Hauntings Paperback – Illustrated, April 1, 2013
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“This anthology of 24 previously published dark fantasy and horror stories, edited by the ever-adept Datlow (Blood and Other Cravings), explores a variety of situations in which people encounter literal or figurative specters from beyond. Some feature the ghosts of lovers or spouses wronged, while others give readers a powerful lens through which to view the evil people can do here on Earth, as in the gut-wrenching ‘Cargo’ by E. Michael Lewis. The theme is interpreted quite loosely and in varied ways, although many of the stories―such as the atmospheric opener, Pat Cadigan’s ‘Eenie, Meenie, Ipsateenie,’ and Adam L. G. Nevill’s tense ‘Where Angels Come In’―hinge on anxieties relating to children in peril. Even so, the collection flows smoothly, capturing the pleasantly shivery dread of a round of ghost stories told by a fire, with only a few hiccups or sour notes (the most sour being Richard Bowes’s deeply unpleasant “Transfigured Night”). Solid entries by Neil Gaiman, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Joyce Carol Oates capture the mood perfectly and will thrill fans of the eerie.”
“[Hauntings is] apt to entertain and disquiet the horror fans.”
―SF Site, featured review
“Datlow once again proves herself as a master editor. Her mission to broaden readers’ concepts of what a haunting can be is nothing short of a success, and the twenty-four stories on display run the gamut from explicitly terrifying to eerily familiar. Readers who wish to be haunted themselves should not miss this one. Highly recommended.”
“That delicious sense of tantalization, of maybe and what if, impelled me through page after page, encountering intriguing characters, spine-shivering settings, and bits and pieces (sometimes literally...of corpses)....”
“A book that must surely be an early contender for any and every Best Anthology award going this year.”
“Award-winning horror editor Ellen Datlow offers readers a skillfully crafted, captivating collection with Hauntings, an anthology of twenty-four reprinted ghostly tales from the last 25 years of horror literature.”
“Twenty four tales in all spanning the years 1983 through 2012, Ms Datlow has assembled a formidable community of eminent genre artists working at the very heights of their literary powers to create this outstanding dark fantasy anthology. This is the best of the best--don’t miss it!”
―The Tomb of Dark Delights
“I have a short list of editors that I will buy an anthology of, regardless of whether or not I have even heard of the writers it contains, and Ellen Datlow is at the top of that list. She has this crazy knack of consistently putting together stellar anthologies and Hauntings is no different."
“This collection is formidable.”
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1616960884
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616960889
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
- Publisher : Tachyon Publications; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are some less than special stories as well, but that's par for the course in collections. Let's focus on the positives.
E. Michael Lewis' 'Cargo' is a winner. An air force plane carries home bodies from Jonestown. Atmospheric, humane and insightfully written. Oh - and creepy.
Caitlin Kiernan's 'The Amonite Violin' has a nicely twisted premise that's actually quite grotesque but which, in the context of the story, works tremendously.
Joyce Carol Oates' 'Haunted' was probably the scariest story in the book, at least for me. Takes a bit to get going, but there are scenes in this that are truly disturbing.
Michael Marshal Smith's 'Everybody Goes' is one of those subtle, sad ghost stories that are hard to shake. He's a very, very fine writer and this one shows why.
Finally, Richard Bowes' 'Transfigured Night' is great, but thoroughly nasty.
So not perfect, but these stories are not ones to miss.
Most of the stories I thought were unremarkable...that being said, Bailey's "Huger: A confession" was unpleasant - and in a good way. Kiernan's "The Ammonite Violin was chilling, "The Pennine Tower Restaurant" by Unsworth carried with it a nasty little undertone. Remember "The Horn" when stranded some winter's eve, and before exploring a hunted house recall "Where Angels Come In".
Not a BAD read, by any means, but not one that's particularly memorable either....