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by Peter Crowther (Editor), Edward E. Kramer (Editor)

Other authors: Forrest J. Ackerman (Introduction), Michael Bishop (Contributor), Larry Bond (Contributor), Ben Bova (Contributor), Gary A. Braunbeck (Contributor)21 more, William F. Buckley, Jr. (Contributor), Chris Carlson (Contributor), Nancy A. Collins (Contributor), Storm Constantine (Contributor), Charles De Lint (Contributor), Jeremy Dyson (Contributor), Christopher Fowler (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Stephen Gallagher (Contributor), Kathleen Ann Goonan (Contributor), Colin Greenland (Contributor), Kathe Koja (Contributor), Brad Linaweaver (Contributor), Barry N. Malzberg (Contributor), Ian McDonald (Contributor), Michael Moorcock (Contributor), Michelle Prahler (Cover designer), S. P. Somtow (Contributor), Lisa Tuttle (Contributor), Stewart Von Allmen (Contributor), Ian Watson (Contributor)

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Twenty-three original tales of horror explore the dark worlds of tombs, catacombs, ancient temples, a crashing submarine, and a derelict space station.



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Collection of 22 master works of science fiction/fantasy by 22 authors who are gifted at story-telling and suspense. Selections by Bova; Watson; Goonan; Bishop; Moorcock; Tuttle; Carlson; Maltzberg; Koja; McDonald; Allmen; Dysos; Somtow; Fowler; De Lint, Braunbeck; Greenland; Gaiman; Gallagher; Linaweaver; Collins; Buckley; Constantine.

Includes brief idiosyncratic "Biographies" of the authors [omitted from TOC], and a "first-foot" of the "tome of tomes" dedicated to Ib J Melchior "world-class authority on the Bard of Avon", who is parodied as "Shockspeare" in a consopitious pretension to ono-eroticism using his "big words".
  keylawk | Dec 11, 2012 |
I found this anthology just okay in general. The stories are "about the things which bind us all... both physically and emotionally," a mix of fantasy, horror and sci-fi. As I see it, they all seem to have a theme of tombs -- not necessarily literal ones -- or death. Not all the stories appealed to me, and some I simply didn't get; maybe they just aren't to my taste. However, there are a few gems for me in the collection -- "The Unchained," beautifully written by Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg; "But None I Think Do There Embrace," a witty urban fantasy by S. P. Somtow; and of course, "Queen of Knives," an unsettling poem by Master Storyteller Neil Gaiman. There were other pieces I also liked, including those by Ian McDonald, Jeremy Dyson, Christopher Fowler, Nancy A. Collins, William F. Buckley Jr., and Storm Constantine. ( )
  thioviolight | Mar 20, 2008 |
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Crowther, PeterEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kramer, Edward E.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ackerman, Forrest J.Introductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bishop, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bond, LarryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bova, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Braunbeck, Gary A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckley, William F., Jr.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carlson, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collins, Nancy A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Constantine, StormContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Lint, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dyson, JeremyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gallagher, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goonan, Kathleen AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenland, ColinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Koja, KatheContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Linaweaver, BradContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malzberg, Barry N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDonald, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moorcock, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Prahler, MichelleCover designersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Somtow, S. P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tuttle, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Von Allmen, StewartContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Watson, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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