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New Fears - New horror stories by masters of the genre Paperback – September 19, 2017
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“an unusually powerful slate of stories that hopefully signal the start of a brand new trend in horror fiction” - Barnes & Noble SFF blog
About the Author
Mark Morris has written over twenty-five novels, including four books in the popular Doctor Who range. He is also the author of two short story collections and several novellas. His short fiction, articles and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and he is editor of Cinema Macabre, a book of horror movie essays for which he won the 2007 British Fantasy Award.
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I had heard this collection was coming out months ago and was looking forward to reading it because it seemed to have a nice mix of veteran writers and some new names I had not heard of before. It was surprising to see Alison Littlewood and Sarah Lotz on the cover over larger horror names such as Brian Keene, Adam Nevill and Stephen Laws, but perhaps the first two writers I mentioned have a larger following in England. It didn't seem like a wise marketing choice, but I'll let that up to the publisher.
As for the content, all of the stories were entertaining to some degree, but the two real standouts were Josh Malerman and Ramsey Campbell, whose entries had a real sense of dread and buildup and clearly better than any of the other tales. However, I discovered four others that were quite strong by Stephen Gallagher, Angela Slatter, Brady Golden, and Brian Lillie. The rest were readable, but nothing amazing. However, the authors I named elevated the collection into the realm of a solid recommendation to any horror fan. Most of the stories were subtle and not in your face, so fans of gore or extreme violence should be aware that this is not that type of book.
Edited by Mark Morris
I am a horror anthology junkie, but I’m a bad one. Yep. I’m “that guy”. The one who skims through stories looking for a hook before I commit to spend the time to read them. Most collections will feature a few amazing tales, some good ones and a bit of chaff. Usually the “big name” authors are worth checking out and New Fears has those in spades. Brian Keene’s “Shelter in Place” rocked me to my heels. “Speaking Still” by Ramsey Campbell is a modern classic, and “The Abduction Door” by Christopher Golden is a haunting tale that will stick with the reader for days after reading. (I have friends who are still unnerved riding elevators because of this story.)
Here’s the thing though; the rest of the stories in New Fears are just as good. Morris has compiled a pile of unmitigated treasures for this collection. There are some that I liked more than others, obviously, but the quality across the board is magnificent. The editor has stated that he enjoys using his collections to help launch the careers of newer authors and gain them a readership. My list of watch-list writers increased dramatically with this book. I read and enjoyed every single story.
Without a single misfire in the whole pile I have no choice but to give this book five stars and my highest possible recommendation.