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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 22

by Stephen Jones (Editor)

Other authors: Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Albert E. Cowdrey (Contributor), Scott Edelman (Contributor), Christopher Fowler (Contributor), Brian Hodge (Contributor)19 more, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Contributor), Garry Kilworth (Contributor), Joel Lane (Contributor), John Langan (Contributor), Joe R. Lansdale (Contributor), Kirstyn McDermott (Contributor), Mark Morris (Contributor), Kim Newman (Afterword), Thana Niveau (Contributor), Norman Partridge (Contributor), Mark Samuels (Contributor), Robert Shearman (Contributor), Angela Slatter (Contributor), Michael Marshall Smith (Contributor), Karina Sumner-Smith (Contributor), Steve Rasnic Tem (Contributor), Richard L. Tierney (Contributor), Simon Kurt Unsworth (Contributor), Mark Valentine (Contributor)

Series: Best New Horror (22), Mammoth Horror

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There are a few things you can count on when you read one of the Mammoth Books of Best New Horror. The first is some very solid writing; after all, the title of the book does promise it to you. The second is a nice summary of the year's events in horror; movie releases, new books, and anything else related to the genre. And the final is a necrology of people related to the genre who have passed that year; a fitting way to end the book. Volume 22, a summary for 2010, is no exception. Unlike previous years, I actually read it relatively recent to the summary year as opposed to four or more years afterwards. This made no difference to the stories but it made the year's summary a bit more relevant to me.

Anyway, on to the stories. I had an unusually large selection of favorites but that is also kind of normal for these collections. Most of them were poignant and had some depth to them with only an occasional light hearted romp. And as opposed to some public perception, the whole collection was not only zombies. My favorites are below.

"What Will Come After" by Scott Edelman - A zombie love story that strikes the heart and leaves one sad.

"Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls" by Brian Hodge - Across the yard and through their bedroom windows, two children make their worlds better and escape the hardness of reality.

"Featherweight" by Robert Shearman - A husband must deal with his wife and angels after a car accident.

"Christmas with the Dead" by Joe R. Lansdale - A man celebrates Christmas with some zombies.

"We All Fall Down" by Kirstyn McDermott - A couple must learn to let go. This one stuck with me for a while.

"As Red as Red" by Caitlin R. Kiernan - A woman hunts the libraries and folklore for vampires.

"City of the Dog" by John Langan - A man learns more about his girlfriend through betrayal and sacrifice. The story is also set in the Albany area where I have relatives and thus felt extra connected to the story. ( )
  dagon12 | Mar 11, 2012 |
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Jones, StephenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cowdrey, Albert E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edelman, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hodge, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kiernan, Caitlín R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kilworth, GarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lane, JoelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langan, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lansdale, Joe R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDermott, KirstynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morris, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Newman, KimAfterwordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Niveau, ThanaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Partridge, NormanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Samuels, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shearman, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Slatter, AngelaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Michael MarshallContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sumner-Smith, KarinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tem, Steve RasnicContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tierney, Richard L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Unsworth, Simon KurtContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valentine, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0762442700, Paperback)

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series continues to be the world’s leading annual anthology dedicated solely to showcasing the best in contemporary horror fiction. The latest volume is comprised of more than 20 of the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of horror and exciting newcomers.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:46 -0400)

'The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror' is an annual compilation of contemporary horror fiction, showcasing the talents of the finest writers working in the field of terror. This volume includes the best stories by up and coming stars of the genre.

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