Stephen Jones The Mammoth Book of Nightmare Stories (Skyhorse Publishing, 2019)
Contents (from ISFDb)
In the Fourth Year of the War • (1979) • short story by Harlan Ellison Invasion from Inferno • (1937) • novelette by Hugh B. Cave The Viaduct • non-genre • (1976) • short story by Brian Lumley Spindleshanks (New Orleans, 1956) • (2000) • short story by Caitlín R. Kiernan Homecoming • (1975) • short story by Sydney J. Bounds Feeders and Eaters • (2002) • short story by Neil Gaiman Nothing of Him That Doth Fade • (2000) • short story by Poppy Z. Brite The Unfortunate • (2000) • novella by Tim Lebbon One of Us • (2001) • short story by Dennis Etchison Is There Anybody There? • (2000) • novelette by Kim Newman Dear Alison • (1997) • short story by Michael Marshall Smith The Gossips • (1973) • short story by Basil Copper Needing Ghosts • (1990) • novella by Ramsey Campbell The Art Nouveau Fireplace • (1989) • short story by Christopher Fowler These Beasts • (1995) • short story by Tanith Lee Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back • (1986) • short story by Joe R. Lansdale
Blurb by Am*z*n Winner of the British Fantasy Award
Sixteen rare terror tales not to be read at night—from Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Tanish Lee, and more!
To sleep, perchance to dream . . . of horrors! Here are some of the stories that gave their own authors nightmares—things that go bump at night, hauntings that lurk in the back of the mind, skin-crawling moments between the realms of wakefulness and sleep. In this somnambulistic collection, award-winning editor Stephen Jones asks many of the biggest names in horror fiction to choose their own favorite stories and novellas which, for one reason or another, have been unjustly overlooked or ignored.
From Hugh B. Cave’s 1930s “shudder pulp” tale to Ramsey Campbell’s stunning novella of barely concealed hysteria and grim black humor, these are the “forgotten” stories ripe for rediscovery, by such acclaimed authors as Poppy Z. Brite, Basil Copper, Harlan Ellison®, Neil Gaiman, Caítlin R. Kiernan, Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Tanith Lee, and Michael Marshall Smith.
Be warned: do not try to read this book at night, because these superior horror stories—both supernatural and psychological—will leave a lasting chill down your spine long after you have put it down, shut off the lights, and ducked under the covers. As you try to get off to sleep, who knows what dreams may come . . .?