Dearest Reader . . . For these unwary travellers, the trip of a lifetime turns into a one-way voyage into their darkest nightmares as they discover that they are strangers in even stranger lands. Writers such as Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Kim Newman, Christopher Fowler, Glen Hirshberg, Harlan Ellison and many others will take you to foreign lands and exotic cities, from Venice to Moscow, Egypt to the Galápagos, where terror and the unknown exist down every secluded alley or around the next turn. As you sit back and enjoy a long plane or train journey to your vacation destination, or while relaxing on the beach and around the pool, that sudden chill you feel may just be a could across the sun—or something far more terrifying . . .
|INTRODUCTION : HOLIDAYS IN HELL
|SEEING THE WORLD
|THE DARK COUNTRY
|THE ANGUISH OF DEPARTURE
|SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
|RICHARD RIDDLE, BOY DETECTIVE, IN "THE CASE OF THE FRENCH SPY"
|IN THE PINES
||Karl Edward Wagner|
|A GENTLEMAN FROM MEXICO
|THE CITY OF LOVE
|THE CHARNEL HOUSE
||D. Lynn Smith|
|THE BOHEMIAN OF THE ARBAT
|NOT OUR BROTHER
|THE SUN, THE SEA AND THE SILENT SCREAM
||Michael Marshall Smith|
|IN THE HILLS, THE CITIES
Nominated for the 2007 International Horror Guild Award
"Anthologist supreme Jones (The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror) mixes 20 stories old and new by some of horror's best and brightest, and the result is a travelogue of terror whose contents span the globe . . . stories by Dennis Etchison, Glen Hirshberg, Clive Barker and others so effectively convey their themes that readers are advised not to bring this book with them on vacation."
May 21, 2007
"This stout theme anthology on what can happen on summer vacations is a winner. Jones, a leading horror
editor active on both sides of the Atlantic, proffers twenty-one stories in as many settings, ranging from
London dinner parties to Africa, the Greek Islands, California, Russia, and a Paris that starts
off as the city of our world but quickly moves onward and downward. The contributors range from the
late Karl Edward Wagner and Nebula Grand Master Robert Silverberg to a considerable number of
literate, distinguished writers who have broken into print in this century (e.g., Nancy Holder,
previously known for Buffy tie-in fiction). Of course, that venerable vendor of versatility and excellence in short fiction, Harlan Ellison, pitches in, too. If the chills are unevenly distributed, the pleasurable reading is constant."