The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Horror (Two Decades of Dark Fiction)
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For twenty years The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror has been recognized as the world's foremost annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction. Now, with one story from each year in which it has been published, from 1989 to 2008, representing the work of dozens of authors, many of them acknowledged as the foremost practitioners of the genre, multi-award-winning editor Stephen Jones looks back on two decades of superb writing to bring readers the ultimate horror fiction anthology.
With names such as Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler, Neil Gaiman, Michael Marshall Smith, Paul J. McAuley and Lisa Tuttle, this collection represents a true landmark in horror fiction publishing.
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fizzled into sticky rivulets where the flags joined. I was still thirsty. Charley looked bad. She was drunk, that was obvious, and she had been sick down herself, and she had wet herself. Hayden was in the process of trying to mop up the mess when we knocked and entered. “How is she?” Ellie asked pointlessly. “How do you think?” He did not even glance at us as he tried to hold onto the babbling, crying, laughing and puking Charley. “Maybe you shouldn’t have given her so much to drink,” Ellie
strung out hand in hand and dancing, towards the INN, of the Transylvanian Village of Bistritz. We close on a leaded window and pass through – the set opening up to let in the camera – to find JONATHAN HARKER, a young Englishman with a tigerish smile, in the centre of a tableau Breughel interior, surrounded by peasant activity, children, animals, etc. He is framed by dangling bulbs of garlic, and the VILLAGE WOMAN’s crucifix is echoed by one that hangs on the wall. Everyone, including the
memory of another old friend and colleague, pulp writer Hugh B. Cave). It was therefore no surprise that my editorial explained that there was just too much material now being produced in our genre every year for me to even attempt to cover everything in future. The publishers of the book on both sides of the Atlantic were already making noises about how the non-fiction content had grown over recent years (this volume was more than 630 pages long), and it was taking me ever longer to compile all
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