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 HuntleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
'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
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