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Granta 117: Horror (Granta: The Magazine of New Writing) Paperback – October 25, 2011
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"Just in time for Halloween, Granta, the London-based quarterly, calls on the American master of horror, Stephen King, to headline a new issue devoted to horror that's more literary than gory, yet still chilling and at times, bloody."
-- USA Today
"Looking for something a little more cerebral this Halloween than underwear models with fangs? You can’t do better than the new issue of Granta: Horror.” The 117th volume of the British literary journal offers a bone-chilling selection of fiction and nonfiction."
-- The Washington Post
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This edition pretends to explore the horror genre but all it produces is a book full of horrifically pretentious and soul-crushingly boring stories.
Will Self’s False Blood prattles on about his heroin addiction with ridiculously verbose language – hey, lookit me, I’m edumacated, I has a degree an’ everthing! Paul Auster’s Your Birthday Has Come and Gone is Auster posturing yet again. He drones on about this and that, nothing really, in the second person no less, and it’s awful to read. I don’t know what I saw in him before but my only excuse is that I read him when I was a dumb teenager!
Don DeLillo’s The Starveling is about a man who spends his days watching films. DeLillo has got to be the most overrated author alive. His prose has the startling ability to be forgotten as you’re reading it. Roberto Bolano’s The Colonel’s Son is a lengthy description of a fictional b-movie – seriously.
The other stories, all by unknown writers, show why said writers are unknown. They read like bad creative writing assignments written by students. Oh, the horror of a man losing his wife. Oh, the horror of losing a relative. Oh, the horror of… er… being a tiger!
The only writer who gamely makes an effort is also the most famous name by far in the collection: Stephen King – and I say that as a guy who doesn’t like King all that much anymore! His story, The Dune, is about a haunted dune which sounds like a parody of a King story but that's just the kind of stuff he writes. It’s not great and it’s got a campfire ending but it’s the only story that feels like it’s trying – the others were just concerned with wanking each other off.
I’ve never read an edition of Granta before and, after this atrocious book, I’ll never feel the urge again. Granta 117: Horror is a steaming pile of wannabe-literary turds. Avoid!
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I am so happy with Granta and this issue in particular. Granta is the cream of the crop in literary magazinesPublished on May 28, 2014 by Maxie Stein
Though this literary magazine is originally from Europe. I Just Happen To order it from here, and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Joseph B. from NH USA
"Horror" is a relative term. This issue of Granta is really up its own butt with the term "horror. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Evan J. Peterson
Granta brings together some of the best in Horror writing in this issue including a rare Steven King short story. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Iris A. Coffin
Her story is worth the price. Stephen King, Paul Auster and Sarah Hall add to wonderful collection.
Excellent work here.
Always great reading if a little pricey for most of the issues, this is a deal, I have passed it on to family membersPublished on December 23, 2012 by stephen
As anyone can tell from my reading list, I love horror. I thought I was going to get some very good stories that would scare me. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Scarlet Cooks
This magazine is actually a bound book with gorgeous illustrations. The stories are intelligent and unique, if not altogether frightening. Horror for grown-ups, maybe? Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by lucidream
I would not classify many of the stories in this volume as "horror". Good stories, but poor choices for a horror edition.Published on March 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer