- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books; paperback / softback edition (27 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857388118
- ISBN-13: 978-0857388117
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Book of Horrors Paperback – 27 Sep 2012
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'A quality primer for initiates to the genre' Time Out. (Time Out)
'[An] outstanding collection ... Stephen Jones has put horror back on the bookshelves in fine style and makes sure it stays there' Black Abyss. (Black Abyss)
'outstanding anthology' Black Static. (Black Static)
'a splendid collection that showcases everything that's best about both the short story and the horror anthology' SFX. (SFX)
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A call to arms for the horror story: a collection of the very best in chiller fiction by some of the brightest stars in the field.See all Product description
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Introduction:- Whatever Happened to Horror? Stephen Jones
The Little Green God of Agony - Stephen King
Charcloth, Firesteel and Flint - Caitlin R.Read more ›
Jones opens the book with a short introduction entitled "Whatever Happened To Horror". It's an enjoyable 'rant' which I fully agree with and bodes well for the rest of the book.
Directly following on from the introduction is the master of horror Stephen King and from there the quality of the book rarely dips. Of course with a volume of this size (427 pages) and this many stories (14) there are likely to be one or two that don't quite hit the spot but generally each tale is worth reading and, as you would expect from authors such as Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, John Ajivde Lindqvist, Lisa Tuttle, Michael Marshall Smith, the quality of writing is very good indeed.
As the nights draw in and one's thoughts turn to October and inevitably Halloween you could do a lot worse than have this on your dressing table to read before finally turning in for the night. Be warned. I cannot suggest that sleep will come easily afterwards.
This collection of short stories, edited by Stephen James and published by Jo Fletcher Books assembles original works from no fewer than fourteen accomplished horrorists. The list includes Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Crowther, Robert Shearman and John Ajvide Linqvist.
Now, it's no secret chez moi that I'm a Lindqvist fan. I have loved everything he's ever written. So it was his contribution that I went to first. The Music of Bengt Karlsson, Murderer is a splendidly chilling tale, and one of which Lindqvist himself says "It might be the one story I have written that has scared me the most......I wrote on in a state of mild but constant horror...It was a relief when it was over."
For me, quite unashamedly, A Book of Horrors is well worth having just for the Lindqvist contribution, but I'd be doubly foolish to overlook all of the others that sit so well with it between these superbly crafted covers. To have so many of the best horror writers of our day to dip in and out of makes for a must-have book.
The big surprise is the introduction from editor Stephen Jones, to my mind, a work of genius in itself. To quote from it:
"What the Hell happened to the horror genre?...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love horror books & this is perfect. It was a present & it is very much enjoyedPublished 4 months ago by Spikes
Dark & gruesome! Has a short story in by stephen king too. Perfect for late night reading by candlelight.Published 5 months ago by Saraya Raven
All were above average and great collection for those short interludes. Less horror more chiller but worth reading. Highly enjoyable.Published 14 months ago by Konrad Litwin
Superb seller, item arrived on time and as described, could not be happier.Published 19 months ago by Mr. R. LOWE
The stories in this book are okay but not hat i would call a scary read. Some of the are to long and drags on til you kan barely keep from skipping foreward to the next one. Read morePublished on 8 May 2015 by M. Illum