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[3] Horror: 100 Best Books (1988)
Edited by Stephen Jones & Kim Newman
Foreword by Ramsey Campbell

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ISBN 0-947761-37-3

Horror: 100 Best Books (1988)

Horror is enjoying a colossal boom. The books and movies of writers like Stephen King, Clive Barker and Peter Straub attract huge audiences, and there is a veritable flood of magazines, videos and TV shows catering to this seemingly insatiable appetite. But is this just a matter of blood and guts, or has the genre something more to offer? And how in hell is the general reader to select from this gory spate? Editors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman have tackled the problem by inviting the leading horror writers to nominate their own choices of the best books in the genre. The response has been astonishing: nearly all the leading authors in the field took to the idea with great enthusiasm, and the result is a stunning and fascinating collection of 100 essays by the very top names in horror.

FOREWORD Ramsey Campbell
INTRODUCTION: IT SEEMED LIKE A SIMPLE IDEA AT THE TIME . . . Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
1. DOCTOR FAUSTUS (c. 1592) Clive Barker
2. THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (1606) John Blackburn
3. THE WHITE DEVIL (1612) Diana Wynne Jones
4. CALEB WILLIAMS (1794) Scott Bradfield
5. THE MONK (1796) Les Daniels
6. THE BEST TALES OF HOFFMAN (1814-16) John Sladek
7. NORTHANGER ABBEY (1817) David Pirie
8. FRANKENSTEIN (1818) Jane Yolen
9. MELMOTH THE WANDERER (1820) Peter Tremayne
10. THE CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER (1824) Garry Kilworth
11. TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION John M. Ford
12. TWICE-TOLD TALES (1837, expanded 1842) Edgar Allan Poe
13. THE BLACK SPIDER (1842) Thomas Tessier
14. THE WANDERING JEW (1844-45) Thomas M. Disch
15. THE CONFIDENCE MAN (1857) Michael McDowell
16. UNCLE SILAS (1864) M.R. James
17. DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE (1886) Jack Williamson
18. SHE (1887) Tim Stout
19. THE KING IN YELLOW (1895) H.P. Lovecraft
20. THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU (1896) Gene Wolfe
21. DRACULA (1897) Colin Wilson
22. THE TURN OF THE SCREW (1898) R. Chetwynd-Hayes
23. HEART OF DARKNESS (1902) Douglas E. Winter
24. THE JEWEL OF SEVEN STARS (1903) Richard Dalby
25. GHOST STORIES OF AN ANTIQUARY (1904) Geoff Ryman
26. THE HOUSE OF SOULS (1906) T.E.D. Klein
27. JOHN SILENCE (1908) Hilaire Belloc
28. THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY (1908) David Langford
29. THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND (1908) Terry Pratchett
30. THE COLLECTED WORKS OF AMBROSE BIERCE (1909) Milton Subotsky
31. WIDDERSHINS (1911) Mike Ashley
32. THE HORROR HORN (1912-34) Basil Copper
33. A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS (1920) George Hay
34. THE TRIAL (1925) Steve Rasnic Tem
35. SOMETHING ABOUT EVE (1929) Robert E. Howard
36. MEDUSA (1929) Karl Edward Wagner
37. THE WEREWOLF OF PARIS (1933) Marvin Kaye
38. THE LAST BOUQUET (1933) Jessica Amanda Salmonson
39. THE CADAVER OF GIDEON WYCK (1934) Robert Bloch
40. A SECOND CENTURY OF CREEPY STORIES (1937) Hugh Lamb
41. THE DARK TOWER (c. 1938) Lionel Fanthorpe
42. JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN (1939) Dennis Etchison
43. THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS (1939) Donald A. Wollheim
44. OUT OF SPACE AND TIME (1942) Harlan Ellison
45. CONJURE WIFE (1943) Gerald W. Page
46. NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (1943) Maxim Jakubowski
47. THE LURKER AT THE THRESHOLD (1945) Graham Masterton
48. DELIVER ME FROM EVA (1946) Forrest J Ackerman
49. AND THE DARKNESS FALLS (1946) David G. Hartwell
50. THE SLEEPING AND THE DEAD (1947) Peter Haining
51. TRACK OF THE CAT (1949) Robert R. McCammon
52. THE SOUND OF HIS HORN (1952) Suzy McKee Charnas
53. LORD OF THE FLIES (1954) Joe Haldeman
54. I AM LEGEND (1954) Richard Christian Matheson
55. THE OCTOBER COUNTRY (1955) Joe R. Lansdale
56. NINE HORRORS AND A DREAM (1958) Stephen Gallagher
57. PSYCHO (1959) Hugh B. Cave
58. QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1959) Stephen Laws
59. CRY HORROR! (1959) Michel Parry
60. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (1959) Lisa Tuttle
61. THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH (1964) Tad Williams
62. THE PAINTED BIRD (1965) Jack Dann
63. THE CRYSTAL WORLD (1966) Craig Shaw Gardner
64. SUB ROSA (1968) Colin Greenland
65. THE GREEN MAN (1969) Brian Aldiss
66. THE COMPLETE WEREWOLF (1969) Neil Gaiman
67. GRENDEL (1971) Dan Simmons
68. THE EXORCIST (1971) F. Paul Wilson
69. THE SHEEP LOOK UP (1972) John Skipp
70. WORSE THINGS WAITING (1973) Frances Garfield
71. BURNT OFFERINGS (1973) Stephen King
72. 'SALEM'S LOT (1975) Al Sarrantonio
73. DEATHBIRD STORIES (1975) Craig Spector
74. MURGUNSTRUMM AND OTHERS (1977) Brian Lumley
75. SWEETHEART, SWEETHEART (1977) Charles L. Grant
76. ALL HEADS TURN WHEN THE HUNT GOES BY (1977) David J. Schow
77. THE SHINING (1977) Peter Straub
78. FALLING ANGEL (1978) William F. Nolan
79. THE WOLFEN (1978) Charles de Lint
80. THE TOTEM (1979) Shaun Hutson
81. GHOST STORY (1979) Peter Nicholls
82. THE LAND OF LAUGHS (1980) Christopher Evans
83. THE CELLAR (1980) David S. Garnett
84. RED DRAGON (1981) Chet Williamson
85. THE KEEP (1981) J.N. Williamson
86. THE DARK COUNTRY (1982) Samantha Lee
87. IN A LONELY PLACE (1983) Ramsey Campbell
88. THE ANUBIS GATES (1983) John Clute
89. THE ARABIAN NIGHTMARE (1983) Brian Stableford
90. THE WASP FACTORY (1984) Malcolm Edwards
91. THE CEREMONIES (1984) Thomas F. Monteleone
92. MYTHAGO WOOD (1984) Michael Moorcock
93. WHO MADE STEVIE CRYE? (1984) Ian Watson
94. SONG OF KALI (1985) Edward Bryant
95. THE DAMNATION GAME (1985) Adrian Cole
96. HAWKSMOOR (1985) R.S. Hadji
97. A NEST OF NIGHTMARES (1986) Robert Holdstock
98. THE PET (1986) Guy N. Smith
99. SWAN SONG (1987) Eddy C. Bertin
100. DARK FEASTS (1987) Jack Sullivan

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Reviews

"Each of these essays is a revelation and a delight—which should come as no surprise. After all, that's what happens when you let a hundred authors write about subjects they genuinely love."
—SCI FI ENTERTAINMENT, February 1999

"Every library ought to have this work in both the reference section and the circulating stacks. Not only does it provide a marvelous roadmap for readers venturing into a comprehensive canvassing of the horror field but it also is a splendid read for its own sake."
—Larry W. Prater
KLIATT, January 1999

"Horror: 100 Best Books remains a model of its kind . . . one of the most vital and idiosyncratic guides thus far produced by this most vital and idiosyncratic of genres."
—Bill Sheehan
CEMETERY DANCE, 1998

"When I reviewed Horror: 100 Best Books in 1988, I wrote, 'Quite simply the best book of its type ever published'. Now it's even better."
—Mark Graham
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, July 5, 1998

"This is an excellent guide to the classics of genre fiction from 1592 until today, and a spur to make readers want to read the stories described."
—Anne Billson
THE TIMES SATURDAY REVIEW, November 7, 1992

"For those whose predilection is horror—here is your reading list!"
—Tony Arnold
EAST KENT MESSENGER, August 13, 1992

"This is one of those rare reference works that is also an entertaining read in itself."
—SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE, 1992

"With contributions from virtually everybody who's anybody in horror fiction, the book is by turns enlightening, exasperating, funny, and useful as a reference tool."
—Stan Nicholls
DARK SIDE, August 1992

"An inspired concept well realized . . . Virtually every horror fan will want to own this perpetually browsable aficionado's guide."
—Ray Olsen
ALA BOOKLIST, March 15, 1989

"Its multiple-author format offers a challenging palimpsest of perspectives that is much more rewarding than the single viewpoint on display in recent "best 100" book lists for fantasy and science fiction."
—Stefan Dziemianowicz
SFRA NEWSLETTER #165, March 1989

"It's not often that a book comes along that is a real labour of love and a good read . . . a unique survey of horror and an insight into the creative preferences of many fine writers."
—John Gilbert
FEAR, March/April 1989

"Fascinating and a delight to look through."
—David Howe
STARBURST #126, February 1989

"This is a marvelous gathering, passionate and lively as so few surveys manage to be . . . Highly recommended."
—Faren Miller
LOCUS #335, December 1988

"A book that after two weeks still sends little prickles of delight down my back every time I open it."
—David Kuehis
FANGORIA #85

"Editors Jones and Newman should take a bow."
—Neil Gaiman
TIME OUT, December 7-14, 1988

"The Jones/Newman contributors indicate which, of the welter of seemingly identical horror novels of the early Eighties, are worth reading. When vampires and axe-murderers have become commodities marketed like cornflakes, it is important to know where they are done properly."
—Roz Kaveney
EVENING STANDARD, November 24, 1988

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