- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (1 August 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765301792
- ISBN-13: 978-0765301796
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 617 g
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Jack Dann has written or edited over fifty books, including the international bestseller The Memory Cathedral, which is published in over ten languages and was #1 on The Age Bestseller list.The San Francisco Chronicle called it "A grand accomplishment," Kirkus Reviews thought it was "An impressive accomplishment," andTrue Review said, "Read this important novel, be challenged by it; you literally haven't seen anything like it." His novelThe Silent has been compared to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn; Library Journal chose it as one of their 'Hot Picks' and wrote: "This is narrative storytelling at its best-so highly charged emotionally as to constitute a kind of poetry from hell. Most emphatically recommended."
Dann's work has been compared to Jorge Luis Borges, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Castaneda, J. G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, and Mark Twain. He is a recipient of the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Australian Aurealis Award (twice), the Ditmar Award (twice), and the Premios Gilgames de Narrativa Fantastica award. He has also been honoured by the Mark Twain Society (Esteemed Knight). His novel,Bad Medicine (retitled Counting Coup in the US), has been described by The Courier Mail as "perhaps the best road novel since the Easy Rider Days." His latest book is the retrospective short story collectionJubilee, which The West Australian called "a celebration of the talent of a remarkable storyteller." He is also the co-editor of the groundbreaking anthology of Australian stories,Dreaming Down-Under, which won the World Fantasy Award in 1999.
Jack Dann lives in Melbourne, Australia and "commutes" back and forth to Los Angeles and New York.
Ramsey Campbell is described in the Oxford Companion to English Literature as "Britain's most respected living horror writer." He has won more awards than any other writer in the field. He lives on Merseyside with his wife, Jenny.
Dennis Etchison has been called "the most original living horror writer in America." His writing has won both the World Fantasy Award and the British Fantasy Award. He is also the editor ofThe Museum of Horrors, which won the World Fantasy Award. He has written screenplays for John Carpenter and Dario Argento as well as serving time as a staff writer for HBO's original series,The Hitchhiker. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Granted, of the 34 short stories here, there's a smattering of winners. Robert Devereaux offers a quite disconcerting look at our society's obsession with beauty, while Michael Marshall Smith, Stephen Dedman, and Adam L.G. Nevill show an affinity for inherent human evil that's healthily influenced by the classics. Still-dependable Ray Bradbury even supplies a whimsically dreadful update on the Grim Reaper. There are a few other stories here that can keep the reader perfectly interested even if they're not particularly scary, with well-drawn themes and characters.
But otherwise, the majority of selections here illustrate, embarrassingly, everything that's wrong with current "horror" writing (plus the editing of collections such as this). I'll make an example of Lisa Tuttle. Her story features a woman who is suspicious of her boyfriend's secrecy, so she goes through his stuff, learns he's a murderer, and that's pretty much the end. Oh the horror! Aaron Sterns and Chris Lawson/Simon Brown deliver stories that frightfully showcase human cruelty or struggle, only to have stock undead creatures or supernatural processes pop up in the final paragraphs, as unsatisfying explanations for man's inhumanity. These so-called surprises are actually far more predictable than they are scary. Several other tales are so genre-deficient that you wonder why they're even in a "horror" collection, those by Melanie Tem and Fruma Klass being prime examples. This collection is a failure in so many respects that it's almost scary. But not in a good way. [~doomsdayer520~]
I picked up this anthology because it promised stories from "around the world", and I thought it would have some interesting ideas and stories. Turns out that England, Australia, and the US are so similar in culture and outlook that this collection really brings absolutely nothing new to the genre. At least three of the stories in here focus on vampires. Vampires, for crying out loud! Vampires haven't been scary since Anne Rice emasculated them in the 70s. And most of the anthologies I read have stories from these three countries anyway, so I did not encounter anything new. A truly international collection of horror would contain stories from Asia (Chinese ghost stories are among the creepiest I've ever read), more of Europe (although the English may deny it, Europe is a much bigger continent than just the UK), and Latin America (the brand of magical realism that Latin American writers bring to their fiction can be truly frightening). Even if you're going to stick with England, America, and Australia, though, you could still find excellent African American writers, or Aboriginal writers, and so on. Instead, this anthology offers just another mediocre collection of generic white bread horror with nothing shocking, bloodcurdling, or new.
Unless you like contemporary horror and want just more of the same stuff you've already been reading, don't bother with this collection.
The only reason I'm giving this book a 2 instead of a 1 is because there are one or two stories in here that are at least interesting.
I'd heard of this urban legend many times before, but Nagy's well-drawn characters and compelling, mindbending narrative has brought the cinematic oddity to life. I'll never be able to watch that movie again without feeling just a bit creeped out.