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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: v. 21: The World's Premier Annual Showcase of Horror and Dark Fantasy Fiction (Mammoth Books) [Paperback]

Stephen Jones
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28 Oct 2010 Mammoth Books
This title includes the year's best, and darkest, tales of terror, showcasing the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of the macabre and exciting newcomers. As ever, this acclaimed anthology also offers the most comprehensive annual overview of horror around the world in all its incarnations; a comprehensive necrology of famous names; and, a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and writer alike. "The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror" remains the world's leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction. Praise for Stephen Jones: 'The best horror anthologist in the business is, of course, Stephen Jones, whose "Mammoth Book of Best New Horror" is one of the major bargains of this as of any other year' - Roz Kavaney. 'An essential volume for horror readers' - "Locus". 'Stephen Jones ...has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country' - Lisa Tuttle, "The Times Books".

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849013721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849013727
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Stories Are Great ... 18 Jun 2011
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Best New Horror 21 is a varied collection of short stories from some of the great names of the genre. I really enjoyed all of the stories, they all struck me as original and strong in their own areas. The only one to disappoint slightly was Joe Hill/Stephen King's story about a biker gang being chased by a juggernaut. The standout stories of the collection for me were Simon Strantza's "Cold To The Touch" a claustrophobic tale about an Inuit-discovered arctic anomaly, Mark Valentine's "The Axholme Toll", a solitary tale set in the borderland between ancient and modern in Lincolnshire's Isle of Axholme, particularly enjoyed because the setting is close to where I live. Finally, the most outstanding story for me is by Brian Lumley who shines as always in his tale of desolate hotel resorts and visitors from elsewhere.

My only criticism would be the 140+ pages' worth of other material - a not-so-brief essay on the machinations within the horror genre in 2009, and a long list of anyone connected to the genre who happened to have passed on recently. Still, it's a useful resource for those who are particularly keen on following the ins and outs of the genre with a fine-toothed comb.

The list of addresses of publications for aspiring writers is interesting but again possibly surplus to requirements as it's nothing a determined writer wouldn't already have in something like the The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2012 . Five stars would have been given for an extra 140 pages worth of fiction :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loses one star for padding 30 Oct 2010
While I have no quarrel with, nor would I seek to augment, the very full review already posted by Paul Campbell, I would just like to add that this 496 page compendium has a 100 page Introduction and an 88 page Necrology/Useful Addresses section. In other words, nearly 40% of the length is devoted to content other than horror stories. Having read many of these anthologies, I'm used to the conventions of both Introductions & Necrologies, but never before, I think, has this sort of content consumed so much of the total length of the book. I think if you'd paid the full dust cover price of 7.99 you might feel a little short changed. Hence only 4 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Horror Review for the Year 19 April 2012
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This is a chunky annual review of the world of horror which combines the work of some the best writers in the genre but also an invaluable review of the year in horror.

And when I say chunky, I mean chunky - it's almost 500 pages long.

Be warned, this is a summary of the year, so there is sizeable review section but Stephen Jones knows the horror world better than most so it's a informative review.

Of the stories, there are some big names as you would expect, I was disappointed with Joe Hill/Stephen Kings tale but I thoroughly enjoyed 'In the Garden' and all the others.

If you have not tried one of these volumes before, certainly worth a look but remember that you are not just getting a thick volume of fiction. It's a survey of the horror world.

I am awarding four stars purely because I would have preferred a few more short stories - am I being greedy? probably..
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Last month it was announced that BEST NEW HORROR had won the British Fantasy Society Award for Best Anthology (Original or Reprint) for the third consecutive year.

It now enters its 21st volume, with the editor's website already soliciting works first published in 2010 be submitted for consideration in #22. That would put the series on a par with the current record-holder for the longest running `best of' horror anthology, DAW Books' THE YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES (1971-1994), the final fifteen volumes of which were edited by the great Karl Edward Wagner; sales of this current volume will dictate whether or not the publishers will commission a 23rd.

And on the basis of this present selection it deserves to sell a bundle. As much as I admire - and religiously buy - Ellen Datlow's various anthologies, I got to admit that I feel Jones is better at balancing his Table of Contents: his books have an eclectic feel, slipping in an old-style tale, subtle and creepy, next to an all-out screamer, or a straight-up-whisky-shot urban angst depressor one minute and a tongue-in-cheek wry tale the next. Traditionally written, where the prose is clipped, suited and wearing a tie, to hip and flash, the writer letting their colloquialism all hang out. Datlow, meanwhile, is superb at maintaining a consistent mood throughout her choices - too successful perhaps, as witness INFERNO (2007); at times it can lend a certain lifelessness to the reading experience, as some of the sense of surprise has been subdued. You might not know what the next story will be about, but you'll know what kind of `feel' it will have to it.
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