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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume 24
edited by Stephen Jones
Robinson, 495 pages

Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones is the winner of multiple World Fantasy Awards, the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Awards, British Fantasy Awards and a Hugo Award nominee. A full-time columnist, television producer/director and genre movie publicist and consultant, Stephen Jones is also one of Britain's most acclaimed anthologists of horror and dark fantasy. He has edited and written more than 100 books, including: Shadows Over Innsmouth; Exorcisms and Ecstasies, a Karl Edward Wagner collection; and Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror. He is co-editor of a number of series including Best New Horror, Dark Terrors and Dark Voices. He lives in London, England.

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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume 24 The twenty-forth instalment of Stephen Jones' Best New Horror (the world's longest-running annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy) includes twenty-one stories, a short poem and, as usually, an extraordinary, exhaustive summation of anything appeared in the horror field (novels, anthologies and collections of dark fiction, horror magazines, movies etc.) during the previous year. Among the tales selected by Jones -- supposedly the best of the year, at least according to the famous editor -- there is indeed some excellent, very enjoyable material.

Alison Littlewood's "The Discord of Being" is an unnerving, modern ghost story with an undercurrent of quiet desperation, set in today's Morocco, while Dale Bailey's Necrosis" is a delightful old fashioned tale where the members of a club have to face a disconcerting mystery.

Thana Niveau contributes "The Curtain," a thrilling tale of terror taking place in the depth of the ocean and Simon Kurt Unsworth provides "The Costwold Olimpicks," a disturbing example of horrific folklore.

The compelling "The Old and the New" by the talented Helen Marshall is about love and loss and the creepy atmosphere of a Paris catacomb dull of bones.

Four superb pieces of fiction really stand out.

"The Hunt: Before and the Aftermath" by Joe R. Lansdale (arguably the best -- and most atypical -- zombie stories I've read in years) revolves around a married couple trying to mend their shaky relationship, while "The Other One" by Evangeline Walton is a deeply unsettling piece of pulp fiction featuring a wicked ghostly creature, acting as an unusual doppelganger.

Two modern masters of the dark, Reggie Oliver and Robert Shearman pen two outstanding stories. The former is the author of "Between Four Yews" an eerie Chinese box of tales inside the tale inspired to the famous "A School Story" by M.R. James, the latter offers "Blue Crayon, Yellow Crayon," a splendid piece where a man going back home for Christmas experiences a sinister, nightmarish train ride.

Once again, a book not to be missed by horror enthusiasts.

Copyright © 2014 by Mario Guslandi

Mario Guslandi lives in Milan, Italy, and is a long-time fan of dark fiction. His book reviews have appeared on a number of genre websites such as The Alien Online, Infinity Plus, Necropsy, The Agony Column and Horrorwold.


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