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100 Fiendish Little Frightmares

by Stefan Dziemianowicz (Editor), Martin H. Greenberg (Editor), Robert E. Weinberg (Editor)

Other authors: Gertrude Atherton (Contributor), AC Benson (Contributor), EF Benson (Contributor), RH Benson (Contributor), Ambrose Bierce (Contributor)88 more, Michael Bishop (Contributor), Bruce Boston (Contributor), Poppy Z. Brite (Contributor), Edward Bryant (Contributor), Arthur J. Burks (Contributor), Donald R. Burleson (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Hugh B. Cave (Contributor), R. Chetwynd-Hayes (Contributor), Richard Chizmar (Contributor), Douglas Clegg (Cover artist), Arthur Conan Doyle (Contributor), Lawrence C. Connolly (Contributor), Basil Copper (Contributor), Mary Elizabeth Counselman (Contributor), Don D'Ammassa (Contributor), Les Daniels (Contributor), August Derleth (Contributor), DNJ (Contributor), David Drake (Contributor), Scott Edelman (Contributor), Elizabeth Engstrom (Contributor), Nancy Etchemendy (Contributor), Dennis Etchison (Contributor), Christopher Fowler (Contributor), Janet Fox (Contributor), Craig Shaw Gardner (Contributor), Jack C. Haldeman (Contributor), William Fryer Harvey (Contributor), Hildegarde Hawthorne (Contributor), John Helfers (Contributor), Brian Hodge (Contributor), Carl Jacobi (Contributor), MR James (Contributor), Marc Laidlaw (Contributor), Terry Lamsley (Contributor), Joel Lane (Contributor), David Langford (Contributor), Joe R. Lansdale (Contributor), Richard Laymon (Contributor), J. Sheridan Le Fanu (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), Maurice Level (Contributor), Thomas Ligotti (Contributor), Frank Belknap Long (Contributor), HP Lovecraft (Contributor), John Maclay (Contributor), Ardath Mayhar (Contributor), John Metcalfe (Contributor), Thomas F. Monteleone (Contributor), Gertrude Morton (Contributor), Pat Murphy (Contributor), Kim Newman (Contributor), William F. Nolan (Contributor), Vincent O'Sullivan (Contributor), Norman Partridge (Contributor), Peter D. Pautz (Contributor), James Platt (Contributor), Arthur Porges (Contributor), Bill Pronzini (Contributor), William Relling Jr (Contributor), Alan Rodgers (Contributor), Nicholas Royle (Contributor), Ray Russell (Contributor), Alan Ryan (Contributor), Jessica Amanda Salmonson (Contributor), Lawrence Schimel (Contributor), David J. Schow (Contributor), Darrell Schweitzer (Contributor), David B. Silva (Contributor), Clark Ashton Smith (Contributor), Michael Marshall Smith (Contributor), Brad Strickland (Contributor), EG Swain (Contributor), Steve Rasnic Tem (Contributor), Richard L. Tierney (Contributor), Lisa Tuttle (Contributor), Gordon Van Gelder (Contributor), Karl Edward Wagner (Contributor), Donald Wandrei (Contributor), Howard Wandrei (Contributor), Lawrence Watt-Evans (Contributor), Manly Wade Wellman (Contributor), Henry S. Whitehead (Contributor), Chet Williamson (Contributor), F. Paul Wilson (Contributor), Donald Wollheim (Contributor)

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This is an anthology of very short horror stories. Most are about five or six pages, with a few even shorter than that. They span several decades, from the 1920s to the late 1990s, when the collection was published, so there's a fair variety of styles. Despite the title, most of these are really not particularly frightening. A surprising number seem to just describe some random, not necessarily horrific, encounter with the supernatural -- often involving ghosts -- and are, at most, vaguely creepy in their intimation that the world is full of strange and unexplained things. Many of the best of them are interesting mainly because they feature some clever Twilight Zone-style twist that, despite the dark subject matter, I often found myself thinking of as "cute."

They're decent stories, generally speaking. Out of all one hundred of them, there were probably only a handful that I really disliked, which isn't bad, especially since horror tends to be something of a hit-and-miss genre for me. On the other hand, there weren't many more than a handful that I thought were especially memorable and effective, either. Which unfortunately means that it adds up to a mildly unsatisfying whole. It's all perfectly readable, but it lacks, well, punch. And if there's one thing very short horror stories should have, it's punch.

I will admit, though, that the fact that I tended to read these in large gulps probably didn't help much. I'd recommend spreading them out, otherwise you run the risk of becoming jaded, and at some point you'll likely find yourself going, "Yeah, yeah, something horrific is going to happen now. I bet I can guess what it is. Yup, I was right. Well... on to the next one." And that doesn't do anybody any favors. ( )
  bragan | Apr 16, 2012 |
As the title suggests, this book is a collection of horror tales, some old, some new. In general, it makes a nice assortment of pieces one can read in short installments. ( )
  AlexTheHunn | May 24, 2007 |
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Dziemianowicz, StefanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenberg, Martin H.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Weinberg, Robert E.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Atherton, GertrudeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, ACContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, EFContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, RHContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bierce, AmbroseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bishop, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boston, BruceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brite, Poppy Z.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryant, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burks, Arthur J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cave, Hugh B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Clegg, DouglasCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Conan Doyle, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Etchemendy, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Etchison, DennisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Fox, JanetContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Harvey, William FryerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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James, MRContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Lamsley, TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lane, JoelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langford, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lansdale, Joe R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Le Fanu, J. SheridanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leiber, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Level, MauriceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ligotti, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Long, Frank BelknapContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lovecraft, HPContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maclay, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Metcalfe, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Porges, ArthurContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pronzini, BillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Relling Jr, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rodgers, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Royle, NicholasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ryan, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Salmonson, Jessica AmandaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schimel, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schow, David J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schweitzer, DarrellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silva, David B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Clark AshtonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Michael MarshallContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Strickland, BradContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swain, EGContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tem, Steve RasnicContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Tuttle, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Van Gelder, GordonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wagner, Karl EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wandrei, DonaldContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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