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The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XIII…

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XIII

by Karl Edward Wagner (Editor)

Other authors: Daniel Wynn Barber (Contributor), John Brizzolara (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Fred Chappell (Contributor), Gardner Dozois (Contributor)13 more, Dennis Etchison (Contributor), John Gordon (Contributor), John Gordon (Contributor), Charles L. Grant (Contributor), Leslie Halliwell (Contributor), James B. Hemesath (Contributor), Roger Johnson (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), David Langford (Cover artist), Vincent McHardy (Contributor), Jovan Panich (Contributor), David J. Schow (Contributor), Charles Wagner (Contributor)

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Series: The Year's Best Horror Stories (13)

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Above average collection featuring big names like Stephen King, Dennis Etchison, Charles Grant, Ramsey Campbell, Gardner Dozois, and David J. Schow alongside several less known authors. The only story I did not like at all was "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut," an ironic title since King always takes the long way round when telling a tale and this was no exception. The journey was dull; the destination not worth the time.

Here are some that are better:

"Are You Afraid of the Dark?" by Charles L. Grant: A trio of delinquents is forced to play a series of sinister games with their babysitter.

"Coming Soon to a Theater Near You" by David J. Schow: A Vietnam vet discovers the truth lurking under the skin of a run-down movie theater.

"Dinner Party" by Gardner Dozois: A young military man endures a tense automobile ride with a noted doctor and his wife. More a suspense tale than a horror, but with a great punch at the end.

"Weird Tales" by Fred Chappell: A faux-nonfictional story featuring Lovecraft himself along with some of his contemporaries, positing the genesis of his famous mythology.

"The Thing in the Bedroom" by David Langford: A humorous story that pokes fun at the "occult detective" trope.

"Talking in the Dark" by Dennis Etchison: A fateful encounter between a famous horror author and his number one fan (no, not that one.)
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wagner, Karl EdwardEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barber, Daniel WynnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brizzolara, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chappell, FredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dozois, GardnerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Etchison, DennisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gordon, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gordon, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, Charles L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Halliwell, LeslieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hemesath, James B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langford, DavidCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McHardy, VincentContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Panich, JovanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schow, David J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wagner, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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