- Mass Market Paperback: 476 pages
- Publisher: Solaris; Original edition (27 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907992073
- ISBN-13: 978-1907992070
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,839,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
House of Fear Mass Market Paperback – 27 Sep 2011
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About the Author
Jonathan Oliver is the Editor-in-Chief of Solaris and Abaddon books, the author of Twilight of Kerberos: The Call of Kerberos and editor of End of the Line. House of Fear is his second anthology of horror as editor.
Top Customer Reviews
`The Windmill' by Rebecca Levene was probably a favourite for me after reading it through a couple of times, Levene looks at prison life for somebody who thinks they rally shouldn't be there. Weston Osche Takes a bit of a different spin in `Driving the Milky Way' with the tale unfolding around an R.V. in a desert making for a very memorable read. . Jonathan Green and Adam Nevill also put across stellar pieces of work.
I could happily go into detail about each and every story included here in detail but then the review would end up as long as the book. All in all, House of Fear is a very worthwhile project edited very well by Jonathan Oliver. As always with short story collections the real beauty is being able to pick it up whenever there is a spare half hour and blast through a quick satisfying read. 90% of what is included is brilliant and the other 10% is more than acceptable anyway.
Robert Shearman's "The Dark Space in the House in the House in the Garden at the Centre of the World" is a grim little retelling of the Genesis myth, as set in modern suburbia. Mr. Shearman is a cult hero for his weird and terrifying short fiction and this is an excellent start.
Lisa Tuttle ("Objects in Dreams may be Closer than they Appear") and Stephen Volk ("Pied-a-terre") both look into what it is that makes a house special - not the structure, but what it means to a family or couple. Both stories having their hauntings, but they're more likely to elicit a forlorn sniffle than a shriek. They're good horror, but they make you think.
For more overtly horrifying tales, Jonathan Green ("The Doll's House), Adam Nevill ("Florrie") and Weston Ochse ("Driving the Milky Way") will all make you lose sleep. Mr. Green, known more for his swashbuckling fantasy series, unveils an unexpected dark side in this tale of a crumbling family and the difficulties of raising a child. Adam Nevill's tale has a similar theme, but in the case of "Florrie", it isn't about children, it is about the elderly. Mr. Nevill makes a grandmotherly parlour into a truly horrible place. Mr. Ochse's haunted house is a caravan in the middle of the desert - a playhouse for children over the summer and the gateway to a terrible obssession.
There are some traditional tales, but even those have unique spins.Read more ›
How do you judge whether an anthology is good or not? One can't expect to love all of the stories, after all. But by any objective criteria I can think of House Of Fear isn't a good anthology; it's a great one:
Is the 'strike rate' of brilliant stories to merely average ones amazingly, impossibly high? Check
Do the stories selected illuminate and contrast well with each other? Check
Does the anthology introduce you to a load of great new authors you've not read before? Check, check, check
Here were a few of my favourite stories; I plan to write about some of these in more detail in my Strange Stories feature at some point.
Objects in Dreams May be Closer Than They Appear - Lisa Tuttle. Okay, Lisa Tuttle is not a writer who is new to me, but this story was, and it might be the best thing by her I've ever read. It's a story of our dream house (and dream life) as a trap, and it's deeply unnerving. And it would be the winner of the best titled story in the anthology, if not for:
The Dark Space in The House in The House in The Garden at The Centre of The World - Robert Shearman. Manages to combine the haunted house theme with an off the wall creation myth, a satirical look at modern middle-class life, and humour that genuinely made me laugh (especially the bits about cancer).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Surprised at how good this collection is. The short story is the best vehicle for ghosts spooks revenants and assorted horrors. Went to bed with deep unease!Published 19 months ago by mariana
This is a very good book indeed,If you like modern ghost stories,there are 19 stories in the book all from seasoned authors who know their craft well and it shows,and I hope there... Read morePublished on 12 July 2014 by Mrs W Waugh
The cover does state 19 Haunted House stories and although not all of the stories were what that led me to expect there are more than enough decent tales here to warrant a solid 4... Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2014 by I. R. Kerr
A very good collection of stories You will not regret this purchase. You will also not sleep well after reading it.Published on 6 July 2012 by SUSY TRILLINI
It is just under a year since I reviewed Jonathan Oliver's first collection of themed original horror shorts, The End of the Line. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2011 by Amazon Customer