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A Book of Horrors Paperback – September 18, 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great compilation. Some authors I knew some I discovered anew. Multiple perspectives and storytelling techniques make this one worthy of savoring.Published 11 months ago by Jan Barnes
This is a wonderful collection of stories. My favorites were The Little Green God of Agony and the Coffinmaker's Daughter. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
I always look for a good book dealing with horror around Halloween. The various authors brought their creativity and insights to the spiritual world. Read morePublished 15 months ago by RRDARO
I believe there were only two or three gripping stories in this well intended collection. Sometime that's all one can expect, but I was hoping for more.Published 15 months ago by johnwil
Never does King stop. Thank the Devil, or are we just increasingly lucky to have him?Published 17 months ago by Tom Lee
Where's Cujo or Pennywise when you need them? I didn't have one nightmare. Still, curiosity kept me coming back. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alan Harris