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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; paperback / softback edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579129145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579129149
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is easy to read and very enjoyable.
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This is a collection of scary stories from various authors like Edgar Allan Poe to Cody Goodfellow.
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Every collection of stories that John Skipp has assembled is awesome.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Guignard on April 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
REVIEWED: Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane
EDITED BY: John Skipp
PUBLISHED: September, 2012

It's hard to say that new John Skipp anthologies are better than the ones before it, because each of his books are a treasure of fiction stories. So with that being said, if you were a fan of his earlier anthologies, "ZOMBIES" or "WEREWOLVES" or "DEMONS," this latest, "PSYCHOS," meets the same level of quality horror and depth of genre you may have found before. It's another immense collection, clocking in at about 600 pages, oversize trim, and 38 stories, plus introduction and various appendices. As before, the book also covers historic fiction, famous reprints, and plenty of new works by some of the best names in dark fiction, such as Neil Gaimon, Jack Ketchum, Joe R. Lansdale, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Bentley Little. Some of my personal favorite stories in this book include the Stoker-nominated tale, "Righteous," by Weston Ochse, the seminal "Lucy Comes To Stay," by Robert Bloch, "The Shallow End of the Pool," by Adam-Troy Castro, "Damaged Goods," by Elizabeth Massie, and "The Small Assassin" by Ray Bradbury.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Doren on October 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm not a big fan of rivers of blood, but this collection balances the violence with the psychologically terrifying. A few of these stories actually broke my heart--All Through the House by Christopher Coake, Liar by Laura Behr, and Mommy Picks Me Up at Daycare. I loved the collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claudene Waters on June 8, 2013
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Lots of variety in this anthology, from the creepiest to the most horrifiying. So, if you are brave enough, dive in!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By luv46kdz on September 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
You can read this review on my blog, Tomes Devotee under Psychos.

I am not a big fan of short story compilations, but with my participation in Thrill Week with Tea Time With Marce, I saw this book on another bloggers page, Bitsy Bling Books, and thought, ok I'm going to give this a shot. Well, for those of you that are big fans of horror, this is going to be RIGHT up your alley!!!

I didn't like all of them equally, to be honest the first one made me go uh oh, but then it just got better and better! Writings from Poe,Bradbury,and Bloch to authors from our time like Amelia Beamer and Nick Mamatas. This was a blast, Marla's Eyes just was gross, and I had a fave, The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury.

I encourage those who love horror to pick this baby up, especially those who participate in Stainless Steel Droppings annual R.I.P event. Curl up with this little monster and a cup of cocoa on a chilly night with just a flashlight to read by....I dare you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Barbarick (Stuffed Shelves) on November 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Forget zombies, werewolves, and shapeshifters they aren't real so most people aren't afraid of them. Even ghosts, witches and demons, which some do believe in, they don't rank number one on the most feared by humans. The answer is, humans are afraid of other humans. They're unpredictable, and scary. This is a collection of scary stories from various authors like Edgar Allan Poe to Cody Goodfellow. The styles in writing may be different but the premise is all the same. To scare, to horrify, and to prepare you for the cruel world of horror that is out there.
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