- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: James Ward Kirk Publishing (November 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615915523
- ISBN-13: 978-0615915524
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,211,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horrror Paperback – November 21, 2013
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FRESH FEAR: Contemporary Horror is a collection of horror from some of the genre's best writers of dark fiction. This collection has no central theme other than the story's ability to scare the hell out of the reader! Tales steeped in psychological horror sit alongside visions of strange worlds and inner landscapes drenched in blood. 'Quiet horror' sits comfortably next to more visceral portrayals of the monsters that lurk deep within the human heart. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famously once said, "where there is no imagination there is no horror" - the horror expressed by the authors in Fresh Fear show that imagination is indeed tantamount to excellent story-telling. Prepare yourself for 28 tales of terror-inducing fiction that will have you checking the locks on every door and window of your abode!
Scathe meic Beorh
Tomas A. Erb
Lindsey Beth Goddard
J. F. Gonzalez
E. A. Irwin
K. Trap Jones
Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen
Shane McKenzie swlogo
Billie Sue Mosiman
W. H. Pugmire
William Todd Rose
Fresh Fear is an eclectic collection of the very best horror fiction from across the world. Dare you to read it! Switch the phone off, make yourself comfortable, and prepare for a trip to the darkest depths and most shadowed recesses of the human imagination.
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FRESH FEAR: Contemporary Horror is a collection of horror from some of the genre's best writers of dark fiction. This collection has no central theme other than the story's ability to scare the hell out of the reader! Tales steeped in psychological horror sit alongside visions of strange worlds and inner landscapes drenched in blood. 'Quiet horror' sits comfortably next to more visceral portrayals of the monsters that lurk deep within the human heart. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famously once said, "where there is no imagination there is no horror" - the horror expressed by the authors in Fresh Fear show that imagination is indeed tantamount to excellent story-telling. Prepare yourself for 28 tales of terror-inducing fiction that will have you checking the locks on every door and window of your abode! Scathe meic Beorh Ramsey Campbell Lily Childs Lincoln Crisler Jack Dann Robert Dunbar Tomas A. Erb Brandon Ford Carole Gill Lindsey Beth Goddard J. F. Gonzalez Dane Hatchell E. A. Irwin Charlee Jacob K. Trap Jones Tim Jones Vada Katherine Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen Shane McKenzie swlogo Shaun Meeks Adam Millard Christine Morgan Billie Sue Mosiman D.F. Noble Chantal Noordeloos W. H. Pugmire William Todd Rose Anna Taborska Fresh Fear is an eclectic collection of the very best horror fiction from across the world. Dare you to read it! Switch the phone off, make yourself comfortable, and prepare for a trip to the darkest depths and most shadowed recesses of the human imagination.
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Some stories examine the experience of being bullied, losing a child, and the terror of becoming a drooling husk devoid of emotion. Primal fears of ghosts, demons and ancient evil unleashed upon humanity are also found here. Some of these tales are a closer look at the horrors we view on the 24-hour news feeds where serial killers, rapes and murders keep us both frightened and entertained. Some authors examine the quiet horrors of isolation, insanity, and the the complacency of those who look at evil but do nothing to stop it.
Be warned: none of the authors shy away from vivid imagery, gore, violence or misogyny. The one story that haunts me the most, "Camps" by Jack Dann, was a glimpse into the history of World War II. The images conjured in his words are as haunting as the photographs that survive the Nazi concentration camps. Another favorite was "Welcomeland" by Ramsey Campbell. His portrait of a dilapidated town and the equally ramshackle amusement park gave me chills. The lyrical, "Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes" by WH Pugmire was a glimpse of eternal loyalty, beauty, and pain.
I highly recommend Fresh Fear for lovers of gut-wrenching horror.
Scathe meic Beorh – God of the Wind: An academic research trip to Mora, New Mexico brings a man face-to-face with the gods of the desert and teaches him more than he wants to know.
Ramsey Campbell – Welcomeland: A man travels home to visit the amusement park he he helped finance. Meant to revitalize the economy, he finds the park failed and the town in shambles. You can’t go home again, but if you do, can you ever leave?
Lily Childs – Strange Tastes: She’s the perfect caretaker. Loyal, neat, clean, and a fantastic gourmet cook. When her employers are arrested for tax fraud, she discovers they share her tastes in more than kitchen appliances.
Lincoln Crisler – Nouri and the Beetles: In a time of war, the young men leave to fight. What does a girl have to do to get a husband?
Jack Dann – Camps: People often speak of those suffering a terminal disease as being fighters. Stephen fights his war for survival on two fronts. The first is a war of pain and drugs. The second is a battle of memories long past and never forgotten.
Robert Dunbar – High Rise: Brandon, his brother Tyrone, and their mother move to a better room in an ill-kept high rise. When Tyrone meets one of the ghostly former tenants, Brandon must save his life before he wastes away.
Thomas Erb – Spencer Weaver Gets Rebooted: A teen has only the internet, and his mother to help him get through his last year of High School, and get revenge on the bully who tormented him.
Brandon Ford – Scare Me: As a reviewer, I can honestly say that this was my favorite story in the whole anthology. It was fantastic! I swear it. Really. Not joking. Looks nervous.
Carole Gill – Raised: A boy’s despair over his mother’s madness leads him to a career in medicine. While dissecting corpses for his classes, he discovers he has a passion for studying the deceased. Will his mother’s curse follow him, or is there something else in the past that haunts him?
Lindsey Beth Goddard – The Tooth Collector: When her daughter is killed in traffic, Jenny knows it wasn’t an accident. She seeks out the man responsible and demands her daughter be returned to her.
JF Gonzalez – Love Hurts: A tale of the Black Dahlia, the Laguna State Mental Hospital, undying love, and the transforming ecstasy of pain.
Dane Hatchell – The ‘takers: Mr Jaffe is being held in a medical testing facility, desperate to escape. The Rooks shoot him full of drugs to steal his soul. The ‘takers shuffle him from place to place and whisper the words that strike terror in his heart, “It’s Wednesday, and it’s time for Bingo!”
E.A. Irwin – Justice through Twelve Steps: Particularly disturbing tale of insanity, rape and murder that went too far for this reader.
Charlee Jacob – Locked inside the Buzzword Box: Clanci Feamy is her father’s greatest experiment in terminal insanity. She's thinking outside box, and she's hungry.
K Trap Jones – Demon Eyed Blind: A demon-hunter pursues her prey with skill and precision until she backs him -- and herself -- into a corner. She’s down to two souls, one body, and the police banging on the locked door.
Tim Jones – Protein: When the ice melts and the world is awash with water, the next world war will be fought over calories. You can survive if you have enough protein.
Vada Katherine -Block: Block’s wife, Luna was murdered. Now he is investigating a series of murders that may be related.
Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen – Just Another Ex: A private investigator goes after a man suspected of cheating on his wife. Unfortunately, it’s not his wife who has hired the detective.
Shane McKenzie – So Much Pain, So Much Death: Distraught parents are overjoyed to discover that their missing daughter has been found alive. The man responsible for her disappearance rots in a cell, but her father has suspicions that all is not as it seems.
Shaun Meeks – Perfection Through Silence: Tom is tormented by a sound. All he wants is silence, to quiet the ticking that no one else can hear. His grandmother could help him, but she’s been dead for almost a year.
Adam Milliard – The Incongruous Mr Marwick: Which is the greater evil, the perpetrator of torment, or the one who stands by and merely observes?
Christine Morgan – Nails of The Dead: Plenty of people are preparing for the end of the world. Some intend to merely survive it, others work to build the vehicles that will usher it in.
Billie Sue Mosiman – Verboten: Dorothy wants to be a singer in Nashville, but her sister vanished from the truck stop up the road. Her grandfather says strangers are verboten, but it doesn't stop her from looking.
D.F. Noble - Psych: Working on the psych ward is a difficult job. Sometimes it helps to talk to a professional so your work doesn't follow you home.
Chantal Noordeloos – The Door: Jen’s sister Mila is having nightmares. Their stepfather is acting strangely and the basement door is locked. Is the danger on this side of the door or beyond it?
WH Pugmire - Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes: Enoch Blade awakens in his master’s house, alone and despondent. He still seeks to serve the alchemist who taught him to dance when there is nothing left but grave stones and shadows in the mirror.
William Todd Rose – The Grave Dancer: People have attempted to film and photograph ghosts for as long as the technology has been available. When Jamie and his friends view an 8mm film from his late grandfather’s collection, they decide to find out if the local ghost stories are real.
Anna Taborska – Out of the Light: In the vast stacks of the Bodleian Libraries, a student’s book request becomes a scholar’s worst nightmare.
The introduction is a selection from W.J. Renehan's "The Art of Darkness: Meditations on the Effect of Horror Fiction." Entitled "Why We Turn to Horror," it is an illuminating piece on the very attraction of horror in all its many forms.
Launching into the book, we find Scathe meic Beorh's "God of the Winds." It is a vision of human depravity with a taste of ancient terrors. Ramsey Campbell's "Welcomeland" takes you on a journey into an amusement park, forgotten by time but not by the memories which lurk within its depths. Lily Childs brings us "Strange Tastes," a tale of secret hungers revealed.
In "Nouri and the Beetles," Lincoln Crisler tells of primal desires and awful betrayal. Jack Dann's "Camps" takes us into the mind of a dying man with nightmares of a haunted past. In "High Rise," Robert Dunbar reveals a deadly seduction while Thomas A. Erb's "Spencer Weaver Gets Rebooted" is a shocking tale of vengeance.
Brandon Ford's "Scare Me" tells of a woman forced to drive to an inevitable fate. In "Raised," Carole Gill tells of ancient magic and an obsession with death. Lindsey Beth Goddard weaves a tale of unspeakable tragedy and the price to change one's fate in "The Tooth Collector."
In "Love Hurts," J.F. Gonzalez speaks of a love for pain taken to a horrific level. Dane Hatchell's "The `takers" is about a mind's descent into madness, while in "Justice through Twelve Steps," E.A. Irwin speaks of insanity talking to those who will hear.
Charlee Jacob brings us "Locked Inside the Buzzword Box," a story about devouring hunger. K. Trap Jones speaks of a demon hunter faced with a deadly choice in "Demon Eyed Blind." Tim Jones' "Protein" is a fight for survival against cannibal hunger.
Vada Katherine's "Block" describes the hunt for a killer and the desire for release. Roy C. Booth and Axel Kohagen tell of a man facing a lover's vengeance in "Just Another Ex." Shane McKenzie's "So Much Pain, So Much Death" is about a father finding his daughter, only to discover an awful truth.
Shaun Meeks brings us "Perfection Through Silence," the tale of a man constantly vexed by a disturbing noise. In Adam Millard's "The Incongruous Mr. Marwick," a boy learns that some solitary souls are better left alone. Christine Morgan's "Nails of the Dead" is a disturbing journey into mythological depths.
Billie Sue Mosiman's "Verboten" tells of sisterly love with fatal results. D.F. Noble's "Psych" pulls you into the psych ward to learn what hideous presence lurks in the shadows. In "The Door," Chantal Noordeloos reminds us dangers can be found on either side.
W.H. Pugmire's "Darkness Dancing in Your Eyes" is about a lost being and that which it sees in the depths of a mirror. William Todd Rose gives us the seduction of an urban legend in "The Grave Dancer," while Anna Taborska's "Out of the Light" speaks of a soul's desire pulling a man into the darkness.
William Cook has truly brought us a fresh perspective, like a sharpened blade that cuts to the quick. The forms of fear are many and you will find them all waiting for you here. For just like flesh, horror will decay... unless you keep it fresh.