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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250018526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250018526
  • ASIN: 1250018528
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The abundance of talent will provide ample delights and frights for anyone in search of true classic horror” –Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

STEPHEN JONES is the multiple-award-winning editor and author of more than one hundred books in the horror and fantasy genres. A former television director/producer, movie publicist, and consultant (including the first three Hellraiser movies), he has edited the reprint anthology Best New Horror for more than twenty years. He lives in Wembley, Middlesex, and travels widely.

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Moody TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 17, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The new non-theme horror anthology from acclaimed editor Stephen Jones comes with a mission. As Jones' introduction puts it, "the time has come to reclaim the horror genre" from an "avalanche of disposable volume aimed at the middle-of-the-road reader." These disposable volumes, it transpires, are the non-horror monster and supernatural stories that are in vogue at present, which Jones-- sounding, it must be said, too much like a cranky old man-- notes are not your father's Creatures of the Night. Despite the contempt implicit in "middle-of-the-road reader," Jones claims that the popularity of these books would not be a problem, "if publishers and booksellers were not usurping the traditional horror market" with such books.

He never gets around to providing evidence for this usurpation (are major publishers actually releasing less "real" horror than they did before the rise of the horror-lite category? are sales of "real" horror particularly lower than they have been since the collapse of the mainstream horror market in the late 1980s?), simply assuming that the success of these two types of fiction is part of a zero-sum game. The introduction ends with the rather grandiose claim that "if you enjoy the stories assembled within these pages, then you can say you were there when the fight back began." Whether A Book of Horrors will have anything like the success and influence necessary to back up that assertion, it's a very fine anthology, one that will delight readers already acquainted with the genre and give fans of paranormal fiction a sense of what "real" horror has to offer.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Paul Campbell on October 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
... and his name is Stephen Jones. In his introduction Jones asks what happened to the horror field: it's currently been hijacked by a sub-genre called `Paranormal Romance', a sub-category aimed at teens and featuring vampires with no bite and werewolves with no teeth. It was bad enough that horror movies descended into the torture equivalent of a pornographic thrill, now it seems horror literature is turning into `chick lit'.

Someone save us!

`A Book of Horrors', then, is a rebuttal to today's current sub-genre and a call to arms for an honest-to-goodness collection of horror stories, thus it's plain "It does exactly what it says on the box" title.

But before we begin, let us pause at the book's dedication, where five writers/editors are sited as Jones's inspiration throughout his career. Horror aficionados will, of course, be familiar with Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Charles L. Grant and Karl Edward Wagner. Less familiar, perhaps, is David A. Sutton. But make no mistake, Sutton's importance to Jones's career is huge. They have been co-editors since the 1970s, from the multi-awarding winning `Fantasy Tales' magazines and anthologies through to six volumes each of the equally lauded `Dark Voices' and Dark Terrors' series in the 1990s and early 2000s. It's a safe bet to assume that working with Sutton all those years gave Jones the confidence to finally go it alone with "The Mammoth Book of Terror" is 1991.

And 20 years later Jones gives us `A Book of Horrors', the flagship release from the newly formed imprint Jo Fletcher Books. Jones wanted horror and STEPHEN KING gives him it with both barrels fully loaded. "The Little Green God of Agony" is about a rich man who wants to bypass the hard work of physical rehabilitation following a plane crash.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nerine Dorman on May 15, 2012
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For those of you who despair that an antidote for all the glittery vampires and torture porn won't be found, look no further than this superb collection that Stephen Jones has put together. I appreciated the fact that I saw a few familiar names like Stephen King Caitlin R Kiernan and Ramsey Campbell, but was pleased to find new favourites among them, such as Reggie Oliver, Elizabeth Hand and Angela Slatter, whose other published works will eventually find their way onto my kindle. This one's a keeper, and I'm glad I own the paperback. It's staying on my bookshelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Literary Omnivore on November 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a new collection of short stories in the horror genre. There are a lot of top-notch names here, including perennial favorite Stephen King, but I found the stories to be pretty second tier. For horror stories, these were not terribly horrifying. For my money the best of the collection is the sad and unsettling "Roots and All," which deals with the deterioration of a rural area and the prices that must be paid to restore it. Most of the other stories were pretty "meh" to me, including that from one of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Hand. In fact I found her story to be more interesting for the fact that she claims, in her end notes, that an identical experience actually happened to her when she was growing up than for the story itself. The story was definitely not in the class of her incredible tale, "Prince of Flowers," that made fans of so many of us. I would recommend this for hard-core horror fans who are starving for something new to read but if you're looking for something outstanding you will not find it here.
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