You know what we're talking about. Wherever you're from, there are stories-about a ghost, or a strange, unexplained phenomenon, or some thing that people don't even want to talk about for fear of summoning it.
You could call them urban legends or folktales ... or you can deny that they exist. But they do. They're out there. And they're in this sublimely chilling collection of original tales. The authors, including award winners Richard Bowes, Gary A. Braunbeck, Pat Cadigan, Ramsey Campbell, Jeffrey Ford, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Joe R. Lansdale, Kit Reed, Catherynne M. Valente, and Kaaron Warren, have written stories set in the places they know well-East to West, North and South, in big cities and small towns. Other stories explore dark legends from places as far-flung as England, Spain, Russia, Southeast Asia, India, Fiji, and Australia.
All these tales-from the utterly creepy Texas terror of Lansdale's "The Folding Man" to the small-town avian horror of Carrie Laben's "Face Like a Monkey"; from the modern legends of Campbell's "Chucky Comes to Liverpool" and Ekaterina Sedia's "Tin Cans" to the centuries-old hauntings of Bowes's "Knickerbocker Holiday" and Reed's "Akbar"; and the other spine-chilling stories brought to life in this collection-share the power to evoke the primal fears that still resonate within each of us, proving that these Haunted Legends are alive today.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction Nick Mamatas 15
Knickerbocker Holiday Richard Bowes 17
That Girl Kaaron Warren 33
Akbar Kit Reed 45
The Spring Heel Steven Pirie 63
As Red as Red Caitlín R. Kiernan 75
Tin Cans Ekaterina Sedia 95
Shoebox Train Wreck John Mantooth 109
Fifteen Panels Depicting the Sadness of the Baku and the Jotai Catherynne M. Valente 121
La Llorona Carolyn Turgeon 139
Face Like a Monkey Carrie Laben 155
Down Atsion Road Jeffrey Ford 167
Return to Mariabronn Gary A. Braunbeck 183
Following Double-Face Woman Erzebet YellowBoy 199
Oaks Park M. K. Hobson 207
For Those in Peril on the Sea Stephen Dedman 219
The Foxes Lily Hoang 243
The Redfield Girls Laird Barron 259
Between Heaven and Hull Pat Cadigan 287
Chucky Comes to Liverpool Ramsey Campbell 303
The Folding Man Joe R. Lansdale 329
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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.