Welcome To The New Home Of Horror
‘Johnny Mains is the go-to man for horror in the UK. His extensive knowledge of and unbound passion for the genre is amazing. If there was a government Ministry of Horror (which there should be), Johnny would be in charge. He is the Minister for Horror. He has extraordinary energy and is fighting a one-man battle to preserve and revitalise the noble tradition of the horror anthology. Oh, and he is a nice bloke as well.’ —Charlie Higson
‘Mercy stands before her, wielding a mud-caked pickaxe in both hands ...’
—When Charlie Sleeps, Laura Mauro
‘Too much Semtex was an obvious, beginner’s mistake, and I noted I needed to remove more brain in future ...’ —Exploding Raphaelesque Heads, Ian Hunter
‘There isn’t much time. Blood is already spattering the paper on which I am writing ...’ —The Secondary Host, John Probert
‘It appeared to be an insect of some kind, perhaps a beetle or a spider with a bloated body ...’ —Come Into My Parlour, Reggie Oliver
Best British Horror is a new anthology series dedicated to showcasing and proving, without doubt, that when it comes to horror and supernatural fiction, Britain is its obvious and natural home.
This new anthology includes stories by: Ramsey Campbell, Kate Farrell, Gary Fry, Muriel Gray, Ian Hunter, Joel Lane, Tanith Lee, V.H. Leslie, John Llewellyn Probert, Michael Marshall Smith, Laura Mauro, Mark Morris, Adam Nevill, Thana Niveau, Reggie Oliver, Marie O’Regan, Robert Shearman, Elizabeth Stott, Anna Taborska, Stephen Volk and D.P. Watt.
About the Author
Award winning editor, author and horror historian. Has written for SFX Magazine, Illustrators Quarterly and The Paperback Fanatic. Project editor to Pan Macmillan’s 2010 re-issue of The Pan Book of Horror Stories. Co-editing Dead Funny with multi-award winning comedian Robin Ince. Has written introduction to Stephen King’s 30th Anniversary edition of Thinner. Author of two short story collections and editor of five horror anthologies.
Ramsey Campbell is the author of numerous novels and short story collections. He has been described, by the Oxford Companion to English Literature, as ‘Britain’s most respected living horror writer’. He is the President of both the British Fantasy Society and the Society of Fantastic Films. He lives on Merseyside.
Joel Lane was born in 1963 and lives in Birmingham. He is the author of the novels From Blue to Black and The Blue Mask as well as a novella and four collections, The Earth Wire, The Lost District, The Terrible Changes and the booklet Do Not Pass Go. He has also edited or co-edited three anthologies of short stories.
V. H. Leslie’s stories have appeared in Black Static, Interzone, Weird Fiction Review and Strange Tales IV. She has also had fiction and non-fiction published in Shadows and Tall Trees and writes a monthly column for This is Horror. Her story ‘Namesake’ was recently selected for Best British Horror and 2013 also saw her win a Hawthornden Fellowship and the Lightship First Chapter Prize.
Michael Marshall Smith has published – under that name and as Michael Marshall and MM Smith – ten novels and four collections of short stories. Born in Knutsford, Cheshire, in 1965, he now lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Mark Morris has written over twenty-five novels, including Toady, Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Fiddleback, The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor Who range. He is also the author of two short story collections, Close to the Bone and Long Shadows, Nightmare Light, 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 by genre luminaries for which he won the 2007 British Fantasy Award, its follow-up Cinema Futura, and The Spectral Book of Horror Stories.
Marie O’Regan is a British Fantasy Award-nominated author and editor, based in Derbyshire. Her first collection, Mirror Mere, was published in 2006, and her short fiction has appeared in a number of genre magazines and anthologies in the UK, US, Canada, Italy and Germany. Marie served in various jobs on the British Fantasy Society Committee from 2001, ending as Chairperson of the British Fantasy Society from 2004-2008.
John Llewellyn Probert won the 2013 British Fantasy Award for his novella The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine. Its sequel, The Hammer of Dr Valentine, has just been published (both are available from Spectral Press). He is the author of over a hundred published short stories, six novellas and a novel, The House That Death Built. His second novel, Unnatural Acts, is forthcoming from the same publisher, Atomic Fez. His first short story collection, The Faculty of Terror, won the 2006 Children of the Night award for best work of Gothic Fiction. www.johnlprobert.com.
Robert Shearman has published three collections – Tiny Deaths, Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, Everyone’s Just So So Special. An award-winning playwright, radio dramatist and Doctor Who screenwriter, he is currently resident writer at Edinburgh Napier University.