Many of us grew up on The Pan Book of Horror Stories and its later incarnations, Dark Voices and Dark Terrors (The Gollancz Book of Horror), which won the World Fantasy Award, the Horror Critics' Guild Award and the British Fantasy Award, but for a decade or more there has been no non-themed anthology of original horror fiction published in the mainstream. Now that horror has returned to the bookshelves, it is time for a regular anthology of brand-new fiction by the best and brightest in the field, both the Big Names and the most talented newcomers including:
- Ramsey Campbell
- Peter Crowther
- Dennis Etchison
- Elizabeth Hand
- Brian Hodge
- Caitlin R. Kiernan
- Stephen King
- John Ajvide Lindqvist
- Richard Christian Matheson
- Reggie Oliver
- Robert Shearman
- Angela Slatter
- Michael Marshall Smith
- Lisa Tuttle
A Book of Horrors will be the foremost in the field: an eclectic collection of the very best chiller fiction from across the world.
STEPHEN JONES is the multiple-award-winning editor and author of more than one hundred books in the horror and fantasy genres. A former television director/producer, movie publicist, and consultant (including the first three Hellraiser movies), he has edited the reprint anthology Best New Horror for more than twenty years. He lives in Wembley, Middlesex, and travels widely.
FANGORIA MAGAZINE REVIEW
"Cover every orifice. Comet Press' new collection SICK THINGS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF EXTREME CREATURE HORROR is making a beeline for the soft contents of your body—and it doesn't care one bit where it makes its grand entrance, orbital sockets or otherwise. Rest assured this violation will be painful, given the tight confinements of our fallible frames of flesh—but anything less than a full-on ass-rape would probably seem insufficient in the eyes of editrix Cheryl Mullenax. Read on at your own stomach's peril."
FATALLY YOURS REVIEW
"If you are an extreme fan of horror looking for the ultimate in disgusting, vile and disturbing fiction, Sick Things: An Anthology of Extreme Creature Horror is a must-read…just make sure you have your barf bag handy!"
TOXIC GRAVEYARD REVIEW
"Recently I’ve discovered the awesomeness that is Comet Press. There is a myriad of small press horror publishers out there, and more seem to be popping up all the time. Many times these small press companies promise “extreme” horror but often what you get is a poorly edited book riddled with grammatical and spelling errors with mediocre unknowns sandwiched between old stories from established authors. Thank goodness for Comet Press. I’ve reviewed their previous releases Vile Things and The Death Panel and loved em both. The bar was set high for Sick Things, and it soared over it on cloven hoof."
With names such as Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler, Neil Gaiman, Michael Marshall Smith, Paul J. McAuley and Lisa Tuttle, this collection represents a true landmark in horror fiction publishing.
Praise for Stephen Jones:
'Horror's last maverick.' - Christopher Fowler
'Stephen Jones . . . has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country.'- Lisa Tuttle, The Times Books
'The best horror anthologist in the business is, of course, Stephen Jones.' - Roz Kavaney, Time Out
'Edited by Stephen Jones, a member of that tiny band of anthologists whose work is so reliably good that you automatically reach out and grab hold of any new volume spotted if you are wise.'- Gahan Wilson, Realms of Fantasy
'One of the genre's most enthusiastic cheerleaders.' - Publishers Weekly
'Horror readers owe Stephen Jones a lot.' - Rue Morgue
'Edited by the prolific and reliable Stephen Jones.' - SFX Magazine
'Jones performs his usual exemplary job.' - Starlog (UK)
'A new horror anthology from Stephen Jones is always an event' - Dennis Etchison
Sixteen rare terror tales not to be read at night!
To sleep, perchance to dream . . . of horrors! Here are some of the stories that gave their own authors nightmares—things that go bump at night, hauntings that lurk in the back of the mind, skin-crawling moments between the realms of wakefulness and sleep. In this somnambulistic collection, award-winning editor Stephen Jones asks many of the biggest names in horror fiction to choose their own favorite stories and novellas which, for one reason or another, have been unjustly overlooked or ignored.
From Hugh B. Cave’s 1930s “shudder pulp” tale to Ramsey Campbell’s stunning novella of barely concealed hysteria and grim black humor, these are the “forgotten” stories ripe for rediscovery, by such acclaimed authors as Poppy Z. Brite, Basil Copper, Harlan Ellison®, Neil Gaiman, Caítlin R. Kiernan, Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Tanith Lee, and Michael Marshall Smith.
Be warned: do not try to read this book at night, because these superior horror stories—both supernatural and psychological—will leave a lasting chill down your spine long after you have put it down, shut off the lights, and ducked under the covers. As you try to get off to sleep, who knows what dreams may come . . .?
Zombie tales by:Clive BarkerRobert BlochRamsey CampbellH. P. LovecraftJoe R. LansdaleJ. Sheridan Le FanuEdgar Allan PoeAnd many more
Fans of The Walking Dead and World War Z, brace yourselves. These phenomenal stories from horror masters will get inside your head and leave you wanting more.
With an in-depth introduction covering the year in horror, a fascinating necrology and a unique contact directory, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror remains the world?s leading anthology dedicated solely to presenting the very best in modern horror.
Praise for previous Mammoth Books of Best New Horror:
'Stephen Jones . . . has a better sense of the genre than almost anyone in this country.' Lisa Tuttle, The Times.
'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
To accompany the very best in short stories and novellas is the year's most comprehensive horror overview and contacts listing as well as a fascinating necrology.