Haunted Legends

Haunted Legends

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by Ellen Datlow, Nick Mamatas
     
 

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Darkly thrilling, these twenty new ghost stories have all the chills and power of traditional ghost stories, but each tale is a unique retelling of an urban legend from the world over.

Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow and award-nominated author and editor Nick Mamatas recruited Jeffrey Ford, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin Kiernan, Catherynne

Overview

Darkly thrilling, these twenty new ghost stories have all the chills and power of traditional ghost stories, but each tale is a unique retelling of an urban legend from the world over.

Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow and award-nominated author and editor Nick Mamatas recruited Jeffrey Ford, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin Kiernan, Catherynne M. Valente, Kit Reed, Ekaterina Sedia, and thirteen other fine writers to create stories unlike any they've written before. Tales to make readers shiver with fear, jump at noises in the night, keep the lights on.

These twenty nightmares, brought together by two renowned editors of the dark fantastic, are delightful visions sure to send shivers down the spines of horror readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound) and Mamatas (Spicy Slipstream Stories) collect 20 original stories based on ghost legends from around the world. A few famous figures appear (such as the mysterious hitchhiker in Kaaron Warren's "That Girl" and Gary A. Braunbeck's "Return to Mariabronn"), and lesser-known regional tales inspire two top-notch stories: Jeffery Ford's intriguing "Down Atsion Road," set in southern New Jersey, and Laird Barron's incredibly creepy "The Redfield Girls," about a haunted lake in Washington State. International entries include Ekaterina Sedia's disturbing "Tin Cans," about girls murdered by Stalin aide Lavrenty Beria, and Catherynne M. Valente's "15 Panels Depicting the Sadness of the Baku and the Jotai," a whimsical and dreamy foray into Japanese myth. Another standout is the riveting "The Folding Man" by Joe Lansdale, featuring a mysterious, murderous pack of nuns. Only a few weak choices feel more like rehashings than retellings. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

“Sure to provide a yardstick by which future ghost fiction will be measured.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Ellen Datlow's The Dark: New Ghost Stories

“What better way to spend a cold winter night than curled in front of the fireplace with a good ghost story or sixteen?” —The Dallas Morning News on Ellen Datlow's The Dark: New Ghost Stories

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765323002
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

ELLEN DATLOW has won eight World Fantasy Awards, two Bram Stoker Awards, the International Horror Guild Award, two Hugo Awards, and two Locus Awards for her work as an editor. In a career spanning more than twenty-five years, she has been the fiction editor of OMNI and SCIFI.COM. Datlow has edited many successful anthologies, including The Dark, The Coyote Road, and Inferno. She has also co-edited the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series, The Faery Reel, A Wolf at the Door, and Swan Sister. She lives in Manhattan.

NICK MAMATAS, co-editor of the groundbreaking fiction magazine Clarkesworld, lives in Northern California.

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Haunted Legends 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
These twenty regional ghost stories based on local legends around the world make up a spirited fun anthology that will have readers keeping the lights on for two or three weeks. All the entries are fabulous with perhaps the best of the lot being the final contribution by Joe Lansdale, "The Folding Man" and the haunting (starring Stalin's ruthless henchman Beria) "Tin Cans" by Ekaterina Sedia. Also excellent are Fiji based "That Girl" by Kaaron Warren, the Japanese located "15 Panels Depicting the Sadness of the Baku and the Jotai" by Catherynne M. Valente, and "Return to Mariabronn" by Gary A. Braunbeck. Whether it be "Akbar" by Kit Reed in India, a "Knickerbocker Holiday" by Richard Bowes in Hudson Valley New York or vampires in Rhode Island As Red as Red" by Caitlin R. Kiernan, this is a super diverse collection. Harriet Klausner
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BELLYDANCERR More than 1 year ago
Some of the stories just didn't make any sense, they were all over the place. The narrative before and after the stories dragged on. I want a refund.