Vlad III Drăcula. A warleader in a warlike time: brilliant, charismatic, pious. But what became of him? What drove him to become a creature of darkness—Bram Stoker’s cruel, ambitious “Un-Dead”—and what use did he make of this power, through the centuries?
More than a hundred years after the monster’s death, the descendants of the survivors piece together the story— dusty old manuscripts, court reports from the Holy Roman Empire at its height, stories of the Szgany Roma who once served the monster—trying to understand. Because the nightmare is far from over...
Five incredible fantasy authors come together to reveal a side to literature’s greatest monster you’ve never seen before.
Steeped in folklore, spoken of only in hushed whispers, David Thomas Moore is a monster beyond compare, a rampaging horror that stalks our nightmares, cutting a bloody swath through history. Rumours of his powers – to control base animals, to ensnare the hearts of men – are exceeded only by legends of his fathomless and terrible hunger. He is the commissioning editor for Abaddon Books and Solaris, and lives in Reading with his wife and young daughter.
As ever, this acclaimed anthology also offers the most comprehensive annual overview of horror around the world in all its incarnations; a comprehensive necrology of famous names; and a list of indispensable contact addresses for the dedicated horror fan and writer alike.
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world's leading annual anthology dedicated solely to presenting the best in contemporary horror fiction.
Praise for Stephen Jones:
'The best horror anthologist in the business is, of course, Stephen Jones, whose Mammoth Book of Best New Horror is one of the major bargains of this as of any other year.' Roz Kavaney
'An essential volume for horror readers.' Locus
'Stephen Jones . . . has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country.' Lisa Tuttle, The Times Books
From the introduction by acclaimed author, John McIlveen (Hannahwhere, Inflictions):
In THE SEEDS OF NIGHTMARES, Tony offers us a smorgasbord – a feast of emotions and genres that cover the spectrum. Take his opening offering for example, the nasty little novelette The Strange Saga of Mattie Dyer, a darkly humorous, Lovecraftian, western, tale of vengeance (yes, you read that right). Wrought with unsavory and despicable characters—a thwarted woman, a vile creature, redneck gold-diggers, and Indians—it’s a virtual Pandora’s Box and a hell of a first run…. There will be twists, bumps, a little blood, and possibly a few tears, but you’re tough…you can take it. So have a seat, strap in, and enjoy the ride!
Stories in this collection include:
The Strange Saga of Mattie Dyer
The Old Man
The Burial Board
The Soldier’s Wife
The Black Dress
Chiyoung and Dongsun’s Song
Husband of Kellie
An Alabama Christmas
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An ancient enemy stirs once more . . .
The Empire stands victorious over its enemies at last.
With her chief rival cast into the abyss, Empress Seda now faces the truth of what she has cost the world in order to win the war. The Seal has been shattered, and the Worm stirs towards the light for the first time in a thousand years. Already it is striking at the surface, voraciously consuming everything its questing tendrils touch.
Faced with destruction, Seda knows that only the most extreme of solutions can lock the Worm back in the dark once again. But if she will go to such appalling lengths to save the world from the Worm, then who will save the world from her?