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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 12 Paperback – December, 2001

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No doubt horror fans look forward to each yearly installment of this particular Mammoth series, and volume 12 should please them immensely. As usual, the collection begins with editor Jones' comprehensive precis of the year in horror, which covers new novels, movies, and television shows, keeping buffs updated on all the latest work in the genre. Then comes the meat of the book: noteworthy new stories from such hardworking and often acclaimed horror hands as Kim Newman, who boasts several entries, including "Castle in the Desert," the story of a man who goes to rescue his former stepdaughter from a gang of vampires, with help from an expected source. In Mick Garris' "Forever Gramma," a young boy is disturbed to see that his town's general store owner is still fixated on the boy's grandmother after her death. In "Bone Orchards," Paul J. McAuley tells the story of a man drawn into a young girl's murder after encountering her ghost. And those are just for starters. Ghoulish fun. Kristine Huntley
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'The one essential collection people should be forced to read at gunpoint' - Time Out; 'Captures best the range and breadth of the horror genre' - Locus; 'From its inception the Best New Horror series has been an invaluable resource for all of us who believe in the genre; proof that the reports of horror fiction's demise are premature and that the old beast has life in it yet.' - Clive Barker. 'Best New Horror is probably the finest current horror anthology in the world. A perfect late-night collection that's an essential guide to the century's darkest fears.' - Christopher Fowler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers; 1st Carroll & Graf Ed edition (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786709197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786709199
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David M. Elder on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Volume XII is arguably one of the best so far in the Best New Horror series. Packed with 494 pages of 22 stories and novellas, and including a definitive necrology and intro to the state of horror in 2000, it is well worth a read. Here are just some, but by no means all, of the gems you'll find inside:
Kim Newman continues his Alternate History Anno Dracula series with the short story "Castle in the Desert" and the novella "The Other Side of Midnight". IMHO, The latter is one of Newman's best works so far. Using the narrative hard-boiled detective story style of James Ellroy and Raymond Chandler, Newman walks us through the Hollywood noir of the 1980s in a world where the Vampire has become grudgingly accepted by the human race. Newman's main character is a beautiful, but ancient vampire detective involved in a mystery surrounding the making of Orson Welles' remake of Dracula. Along the way we meet the likes of Lt. Columbo, Barbie the Vampire Slayer and other familiar real and imagined characters in a world where true film and tabloid history become twisted.
In "I have a Special Plan for this World", a story of Corporate Horror, Thomas Ligotti gives us a nihilistic vision of a Dark Dilbert's rapid, but futile rise up the corporate ladder after his mysterious fog-shrouded company moves to Murderville and all it's management are slowly killed off.
Several of the stories follow in the style of some familiar women writers of horror. Two stories, Tim Lebbon's "The Repulsion", and Kathryn Ptacek's "The Grotto", set in exotic Italian settings where the past is ever pervading on the present, display the slow, rising horror of simple situations devloving into nightmare reminiscent of some Daphne du Murier stories.
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By A Customer on September 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Perhaps the title of this book raised my expectations excessively, but I found this collection somewhat disappointing. There are definitely some good stories here, but for every good one, there is at least another which is either a) not a horror story, or b) not a good horror story.
First, the bright spots. The best story in the collection is Charlee Jacob's wonderful Halloween tale, "Flesh of leaves, bones of desire." This story is creepy, imaginative, and erotic, and has an internal logic to it which is quite satisfying. Ramsey Campbell's "No strings", is another good one: well-written and scary... Other fine stories are "Xenos beach" and "In the pubs of Old London."
Now, for the bad news. Many of the stories simply don't belong in a horror collection. "The Repulsion" is about a couple who are having relationship problems while on vacation (pretty scary, huh?), Dennis Etchison's "The Detailer", while well-written, is not a horror story but a detective story, in which the detective is a Mexican-American car wash attendant. It's good, but it doesn't belong here. Kim Newman's two entries both deal with modern vampires, who are fully recognized as such, in Hollywood (Dracula meets The Player). These stories try hard to be cute, but play more as Fantasy than Horror. There is also a story (I don't remember the name) about a group of old people in a small town in Montana. The scary climax: an old lady dies in her sleep (boo!).
The story I found most difficult to judge was "Forever Gramma" by Mick Garris. It is definitely horror, scary and well-told. But it is so repugnant in parts (it deals quite explicitly with geriatric necrophilia) as to border on some kind of bizzare pornography.
In conclusion, I found this collection a mixed bag in terms of both quality and appropriateness to the genre. I cannot fully recommend it.
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By A Customer on February 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
The BEST NEW HORROR series edited by Stephen Jones is the most ecletic collection of dark fiction being
published today.Jones`selections covers a wide range of styles, themes and subgenres : Psycological Horror,
Black Humor,Gothic, Splatter, Ghost Stories and other kinds of dark fiction.There are stories for all tastes
and I must confess that quite a few gave me shivers, others made me think about the events and others
scared me a lot.
Here are some of my favourites with brief commentaries about them:
FOREVER GRAMMA - Mick Garris - 8,0 - Here is an amusing blend of Stephen King, Bradbury's nostalgia
,Romero's Night of Living Dead gorefest and... ( ooppsss!!! ).Brainless entertainement !!!!!!
THE GROTTO - Kathryn Ptacek - 8,0 - Good story about ancient myths marred by an anticlimatic ending.
NO STRINGS - 7,0 - Ramsey Campbell - I'm not a great fan of Campbell's style that seems to me
too cryptic and alusive, but this story about a strange busker with a violin is moving and creppy.
THE DETAILER - Dennis Etchison - 10,0 - One of the pleasures of reading a collection with new and well-known authors
is to sift through his contents and discover a hell of a good story like this one. This story revolves around an ingenuous wash car
attendant that becomes "involved" in a murder. It's IMPOSSIBLE to convey the sense of dread
that Etchison slowly builds using simple words. The Detailer is a masterpiece of psycological horror
and one of the most extraordinaries works of dark fiction that I ever read.Should be ranked with
the best american short fiction of ANY genre.
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