Best Horror from Fantasy Tales

Best Horror from Fantasy Tales

by Stephen Jones, David Sutton

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Overview

This illustrated collection includes stories by the world's leading masters of the macabre, including Clibe Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber and Dennis Etchison.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472113672
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 10/10/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 665,032
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Stephen Jones is the winner of three World Fantasy Awards, four Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards and three International Horror Guild Awards, as well as being a multiple recipient of the British Fantasy Award and a Hugo Award nominee.

A former television producer/director and genre movie publicist and consultant, he has written and edited more than 130 books, including the Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome, A Book of Horrors, Curious Warnings: The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. James, Psycho-Mania! and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror and Zombie Apocalypse! series.

Table of Contents

Introductionxvii
The Forbidden: Urban myth becomes horrifying reality1
Dreams May Come: What if it was possible to go back and change the past?39
The Dark Country: A bizarre and horrific tale of death in Mexico50
Dead to the World: The pores of his skin were sealing over...68
The Generation Waltz: In the town of Oxrun Station the dead sometimes come back77
Don't Open That Door: What terror lurked inside the forbidden cupboard?86
The Frolic: Dare you ignore the nightmare visions of a lunatic?96
The Sorcerer's Jewel: An artist-scientist beholds an horrific world110
The Strange Years: When the End finally came it was unexpected and deadly!126
Red: He had to go back and collect it all132
Ever the Faith Endures: What eldritch secret lives on inside the old house?135
Extension 201: A missing telephone extension hides a terrifying secret146
The Last Wolf: What is left when you're the Last Writer?163
Tongue in Cheek: A deserted road leads to supernatural terror172
In the X-Ray: Do the dead come back?183
The Bad People: Beware the mala gente, for death will surely follow196
A Place of no Return: A professor's skepticism is brutally shattered!209
The Terminus: Sixteen thousand people are lost in the London Underground!221
The Green Man: Eldritch evil survives deep in the forest226
The Voice of the Beach: What terrible power controls the minds of men?236
Afterword263

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Best Horror from Fantasy Tales 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An above-average anthology of horror stories, this book was a pleasure to read. As I'm so fond of saying, if you pick up an anthology of stories, you're bound to find some you really like, some you think are okay, and some you start reading and mentally say "pass." For me, there were a lot less "passers" to deal with in this collection.Here's the contents list:"The Forbidden," by Clive Barker -- some things should just be kept quiet, as an enterprising young researcher finds out"Dreams May Come," by H. Warner Munn -- if the past could change, would we want it that way?"The Dark Country," by Dennis Etchison --Mexico is the setting for death in this story"Dead to the World," by Allen Ashley --A man who experiments with drugs in his younger days lives to regret it"The Generation Waltz," by Charles L. Grant (set in Oxrun, for those of you familiar with that place)"Don't Open That Door," by Frances Garfield --a monster in the closet with a twist"The Frolic," by Thomas Ligotti (one of my favorite stories in the book; I love this author!) -- a doctor in an insane asylum has to deal with one of his patient's demons"The Sorcerer's Jewel," by Robert Bloch--a photographer gets more than he bargained for when he seeks a new way to jazz up his photos (excellent story)"The Strange Years," by Brian Lumley --a horror story with an environmental warning"Red," by Richard Christian Matheson--A very short but powerful story about the aftermath of all too real horror"Ever the Faith Endures," by Manly Wade Wellman--A man from America meets his British cousin who has an awesome responsibility to uphold. Another great story here by an excellent author."Extension 201," by Cyril Simsa--The search for a missing telephone extension, combined with a turn-of-the century expedition up the Amazon leads to some surprising results"The Last Wolf," by Karl Edward Wagner--The story of the last writer of books; very poignant & appropriate when you think about it after you read it."Tongue in Cheek," by Mike Grace -- A story that takes place on a deserted road "In the X-Ray," by Fritz Leiber--Another excellent story by an excellent author; sort of an old-fashioned horror story but still good"The Bad People," by Steve Rasnic Tem--Another story set in Mexico; a man and his son are shadowed by an evil force"A Place of No Return," by Hugh B. Cave--I love this author's work; it is quite old-fashioned but still left a few hackles on the back of my neck. A professor goes to Haiti to take pictures of zombies and well..."The Terminus," by Kim Newman--A police detective goes looking for a missing person and gets much more than he bargained for in the London Underground"The Green Man," by Kelvin Jones--Another Green Man story; this one is okay."The Voice of the Beach," by Ramsey Campbell--imho, the best of the bunch; I'd read it also in Campbell's book Alone With the Horrors. Very creepy; a good story to read late at night when the house is quiet. Mythos related.So there...you have some very talented authors to choose from in this book; Anyone who likes their horror more or less cerebral will totally enjoy this one. If you're looking for the hack/slash/lots-of-gore stuff, you may be a bit bored here.recommended
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