The Tenth Black Book of Horror Paperback – 31 Oct 2013
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About the Author
Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now turned full-time writer. He cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British crime drama, The Bill, and has written extensively in the field of film, audio drama and children's animation. He is also well known for his work in the thriller and horror fields.
Paul lives in Lancashire, with his wife Catherine and his children, Eleanor and Harry. His website can be found at www.paulfinchauthor.com.
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Every year, I patiently wait for Charles Black and Mortbury Press to release their next Black Book of Horror. I anticipate its release just like I anticipate the next book release from some of my other favourite authors. The Black Book of Horror goes onto my ‘must-read’ list long before the next book is even announced to the public. Why? Well, it’s simple really… I can honestly say, without a doubt, that The Black Book of Horror is the best bloody anthology out there. I’m not kidding, The Black Books of Horror are proudly on display in my library, in one of the most honourable spots I could manage (on the top right shelf, between Kim Newman and James P. Blaylock’s books).
I love the artwork by Paul Mudie (sir, you have a die-hard fan right here), I love the fact that there are little to no editing errors, and I absolutely adore how meticulous Charles Black is when he selects the stories that will feature in the book. It’s not just another anthology… The Black Books of Horror will never be just another anthology…
No, The Black Books of Horror are the embodiment of proper horror literature, filled with stories that will thrill and chill readers from the beginning to the end. But what makes these books so incredibly special is that although you know you’re going to get quality, you’ll still be pleasantly surprised by the content.
The Tenth Black Book of Horror is no different in that regard. It comprises of 15 tales that will stay with you long after you’ve switched off the lights, and although one of these stories didn’t exactly tickle my fancy in the usual way, I’ll admit that I was still tickled. That being said, there are some remarkable pieces in this book. Now, as always I don’t go out and review each and every story in an anthology, I review the book in a whole. However, I have to take off my hat to David A. Sutton for his story The Pre-Raphaelite Painting, Carl P. Thompson for The War Effort, Thana Niveau for Guinea Pig Girl (I’d love to see that story be made into a movie) and Paul Finch for Marshwall. These are some excellent stories from excellent authors, but even those I didn’t name outright still had a way of scaring me, so that definitely counts.
All in all, if you haven’t gotten your hands on one of these books yet, you’re really missing out on a lot of awesome tales. The Black Books of Horror have a lot to offer readers who love horror, and each one of these anthologies are little gems you wouldn’t be able to put down, so do yourself a favour and get your hands on them. You won’t be disappointed.
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