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999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense

by Al Sarrantonio

Other authors: Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Rick Hautala (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), T. E. D. Klein (Contributor)6 more, Edward Lee (Contributor), Bentley Little (Contributor), David Morrell (Contributor), Tim Powers (Contributor), Al Sarrantonio (Contributor), F. Paul Wilson (Contributor)

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A collection of stories on the supernatural. They range from Thomas Disch's story, The Owl and the Pussycat, which is on the marriage of an owl and a cat, to Kim Newman's Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue, which is about American zombies in Russia.

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  moonlit.shelves | Oct 29, 2023 |
a lot of really good stories in here. joyce carol oates' 'the ruins of contracoeur' is amazing. terrifying. everything. ( )
  rufus666 | Aug 14, 2022 |
I had a really tough time getting through this book. I thought it might have been just the fact that I was only reading it at work that might have been slowing me down, but even when I read at home, i realized that all of the stories seemed very similar. Only one or two of them really had me creeped out, the rest just had me thinking "Okay, what's so scary about that?"
Maybe it's due to the fact that I don't read much horror or suspense, but I wanted to at least try and branch out a little. Now I've reaffirmed that it's not really my type of reading material and I'm ok with that. ( )
  Melissalovesreading | Sep 30, 2018 |
EXCELLENT collection. There were a few 'meh' stories and a few poorly written stories but overall this is one of the most excellent collections of short horror and suspense that I've come across.

I tried to say something about each story, but I lost the thread towards the end (studying for the bar exam, what can you do?)

The last story by William Peter Blatty is quite good. I also thoroughly enjoyed 'The Theater' so much that I picked up a novel by that author.

Definitely worth keeping around.

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  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
Copy of my Launchpad review from 2001:
This anthology aims to demonstrate that horror and suspense are legitimate forms of literature. As an avid supporter of this concept I am not really qualified to judge this objectively, so I will leave the artistic debate to others.
As to the short stories (an occasional novella) contained within, I would suggest everyone open the book at random; the tale you find will certainly make you feel the touch of the unknown.
Alternatively, if someone recommended an author to you, then (if they are active) they are probably in here. Some of the greatest names in modern chillers show their mastery of the snapshot: brief, sharp, and permanent. ( )
  Tyrshundr | Feb 6, 2014 |
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Al Sarrantonioprimary authorall editionscalculated
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hautala, RickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, T. E. D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Little, BentleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morrell, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Powers, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sarrantonio, AlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, F. PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blatty, William PeterContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bryant, EdwardContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cacek, P. D.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Collins, Nancy A.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Disch, Thomas M.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gorman, EdContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lansdale, Joe R.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ligotti, ThomasContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKiernan, Dennis L.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Monteleone, Thomas F.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newman, KimContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schneider, PeterContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Michael MarshallContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spruill, StevenContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Lustbader, EricContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williamson, ChetContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For The Editors: Harlan Ellison, Kirby McCauley: Lewis and Clark of no less daunting territories
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What you now hold in your lap (yes, I know it's heavy) is a feast.
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Neither Harlan Ellison or Kirby McCauley was an editor on this book. They were thanked for their pioneering work on the earlier landmark anthologies Dangerous Visions and Dark Forces.
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A collection of stories on the supernatural. They range from Thomas Disch's story, The Owl and the Pussycat, which is on the marriage of an owl and a cat, to Kim Newman's Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue, which is about American zombies in Russia.

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