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The year's best horror stories : series VIII (1980)

by Karl Edward Wagner (Editor)

Other authors: Eddy C. Bertin (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Hugh B. Cave (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Dennis Etchison (Contributor)10 more, Charles L. Grant (Contributor), Davis Grubb (Contributor), George Hay (Contributor), Robert Keefe (Contributor), Russell Kirk (Contributor), Kevin A. Lyons (Contributor), Richard A. Moore (Contributor), Alan Ryan (Contributor), Steve Sneyd (Contributor), John Tibbetts (Contributor)

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Series: The Year's Best Horror Stories (8)

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1980: The year I was born and a miserable year for horror. I'm pissed that some of these 16 stories were categorized as horror.

Two of Harlan Ellison's works were included--the 3rd time an author was to have 2 stories included in the YBHS. I absolutely hated his second story, "All the Birds Come Home to Roost". The first of Ellison's, "In the Fourth Year of the War" was not too bad—it dealt with a murderous personality that dwelt within a man's mind. Fairly schitzophrenic.

Probably the best story here is "To Wake the Dead" by Ramsey Campbell. We may conclude that he is more after a feel for little girls than to raise a scare...

Hugh B. Cave's "From the Lower Deep" was a fun read. Like weak diluted, watered down Lovecraft, it was.

Kevin A. Lyons' "Billy Wolfe's Riding Spirit" is short but sweet.

Russell Kirk's "Lex Talionis" is an EXCELLENT piece dealing with a Catholic undead ex-con.

Eddy C. Bertin's "My Beautiful Darkling" dealt with a succubus. Hmm.

Richard A. Moore's "The Devil Behind You" was mildly entertaining as something other than horror. To hell with the rest of the crap, I say! ( )
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Wagner, Karl EdwardEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bertin, Eddy C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cave, Hugh B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Etchison, DennisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, Charles L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grubb, DavisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hay, GeorgeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keefe, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kirk, RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lyons, Kevin A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, Richard A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ryan, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sneyd, SteveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tibbetts, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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