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The pick of a nightmare crop of darkly devilish stories of the past year, selected with fiendish care from the masters of horror. Contents: • Introduction • Pages from a Young Girl's Journal by Robert Aickman • The Long-Term Residents by Kit Pedler • The Mirror from Antiquity by Susanna Bates • Like Two White Spiders by Eddy C. Bertin • The Old Horns by Ramsey Campbell • Haggopian The pick of a nightmare crop of darkly devilish stories of the past year, selected with fiendish care from the masters of horror. Contents: • Introduction • Pages from a Young Girl's Journal by Robert Aickman • The Long-Term Residents by Kit Pedler • The Mirror from Antiquity by Susanna Bates • Like Two White Spiders by Eddy C. Bertin • The Old Horns by Ramsey Campbell • Haggopian by Brian Lumley • The Recompensing of Albano Pizar by Basil Copper • Were-Creature by Kenneth Pembrooke • Events at Poroth Farm by T. E. D. Klein


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The pick of a nightmare crop of darkly devilish stories of the past year, selected with fiendish care from the masters of horror. Contents: • Introduction • Pages from a Young Girl's Journal by Robert Aickman • The Long-Term Residents by Kit Pedler • The Mirror from Antiquity by Susanna Bates • Like Two White Spiders by Eddy C. Bertin • The Old Horns by Ramsey Campbell • Haggopian The pick of a nightmare crop of darkly devilish stories of the past year, selected with fiendish care from the masters of horror. Contents: • Introduction • Pages from a Young Girl's Journal by Robert Aickman • The Long-Term Residents by Kit Pedler • The Mirror from Antiquity by Susanna Bates • Like Two White Spiders by Eddy C. Bertin • The Old Horns by Ramsey Campbell • Haggopian by Brian Lumley • The Recompensing of Albano Pizar by Basil Copper • Were-Creature by Kenneth Pembrooke • Events at Poroth Farm by T. E. D. Klein

39 review for The Year's Best Horror Stories No. 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    DAW collectors # 155 Cover artist Michael Whelan. Name:Richard Davis, Birthplace: London, England, UK, 27 January 1945 Contents: 009 - Introduction (The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series III) • (1975) • essay by Richard Davis 011 - The Whimper of Whipped Dogs • (1973) by Harlan Ellison 028 - The Man in the Underpass • (1975) by Ramsey Campbell [as by J. Ramsey Campbell] 039 - S.F. (1975) by T. E. D. Klein 056 - Uncle Vlad • (1973) by Clive Sinclair 068 - Judas Story • (1975) by Brian Stableford [as by DAW collectors # 155 Cover artist Michael Whelan. Name:Richard Davis, Birthplace: London, England, UK, 27 January 1945 Contents: 009 - Introduction (The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series III) • (1975) • essay by Richard Davis 011 - The Whimper of Whipped Dogs • (1973) by Harlan Ellison 028 - The Man in the Underpass • (1975) by Ramsey Campbell [as by J. Ramsey Campbell] 039 - S.F. (1975) by T. E. D. Klein 056 - Uncle Vlad • (1973) by Clive Sinclair 068 - Judas Story • (1975) by Brian Stableford [as by Brian M. Stableford] 806 - The House of Cthulhu • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1973) by Brian Lumley 98 - Satanesque • (1974) by Allan Weiss 109 - Burger Creature • (1973) by Stepan Chapman [as by Steve Chapman] 117 -Wake Up Dead • (1975) by Tim Stout 134 - Forget-Me-Not • (1975) by Bernard Taylor 152 - Halloween Story • (1972) by Gregory Fitz Gerald 164 - Big, Wide, Wonderful World • [Shock Short] • (1958) by Charles E. Fritch 168 - The Taste of Your Love • [Liefde's Kronkelwegen • 2] by Eddy C. Bertin (trans. of De smaak van jouw liefde 1971)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    The third Year's Best Horror collection, which covers the year 1958 to 1975. What? Yes. Also several of them appear here for the first time, which seems a little self-defeating and/or self-aggrandizing. The pre-boom years were lean ones, I know, but come on. Also, again, no women, come on. This was, frankly, one of the worst anthologies I've ever read, and I spend too much time reading horror anthologies. It was also the end of Richard Davis' tenure as editor, so here's hoping things improve unde The third Year's Best Horror collection, which covers the year 1958 to 1975. What? Yes. Also several of them appear here for the first time, which seems a little self-defeating and/or self-aggrandizing. The pre-boom years were lean ones, I know, but come on. Also, again, no women, come on. This was, frankly, one of the worst anthologies I've ever read, and I spend too much time reading horror anthologies. It was also the end of Richard Davis' tenure as editor, so here's hoping things improve under Gerald Page. The Whimper of Whipped Dogs - Harlan Ellison Kitty Genovese’s murder, but with a dark god/cult. Ellison(TM) really hated NYC, apparently. Like Fritz Leiber with no charm, the sadism ramped up instead. There’s a black burglar just so you get the message loud and clear. Ugh. The Man in the Underpass - Ramsey Campbell A girl is convinced that graffiti in an underpass is actually an Aztec god. The child narrator is rendered annoyingly; the whole thing is rather meandering and tensionless (aside from undercurrents of child abuse). Lesser Campbell (and since he's usually the standout in these volumes, that doesn't leave us with much). S. F. - T. E. D. Klein A great-grandmother writes a baby a letter. But wait, it's the future! Wait, people have government-mandated forgettiness! An absolute mess of a story written in obnoxious baby talk; Klein himself has dismissed it as "excruciating." Uncle Vlad - Clive Sinclair A kind of Addams-Family-y story of vampires bringing someone new into the fold. Arch without quite being twee, never surprises but is charming enough in its own way once you adjust to the stiffness of the prose. Judas Story - Brian Stableford A drummer confesses that the singer he was backing, Jack Queen King, was stealing his audience’s souls. Something about playing cards too. Interminable, and every other sentence or so mentions the name “Jack Queen King.” Jack Queen King Jack Queen King Jack Queen King. The House of Cthulhu - Brian Lumley Utterly vacuous sword and sorcery pastiche with Cthulhu tossed in as a boss monster for no reason. Clark Ashton Smith with no appreciation for language or rhythm or poetics and some William Hope Hodgson sea fungus tossed in for good measure. Satanesque - Allan Weiss A small town gets a statue from a sculptor who grew up there as a black sheep, weird and outcast. The statue is of Satan. Bad things happen. Another terribly old-fashioned clunker. Burger Creature - Stepan Chapman A rather charming little vignette about shitty jobs and a friendly monster made of fast food detritus. Nicely done, although not in the least bit horrific. Wake Up Dead - Tim Stout A machine to bring dreams to life is a bad idea in an asylum for the criminally insane. Ham handed setup and backstory, little in the way of payoff. Forget-me-not (Bernard Taylor) An American in London, half mad with loneliness, finds herself fixated on a dead serial killer. Better than that makes it sound, actually well-constructed and creepy. Halloween Story (Gregory Fitz Gerald) A woman (witch?) in a gingerbread house is unprepared for trick-or-treaters. Nicely surreal and allusive (even as the prose's reach exceeds his grasp sometimes) until a truly awful rape scene derails the whole thing. Prior to that, this was the standout of the collection. Big, Wide, Wonderful World (Charles E. Fritch) Flash fiction about some knuckleheads who decide to experience a nightmare together on a dare. Quickly obvious what the twist is, but at least respects its readers enough not to make it explicit. The Taste of Your Love (Eddy C. Bertin) A man who preys on women finds himself preyed upon by his latest would-be prey. Blah blah blah.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Graham P

    "An icebox packed with Terror Goodies"... "The Chill-of-the-Year book".... I have a soft spot for this series in its early years. From the lurid, surreal covers, to the strange hybrid of short works within - horror, science fiction, weird tales and pulp diatribes. Not all of them work so well, but for the most part, it's a pleasure to travel back in time in the 1970s and all its pot-smoked wonders. 'The Whimper of Whipped Dogs' by Harlan Ellison -Urban Horror at its finest. As always, Ellison work "An icebox packed with Terror Goodies"... "The Chill-of-the-Year book".... I have a soft spot for this series in its early years. From the lurid, surreal covers, to the strange hybrid of short works within - horror, science fiction, weird tales and pulp diatribes. Not all of them work so well, but for the most part, it's a pleasure to travel back in time in the 1970s and all its pot-smoked wonders. 'The Whimper of Whipped Dogs' by Harlan Ellison -Urban Horror at its finest. As always, Ellison works the flammable tale about sex, gods, and concrete dread. It's a fine short story, cutting and wise, and it is the watermark of his 'Deathbird Stories.' Classic. 'The Man in the Underpass' by Ramsey Campbell -Another fine work of concrete horror, this time in Liverpool, England. The duplicity of this short runs deep, and Campbell plays with cosmic horror (from a South American god, not an Elder Cosmic one) via the viewpoint of a young girl. Rarely does Campbell write in the 1st person, but he nails it here. Profane and grotesque, and all so very real, a knockout of a tale. Graffiti has rarely been this haunting. 'S.F.' by T.E.D. Klein -Not one would expect from the elusive Klein...here it's mostly SF in the PKD sense of humor that runs flat by the end, but still, a nice tale capturing a paranoia that may seem all too familiar. Metal hats and brainwashing could be so much more sinister. 'Uncle Vlad' by Clive Sinclair -The most purplest of prose in the entire collection. Sentences that you could scrape off a plate. It's a tale of vampires and young lust, and butterflies (oh and descriptions of sumptuous food, over and over)....hmmmm, not much else going for it besides rich language without much evocation. 'Judas Story' by Brian Stableford -Stoned rock star sells his soul to the devil. We've been here before. 'The House of Cthulhu' by Brian Lumley -Imagery is spot-on here as Lumley channels Robert E. Howard stepping into Cthulhu-land. Silly, ripe, cliche, but still a fun tale. Anytime one writes about one covered in sentient fungus, I'm sold. 'Satanesque' by Allan Weiss -I think this is the same Allan Weiss who scripted many of the Elvis movies. Really starts with a great premise: a statue of Satan is presented in a small town square, and of course, the town goes f'in mad. But Weiss could have went in a whole different direction with this one, but in the end, it's all Grade-B shenanigans. Still, a solid story. 'Burger Creature' by Steve Champman -Fast-food monster falls in love with one of the restaurant's workers. Tongue-in-cheek, not so much... Could have been funny but the punchline is just ridiculous. 'Wake Up Dead' by Tim Stout -A psychopathic's dream turns real via a new dream recorder. You can see the hook of this one from a mile away. Could have been so much more. 'Forget-Me-Not' by Bernard Taylor -A reworking of Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and a damned good one. A Yank in London becomes obsessed with a serial killer who once lived in her neighborhood. While not breaking any boundaries, it's a steady classic of one losing their mind and becoming unhinged by the walls around them. 'Halloween Story' by Gregory Fitz Gerald -A mean-spirited tale of all the scumbags who come out on Halloween and take more than they should. It's a bit of a stretch, but when imagined to its fullest, this is a real nasty tale. 'Big, Wide, Wonderful World' by Charles E. Frich -This didn't make any sense. Junkies shoot up and try to have a collective nightmare. It's only 2 1/2 pages. The equivalent of reading a writer's notes on a discarded napkin. 'The Taste of Your Love' by Eddy C. Bertin -Another sadistic, violently sexual piece by the strangely unheard-of Bertin. While it relies on a Twilight Zone twist, there's something quite unsettling about what's going on throughout. Serial killers need to fall in love, I guess.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David

    Really liked the first two book in this series but not a one of the selections connected with me this time out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jim

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jack Tripper

  7. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  9. 5 out of 5

    Frank

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angela Maher

    A nicely varied collection of horror short stories.

  12. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  14. 4 out of 5

    J.F. Gonzalez

  15. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

  16. 4 out of 5

    Faisal

  17. 4 out of 5

    V

  18. 5 out of 5

    Yinzadi

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fishsanwitt

  20. 4 out of 5

    John

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ian

  22. 4 out of 5

    { U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }

  23. 5 out of 5

    Penni

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robert Weaver

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ray

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cambria

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael Boyd

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hhkk Jui

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christina Browne

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pat Winter

  31. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Shorey

  32. 5 out of 5

    Kimberlie

  33. 5 out of 5

    Mike Parks

  34. 4 out of 5

    dawn creech

  35. 5 out of 5

    Matthew St. Cyr

  36. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  37. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  38. 4 out of 5

    Michael Joseph Schumann

  39. 4 out of 5

    Fatman

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