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The Best Horror from Fantasy Tales (1988)

by Stephen Jones (Editor), David Sutton (Editor)

Other authors: Allen Ashley (Contributor), Clive Barker (Contributor), Robert Bloch (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Introduction)16 more, Hugh B. Cave (Contributor), Dennis Etchison (Contributor), Frances Garfield (Contributor), Mike Grace (Contributor), Charles L. Grant (Contributor), Kelvin Jones (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), Thomas Ligotti (Contributor), Brian Lumley (Contributor), Richard Christian Matheson (Contributor), H. Warner Munn (Contributor), Kim Newman (Contributor), Cyril Simsa (Contributor), Steve Rasnic Tem (Contributor), Karl Edward Wagner (Contributor), Manly Wade Wellman (Contributor)

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The Best Horror from Fantasy Tales contains the finest horror fiction published in Britain's premier magazine of fantasy and terror during its first ten years. This illustrated collection includes stories by the world's leading masters of the macabre, including Clibe Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber and Dennis Etchison.… (more)

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An above-average anthology of horror stories, this book was a pleasure to read. As I'm so fond of saying, if you pick up an anthology of stories, you're bound to find some you really like, some you think are okay, and some you start reading and mentally say "pass." For me, there were a lot less "passers" to deal with in this collection.

Here's the contents list:
"The Forbidden," by Clive Barker
-- some things should just be kept quiet, as an enterprising young researcher finds out
"Dreams May Come," by H. Warner Munn
-- if the past could change, would we want it that way?
"The Dark Country," by Dennis Etchison
--Mexico is the setting for death in this story
"Dead to the World," by Allen Ashley
--A man who experiments with drugs in his younger days lives to regret it
"The Generation Waltz," by Charles L. Grant (set in Oxrun, for those of you familiar with that place)
"Don't Open That Door," by Frances Garfield
--a monster in the closet with a twist
"The Frolic," by Thomas Ligotti (one of my favorite stories in the book; I love this author!)
-- a doctor in an insane asylum has to deal with one of his patient's demons
"The Sorcerer's Jewel," by Robert Bloch
--a photographer gets more than he bargained for when he seeks a new way to jazz up his photos (excellent story)
"The Strange Years," by Brian Lumley
--a horror story with an environmental warning
"Red," by Richard Christian Matheson
--A very short but powerful story about the aftermath of all too real horror
"Ever the Faith Endures," by Manly Wade Wellman
--A man from America meets his British cousin who has an awesome responsibility to uphold. Another great story here by an excellent author.
"Extension 201," by Cyril Simsa
--The search for a missing telephone extension, combined with a turn-of-the century expedition up the Amazon leads to some surprising results
"The Last Wolf," by Karl Edward Wagner
--The story of the last writer of books; very poignant & appropriate when you think about it after you read it.
"Tongue in Cheek," by Mike Grace
-- A story that takes place on a deserted road
"In the X-Ray," by Fritz Leiber
--Another excellent story by an excellent author; sort of an old-fashioned horror story but still good
"The Bad People," by Steve Rasnic Tem
--Another story set in Mexico; a man and his son are shadowed by an evil force
"A Place of No Return," by Hugh B. Cave
--I love this author's work; it is quite old-fashioned but still left a few hackles on the back of my neck. A professor goes to Haiti to take pictures of zombies and well...
"The Terminus," by Kim Newman
--A police detective goes looking for a missing person and gets much more than he bargained for in the London Underground
"The Green Man," by Kelvin Jones
--Another Green Man story; this one is okay.
"The Voice of the Beach," by Ramsey Campbell
--imho, the best of the bunch; I'd read it also in Campbell's book Alone With the Horrors. Very creepy; a good story to read late at night when the house is quiet. Mythos related.

So there...you have some very talented authors to choose from in this book; Anyone who likes their horror more or less cerebral will totally enjoy this one. If you're looking for the hack/slash/lots-of-gore stuff, you may be a bit bored here.

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  bcquinnsmom | Nov 28, 2007 |
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Jones, StephenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sutton, DavidEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ashley, AllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barker, CliveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloch, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cave, Hugh B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Etchison, DennisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garfield, FrancesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grace, MikeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, Charles L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, KelvinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leiber, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ligotti, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lumley, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matheson, Richard ChristianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munn, H. WarnerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Newman, KimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Simsa, CyrilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tem, Steve RasnicContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wagner, Karl EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wellman, Manly WadeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Achilleos, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Broecker, RandyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
BromCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Campbell, TomIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carson, DaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dunn, MarkIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunter, AlanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koszowski, AllenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lloyd, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nicholson, RussIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pitts, JimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, AndrewIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stewart, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
White, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Best Horror from Fantasy Tales contains the finest horror fiction published in Britain's premier magazine of fantasy and terror during its first ten years. This illustrated collection includes stories by the world's leading masters of the macabre, including Clibe Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber and Dennis Etchison.

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Introduction · Ramsey Campbell
The Forbidden · Clive Barker
Dreams May Come · H. Warner Munn
The Dark Country · Dennis Etchison [Jack Martin]
Dead to the World · Allen Ashley [Allen A. Lucas]
The Generation Waltz · Charles L. Grant
Don't Open That Door · Frances Garfield
The Frolic · Thomas Ligotti
The Sorcerer’s Jewel · Robert Bloch [Tarleton Fiske]
The Strange Years · Brian Lumley
Red · Richard Christian Matheson
Ever the Faith Endures · Manly Wade Wellman
Extension 201 · Cyril Simsa
The Last Wolf · Karl Edward Wagner
Tongue in Cheek · Mike Grace
In the X-Ray · Fritz Leiber
The Bad People · Steve Rasnic Tem
A Place of No Return · Hugh B. Cave
The Terminus · Kim Newman
The Green Man · Kelvin I. Jones
The Voice of the Beach · Ramsey Campbell
Afterword · Stephen Jones & David Sutton
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