Stephen Jones (ed.) - Horrorology: The Lexicon Of Fear (Jo Fletcher, 2015)
Stephen Jones - Introduction: The Library Of The Damned
Robert Shearman - Accursed Clive Barker - Afraid Michael Marshall Smith - Afterlife Pat Cadigan - Chilling Mark Samuels - Decay Joanne Harris - Faceless Muriel Gray - Forgotten Kim Newman - Guignol Ramsey Campbell - Nightmare Reggie Oliver - Possessions Angela Slatter - Ripper Lisa Tuttle - Vastation
Epilogue Blurb: In the Library of the Damned, hidden away amongst that vast depository of ancient wisdom, there exists a certain bookcase where the most decadent, the most blasphemous of tomes sit upon a dusty shelf. And amongst those titles that should never be named, there is one volume that is he most terrible, the most hideous of them all. That book is the very Lexicon of Fear itself. But, long ago, some of its pages were ripped from the binding and spirited away by a lowly student of the ancient science of Horrorology, determined that one day the secrets contained therein would be shared with the world. And now that day has come. These are the words that comprise the very language of horror itself, and the tales they tell are not for the fainthearted. But be warned: once you have read them, there is no turning back. Soon, you too will know the true meanings of fear . . .
Picked this up from the library today. Just for once, wish I could write, nah, can safely pass on this one, but truth is, it has the look of a Book Of Horror- the sequel, about it ....
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.