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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Paperback – Feb 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Pub (February 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078670585X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786705856
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,864,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Offering 19 stories from writers both well and little known, this ninth volume in Jones's award-winning (World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, etc.) series lives up to its title. The remarkably varied fiction, impeccably crafted for the most part, is divided evenly between U.S. and U.K. writers (nine of each, plus one American author who resides in England). Some of the strongest stories offer imaginative twists on traditional tropes. David Schow's hilariously mordant "Dying Words" deals with a writer, zombies and the state of the genre; Doug Winter's deft and quietly dramatic "Zombies of Madison County" also deals with a writer and zombiesAand, perhaps, the state of the world. Both Kim Newman's "Coppola's Dracula" and Brian Hodge's "The Dripping of Sundered Wineskins" feature vampires, but these novellas go in entirely different directions. Hodge's trio of weird sisters takes in a lapsed Irish priest whose destiny is entwined with theirs, while Newman parallels the traditional Romanian Dracula to his latest cinematic incarnation. With "Words," Ramsey Campbell has dark fun in a strange story involving a fantasy fan who becomes a publishing phenomenon and a critic who resists his sway. Chilling reality-based terror is included, as are several tales that slipstream into SF. The knowledgeable, prolific (editor of more than 40 books) and opinionated Jones's 60-page summation of the year in horror, his compendium of useful addresses and a necrology co-authored with Kim Newman are alone worth the book's low cover price. Displaying the vitality of the field, as well as some of its top-flight talent, the book is, like most of its predecessors, a must-have, must-read anthology for horror buffs.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

From David L. Schow's tale of grisly encounters with the walking dead ("Dying Words") to Kim Newman's superb reworking of the most famous of vampire stories ("Coppola's Dracula"), the 19 tales in this collection exhibit the broad range of styles and topics broached by horror writers in 1997. The addition of an introductory essay recapping the state of the genre places the stories in perspective. Contributors include such veterans of dark fantasy as Pat Cadigan, Thomas Ligotti, Ramsey Campbell, Gwyneth Jones, and Stephen Laws. A good selection for libraries where anthologies enjoy a wide circulation.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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