- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Carroll & Graf; 2 edition (May 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786705523
- ISBN-13: 978-0786705528
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,291,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Horror: The 100 Best Books Paperback – May 1, 1998
First published in 1988, Horror: The 100 Best Books has remained the only book of its kind: a solid (and entertaining) annotated reading list spanning the range of horror fiction from the 16th to the 20th century. The device of asking 100 horror, fantasy,and science fiction writers to write about their favorite horror books might seem at first to capture an idiosyncratic sample, but through diplomacy and diligence, editors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman succeeded in obtaining short essays on most (if not all) of the well-known classics, as well as many more lesser-knowns that are well worth discovering. Readers who follow up on these recommendations will find tips about books by writers mostly known for other genres--such as Iain Banks, Robert Holdstock, Lisa Tuttle, and David Morrell.
Also valuable are write-ups on literary works not always acknowledged as horror, such as Kingsley Amis's The Green Man, Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird, and John Gardner's Grendel. And the write-ups offer a fascinating peek into the minds of the contributors, who include just about all the top horror writers of the'60s-'80s. This 10th anniversary edition makes no changes in the list of 100 books, but updates the entries and includes a 9-page reading list of titles from 458 B.C. to 1997. --Fiona Webster
The continuing growth in popularity of speculative fiction (an all-encompassing term for horror, fantasy, and science fiction) has resulted in a recent spate of suggested reading lists. Strangely enough, these two collections, while possessing corresponding publishers, titles, and concepts, utilize vastly different approaches to compile their "best of' lists.Of the two, Jones' and Newman's entry is more interesting, as they have imbued their book with a bit of novelty by garnering the opinions of 100 authors, editors, and others in the genre. Each contributor offers a personal essay on why they made their selection. Contributors include the field's current bestselling authors (such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Robert McCammon) as well as deceased luminaries (such as Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Howard, and H.P. Lovecaft). Chronologically, the selections range from The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus (Christopher Marlowe, 1592) to Dark Feasts (Ramsey Campbell, 1987). By soliciting the opinions of so many varied voices, Jones and Newman avoid overloading the list with personal bias, and they achieve an eclectic touch that makes the choices extremely interesting. Acknowledging the potential quirky nature of such a selection process, a further recommended reading list is appended, giving the reader enough material to keep him or her busy into the next century. Taking a somewhat converse approach, Cawthorn and Moorcock simply list their personal selections for the 100 best books in the field of fantasy. While the editors' credentials are clearly topnotch, the uniform viewpoint doesn't measure up the variety offered in Jones' and Newman's collection. To their credit, the picks of Cawthorn and Moorcock are wide-ranging, spanning from Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift, 1726) to Expecting Sonteone Taller (Tom Holt~ 1987) chronologically, and encompassing commensurate ground thematically. Indicative of the narrow, sometimes imperceptible boundary between definitions of fantasy and horror is the fact that fourteen works have achieved mention in both of these lists. Regardless of the dissimilar methods used in compiling these two listings, there's no question that both offer plenty of interesting and provocative suggestions for future reading. -- From Independent Publisher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
In their introduction, Messrs. Jones and Newman express their hope that the book is "...informative and fun," also stating that it "should offer a guide for the relative newcomer to the subject, but also some meat for the veteran afficionado. We hope we've succeeded in giving a working overview of an often maligned field of literature." I, for one, think they've achieved their goal--Horror: 100 Best Books is a worthwhuile addition to library of any horror maven, a useful, entertaining work that belongs on the shelf next to books like King's Danse Macabre, Winter's Faces of Fear, Skal's The Horror Show and Wiater's Dark Thoughts on Writing.
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This is a fantastic resource. I am working on assembling a reading list for a book club themed around the history and evolution of horror. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Fenrix
The reviews are for a book of horror stories. The book advertised is called six gun syndicate-a western. Reviews dont match book title.Published 20 months ago by Kay Kiggins
It's a collection of reviews by, mostly, well-known horror writers on stories that inspired them. I think it would be interesting for an aspiring novelist interested in writing... Read morePublished on October 13, 2014 by j64thnotes
Great introduction to early horror stories. Great to find out what authors you like to read to see who they enjoy reading or what story inspired them to write. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by blu chuchu
This is the best readers guide to Horror I have ever read. From cover to cover too. Three times. The essays by the horror authors are a lot of fun to read and the choices they made... Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by Watson McFestus
If your new to horror or just want to find some good recommendation definitely pick this up. Not only does give a list and reviews by authors of their favorites but there's also a... Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by IAMKING
This book is an amazing list of horror books with comments from various horror authors who review/comment on the books in the list. Read morePublished on July 6, 2009 by T. Simmons
Criticism is most useful when you're familiar enough with the critic to know what the critic's standards are; if you're familiar enough with the critic's sensibility, you can... Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by Thomas Parker
Of course this list can't be complete (and now it is twenty years old) but it is still a great place to start for a survey of horror literature. Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by JR Pinto