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999: New Stories Of Horror And Suspense by [Sarrantonio, Al]
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"Chock full of excellent fiction showcasing the breadth of writing that exists in the horror field." --"Cinescape"Spine-tingling."--"People"Here comes horror utopia...a surefire fan pleaser."--"Booklist"It will certainly be around for decades."--Kirkus Reviews"One of the best anthologies of horror and suspense of all time."--"Rocky Mountain News"For horror fans, 999 is a romp in paradise."--Associated Press"A new benchmark of excellence."--"Publishers Weekly (starred review)"An extraordinary anthology."--"Interzone"The hottest horror anthology of the past decade."--"Maine Sunday Telegram"Stylistic and modern and spooky...shockingly good fun."--"Lancaster (MA) Times"Chock full of excellent fiction...sure to please fans immensely."--"Wicked Magazine"Truly astonishing...the horror bible for the new millennium."---"Rue Morgue"Dazzling...a devilishly good deal."--"Boston Herald"Easily in the running for all-time best."--"San Antonio Express-News"A sure-fire, no-holds-barred, rock 'em-sock 'em shock to the system guaranteed to give the reader more than one sleepless night."--"Charleston Post & Courier"Great nighttime reading."--"Mesa (AZ) Tribune"A magnificent cross-section of horror today and glimpse of the direction the genre will follow in the future."--"Abilene (TX) Reporter-News"Your kind of fear is here."--Springfield (MA) Republican"Proof positive that the horror genre is alive and well."--"Denver Post"Anyone unable to find something to raise the hair on the nape of their neck in 999 is likely in need of resuscitation paddles."--SF Site"This truly is one of the best collections of new fiction I've seen in about ten years."--Zealot.com

About the Author

AL SARRANTONIO's twenty-five books includes the horror novels Moonbane, House Haunted, Skeletons,and Totentanz, as well as the critically acclaimed science fiction trilogy Five Worlds. He has been an editor, reviewer and columnist, and has been nominated for the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award and the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award. His short stories have appeared in magazines such as Heavy Metal, Twilight Zone, and Realms of Fantasy, as well as in anthologies including The Year's Best Horror Stories, Great Ghost Stories, and The Best of Shadows. A collection of his best horror tales, Head Stories, has just been published.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2215 KB
  • Print Length: 692 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1st edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 12, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046ZREE0
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By Brian on September 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Opinion: Short story collections are usually filler reading for me. Read a story in between properly long novels. This book I just read straight through for various reasons. It opens with a good old zombie story that is not my cup of tea, but is well done, "Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue" by Kim Newman. "The Ruins of Contracoeur" by Joyce Carol Oates is one of my favorites. Its a story of a disgraced judge and his family being forced to move in a family inherited mansion out in the country, far from the political world of Washington. The kids have started seeing people without faces prowling around the grounds and children from the neighborhood are suddenly being murdered by a madman. "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Thomas M. Disch is also excellent and slightly suspenseful but not very horrific if you know what I mean. I really like the way this story was unfolded (and I cannot really describe it without giving things away). Another story that I found excellent was "The Grave" by P. D. Cacek. Its a story about a very wierd, psychotic school librarian, her relationship with her mother, and something she found on the way home from school one day, done with enough of realism to make it extremely creepy. "Itinerary" by Tim Powers was interesting but I did not follow it very well. I got lost in the details of this ghostly time-travel story, possibly as a result of my being tired when reading that story. "The Rio Grande Gothic" by David Morrell and "Angie" by Ed Gorman are two more great stories. "Rio Grande is about a cop who gets a little too curious about a certain intersection in Santa Fe where shoes keep appearing in the middle of the road. This was one of the longer stories but was very good. I don't know what to say about "Angie" other than I liked it and that is a little frightening.Read more ›
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The horror genre is by far my favorite. The bookshelves in my home are overflowing with horror, thriller and suspense novels. And anthologies.

This one has easily taken the place of my favorite horror anthology.

There's something here for everyone: vampires, zombies, haunted houses, ghosts, time rifts and perhaps the scariest of all - the evil humans are capable of.

There's only a few here I didn't care for: 'Growing Things', 'Des Saucisses, Sans Doute' and 'The Theater'. The latter disappointed me most I think because I am a huge fan of Bentley Little and his short story was just up to par with his usual writings, in my opinion.

However, considering there are 29 stories in this anthology, and I only was disappointed with three of them, and that they were all pretty short, speaks volumes for this book.

'Good Friday' is an excellent, scary vampire tale. 'Hemophage' was also a great vampire story. I just wish it had been longer.

The longer stories are real gems. 'The Ruins of Contracoeur', 'Rio Grande Gothic' and 'Mad Dog Summer' are just suberb.

In my opinion, Sarrantonio saves the best for last. William Peter Blatty's 'Elsewhere'. This is simply a wonderful, good old story of a hanuted house and the ghosts that do the haunting.

If you love horror and short horror stories, then this anthology is a must have addition to your library.
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The extremely poor editing, actually non-existent editing, detracts greatly from this collection. The Kindle edition is a disgrace. Multiple typos and nonsense words are in every story. I enjoy reading other stories by many of the authors in this collection, but found it a struggle to enjoy this book because of the many, many errors. Some words made no sense at all and I still haven't figured out what they should have been. I am extremely disappointed in the Kindle edition of this book. Very poor work! Whoever was responsible for the non-editing of this book should be ashamed. I never would have purchased this book if I had known about the editing problems. That being said, the stories themselves were mostly enjoyable. Don't think the print version would have the same issues that the Kindle version had.
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Most anthologies offer some very interesting stories and some not so interesting. The stories in 999 are worth reading and very entertaining for horror lovers; however, the Kindle edition is riddled with typos. I am a HUGE fan of the Kindle. Thankfully 999 was not my first experience with the device. Had it been I would remain true to books and would have NEVER recommended a Kindle to anyone. Please fix the bugs! I do not appreciate PAYING for the privilege of editing simple typos.
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The stories are pretty good, but I've never read a book with so many typos. It made me wonder if it was legit.The Stephen King story was one I had read before...
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By A. Lott on September 21, 2012
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The anthology contains quite a few great stories; however, many are all over the place, and there are more that I wouldn't qualify as horror. The Stephen King story is a repeat from another collection, but it is a great story. As for the gems, I'm not quite sure if they are worth the purchase of the collection.
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While I enjoyed the majority of the books in this collection, I would not consider most of them horror stories. In addition, my reading enjoyment was upset by the numerous misspellings throughout the book. I was obviously scanned and never proof-read. There are literally hundreds of places where the scanned word did not translate correctly; i.e. lips written as hps. Some of them were so bad, I never did figure out the correct word. IMO, there is absolutely no reason for this kind of shoddy non-editing.
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