror in 2006. Not only was it a disjointed unreadable mess of a summary, with no preamble and no conclusion to speak of, it also had large chunks that were nothing to do with horror,or, if we are being kind, dark fantasy. Superman Returns and a DVD reissue of Superman 2 for instance got 3 para's.

This set me up nicely for the realisation that the editors hadn't been able to pack this book with horror or Dark fantasy and thats exactly what turned out to be the case.

Its not a bad read by any stretch of the imagination but Jones has done a poor job here and might have been better off not publishing an anthology if there wasn't anything of substance to publish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By B. D. Wilson VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Volume 18 of the annual "Best New Horror" anthologies edited by Stephen Jones was the only volume of the series that I was able to get hold of, which annoyed me as there were others that looked considerably better than this.

Even so, there are a few good stories here. And I do mean A FEW. I counted five stories that I really enjoyed, out of 24. They were:

- DIGGING DEEP by Ramsey Campbell. It's a horror situation, all right, but dealt with in a fun, black comedy sort of way. I particularly liked the twist ending.
- THE NIGHT WATCH by John Gordon. Not a terribly original story, as it plays on the well-worn themes of The Creepy Museum That Used To Be A Dungeon kind of story, but it's well executed and enjoyable all the same.
- SENTINELS by Mark Samuels. A story about the unnatural creatures that live in abandoned Tube stations. One of the straightest, "pure", horror stories in the collection.
- WHAT NATURE ABHORS by Mark Morris. Unlike the previous reviewer, I really enjoyed this story and found it to be the most frightening in the book. I think what makes it scary is the fact that we really don't know why the events it recounts are happening. They just are. This ambiguity and confusion adds to the fear, in my opinion.
- SOB IN THE SILENCE by Gene Wolfe. This is your classic haunted house story. I liked it because of its familiarity and the fact that it is purely a horror story and little else.

Aside from this, one other story may be worth recommending: MAKING CABINETS by Richard Christian Matheson. This is undoubtedly a horror story...but it's only two pages long. You might as well read it, but don't expect it to be a really worthwhile addition to the collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet menace and cross-genre rule! 27 Oct 2007
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WINNER of The 2008 British Fantasy Society Award for 'Best Anthology of the Year 2007'.

What is horror?

Well, I can't answer that. After all, I'm not an S.T. Joshi or a John Clute and, further, not nearly as well read in the genre as I'd like to be (my 'to read' pile is really a mountain! Even when funds are tight, buying the books is the easy part - it's getting the time to read them. Sigh.)

But let's take a stab at it anyway, if only from the ill informed view point of a humble reader.

Even as a teenager during the '80's horror boom, when I first discovered the delights of the dark fantastic, I had little to no interest in movies or TV relating to the horror field. It was always the midlist writers to whom I gravitated: Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Charles L. Grant, Thomas Ligotti, Thomas Tessier and others. Many more, of course, most of whom, although they were all active in the '80's, I didn't personally get around to reading until recently.

The whole bad joke of the Splatterpunk movement was, mercifully, short lived and rightly derided. However, to me, that's all media horror is: sure, I can get as much of a visceral thrill out of, say, Saw or The Descent as anyone, but they leave little impression. As sad looking and 'of the moment' as a Greggs bakery Halloween cake seen on the 1st of November.

Old horror was easy, right? It was monsters, surely. Werewolves and vampires and cheap thrills and shocks as celebrated in Creepshow's homage to EC Comics.

But is new horror, then, simply the monsters within us? Absolutely...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 16 Jun 2013
By TootSweet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Has many stories, many thoughts, many ideas and not one made my bones chill. It takes a while to go through this kind of book. I love horror and the only horror here is in the title.
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