The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 17
The year's finest tales of terror.
Here is the latest edition of the world's premier annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction. It features some of the very best short stories and novellas by today's masters of the macabre - including Peter Atkins, Cliver Barker, Glen Hirschberg, Joe Hill and Caitlin R. Kiernan.The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror also features the most comprehensive yearly overview of horror around the world, lists of useful contact addresses and a fascinating necrology. It is the one book that is required reading for every fan of macabre fiction.
it was built on an old well and the ground is contaminated. A teacher told us it used to be a hospital and is still full of germs. Our dad said it was an asylum for lunatics that closed down over a hundred years ago and has stayed empty ever since because it’s falling to pieces and is too expensive to repair. That’s why kids should never go there: you could be crushed by bricks or fall through a floor. Nanna Alice says it’s a place “where angels come in”. But we all know it’s the place where the
smiley-face buttons. She reaches for the door but it won’t unlock. The window won’t roll down. The hood slams. The man behind the sunglasses who is not a police officer is grinning a hideous grin. Buttonboy continues around the car, past the driver’s side door, to let the giant out of the back. After all, a person needs eyes to drive. In thick forest, it’s easy for a person to get lost and walk around in circles, and for the first time, Cate can see this is what happened to her. She escaped
poppy red to match his rouged lips, and he’s dressed in peacock feathers and silk. He opens the door and stands there, very still, watching her, waiting wordlessly. Something like awe on his smooth face, and for the first time Hannah doesn’t just feel nude, she feels naked. “Are they ready for me now?” she asks him, trying to sound no more than half as nervous as she is, and then turns her head to steal a last glance at the green fairy in the tall mahogany mirror. But the mirror is empty.
shows as Night Gallery, The Six Million Dollar Man, Space Rangers, War of the Worlds and the Emmy-nominated children’s programme Through the Magic Pyramid. American TV executive and director Perry Lafferty died of complications from prostate cancer on August 25th, aged 87. He directed three episodes of the original Twilight Zone series. Fred Joerger, who helped create the models for Disneyland attractions such as The Haunted Mansion and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, died on August 26th, aged 91.
staggered bleeding, growing fainter, merging with Vltava’s thrum, the crazy stutter of my boots on the rock and a painful thud as my knees hit the stairs below Fastuv Dum. “Vodnici,” the caretaker whispered, eyes wide. He wrapped a cloth around my hand, tightened it, and when the bleeding had slowed he returned to the trapdoor and struggled it shut, then laid the Rudolfine iron atop it. I tried, in subsequent years, to delude myself. Dawson – who arranged my swift, confidential medical