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The Very Best of Best New Horror
(20
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Edited by Stephen Jones

Introduction by Ramsey Campbell
Cover art by Edward Miller


 

SYNOPSIS:

For the past twenty years, the annual Best New Horror series has been the major showcase for superior short stories and novellas of horror and dark fantasy. Edited by Stephen Jones, the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award and International Horror Guild Award-winning series has published more than 450 stories by around 200 of the genre's most famous and acclaimed authors, as well as those newcomers who are just starting out on their careers. To celebrate the anthology's twentieth anniversary, the editor has selected from each volume one story that he considers to be the "best" for reasons explained in his historical introduction to each tale. As a result, some of horror's biggest names are represented, including Stephen King, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Harlan Ellison, Brian Lumley and Neil Gaiman, along with newer writers such as Joe Hill, Glen Hirshberg, Mark Samuels and Terry Lamsley. With a unique Introduction by Ramsey Campbell, and an indispensable Index detailing the entire contents of the series over all twenty volumes, The Very Best of Best New Horror is a tribute to the world's premier annual anthology of contemporary horror fiction.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

EDITOR'S FOREWORD Stephen Jones
INTRODUCTION: BETTERING THE BEST Ramsey Campbell
NO SHARKS IN THE MED Brian Lumley
THE MAN WHO DREW CATS Michael Marshall Smith
THE SAME IN ANY LANGUAGE Ramsey Campbell
NORMAN WISDOM AND THE ANGEL OF DEATH Christopher Fowler
MEFISTO IN ONYX Harlan Ellison
THE TEMPTATION OF DR STEIN Paul J. McAuley
QUEEN OF KNIVES Neil Gaiman
THE BREAK Terry Lamsley
EMPTINESS SPOKE ELOQUENT Caitlín R Kiernan
MR. CLUBB AND MR. CUFF Peter Straub
WHITE Tim Lebbon
THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT: ANNO DRACULA, 1981 Kim Newman
CLEOPATRA BRIMSTONE Elizabeth Hand
20TH CENTURY GHOST Joe Hill
THE WHITE HANDS Mark Samuels
MY DEATH Lisa Tuttle
HAECKEL'S TALE Clive Barker
DEVIL'S SMILE Glen Hirshberg
THE CHURCH ON THE ISLAND Simon Kurt Unsworth
THE NEW YORK TIMES AT SPECIAL BARGAIN RATES Stephen King
INDEX TO TWENTY YEARS OF BEST NEW HORROR  

       


THE VERY BEST OF BEST NEW HORROR will be released in the following editions:

Limited edition: 300 hardcover copies, numbered, clothbound and signed by the editor, Stephen Jones $60
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Deluxe edition: 200 hardcover copies, numbered, leatherbound, slipcased, and signed by all contributors $250
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Cover artist Les Edwards (Edward Miller), contributing author Joe Hill, and editor Stephen Jones at British Fantasy Society Open Night, June 2011. (Photo credit: Mandy Slater.)