"Heh, Heh, Kiddies! The Clock of Doom is ticking down for the World's Longest-Running Annual Showcase of Horror and Dark Fantasy! You've got to hand it to the
publishers—they've put together another timely collection of superior supernatural stories by some of the best writers working in the genre today. You are guaranteed not to be wound-up by the work of such authors as Ramsey Campbell, Alison Littlewood, Helen Marshall, Garth Nix, William F. Nolan, Reggie Oliver, Angela Slatter, Steve Rasnic Tem and many others. So, prepare to be struck by the extensive overview of the year and informative Necrology as this edition chimes with everything you love about horror! And remember, you have the word of . . ."
—The Old Hag
|INTRODUCTION: HORROR IN 2017||The Editor |
|SURVIVAL STRATEGIES||Helen Marshall |
|CWTCH||Conrad Williams |
|LAGAN||Gemma Files |
|THE ENTERTAINMENT ARRIVES||Alison Littlewood |
|HIS HEART SHALL SPEAK NO MORE||John Linwood Grant |
|BANISHMENTS||Richard Gavin |
|THE FLOWER UNFOLDS||Simon Strantzas |
|THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE||Alison Moore |
|CARNIVOROUS||William F. Nolan |
|A SONG OF DUST||Angela Slatter |
|BORDER COUNTRY||Danny Rhodes|
|IN STONE||Tim Lebbon |
|SPEAKING STILL||Ramsey Campbell |
|UNDERWATER FERRIS WHEEL||Michael Bailey |
|IN THE COMPLEX||Mark Samuels |
|AFTER SUNSET, IN THE SECOND DRAWING ROOM GARDEN||Felice Picano |
|DISPOSSESSION||Nicholas Royle |
|THE ENDLESS CORRIDOR||Reggie Oliver |
|WHATEVER YOU WANT||Steve Rasnic Tem |
|THE SEVENTEEN-YEAR ITCH||Garth Nix |
|TO DROWN THE WORLD||Thana Niveau |
|NECROLOGY: 2017||Stephen Jones and Kim Newman |
|USEFUL ADDRESSES|| |
"A 'who's who in the field' and as such is well suited to readers who are fans of these authors and who are interested in the incredible work put into the extensive non-fiction elements."
LOCUS, Issue 706, November 2019
"From the Introduction to the diversity of the stories to the Necrology at the end, the whole content is outstanding."
PHANTASMAGORIA MAGAZINE, Issue #12, Halloween Special 2019
"Reading this latest volume in the long-running anthology series from Stephen Jones certainly proved to be a master class in not just written matter of a macabre nature, but in the field of literature as a whole. In short, it's a cracker that works on several levels . . . Stephen Jones is a master anthologist and editor, still at the top of his game, a man from whom upcoming writers and publishers like myself can most definitely learn a thing or two from, even those with no great interest in the horror field. Buy this book. It's not just Best New Horror, it's best new literature."
PHANTASMAGORIA MAGAZINE, Issue #9, Spring 2019