This book was published in 1991 and contained 18 short stories by as many authors. There were 10 from Great Britain and 8 from the U.S.
The oldest writers were Manly Wade Wellman (1903-86), Hugh B. Cave (1910-2004), Robert Bloch (1917-94), Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes (1919-2001), David Campton (1924-2006) and Basil Copper (1924-). Among the youngest were Clive Barker (1952-), Stephen Laws (1952-), Lisa Tuttle (1952-) and David Schow (1956-). Others included Brian Lumley (1937-), Charles L. Grant (1942-2006), Dennis Etchison (1943-), Karl Wagner (1945-94), Graham Masterton (1946-), Ramsey Campbell (1946-), F. Paul Wilson (1946-) and David Riley. Many of the authors also wrote in the SF, fantasy and mystery genres.
Most of the stories ranged from the late 1960s to the early 90s, with 11 from the 1980s. There were also two from the 1930s, by the pulp pioneers Wellman and Cave, which together took up nearly a third of the book.
As might be guessed from the cover, the anthology gave a great deal of space to pulp authors, extending from those who wrote for Weird Tales in the 1930s (Wellman, Cave and Bloch, though Bloch was represented by something more recent) to later Britons influenced by Lovecraft (Lumley, Campbell), to those from the 1970s or 1980s whose writing combined horror with graphic violence (Masterson, Barker, Schow). There were also more quiet but effective contemporary horror writers (Copper, Riley, Wagner, Grant, Laws), some of whom included sexual matters in more detail than encountered previously in horror stories.
Most interesting for this reader were Riley's "The Satyr's Head," about a man who became haunted by a satyr, Wilson's "Buckets," which combined a contemporary social/ethical issue and horror in an original way not read before, Masterson's "Pig's Dinner," which was so grotesquely over the top it was hard to forget, and Wagner's "The River of Night's Dreaming," which tried to show psychological dysfunction, among other things. Many of the other stories were too cartoonish or crude, or just didn't capture my interest.
An earlier anthology of somewhat similar work might be Dark Forces (1980).