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  1. says:

    I ll review each story as I come to itHolding the Light by Ramsey CampbellTwo young boys explore a purportedly haunted tunnel It may initially feel a hackneyed set up and the way the teenagers speak does a feel a bit like a pensioner imagining teenagers speak , but Campbell proves again why he is scare master supreme on these isles A brilliantly chilling tale.Lantern Jack by Christopher FowlerA chatty tale of a Halloween curse in a South London boozer You can almost smell the spit and sawdust I loved it Rag and Bone by Paul KaneA gripping opening line When Ted opened his eyes, he realised he was hanging in a room, surrounded by corpses , but an over heated tale which manages to bring in family betrayal, a woman scorned, serial killings and ancient curses It could do with being a bit less busy.Some Kind of Light Shines From Your Face by Gemma FilesSteinbeck meets Greek myth with a sharp twist of horror For the first few paragraphs I rebelled a bit against the folksiness of this tale, but soon fell into the rhythms and pace This is an incredibly evocative chiller, which builds up to an undoubtedly strange but still somewhat inevitable conclusion.Midnight Flight by Joel LaneAn amnesiac tries to track down an anthology of weird fiction It s an interesting premise, but the tale itself manages to be o...


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    Alrighty, then, around we go yet againThe Horror In 2011 is the usual stuff but, as I ve said before, nobody takes the time to do something like this and I find it worthwhile to comb over and pull out the few plums Jones little soapbox moment at the end this year mentions that he s been asked by his publishers to cut this and the Necrology, which I hope won t happen or, if it does, that the effort gets replicated into some digital online format The review of audio horror each year is indispensable And MBOBNH is now the longest running Year s Best anthology horror series Other than that, it s the usual endless flood of mostly tired novels, overpriced and limited runs of classic and rare materials, author compilations and new publishers launching while older ones succumb And so the wheel turnsTwo stories here didn t work for me at all Rag And Bone by Paul Kane is a very predictable supernatural force takes revenge story, in this case dressed in the malignant form of the titular British street seller and operating as some kind of folkloric avenger against transgressions Yawn David Buchan s Holiday Home , on the other hand, finishes off the book with a ...


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    SEE STATUS UPDATES FOR INDIVIDUAL REVIEWS 1 22 Review for 23 in updates is actually for 24 whoooops 23 Totally didn t get it, but it was sufficiently creepy Dude was evil, but how and why I have no clue Excellent violence rating though 24 See status update for 23 25 Ah, the haunted train station It was weird The misheard announcements were confusing Bit meh 26 Hardly a story, but definitely a shudder factor Overall Review Right so it s a book of hits and misses really Some of these blew me away and really had me shuddering and leaving extra lights on and then others had me scratching my head wondering what just happened There seems to be some unwritten rule that says vague endings make good horror stories but personally I like to know a little bit about how the horror works I mean, you still need something for the imagination to work with, whereas some of these were so vague it was just a disappointing ending But then, in others, the vague ish ending was perfect, like 8, aka About the Dark I also enjoyed the well balanced, complete stories, like 19, aka The Crawling Sky, and 24, The Music of Bengt Karlsson, Murderer They were nice and round, with a nice hor...


  4. says:

    This is one that I finished months ago, and just realized was still on my currently reading shelf I love Stephen Jones MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR series, and make sure to get a copy of every years These are the books I take with me to appointments, etc., where you know you ll have some time to read, but not HOW MUCH I didn t take notes on the stories themselves, but marked several that particu...


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    most of them were 1 5s and 2 5s for me, although they were not really bad, just very forgettable and many not really horror, but just new weird There were a few 5s, though, that raised my overall impression, like those from Joel Lane, Tim Lebbon ...


  6. says:

    This book of short horror stories was okay I only found about a third of them actually gave me any sense of horror It s not bad for those times when you only have about 10 minutes or so to spare.


  7. says:

    The first couple of stories were the best, but all in all, every story in this anthology was a good story Some packed a bigger punch than others but this is a good selection of horror stories.


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    I can t tell you how delighted I was when this dropped on my doorstep It s the first Mammoth book I have ever read and I was not disappointed I m waiting anxiously for the release of book number 24 this year.There are 14 stories in total, including short stories, flash fiction pieces and novellas There are pieces written by well known horror writers and also some less known newcomers and sets out to showcase the best in contemporary horror I have read themed horror anthologies in the past but this isn t as restrictive and I found the variation in theme and length kept me interested and eager to continue to the next delight I won t go into detail on every single story as I find those type of reviews tedious but I will highlight three of my favourites.The first one was The Photographers Tale written by Daniel Mills The short story takes you back to 1892 and has a twist on the subject of spirit photography a subject I am deeply fascinated by Lowell is a professional photographer who is sent a camera from his estranged apprentice The camera of course isn t as it first appears and when Lowell looks through the lens he sees his subjects as they would look like in old age but also can see th...


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    This is a really great series, and this book was up to the usual standard Had lots of interesting stories in it Lantern Jack by Christopher Fowler told the story of a cursed bar There were two stories by Ramsey Campbell, who was one of my favorite British horror writers, one about a young boy who takes his cousin into the woods to a haunted tunnel to play a prank, but of course things go disastrously wrong the ending was a little too open ended for my taste and another one about an elderly man who gets off on an abandoned train station, with some very weird things happening, and it was a little predictable, but I enjoyed it anyway The Crawling Sky was one of my favorites it was by Joe R Lansdale, and was about an old time traveling preacher in the past who encounters a demon after taking up with the town lunatic in a rundown town The creature climbs out of the well and he has to find a way to vanquish it The Ocean Grand, Northwest Coast told the story of artwork that came to life in an abandoned hotel, and claims the lives of those who came to renovate it They That Have Wings told the story of three soldiers it s not clear whether it s World War I or World War II who encounter something supernatural in the mountains Another story that takes place in the past, White Roses, Bloody Silk tells the story of the Victorian dinner party that goes wildly wrong Rag and Bone was another story that dealt with revenge, in this case, a jilted woman an...


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    Stephen Jones is an unreliable anthologist For every good anthology like Psychomania there is a painful reminder such as Shadows Over Innsmouth of why Jones should not be allowed to play unsupervised When I see Jones name on the side of a book I want to be able to trust that what I am picking up is quality, and you would think that with multiple World Fantasy awards to his name I would be insured that You would be wrong I recently read The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 23, edited by the aforementioned Stephen Jones, and I am going to be brutal Constant Reader if you find yourself in possession of this volume, don t read it True there are some quality stories such as Joe Lansdale s The Crawling Sky or Michael Marshall Smith s Sad Dark Thing But they are buried amongst a lot of dreck Hmm Ok, let s do it this way other stories I enjoyed in this collection were Dancing Like We re Dumb by Peter Atkins, Miri by Steve Rasnic Te...


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