Beth K. Lewis (ed.) - The New Gothic (Stone Skin Press, 2013)
Beth K. Lewis - Introduction
Jesse Bullington & S. J. Chambers - Dive In Me Fi Michell - The Debt Collector Laura Ellen Joyce - The Death Bell Richard Dansky - A Meeting In The Devil's House Steve Dempsey - No Substitute Ramsey Campbell - Reading The Signs Dmetri Kakmi - The Boy By The Gate Sean Logan - Viola's Second Husband Mason Wild - The Devil In A Hole Damien Kelly - The Whipping Boy Phil Reeves - The Vault of Artemas Smith Ed Martin - The Fall Of The Old Faith
Blurb: The Gothic is the most enduring.literary tradition in history, but in recent years friendly ghosts and vegetarian vampires threaten its foundations. The New Gothic is a collection of short stories which revisits the core archetypes of the Gothic - the rambling, secret-filled building, the stranger seeking answers, the black-hearted tyrant - and reminds us not to embrace, but to fear the darkness.
A dozen tales of terror fill this anthology including an original, never-before-seen story from the godfather of modem horror, Ramsey Campbell.
Another library loan, another stub post for time being as i've too many books on the go. Must admit, on reading Patrick McGrath & Bradford Morrow's brain-straining The Picador Book Of The New Gothic (Picador, 1993), I did kind of wonder what was wrong with the Old Gothic, but perhaps this recent collection will provoke a rematch. Anyone had the pleasure?
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.