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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569759847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569759844
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,227,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen Jones: Stephen Jones lives in London, England. He is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, four Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards and three International Horror Guild Awards, as well as being a twenty-times recipient of the British Fantasy Award and a Hugo Award nominee. A former television producer/director and genre movie publicist and consultant, he is one of Britain’s most acclaimed anthologists of horror and dark fantasy with more than 100 books to his credit.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Moody TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 22, 2011
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When my copy of this new ghost story anthology arrived, I showed it to my mother, who reads Stephen King and likes a good ghost story but otherwise isn't much interested in horror. She promptly laid claim to it, and because I already had enough horror piled up to be getting on with, I let her take it. I share this domestic interlude not because I've mistaken this review for a LiveJournal entry but because my mother's perspective on the anthology is quite different from mine, making me wonder if my standards are too exacting. Whatever the reasons, she liked every story in the roughly half the anthology she read before I borrowed it back, while I, having read the whole thing, find it decidedly uneven, with a number of dated or uninspired stories. There are enough worthy reprints and original gems to earn the anthology a hesitant recommendation for adherents of the ghost story, but its frustrating variations in quality prevent Haunts from creating the consistent atmosphere of unease that permeates a truly successful horror anthology.

After a striking reprinted poem by Richard L. Tierney, the anthology's first story is its only famous reprint: the M. R. James classic "A Warning to the Curious." I've recently written about some of the reasons this story works so well; a one-line summary might be that James' prose is deceptively simple, disguising a mastery of voice behind a unstylish exterior. There are, unfortunately, a couple stories in Haunts that show what you get when such methods are used by writers with less of a gift for them. R.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Campbell on October 26, 2011
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This is Jones's third part reprint/part original anthology with Ulysses Press, consisting this time around of 25 stories and poems, 10 of which are original. The originals being from such stalwarts as Christopher Fowler, Michael Marshall Smith, the wonderful Lisa Tuttle and Tanith Lee and rising short story stars Sarah Pinborough, Robert Shearman and Simon Kurt Unsworth.

Of Jones's many `Mammoth Book of...' volumes with Robinson/Running Press (vampires, werewolves, zombies etc.) he has never done a Mammoth Book of Ghosts - due to the great anthologist Richard Dalby beating him to it, twice, with the truly mammoth 1300 page 2 volume set he released through Robinson in 1990 and '91 (Jones's first `Mammoth' title appeared in '91). Although Jones has previously done two all reprint ghost anthologies before (co-edited with R. Chetwynd-Hayes) `Haunts' marks the editor's first collection of ghost stories to feature original tales. It's telling, too, that only half-a-dozen of the reprints have a pre-1990 copyright date: Richard Dalby truly had mined the best ghost stories up to that point. Indeed, `Haunts' is warmly dedicated to him: "For Richard Dalby, who knows this stuff better than anyone else!" I urge the reader to seek out secondhand copies of those 2 volumes; they really are a treasure trove of priceless gems.

- But onwards to `Haunts': happily Jones has compiled a 480 page tome worthy of being considered a third instalment to Dalby's 2 landmark volumes, with the 19 post-1990 tales from the preceding 20 years ably holding their own against the high standard Dalby had set.
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By Terryb on January 31, 2014
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Well written and an excellent way to discover new writers. I love the short stories and it is my preferred way of sampling new genres before embarking on full novels. This collection is of a high quality.
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