I'm doing some research for a book on modern horror fiction in Danish at the moment and plan to include a small chapter on the British anthologies as well. Does anyone in here know if any kind of "the history of the British ghost/horror anthologies" has been written? Either as a scholarly work or perhaps a substantial foreword or something? Any suggestion or reference would be most helpful.
I really can't think of anything comprehensive. Mike Ashley contributed lengthy articles on the anthologies of Peter Haining, Sci-Horror crossovers, etc to 'Scream Factory' magazine - stitch them all together, and you'd have a very good grounding in the subject. Am hoping someone offers a better answer than this, because if there is such a book, I'd want 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.
Something like John Clute's and John Grant's Encyclopedia of Fantasy has entries on editors and series like the Pan books of Horror - it's a really good book. And of course there's Mike Ashley's and Bill Contento's giant Supernatural Index, which provides full indexes of 2000 or so horror and supernatural anthologies, but it doesn't really provide a narrative history. Mike Ashley has an article on anthologies in ST Joshi's Supernatural Literature of the World.
Post by Michael Connolly on May 27, 2016 12:46:40 GMT
Although it was published in 1977 Mike Ashley's Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction has some useful entries on series of anthologies and their contents. Also, you can do searches on his Supernatural Index on Amazon and Google books. I borrowed a library copy of it once and have been consulting it online since.