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The Mammoth Book of Monsters (Mammoth Books) [Paperback]

Stephen Jones
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28 Jun 2007 Mammoth Books
This title features monsterrific stories by top names in horror writing. vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghouls...these and many other creatures of the night are featured in this bumper collection of stories by such authors as Clive Barker, Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Brian Lumley, Tanith Lee, Michael Marshall Smith, Kim Newman, Joe R. Lansdale, Lisa Tuttle, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Basil Copper and many others. Here you'll discover creatures both unnatural and manmade, as the walking dead rise from their graves, immortal blood suckers seek human nourishment, deformed monstrosities pursue their victims across the countryside, and the ugliest of nightmares is revealed to have a soul. Drawn from the pages of legend and literature, these stories feature things that slither, stagger, swoop, stomp and scamper. So bolt the doors, lock the windows and shiver in the shadows, because no-one is safe when the monsters are loose.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (28 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845295943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845295943
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'An essential volume for horror readers.' Locus 'The must-have anthology for horror fans.' Time Out 'This volume deserves to be on everyone's shelf.' Prism"

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Stephen Jones is one of Britain's most acclaimed horror anthologists. His other collections include the award-winning annual The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror and The Mammoth Book of Vampires.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Collection of Stories 25 Jan 2008
By B. D. Wilson VINE VOICE
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"The Mammoth Book of Monsters" is a satisfying collection of monsterrific tales of various types. Not every one is a hit, but if you buy this book you will undoubtedly find a few that tickle your fancy. I may as well tell you what my favourites - and least favourites - were.

I particularly enjoyed three stories, which also happened to be some of the longer ones in the collection. The first is THE HILL by Tanith Lee. The language this story is written in is bizarrely old-fashioned given it isn't THAT old, but it is genuinely disquieting and original. The second story I liked was THE FLABBY MEN by Basil Copper. This is a slightly sci-fi story about parasitic blob monsters on a government research island. And the third story, which was probably the best in the collection, was Clive Barker's RAWHEAD REX. Rawhead is an original monster, and this story devotes a good deal of time to his point of view, which was interesting, and it reads quite like a mini-novel, so complete is the story Barker concocts. This story is what this collection is all about.

Other stories which intrigued and entertained me, but not so much as those listed above, were DOWN THERE by Ramsey Campbell (takes a while to get going, but suitably horrific by the end), THE HORROR FROM THE MOUND by Robert E. Howard (a vampire tale from the 1930s which reads surprisingly modern today), THE THIN PEOPLE by Brian Lumley (a weird, largely goreless and non-violent tale, but fun nevertheless), OUR LADY OF THE SAUROPODS by Robert Silverberg (bio-engineered dinosaurs...inspiration for "Jurassic Park", perhaps?
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag of monsters 11 Nov 2011
By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a mixed bag, some great tales, some novellas or short books virtually reproduced (Rawhead Rex) and all the authors featured are either well enough known for horror writing or are likely to be of interest to anyone enjoying that style of writing.

I suspect that my favourite stories where the two which where adapted to film, Clive Barker's Rawhead Rex and The Shadmock, although the film story adaptation (by Amicus films, The Monster Club) was not the same as the story itself. These both introduced new creatures which where unmistakeably monsterous, Barker's a child eating giant, The Shadmock a descendent of interbreeding between vampires, werewolves and ghouls.

There are other tales which prove memorable and amusing but which are shorter or even humourous, such as Godzilla's 22 Step programme, which involves monsters attempting to overcome their addiction to trashing entire cities. Downmarket is a pretty formulaic tale of human sacrifice, a little reminiscent of a snap shot from The Wicker Man, only featuring a monster as opposed to a bunch of mad yokels. It was a quick tale but one of the best.

There are some rotten tomatoes, including tales by popular writers such as Brian Lumnley or Robert Silverberg, really the story of the blob in the basement in Down There seemed like free wheeling and Silverberg's queen of the dinos tale was silly compared with the good work he has produced.

The book has a good introduction and each chapter and story begins with an introduction to the writer and their writing, sometimes with some note about the story itself. This permits some anticipation of the style, pace and content of each tale which is helpful. I would recommend this book to fans of the mammoth books series or monster stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original monsters 16 Feb 2009
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This is a great collection if you're looking for stories about monsters that aren't among the "classics". Not all of the stories are great, but there are some really good ones in there. One of the better Mammoth book of books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mammoth eh? 4 Sep 2010
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its a big book, but is it mammoth?

The definition of mammoth, if you take out the giant hairy elephant is -
Immensely large, Huge or Enourmous

its a decent size book full of short stories about monsters ( really ! )
of course we will all have differing opinions on which are good and which not so, but there are plenty in here worth reading ( other reviews offer suggestions )

if you like fast paced monster stories and remember that its a steal at this price, it has got to be worth a go.

its pretty big, but its no extinct proboscidea

Paul, Cardiff
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough hits, too many misses 1 Oct 2010
By James Seger - Published on Amazon.com
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I've decided I need to read more anthologies. I found a number of The Mammoth Book of... anthologies on sale and picked them up. I started with The Mammoth Book of Monsters simply because it seems to be the least reviewed.

I enjoy reading anthology introductions and was looking forward to what Stephen Jones would have to say as he is such a well known and respected editor of horror fiction. I stopped reading it because it seemed to serve mainly as a laundry list of the monster in each story: "'Blah Blah' is an example of a modern vampire story, followed by So and So's story 'Blah Blah' which deals with werewolves." I'm surprised in all his years of editing, Stephen Jones isn't better at writing introductions. Starting the book with spoilers for each of the stories in the collectionis not a good idea. Ah well, on to the stories.

Unfortunately the first story in the book, 'Visitation' by David J. Schow, got things off to a bad start. The story felt fifty years out of date. A sort of modern version of William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost Finder stories that just didn't work for me. Things weren't much better with Ramsey Campbell's 'Down There'. A story with a promising setup and fine writing that is just missing something at its core.

Things picked up a bit with Scott Edelman's 'The Man He Was Before', a sort of I Am Legend take-off, except the survivors are a dysfunctional family. Works better than I am probably making it sound.

From there (almost) each story was an improvement on the previous one. I really enjoyed Michael Marshall Smith's 'Someone Else's Problem', Sydney J. Bounds 'Downmarket' and Kim Newman's 'The Chill Clutch of the Unseen'. But the problem is that the good stories weren't quite good enough to make up for the poor ones and there were too many stories that were just so-so.

Even the stories by very good, known writers tended to be far from their best. For instance, Clive Barker (one of the best short horror writers I've ever read) is represented by 'Rawhead Rex' one of the cheesiest stories in his excellent Books of Blood collections.

It's doubly disappointing because a collection of monster stories offers such a wide canvas. In one way or another almost any horror story could fit that requirement. So why isn't this one better? A selection of okay stories and duds with an exceptional story or three does not make for a very good collection. And front loading the collection with two disappointments kind of affected my view of the book.

I will read further 'Mammoth Horror' volumes, but would be hard pressed to recommend this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 11 Feb 2014
By Demetrius Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
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Some stories are short some are not some are good some are okay overall it a good way to pass time.
3.0 out of 5 stars There were a few decent stories. 8 Feb 2013
By Nathaniel Trusting - Published on Amazon.com
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However, overall, this is the first Stephen Jones collection I have been disappointed in. It just seemed as if a majority of the stories were merely lackluster. One could argue that most did not in fact even involve a monster per say. I had intended to review each story individually, but the book was so uninspiring that I've already donated it others to read.
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