Richard Davis (ed.) - The Year’s Best Horror Stories: Series I (DAW, 1971)
Robert Bloch - Double Whammy Brian Lumley - The Sister City Elizabeth Fancett - When Morning Comes Richard Matheson - Prey Kit Reed - Winter E. C. Tubb - Lucifer Eddy C. Bertin - I Wonder What He Wanted Peter Oldale - Problem Child Ramsey Campbell - The Scar Ralph Norton - Warp Terri E. Pinckard - The Hate Celia Fremlin - A Quiet Game David Riley - After Nightfall Robert McNear - Death's Door
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 cauldronbrewer on Apr 15, 2012 11:57:29 GMT
When I ordered this book, I thought that I'd be receiving the cover depicted above (the 1975 edition) but wound up with the one below (the 1972 edition). I like the 1975 cover better.
The stories are a mixed bag. Bloch's geek-show shocker Double Whammy, Matheson's evil doll tale Prey, and Campbell's doppelganger story The Scar are all classics that I'd already read elsewhere. Of the unfamiliar stories, the ones I liked best were Bertin's I Wonder What He Wanted, about a college professor's gradual possession by a horror writer who once lived in the house she's renting, and Riley's After Nightfall, about an anthropologist who discovers why the inhabitants of a dire little village lock their doors at night and place bowls of meat on their doorsteps.
Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night and got the creeps just thinking about the latter story. Well played, Mr. Riley!