Robert Adams, Martin H. Greenberg & Pamela Crippen Adams (eds.) - Hunger For Horror (Daw, March 1988)
Cover: J. K. Potter
Introduction - Pamela Crippen Adams
Robert Bloch - The Feast In The Abbey H. P. Lovecraft - Pickman's Model Robert Adams - Shaggy Vengeance Anthony Boucher - They Bite Jerome Bixby & Joe E. Dean - Share Alike Ambrose Bierce - Oil Of Dog Tom Reamy - Beyond The Cleft John Anthony West - Gladys's Gregory Bill Pronzini - The Same Old Grind Ramsey Campbell - The Enchanted Fruit Stephen Vincent Benet - Elementals Philip K. Dick - The Cookie Lady William Tenn - The Malted Milk Monster Michael Bishop - Rogue Tomato Robert Silverberg - The Iron Chancellor
A collection given over to the joys of cannibalism with a little blood-drinking thrown in for variations sake.
Robert Bloch - The Feast In The Abbey: The narrator, in search of his brother, is given food and shelter at the Monastery ... by a company of ghoulish undead monks devoted to the worship of Asmodeus.
H. P. Lovecraft - Pickman's Model: "God, how that man could paint! There was a study called 'Subway Accident', in which a flock of the vile things were clambering up from some unknown catacomb through a crack in the floor of the Boylston Street subway and attacking a crowd of people on the platform ..."
North End, Boston. Thurber explains to Eliot why, after a nightmarish guided tour around his secret subterranean studio, he no longer patronises the brilliant morbid artist Pickman, whose 'Ghouls Feasting' caused a scandal and saw him ostracised by his fellows at the Art Club ...
Jerome Bixby & Joe E. Dean - Share Alike: Adrift in a lifeboat, Hofmanstahl and Craig. The former, a decent enough fellow, is also a vampire. They reach a compromise on how they're going to get by until they're rescued. Which will weaken first?
Philip K. Dick - The Cookie Lady: Mrs. Drew is rejuvenated by the visits of a young boy, Bernard, who she gorges with cookies. As he reads to her she grows younger while he is drained of his vitality. His parents decide it's best for him to stay away from Mrs. Drew - but have they left it too late?
Anthony Boucher - They Bite: A family in a Californian desert town operate in a manner comparable to the Sawney Beane Clan. Twice the army have been sent in to wipe out the Carka clan, twice the troops have returned, biting. Enter the desperate Hugh Tallant who sees the seemingly deserted Carka place as the ideal setting for the murder of the man who is threatening to blackmail him.
Bill Pronzini - The Same Old Grind: Mitchell, a petty criminal on the up, is halted in his tracks when he visits the Vienna delicatessen run by that funny old guy, Giftholz, who can't quite grasp the English language. Pity for Mitchell that his German isn't so hot or he might have escaped being fed through the sausage grinder and served in a hero sandwich.
Ambrose Bierce - Oil Of Dog: Boffer Bings, born to a father who is manufacturer of dog-oil and a mother who gets rid of the neighbourhood's "superfluous" babies, accidentally hits on the formula that will revolutionise their business and lead to huge commercial success.
John Anthony West - Gladys's Gregory: A community where the ladies feed up their husbands to gargantuan proportions for an annual contest. The hugest man, the winner, then decides how he wishes to be served up. Gregory's decision leads to a change in the rules.
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.