"Objects in Dreams may be Closer than they Appear" by Lisa Tuttle "Pied-a-terre" by Stephen Volk "In The Absence of Murdock" by Terry Lamsley "Florrie" by Adam L.G. Nevill "Driving The Milky Way" by Weston Ochse "The Windmill" by Rebecca Levene "Moretta" by Garry Kilworth "Hortus Conclusus" by Chaz Brenchley "The Dark Space in The House in The House in The Garden at The Centre of The World" by Robert Shearman "The Muse of Copenhagen" by Nina Allan "An Injustice" by Christopher Fowler "The Room Upstairs" by Sarah Pinborough "Villanova" by Paul Meloy "Widow's Weeds" by Christopher Priest "The Doll's House" by Jonathan Green "Inside/Out" by Nicholas Royle "The House" by Eric Brown "Trick of The Light" by Tim Lebbon "What Happened to Me" by Joe R. Lansdale
This is one of the books we picked up at Brighton's FantasyCon and it leapt to the top of my reading list after Lady P raced through it and loved it. I'm close to the end and I have to say I can hugely recommend it as a properly good modern horror anthology. None of the stories so far have been anything less than great and some of them are absolute standouts. People like me will be delighted and relieved to learn that out of the 15 stories I've read so far there isn't a single impenetrable, self-indulgent, what-the-hell-was-that-supposed-to-be-about piece of self-consciously arty farty claptrap in there. Get this and give Mr Oliver lots of encouragement to do some more - he really knows what he's doing.
People like me will be delighted and relieved to learn that out of the 15 stories I've read so far there isn't a single impenetrable, self-indulgent, what-the-hell-was-that-supposed-to-be-about piece of self-consciously arty farty claptrap in there.
Found that to be very much the case with the three 2011 anthlogies i've completed, and, thirteen stories in on the latest Best New Horror it seems Stephen Jones has caught the bug, though now i think, Zombie Apocalypse is like that throughout, even if Kim Newman badly misfires at the end. What i read of the rest of last years crop was also refreshingly high on morbid entertainment, Even if it's only a blip, it's been a blast to actually looked forward to getting hold of contemporary horror collections again.
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.
Post by The Lurker In The Shadows on Oct 25, 2011 18:16:27 GMT
I picked this up a couple of weeks ago when I was in Glasgow - better horror selection in the Waterstones there than in Dundee - and rattled through it fairly swiftly. A really good and varied collection. I did think a couple of tales were moving along nicely then seemed to rush their conclusions, but I don't think there was anything in it I didn't enjoy. As JLP says, here's hoping Jonathan Oliver will edit some more collections before long.
There is the touch on the shoulder that comes when you are walking quickly homewards in the dark hours, full of anticipation of the warm room and bright fire, and when you pull up, startled, what face or no-face do you see?