From razor sharp terror to supernatural chills . . . This sensational showcase for the best short horror novels and stories collects spine-melting material from all areas of the field—blood-soaked reveries, splatterpunk nightmares, and thought-provoking fantasies that linger long into the night. Rare treats include 'The Pin' by Robert R. McCammon, one of the sustained, stomach-churning chillers of recent years. Thomas Tessier's elegant 'Blanca', 'The Horn' by Stephen Gallagher and Thomas Ligotti's dark vision 'The Strange Designs of Master Rignolo'. Included are other writers of the pinnacle of their careers: Karl Edward Wagner, Richard Laymon, Steve Rasnic Tem and Ramsey Campbell, as well as rising stars like Kim Newman, Ian Watson, Brian Lumley, Chet Williamson and many more.
|INTRODUCTION: HORROR IN 1989
||Robert R. McCammon|
|THE HOUSE ON CEMETERY STREET
|IT HELPS IF YOU SING
||Steve Rasnic Tem|
||Donald R. Burleson|
|THE STRANGE DESIGN OF MASTER RIGNOLO
| ...TO FEEL ANOTHER'S WOE
|THE LAST DAY OF MISS DORINDA MOLYNEAUX
|NO SHARKS IN THE MED
|MORT AU MONDE
|THE EYE OF THE AYATOLLAH
|AT FIRST JUST GHOSTLY
||Karl Edward Wagner|
||Stephen Jones & Kim Newman|
Winner of the 1991 World Fantasy Award
Winner of the 1991 British Fantasy Award
"If you like horror fiction, you'll find that Best New Horror delivers the goods."
—Neil Jones & Neil McIntosh,
INTERZONE, April 1991
"Best New Horror is a remarkable gathering of exceptional literary efforts in one single volume. Messrs. Jones and Campbell have captured the pulse of the horror genre and the variety it manifests."
RAVE REVIWS 1991
"The selection is eclectic, the level of interest generally high."
LOCUS #360, January 1991
"As showcases for established talent go, Best New Horror is a thoroughly polished gem."
FEAR No.25, January 1991
"This is one for all those folk out there who won't read horror because it's full of blood and gore and other tasteless stuff. This book contains 20 stories, very few of which have blood in them at all. Most of them, on the other hand, kept me awake at night, both to finish them, then worrying about them afterwards."
PAPERBACK INFERNO, December 1990—January 1991
"The title is spot-on . . . Anyone who is curious about the state of contemporary horror fiction should grab a copy of this book and devour it."
THE TIMES, December 13, 1990
"Best New Horror should satisfy the pickiest biblio-ghoul."
—Elizabeth J. Young,
CITY LIMITS, Nov 29—Dec 6, 1990
"The satisfying and savvy kickoff to a projected new series . . . with its wide range and intelligent choices this is a bonanza for horror fans—and in the running to become the horror annual of record."
—KIRKUS, October 15, 1990