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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312646135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312646134
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,406,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Spotlighting monsters of all varieties ... Golden ... assembles a solid variety of tales."
--Publishers Weekly
"Contributions from Sharyn McCrumb, Tananarive Due, Heather Graham, and others make this a strong themed anthology."
--Library Journal

About the Author

Christopher Golden is the award-winning author of many bestselling books including Waking Nightmares, Of Saints and Shadows, Of Masques and Martyrs, and The Myth Hunters. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Soulless and Poison Ink, and he is the editor of The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology, published by St. Martin’s Press. His novels have been published in fourteen languages. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he continues to live with his family.

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They were all well written, and with a few exceptions greatly enjoyed.
Michelle L. Beck
They make perfect reading for times when you can't necessarily dive into a long book and they're also a great way to get a taste of a new (or new-to-you) author.
misplaced cajun
One of the strongest stories in this book "Specimen 313" from Jeff Strand will make you laugh and laugh while your stomach turns cold.
TammyJo Eckhart

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Book Blogger on December 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I downloaded the e-book it was actually because of Tananarive Due's short story "The Lake" which is part of Golden's anthology and was so engrossing and enjoyable that I had to read more.

Well, most members have already posted up a review on every story, so I will give a few of my favorites. My absolute favorite was "Awkward Age", "The screaming Room", "Big Man", and "The Lake"

Each story was seen from the perspective more or less, of the monster. This meant there was no frilly excuses for why they did what they did. It just is what it is. Some monsters are born while others are made. Thats the theme in reality and this is the theme in Monsters Corner.

In "Awkward Age" an older man is falling for a young, attractive girl who claims to be a ghoul and it isn't until the every end that he....okay I'll leave it at that. "The Screaming Room" is about Medusa and her thoughts on seducing men she thinks are handsome but is torured by their song of, well, torture. She has to live with that forever. In "Big Man", an ordinary guy is unfortunately a guinea pig for a new drug that enhance muscles, what he doesn't bet on is his body stretching-stretching-stretching every minute. And the town grows in fear.

"The Lake" is about a teacher tranferring to a school and her penchant for young, fresh men gets the best of her. In fact, one swim in the lake will increase her appetite to monstrous levels...

This book was awesome and I will be reading The New Dead...already downloaded the sample.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Christopher Golden's childhood fascination with monsters has grown into this 19-story anthology from St. Martin's Press. He believes that the interest in and horror of monsters is really a method of defining ourselves in regard to others. Using this as his starting point, The Monster's Corner offers us tales of misunderstood monsters by giving us their motives, thoughts, and feelings.

Golden established four basic rules for the anthology. First these must be misunderstood monsters not evil creatures, no random serial killer no matter how abuse he survived. Second he accepted no vampires or zombies feeling that these monsters are too popular and too easy for authors to work with. Third he didn't want a lot of human monsters but he admits in the introduction that a few appear. Actually more than a few appear because the most common creature in this collection is the human turned into something else by magic, events, chemicals, or even desire. Finally he wanted new stories though the introduction claims one appears in a small press book that barely sold; which story that is, is unstated anywhere in the anthology.

The authors who contributed to The Monster's Corner range from newly published to popular selling to award wining; these categories overlapped a few times as well. Given the pedigree the stories should all reach out and shake the reader but the quality varied from truly creepy and unique to confusing.

A good horror story can begin in a confusing fashion, even end in a confusion fashion, as long as the reader feels connected to the narrator or intrigued enough by events to pause and sort through the fuzziness. The sense that there is no sense in a horror story can help the reader understand the makes the situation or the characters terrifying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zalmorion the Fantastic on September 8, 2013
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Here you will find a bunch of stories vastly unequal to each other. From the stupidity of a story that has Jesus and Satan "jogging" in the desert you'll move on to the quirky story that has the Mothman visiting an interesting old lady and then onward to clever stories about demons (Nate Kenyon), rakshasi (Armstrong), and sentient plants (Jeff Strand).

A few stories just kept this anthology in the middle of the road by being semi-interesting, well-told tales that had me wondering if I had wasted my time by finishing them: Big Man, The Cruel Thief . . . , Wicked Be, etc.

I expected the anthology to go deeply into the heads of the monstrous and fight for their points of view, their agendas, their disturbing lifestyles; but instead this book is really just a collection of weird and semi-fantastical tales.

The stories that do the monsters justice are worth reading. No question. But the mediocre stories are also written well and set a tone that starts to label the book "boring."

Even the stupidest and most annoying stories are written well, but they truly drag this anthology down. I do not think a book about monsters should include comedies like Green's and Braunbeck's tales. Although, I will say that Braunbeck's comedic tale seemed like a creative info dump at one point in which he just keeps positing weird ideas and scenarios nonstop. Well-written, but kind of like reading a writer's unfinished notes.

Not worth full price. If you can get it super cheap, go for it. This book is not as good as other anthologies such as John Skipp's monster anthologies or Otto Penzler's Vampire Archive or some of the Mammoth Book of . . . series of anthologies. Check them out, if you dig monsters.

Hope this helps. :)
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