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The Black Book of Horror contains 18 excursions into the realms of terror. Ranging from the supernatural to the macabre, the stories selected for this anthology feature black magic, the dead, monstrous beasts, and things from beyond. There are tales that witness madness, and the evil that man does. Contents: CROWS - Frank Nicholas REGINA vs. ZOSKIA - Mark Samuels THE OLDER M The Black Book of Horror contains 18 excursions into the realms of terror. Ranging from the supernatural to the macabre, the stories selected for this anthology feature black magic, the dead, monstrous beasts, and things from beyond. There are tales that witness madness, and the evil that man does. Contents: 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


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The Black Book of Horror contains 18 excursions into the realms of terror. Ranging from the supernatural to the macabre, the stories selected for this anthology feature black magic, the dead, monstrous beasts, and things from beyond. There are tales that witness madness, and the evil that man does. Contents: CROWS - Frank Nicholas REGINA vs. ZOSKIA - Mark Samuels THE OLDER M The Black Book of Horror contains 18 excursions into the realms of terror. Ranging from the supernatural to the macabre, the stories selected for this anthology feature black magic, the dead, monstrous beasts, and things from beyond. There are tales that witness madness, and the evil that man does. Contents: 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

51 review for The Black Book of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Sloan

    Ewwww...In a good way! I have read all of the Black Book's of Horror and this edition is one of the better ones.Scary stories without a lot of gratuitous violence which I really like. Mr. Black is a British editor who really knows his game.These stories are literary(sometimes) and not too short so that you get to really know the protagonists well. I think anyone looking for 'Splatter-Punk' type stories will be disappointed though.I don't really like them so I was very happy with this book and the Ewwww...In a good way! I have read all of the Black Book's of Horror and this edition is one of the better ones.Scary stories without a lot of gratuitous violence which I really like. Mr. Black is a British editor who really knows his game.These stories are literary(sometimes) and not too short so that you get to really know the protagonists well. I think anyone looking for 'Splatter-Punk' type stories will be disappointed though.I don't really like them so I was very happy with this book and the other 5 in the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    The Black Book Of Horror is the first in a series of horror anthologies published by Mortbury Press. As soon as I saw the gorgeous covers I knew that I wanted the entire set even though I am not familiar with the authors. I did notice some nominations for the British Fantasy Award but winning or losing would not have swayed my desire to get my hands on these books. I don't have a lot of experience with British horror other than having enjoyed the Hammer House of Horror series when I was a kid. S The Black Book Of Horror is the first in a series of horror anthologies published by Mortbury Press. As soon as I saw the gorgeous covers I knew that I wanted the entire set even though I am not familiar with the authors. I did notice some nominations for the British Fantasy Award but winning or losing would not have swayed my desire to get my hands on these books. I don't have a lot of experience with British horror other than having enjoyed the Hammer House of Horror series when I was a kid. Since I have found in my limited experience that British horror tends to be a bit more subtle than what I am used to on this side of the pond, I expected this would be more atmospheric than blood soaked. Well subtle I can take, but vague I can not. Some of these stories were so vague that they seemed more like a wisp of idea for an outline than an actual finished product. For example I could sum up "Spare Rib" as once upon a time a man's wife died but then she came back and he left for work. The End. Seriously that's a story in here. In another story a Nazi skin head and his pals desecrate a grave and then take off their pants and boots. The End. Not to say they were all bad, there were some 3 and 4 star stories among the duds. The only 5 star mentions go to "Size Matters" more for it's dark humor than for anything frightening. Yes it is a story about a penis enlargement gone wrong, and Lock-In by David A Riley which actually was a scary story about a handful of men trapped in a pub by a creeping black void of nothingness that awaits them outside. 4 stars to Last Christmas (I gave you my life) Family Fishing, and Subtle Invasion. I'm hoping the rest of the series has more 5 star stories than this did.

  3. 5 out of 5

    CasualDebris

    For my full length review, and reviews of individual stories, please visit Casual Debris. Appropriately dedicated to Herbert van Thal (1904-1983), the legendary British editor of the Pan Book of Horror series as well as numerous other original and reprint anthologies of the 196os, 70s and early 80s, The Black Book of Horror features some great, inspired writing. The book itself is very handsome. The cover art by Paul Mudie is gorgeous; the facial expression combined with the smooth backdrop and wa For my full length review, and reviews of individual stories, please visit Casual Debris. Appropriately dedicated to Herbert van Thal (1904-1983), the legendary British editor of the Pan Book of Horror series as well as numerous other original and reprint anthologies of the 196os, 70s and early 80s, The Black Book of Horror features some great, inspired writing. The book itself is very handsome. The cover art by Paul Mudie is gorgeous; the facial expression combined with the smooth backdrop and warm colours is enticing. The pages of the book he is holding are exquisitely and minutely detailed, and there is a glow on the figure and his chair as though he were facing a fireplace. He is looking directly at us, and I get the impression that I am facing this man, the fireplace between us, to my left, and I can feel the warm blaze as I look into the deathly gaze of this near skeletal host. I don't dare move, so remain tight in my own seat, somewhat on edge should I need suddenly to bolt, and listen to the tales he is about to share with me. And for the most part these tales are very good; in fact, this is the strongest anthology I have read in any genre so far this year. There are no true duds in here though there are a couple of weaker stories, and only one that I did not like. My overall favourite piece was Paul Finch's "The Wolf at Jessie's Door," while other stronger ones include the lead-in story "The Crows" by Frank Nicholas, David A. Sutton's "Only in Your Dreams," Daniel McGachey's "'Shalt Thou Know My Name?'," David A. Riley's "Lock-In," and editor Charles Black's "To Summon a Flesh Eating Demon." The single story I did not like is Sean Parker's "The Sound of Muzak."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hugo

    A disappointing collection of horror stories: most are well written, but are subtle to the point of vagueness; a couple seem like summaries of much longer (and possibly better) novellas; and some are so old fashioned I'm sure I must have read them before. Steve Goodwin's Power sticks in the mind, and that's about it; there are in fact stories here by authors I enjoy, I just didn't like these stories. Secondary observations: not a single female author (certainly incidental, although to curate a bo A disappointing collection of horror stories: most are well written, but are subtle to the point of vagueness; a couple seem like summaries of much longer (and possibly better) novellas; and some are so old fashioned I'm sure I must have read them before. Steve Goodwin's Power sticks in the mind, and that's about it; there are in fact stories here by authors I enjoy, I just didn't like these stories. Secondary observations: not a single female author (certainly incidental, although to curate a book of horror stories in the 21st century and not include a female voice seems almost deliberate); and this is a small press book so allowances might be made, but the proofreading is variable - and never more so, ironically enough, in the editor's own contribution, which seems wholly averse to the clarifying use of the comma. Ordinarily, I would be put off searching for other books in this series, but I've just bought eight volumes as a job lot, so I suppose I shall plough on through.

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