The Best New Horror 6: No. 6 (Mammoth Book of Best New Horror)
To ask other readers questions about Best New Horror 22 , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 03, Shawn rated it liked it Shelves: r-anth-h-sthown. And so, with this edition, my goals have changed somewhat - read the new edition every year while working my way backwards through the previous editions I haven't read yet coin toss - whether or not I'll reread the ones I'd read before Goodreads existed, and so didn't review - I do have notes, but not enough to make a review out of, just to steer me away from the bad stories - I figure if I can jam in 3 back volumes in a year, that's pretty good headway This would probably be a 3.
So, And so, with this edition, my goals have changed somewhat - read the new edition every year while working my way backwards through the previous editions I haven't read yet coin toss - whether or not I'll reread the ones I'd read before Goodreads existed, and so didn't review - I do have notes, but not enough to make a review out of, just to steer me away from the bad stories - I figure if I can jam in 3 back volumes in a year, that's pretty good headway Also, this is the year that I realized that the section that tracks audio horror productions mostly by the BBC was very useful, as the BBC is still committed to dramatic productions and fine readings of horror fiction and its nice to know what I missed.
The personal note at the end of the year observations, this time around, was about the glut of horror, paranormal romance, etc. He's right but, what can you do? Also of note - the Necrology listed the passing of my sister, Susan M. Garrett in , really touched me. Okay, so, the stories You may or may not know the drill by now - least impressive to most. Well, "Autumn Chill" by Richard L. Tierney gets a pass because it's horror poetry and I really don't do that - if it floats your boat, more power to ya!
Angela Slatter 's "Lavender and Lychgates" features an odd family with magic powers in a tale of revenge and sibling rivalry - eh, dark fantasy and not my cuppa. Slatter's story here reminded me of the same problem I've had with Kelly Link 's work so far - I'm pretty catholic in my horror tastes, open to a lot of approaches, but I found the style or perhaps just the specific voice of this story off-putting. A little over-considered and yet precious are the only ways I can think to put it - or perhaps calculatedly literate and yet "cheeky". Next up are the tales that strike me as solid but have some little flaw that niggles at me.
Garry Kilworth , in "Out Back", works a very familiar set-up: writer craving isolation rents cottage at desolate place, something is in the woods and brush out back - there are rumors of previous renters missing, his cat is killed. It's formulaic, but it's a fun formula and this was an enjoyable read, except for a feeling that the writing itself was occasionally weak, especially during the view spoiler [final confrontation with the monster, which has to rely on that old "it's an obscure monster from mythology that I happen to know about" card that too many writers play - it is a cool monster to dig up, though, I'll admit.
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Hadn't thought of that one for ages. Cowdrey has a solid setting - an old island fort in the Gulf being documented with photos before it succumbs to rising water. A dark history of a yellow fever plague, a raging hurricane and an imprisoned serial killer is related to our main character.
The voice of this piece was good as well, although the end felt a little fuzzy always a problem with historical flashback stories. Another interesting set-up but less than satisfying pay-off plagues "The Lemon in the Pool" by Simon Kurt Unsworth , in which a vaguely antisocial woman retires to a villa and keeps finding food in her pool, presumably from the next villa up the hillside.
Doesn't go where you might think, but that's because it really doesn't go - intriguing but unsatisfying. A couple visits the dilapidated titular local in "The Pier" and finds enigmatic plaques, like memorials. The ending of this piece by Thana Niveau is as indirect as "Pool", but this quality is helped along by a consistent and mounting atmosphere of imbalance.
Kirstyn McDermott 's "We All Fall Down" - in which a couple crash into a kangaroo while driving in Australia and end up spending the night at a remote hotel with a creepy dollhouse in the guest room - has some nice character development and the exploration of the two girls' relationship going sour is well done. There are also some very creepy dream sequences here - disorienting echoes of previous events and the nonsense logic of a deepening nightmares is well conveyed. But the ending spells out too much, while also delivering an unneeded and unexpected whammy.
Steve Rasnic Tem gives us a piece wherein a painter and her husband move into an old home and various odd things happen. But "Taken", the ending of which also captures a profoundly strong feeling of nightmare logic, has the writing and events that led there feel choppy and rushed. Kiernan flips back to the "leaves a little something to be desired" ending problem that plagues many stories here and much horror fiction in general, truth be told. The story, in which a researcher looks into legends of New England vampires, is moody, well-written, emotionally interesting and engaging - I especially liked the touches of "Old Hag" folklore imagery found in this one - but, as I said, wanting for a wrap-up also, I found the authorial conceit at the beginning of hanging a lantern on the expected foreshadowing to be a bit too much of the "Daffy Duck" approach - you can only really do it once.
Sumner-Smith is to be lauded for being sharp and realizing that the idea only had about 2 pages in it, and writing accordingly. Moving on to the solid stories, and also on the zombie tip which, in all honesty, is becoming very tired was "What Will Come After" by Scott Edelman , an emotionally honest piece from the POV of the zombie again, already becoming a but too familiar - we did one on Pseudopod, in fact - a satisfying read. Mark Valentine 's "A Revelation of Cormorants" is an old style macabre humor piece in which an over-involved academic remains distracted a little too long.
Speaking of Pseudopod, I liked this story so much I bought it for the podcast and you can hear our production here for free, no less! Joel Lane 's "Black Country" features a detective returning to his old home town now redistricted into a non-locale to investigate strange outbreaks of child-like robbery which ends with him confronting his own unhappy familial past and present in the bargain.
Good story with a possibly-too-abrupt ending. The always reliable Joe R. Lansdale turns in yet another - for this compilation, at least zombie tale in "Christmas With The Dead", a fun read with an enjoyable ending and I loved the shout out to The Day of the Triffids! There's a nice rising sense of desperation and engulfment even with the actual supernatural aspect comes completely out of left field. Familiar in general, and reads as a bit rushed, but effectively done. Norman Partridge admits to trying to approach Lovecraft from his own hard-boiled stylistic direction in the introduction to "Lesser Demons" - what you get is some cracking good action-horror as a tough sheriff survives the post-apocalyptic world created by the rise of the Old Ones as best he can.
A bit long for what story you actually get, overall , but the character voice was compelling and enjoyable. Ramsey Campbell , meanwhile, continues his recent fiction's focus on aging, memory, parents and family dynamics, and houses that feel like they're imprinted with lives lived in "With The Angels". As a bonus, you also get horrible, skittering, dessicated stillborn child-things and nasty kids games!
Reliably, a sober tale unlikely to find favor among the callow youth readership and, in truth, a bit cluttered - just like the house! Awful in a good sense final image! It's an enjoyable read, though, evoking Lovecraft's ghouls and tying them to Albany, New York I love stories that attempt to capture the feel of actual, less-famous, cities. The best story in the collection? The real stand-out? It's a wonderfully creepy, fable-like tale with a truly unnerving ending and I was also lucky enough to be able to purchase it for Pseudopod, the episode featuring the reading is available as a download for free here.
View all 3 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Horror fiction would be my guilty pleasure if I thought there were anything in it to feel guilty about, which I don't, so it isn't! I've loved the genre since I was a kid, and I bet Paulo Coelho would love it too if he weren't such a pretentious pansy.
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Sometimes these books are terrible, usually pretty good, and this one was awesome. There was only one story I actively disliked, the very first one, a too-serious dramatic zombie story. But since it was out of the way quickly, the rest of the book Horror fiction would be my guilty pleasure if I thought there were anything in it to feel guilty about, which I don't, so it isn't!
But since it was out of the way quickly, the rest of the book just flew by. Here's a run down of what's in the rest of the book. The second story was had a chick who looks hot from behind but hideous from the front, and her neighbor sees her through the window eating raw meat in her living room. I know I just ruined the ending, but you shouldn't have read a review with the spoilers alert thingy on. Then there was a kind of short, funny one about a dude who right before dies trapped up on a cliff with evil black birds finally decides the perfect way to describe them in the book he'll never write.
A writer trying to get away to write something ends up with a pretty evil medieval monster in the woods behind his house. An American Civil War story with a gross old supernatural man who collects heads story was next. Something straight out of the Twilight Zone, with a kid who can draw things and make them real, with a very cool ending.
A kind of bullied kid's ghost gets a kind of revenge or something deep down in a mine shaft years later. This one seemed kind of confusing, I'm not sure who the ghost was or why he was trying to kill everyone, but the ending was horrifying. Random pieces of fruit start popping up in this lady's pool when she's sleeping, then hunks of meat, then strange sea creatures A freaky story about a couple trapped in a car wreck with evil, carnivorous angelks flapping around outside.
A kind of crime story that I didn't really get, maybe about a ghost in a tree? Maybe the only other really weak point of the book, really easy to forget about. A kind of bizarre fantasy about the ghost of a dead brother scaring everyone. I have to call out Joe R Lansdale by name with his "Christmas for the Dead," because this dude never ever ever fails to deliver, like David Schow, who unfortunately isn't in this book. I'm sick to death of zombies, but this one had a kickass zombie-fighting dog, and there was some hilarious Christmas stuff at the end.
A couple of lesbians crash a car and spend the night in a creepy house, twist ending. An angry alcoholic could-have-been kills a dude and then takes a train They file their teeth into sharp points and have all kinds of monsters on their side to boot. Steve Rasnic Tem, who in a previous volume of this series had two stories which were just fucking cheesey awful, wrote the scariest story in this book, "Telling. Caitlin Kiernan, as usual, writes a pretty dark, atmospheric story, but really, she needs to cheer the fuck up and stop listening to the Sisters of Mercy so much.
Ramsey Campbell, who once was so fantastic but really should have stopped writing 20 years ago, has his almost obligatory place in this collection, with a ho-hum story that I had hoped would be about giant killer spiders but wasn't.
A weird POEM that doesn't take itself seriously at all, but actually has some pretty gruesome imagery in it, like the brain of a hillbilly wizard that popped out of its grave like a mole and was bouncing around in the weeds with the brainstem trailing behind it like a tail. A story about ghouls, which I personally feel are kind of overlooked.
It relies a lot on Lovecraft, which is fine by me, but the sub-plot about the cheating girlfriend took a little too much of the center stage. But great story, great ending. And the Smithereens are mentioned. Like three times. What I had thought was going to be another fucking zombie story turned out to be kind of interesting, if a little too serious: what the world would be like if the zombies won, and there were no more people to eat.
Really man, why the FUCK are zombies so popular? I'm sick of them!!! Mar 11, Mike Kazmierczak rated it really liked it. The first is some very solid writing; after all, the title of the book does promise it to you. The second is a nice summary of the year's events in horror; movie releases, new books, and anything else related to the genre. And the final is a necrology of people related to the genre who have passed that year; a fitting way to end the book. Volume 22, a summary for , is no exception.
Unlike previous years, I actually read it relatively recent to the summary year as opposed to four or more years afterwards. This made no difference to the stories but it made the year's summary a bit more relevant to me. Anyway, on to the stories. I had an unusually large selection of favorites but that is also kind of normal for these collections. Most of them were poignant and had some depth to them with only an occasional light hearted romp.
And as opposed to some public perception, the whole collection was not only zombies. My favorites are below. Lansdale - A man celebrates Christmas with some zombies. This one stuck with me for a while.
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Kiernan - A woman hunts the libraries and folklore for vampires. The story is also set in the Albany area where I have relatives and thus felt extra connected to the story. Feb 11, F. One of a number of zombie tales in this volume, but the one which comes closest to being actually touching. A slow and sombre tune for the broken hearted amongst you.
An effective little ghost story set on a school trip to a Cornish mine. More terrifying than even The Wurzels! If you read only one headless monster tale this year, make it this one! Another short story hit from the master of the form! Two old ladies and some children visit a deserted house. Utterly superb, chilling and groovy!
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An exciting tale of the blood-faced undead attacking a small town. Gory, scary and thoroughly entertaining. A zombie tale with a taste of that good old hitmeister H. Simply fab! Feb 15, Darlene Harris rated it liked it. There are some good stories in here, but there are some down right boring ones too. I've been reading this series for a few years and will eventually post other reviews as well, but for now, here's my thoughts on this. I guess one of my biggest issues as of late with the Mammoth series has been that the editor, Stephen Jones, seems to be picking stories solely based on people in his little circle than choosing great stories.
Maybe it can soon be named The Mammoth book of My Best Friends New Horro There are some good stories in here, but there are some down right boring ones too. I can't be the only one who sees the exact same names volume after volume after volume. Don't call it a best of if you only want your bros in here. As for the stories, yes, there are some good ones, a few amazing ones, but more than half lost me in the first few pages. Being who I am, I kept on reading, hoping to be pulled into the story, but alas, not so much. Lucky me, I have the next three volumes here at home to read.
Hope they're better. Mar 24, Michael Samerdyke rated it really liked it.
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One of the stronger anthologies in this series. The stories explore different horror themes. This book leaves me looking forward to 23 and hoping that the series continues for many years. Sep 14, Justin rated it really liked it Shelves: horror , short-stories. Jones begins with a plus page introduction of Horror in I admit I read some of it, but it was really a laundry list of various facts of horror in all sorts of media. Anyway, I skipped onto the stories. There are 23 in total. Again I only skimmed this section. Finally Jones provides useful addresses of horror organizations, publishers, and websites.
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Altman signed Letters? Genre horror-suspense Characters Dr. Franz Burch experiments on finding the secret to bring the dead back to life. Pencils Rudy Palais? Editing Allen Hardy original editor Genre horror-suspense Characters Robert Baker Synopsis Playboy Robert Baker rebuilds the family castle, only to find the ghost of a servant his great-grandfather had killed still haunted the grounds. Klaus Blau did on Nazi prisoners has created a strange group of Zombie-like beings.
Reprints from Black Cat Harvey, series 35 May Editing S. Fitts is buried alive by Madame Satin, but he returns to get his revenge. Reprints from Strange Fantasy Farrell, series 7 August Pencils Peter Morisi Inks? Reprints from Horrific Comic Media, series 9 January Pencils Alvin Hollingsworth [as A. Hollingsworth] signed Inks Alvin Hollingsworth [as A. Hollingsworth] signed Letters? Editing Harry L. Editing Adolphe Barreaux original editor Genre horror-suspense Characters Jem; Tom; Bill Synopsis A mystical item is made from the hand of a dead thief that grants the user the ability to steal from anyone.
Reprints from Chilling Tales Youthful, series 13 December The Monster Of Dread End Genre horror-suspense Reprints from Web of Horror Major Magazines, series 2 February Indexer Notes The cover image presented here is as Web of Horror 3 is actually from issue 2 of the series. Smiles Synopsis The characters a writer creates come to life, but he can destroy them be throwing their "creation papers" in the fire.
A visiting reporter first wants to preserve his creations, but seeing the wisdom in destroying his monsters tosses all his papers in the fire, making all the creations disappear Reprints from Ghostly Haunts Charlton, series 38 May Another Maniac!
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Genre horror-suspense Reprints from Psycho Skywald, series 18 May But its accidental destruction brings about the end of all reality. Reprints from Ghostly Tales Charlton, series February Gilbert Letters? His World Table of Contents: Mr. Gilbert Pencils Michael T. Gilbert Inks Michael T.