Still going strong after twenty-one years—the world's premier annual showcase of Horror and Dark Fantasy fiction.
The very best, and darkest, tales of terror, showcasing the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by both
contemporary masters of horror and exciting newcomers, including the completion of a 'lost' M.R. JAMES story by
REGGIE OLIVER and the first-ever collaboration between STEPHEN KING and his son JOE HILL. Other contributors include
RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESON, BARBARA RODEN, ROBERT SHEARMAN, SIMON KURT UNSWORTH and STEPHEN VOLK. As ever, the
latest volume in this long-standing and deservedly award-winning anthology series also offers an exhaustive
overview of the year in horror, a comprehensive necrology of famous names, and a directory of indispensable
contact details for dedicated horror fans and writers.
|INTRODUCTION: HORROR IN 2009
||Joe Hill and Stephen King|
|OUT AND BACK
|COLD TO THE TOUCH
|THE GAME OF BEAR
||M.R. James and Reggie Oliver|
|SHEM-EL-NESSIM AN INSPIRATION IN PERFUME
|WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE NIGHT
||Michael Marshall Smith|
||Simon Kurt Unsworth|
||Richard Christian Matheson|
|TWO STEPS ALONG THE ROAD
|THE AXHOLME TOLL
|IN THE GARDEN
|AFTER THE APE
|PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT
||Stephen Jones and Kim Newman|
Nominated for the 2011 British Fantasy Award
"Continues to be the source of exhaustive and invaluable information about what has happened in the field of horror (books, magazines, movie etc.) during the previous year . . . well worth reading."
SF SITE, Mid-January 2011
"At a hundred pages, Jones' introductory essay 'Horror in 2009' is a comprehensive overview of how the genre has fared during the year, and I do mean comprehensive. If you want to know what's available, then this is the place to look . . . These stories offer a snapshot of the horror genre as the first decade of the new millennium draws to a close."
BLACK STATIC Issue 19, Oct-Nov 2010
"A collection that any zombie fan will love."
HORRORNEWS.NET, August 10, 2010