The World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award and International Horror Guild Award-winning series. The world's
premier annual horror anthology series continues to receive acclaim, winning the 2002 British Fantasy Award
for Best Anthology, being nominated for the 2002 World Fantasy Award, and receiving a prestigious
starred review in Publishers Weekly. This latest volume of the bumper showcase devoted exclusively to excellence in macabre fiction features the very best short stories and novellas by today's finest exponents of horror fiction. Also containing the most comprehensive overview of the year, lists of useful contact addresses and a fascinating necrology, this is the only book every horror fan needs on their shelf.
|INTRODUCTION: HORROR IN 2002
|OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR
|THE WRETCHED THICKET OF THORN
|THE ABSOLUTE LAST OF THE ULTRA-SPOOKY, SUPER-SCARY HALLOWE'EN HORROR NIGHTS
||David J. Schow|
|LITTLE DEAD GIRL SINGING
|THE TWO SAMS
|ILL MET BY DAYLIGHT
|20TH CENTURY GHOST
|THE BOY BEHIND THE GATE
||James Van Pelt|
|NOR THE DEMONS DOWN UNDER THE SEA
||Caitlín R. Kiernan|
|THE COVENTRY BOY
|THE PROSPECT CARDS
|DR. PRETORIUS AND THE LOST TEMPLE
||Stephen Jones & Kim Newman|
Winner of the 2004 British Fantasy Award
"In his indispensable overview of horror in 2002, Jones speaks of 'the diversity of taste and erudition that binds our community'. This volume, like volumes past, exuberantly celebrates that diversity."
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, OCTOBER 13 2003 (Starred Review)
"An essential volume for horror readers, in part because of Jones's encyclopedic ancillary material—introduction, story notes, necrology, even a list of useful addressesmdash;and in part because of his genially uncomplicated view of horror as a genre with unambiguous traditions and undiminished vitality."
—Gary K. Wolfe
LOCUS #512, September 2003
"Needless to say this volume deserves to be on everyone's shelf."
PRISM, November 2003