Stephen Jones (ed.) – The Best New Horror: Volume #7 (Robinson, 1996)
Stephen Jones - Introduction: Horror In 1995
Ian R. MacLeod – Tirkiluk Christopher Fowler – The Most Boring Woman In The World Brian Hodge – Extinctions In Paradise Lisa Tuttle – Food Man Michael Marshall Smith – More Tomorrow Ramsey Campbell – Going Under Dave Smeds – Survivor Patrick Thompson – The Stones Cherry Wilder – Back of Beyond Steve Rasnic Tem – A Hundred Wicked Little Witches Manly Wade Wellman – The Finger Of Halugra Terry Lamsley – The Toddler Stephen Gallagher – Not Here, Not Now Thomas Ligotti – The Bungalow House Alan Brennert – Cradle Jane Rice – The Sixth Dog Terry Dowling – Scaring The Train David Sutton – La Serenissima Norman Partridge – The Bars On Satan’s Jailhouse Jeff VanderMeer – The Bone-Carver’s Tale Neil Gaiman – Queen Of Knives Paul J. McAuley – The True History Of Doctor Pretorius Graham Masterton – The Grey Madonna Douglas E. Winter – Loop Brian Stableford – The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires Nicholas Royle – Lacuna
Stephen Jones & Kim Newman – Necrology: 1995
Not sure how or why this volume has been overlooked until now, as Best Horror 7 was the place I first encountered Michael Marshall Smith's masterpiece of .gif terror, More Tomorrow and I remember being favourably disposed to a number of the stories, including Graham Masterton's The Black Madonna (about which, I now remember nothing), David A. Sutton's nightmare in Venice, La Serenissima and Chris Fowler's (far from ) The Most Boring Woman In The World. Golden age veterans Manly Wade Wellman and Jane Rice are in, flying the flag for vintage pulp horror just as the late Evangeline Walton has done so in recent volumes. Neil Gaiman's present with one of his love 'em or hate 'em poems.
Anyone care to talk us through the highs and lows?
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.