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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; paperback / softback edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579129145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579129149
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric J. Guignard on April 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
REVIEWED: Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane
EDITED BY: John Skipp
PUBLISHED: September, 2012

It's hard to say that new John Skipp anthologies are better than the ones before it, because each of his books are a treasure of fiction stories. So with that being said, if you were a fan of his earlier anthologies, "ZOMBIES" or "WEREWOLVES" or "DEMONS," this latest, "PSYCHOS," meets the same level of quality horror and depth of genre you may have found before. It's another immense collection, clocking in at about 600 pages, oversize trim, and 38 stories, plus introduction and various appendices. As before, the book also covers historic fiction, famous reprints, and plenty of new works by some of the best names in dark fiction, such as Neil Gaimon, Jack Ketchum, Joe R. Lansdale, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Bentley Little. Some of my personal favorite stories in this book include the Stoker-nominated tale, "Righteous," by Weston Ochse, the seminal "Lucy Comes To Stay," by Robert Bloch, "The Shallow End of the Pool," by Adam-Troy Castro, "Damaged Goods," by Elizabeth Massie, and "The Small Assassin" by Ray Bradbury.

Five out of Five stars
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By Judy C on October 16, 2012
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I'm not a big fan of rivers of blood, but this collection balances the violence with the psychologically terrifying. A few of these stories actually broke my heart--All Through the House by Christopher Coake, Liar by Laura Behr, and Mommy Picks Me Up at Daycare. I loved the collection.
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Psychos and serial killers are so prevelant in popular culture these days, they're like VW beetles on the highway. Once you see one, you see a multitude. Actually, you're more likely to see a psycho thumbing a ride on the highway than you are to see a lovebug putting down the road.

For this anthology, John Skipp has assembled a veritable who's who of authors from today and yesteryear. Thirty-five stories in all, and when you pick up a trade paperback copy, rather than download it to your ereader, you feel the weight of every demented page.

If there's one story that made the book worthwhile, it had to be Adam-Troy Castro's "The Shallow End of the Pool." I had heard about this story a few years ago, but as a novella it was near impossible to find, so it was an added bonus to find it in the table of contents for this anthology. It tells the story of a teen girl accompanying her father into the desert to visit her estranged mother, and to meet her brother for the first time. This is about the furthest thing from a conventional family reunion, though. It proceeds along with a very matter-of-fact style, simply showing the scene as it happens as they all prepare for winds up being a fight to the death between brother and sister, all for the honor of one of the parents. It's riveting, to say the least.

"Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" by Joe R. Lansdale was included, a taut little thriller I had previously read as a separate offering on Kindle. Among the other stalwarts in the book, Bentley Little's "Life with Father" and its unsettling portrayal of two young girls living with a deranged father did its part in sending a shiver up my spine, too.
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A rousing, A+ list of works! I’d buy it.

These stories have (or will!) stand the test of time. Consider Poe’s “Hop Frog” alongside breathtaking modern tales like “The Shallow End of the Pool” and “Willow Tests”, not to mention “Serenity Now”. (I will overlook the very few typos that I noticed.)

These are the stories that stay with you… mark my words! And if you want more, just check out Appendix A, a thoughtfully put-together write-up entitled “Psychos in My View” detailing a sweet compendium of must-reads and must-watches.
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You can read this review on my blog, Tomes Devotee under Psychos.

I am not a big fan of short story compilations, but with my participation in Thrill Week with Tea Time With Marce, I saw this book on another bloggers page, Bitsy Bling Books, and thought, ok I'm going to give this a shot. Well, for those of you that are big fans of horror, this is going to be RIGHT up your alley!!!

I didn't like all of them equally, to be honest the first one made me go uh oh, but then it just got better and better! Writings from Poe,Bradbury,and Bloch to authors from our time like Amelia Beamer and Nick Mamatas. This was a blast, Marla's Eyes just was gross, and I had a fave, The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury.

I encourage those who love horror to pick this baby up, especially those who participate in Stainless Steel Droppings annual R.I.P event. Curl up with this little monster and a cup of cocoa on a chilly night with just a flashlight to read by....I dare you.
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As with all anthologies there were some real standouts Steve Resnic Tem and Jack Ketchum, their stories blew me away. Newer authors (to me) Mercedes Yardley and Leah Mann wrote some memorable work. The rest were hit or miss but overall a great anthology. John Skipp did a good job with this one.
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Oh man...some of these stories I had to read twice to get the meaning of...they were that good. Some are overt in their meanings and some really make you think. A huge book, but every story is worth the effort. Awesome anthology.
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