The Black Book of Horror

Horrified there are not more collections like this.

If you remember the old Pan Books of Horror and you liked them you will like this more. The reason: there are echoes of the old masters, (in fact there are some old masters, notabley David A. Riley with his chilling LOCK-IN – told with all the macabre inuendo of P.K. Dick.) – But also horror has moved in time, become more surreal and fuller in metaphor and image. At times these stories move with a Daliesque brush stroke, chilling, overlit and very scary.

Difficult to pick a favourite from this bunch. I might go for “Regina vs. Zoskia” which seems Ballardian in its style but more menacing. Gary Fry’s creepy zombie-love tale “The Older Man” still gives me the shivers or perhaps “Cords” by Roger B. Pile…but it would be churlish to pick a best amongst so much good stuff.

If you like your nights dark, buy it.The Black Book of Horror – Charles Black (editor) Mortbury Press 2007

CROWS – Frank Nicholas
REGINA vs. ZOSKIA – Mark Samuels
THE OLDER MAN – Gary Fry
POWER – Steve Goodwin
CORDS – Roger B. Pile
THE SOUND OF MUZAK – Sean Parker
SHAPED LIKE A SNAKE – D. F. Lewis
ONLY IN YOUR DREAMS – David A. Sutton
THE WOLF AT JESSIE’S DOOR – Paul Finch
SIZE MATTERS – John L. Probert
SPARE RIB: A ROMANCE – John Kenneth Dunham
FAMILY FISHING – Gary McMahon
SUBTLE INVASION – David Conyers
A PIE WITH THICK GRAVY – D. F. Lewis
LOCK-IN – David A. Riley
LAST CHRISTMAS (I GAVE YOU MY LIFE) – Franklin Marsh
“SHALT THOU KNOW MY NAME?” – Daniel McGachey
TO SUMMON A FLESH EATING DEMON – Charles Black

Cover by Paul Mudie

ISBN 978-0-9556061-0-6

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