From Publishers Weekly
If the essence of the horror tale is a confrontation with the alien, then what better way to express it than in stories that chronicle the unsettling experiences of characters traveling in unfamiliar lands. Anthologist supreme Jones (The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror
) mixes 20 stories old and new by some of horror's best and brightest, and the result is a travelogue of terror whose contents span the globe. In Basil Copper's elegant The Cave, a vacationer's walking tour in Austria leads him to a monster of legend. D. Lynn Smith's eerie Charnel House tells of an English woman whose quest for spiritual revelation in Egypt plunges her into occult mysteries. Ramsey Campbell mixes humor and horror in Seeing the World, wherein a man's neighbors bring something terrible back from their vacation in Italy. These and stories by Dennis Etchison, Glen Hirshberg, Clive Barker and others so effectively convey their themes that readers are advised not to bring this book with them on vacation. (July)
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This stout theme anthology on what can happen on summer vacations is a winner. Jones, a leading horror editor active on both sides of the Atlantic, proffers 21 stories in as many settings, ranging from London dinner parties to Africa, the Greek Islands, California, Russia, and a Paris that starts off as the city of our world but quickly moves onward and downward. The contributors range from the late Karl Edward Wagner and Nebula Grand Master Robert Silverberg to a considerable number of literate, distinguished writers who have broken into print in this century (e.g., Nancy Holder, previously known for Buffy tie-in fiction). Of course, that venerable vendor of versatility and excellence in short fiction, Harlan Ellison, pitches in, too. If the chills are unevenly distributed, the pleasurable reading is constant. Green, Roland