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Darkness : two decades of modern horror

Format: Print Book 2010
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Summary
This sophisticated, scary anthology collects the best horror fiction published between 1984 and 2005, one of horror's most innovative eras. These exceptionally diverse stories, hand-picked by horror-expert editor Ellen Datlow, are tales of the subtly psychological, the unpredictably mischievous, and the disturbingly visceral.

Here are classics, such as horror master Stephen King's "Chattery Teeth," the tautly drawn account of a traveling salesman who unwisely picks up yet another hitchhiker; Peter Straub's eerie "The Juniper Tree," describing a man whose nostalgia for the movies of his childhood leads to his stolen innocence; and George R. R. Martin's sinister "The Pear-Shaped Man," in which a young woman encounters a neighbor who likes her a bit too much.

Whether you grew up on Clive Barker's Books of Blood; Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"; Neil Gaiman's Sandman; or are newly discovering Stephen King's son, breakout author Joe Hill; there is something here for everyone who enjoys being more than just a little bit scared.
Contents
Jacqueline Ess: her will and testament / Clive Barker
Dancing chickens / Edward Bryant
The greater festival of masks / Thomas Ligotti
The pear-shaped man / George R. R. Martin
The juniper tree / Peter Straub
Two minutes forty-five seconds / Dan Simmons
The power and the passion / Pat Cadigan
The phone woman / Joe R. Lansdale
Teratisms / Kathe Koja
Chattery teeth / Stephen King
A little night music / Lucius Shepard
Calcutta, Lord of Nerves / Poppy Z. Brite
The Erl-king / Elizabeth Hand
The dog park / Dennis Etchison
Rain falls / Michael Marshall Smith
Refrigerator heaven / David J. Schow
... / Joyce Carol Oates
Eaten (scenes from a moving picture) / Neil Gaiman
The specialist's hat / Kelly Link
The tree is my hat / Gene Wolfe
Heat / Steve Rasnic Tem
No strings / Ramsey Campbell
Stitch / Terry Dowling
Dancing men / Glen Hirshberg
My father's mask / Joe Hill.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With several acclaimed horror anthologies to her credit already, including the first volume of the recently inaugurated Best Horror of the Year series, Datlow eschews best of labels for her new gathering, instead selecting favorites from her last 20 years of editing. With her only criterion being lasting thrills, the selection favors such familiar genre masters as Peter Straub, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. It also includes a few surprise contributions from such non-horror-genre writers as Joyce Carol Oates and sf master Gene Wolfe. Twenty-five stories in all embrace a wide spectrum of styles, from gore-laced splatterpunk to subtler, psychological horror. A suicidal woman exults in her newfound ability to bump off male tormentors by the power of thought alone. Invading aliens wait for the perfect amusing opportunity to take control of humanity. An engineer tired of his fear of heights devises his own death on a business flight. Datlow's keen eye for narrative zest makes this one of her most entertaining compilations to date.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This diverse 25-story anthology is a superb sampling of some of the most significant short horror works published between 1985 and 2005. Editor extraordinaire Datlow (Poe) includes classic stories from horror icons Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Stephen King as well as SF and fantasy luminaries Gene Wolfe, Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, and Lucius Shepard. The full diversity of horror is on display: George R.R. Martin's "The Pear-Shaped Man," about a creepy downstairs neighbor, and Straub's "The Juniper Tree," which chronicles a drifter's sexual molestation of a young boy, exemplify horror's sublime psychological power, while Barker's "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament" and Poppy Z. Brite's "Calcutta, Lord of Nerves" are audaciously gory masterworks. This is an anthology to be cherished and an invaluable reference for horror aficionados. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Horror tales, American.
Horror tales, English.
Horror fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher San Francisco, CA :Tachyon,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Datlow, Ellen.
Language English
Description 470 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781892391957 (pbk.)
1892391953 (pbk.)
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