In reaction to the morbid direction horror fiction and films have taken recently, sf and fantasy writer Etchison has compiled a remarkable collection of horror and fantasy stories for the 1980s. The list of contributors is formidable: Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, Charles L. Grant, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and others. The focus is not on possessed children, demonic mass murderers, or terrors from beyond the grave, but instead on the breakdown of the mind or soul, the darker side of sexuality, and other internal horrors. The stories range from the traditional to the avant-garde; some are sexually explicit; all are noteworthy. An exciting and satisfying collection that could well mark a turning point for the genre, this is recommended for all contemporary fiction collections. Alternate selection of the Literary Guild, Mystery Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Science Fiction Book Club. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib., Ct. De Vries, Peter. Peckham's Marbles.