The multiple award-winning Best New Horror series reaches volume 13—lucky for fans of contemporary dark fantasy and the supernatural. To mark the event, this latest edition of the world's premier annual showcase devoted exclusively to excellence in macabre fiction includes only the very best short stories and novellas by today's finest exponents of horror fiction. Also featured are the most comprehensive yearly overview of horror publishing, lists of useful contact addresses for aspiring writers and fans, and a fascinating necrology. This really is the only book all lovers of the supernatural and psychological terror will want on their shelves.
|INTRODUCTION: HORROR IN 2001
|MARK OF THE BEAST
|ALL FOR SALE
|THE TWO DICKS
|BY HER HAND, SHE DRAWS YOU DOWN
|O DEATH, WHERE IS THY SPATULA?
||Poppy Z. Brite|
|GOT TO KILL THEM ALL
|NO MORE A-ROVING
||Lynda E. Rucker|
|FIRST, CATCH YOUR DEMON
||Donald R. Burleson|
|THE LOST DISTRICT
|SIMEON DIMSBY'S WORKSHOP
||Richard A. Lupoff|
|OUR TEMPORARY SUPERVISOR
|WHOSE GHOSTS ARE THESE
||Charles L. Grant|
|OFF THE MAP
|MOST OF MY FRIENDS ARE TWO-THIRDS WATER
|CITY IN ASPIC
|WHERE ALL THINGS PERISH
|CATS AND ARCHITECTURE
||Stephen Jones & Kim Newman|
Nominated for the 2002 HWA Bram Stoker Award
Nominated for the 2003 British Fantasy Award
"Like all previous incarnations, the book distinguishes itself simply by offering a cross-section of what Jones, one of the genre's most enthusiastic cheerleaders, reckons the best short horror fiction of the previous year . . . Jones's comprehensive summary essay and eloquent reflections on horror fiction's importance in the wake of the international events in 2001 help make this volume one of horror's best."
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, November 11, 2002 (Starred Review)
"Brilliantly edited and most instructively introduced by the legendary anthologist Stephen Jones . . . no self-respecting relisher of the macabre should ever deny him- or herself a copy."
REALMS OF FANTASY, April 2003
"That Jones has included Ligotti's story alongside tales by Lane, Williams, Fowler and Hand, as well as those by Lee, Kidd and Chislett, illustrates my point about the difficulty in trying to discern the criteria which governs the editor's interrogation of the genre. Perhaps what it really indicates is the fluidity, the adaptability and the vigour of Horror. That it can embrace this range of material should, once and for all, silence those who keep bleating on about how Horror is dead."
THE 3RD ALTERNATIVE #33, Winter 2003