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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume 22. (The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #22)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The year's finest tales of terrorHere 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 ...more
Paperback, 575 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Robinson Publishing
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And so, with this edition, my goals have changed somewhat - read the new edition every year while working my way backwards through the previous editions I haven't read yet (coin toss - whether or not I'll reread the ones I'd read before Goodreads existed, and so didn't review - I do have notes, but not enough to make a review out of, just to steer me away from the bad stories) - I figure if I can jam in 3 back volumes in a year, that's pretty good headway...

This would probably be a 3.5, BTW. So,
Here (he said in his best Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman voice) are my top five Pick of the Pops from ‘The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 22’ –

At number five we have Scott Edelman’s ‘What Will Come After’. One of a number of zombie tales in this volume, but the one which comes closest to being actually touching. A slow and sombre tune for the broken hearted amongst you.

Straight into number four is Mark Morris’s ‘Fallen Boys’. An effective little ghost story set on a school trip to a Cornish mine. More te
Mike Kazmierczak
There are a few things you can count on when you read one of the Mammoth Books of Best New Horror. The first is some very solid writing; after all, the title of the book does promise it to you. The second is a nice summary of the year's events in horror; movie releases, new books, and anything else related to the genre. And the final is a necrology of people related to the genre who have passed that year; a fitting way to end the book. Volume 22, a summary for 2010, is no exception. Unlike previ ...more
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One of the stronger anthologies in this series. The stories explore different horror themes. I especially liked the stories by Cowdrey, Morris, Unsworth, Slatter, McDermott, Partridge and Campbell. This book leaves me looking forward to # 23 and hoping that the series continues for many years.
As always this anthology brings you what editor Stephen Jones thinks is the best new stories in the field of horror and dark fantasy. Having followed this series for a few years now, I find his predilection tends to be for atmospheric, disturbing and twisted little tales rather than for graphic violence and flashy monsters.

Also like every year there's a few stories I like and find disturbing, some I find entertaining but unremarkable and some that I don't like or that fail to impress me at all.
Susan Mann
I am a huge horror fan so this book was right up my street. My dad bought me my first Mammoth book when I was about 8 or 9, it was a Mammoth Book of Vampires and I have been hooked on these types of books ever since.

The Mammoth books are great because you get to read all the well known writers shorts stories as well as some new ones you probably wouldn't have come across. There is so much talent out there, these are a great way to showcase it. Nothing beats an Autumn night, the dark nights draw
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 22
Although I have read Jones’ other anthologies, this is my first time reading this Mammoth series. Jones begins with a 100 plus page introduction of Horror in 2010. I admit I read some of it, but it was really a laundry list of various facts of horror in all sorts of media. Anyway, I skipped onto the stories. There are 23 in total. I thought it was interesting to place the author’s thoughts on the story at the beginning. Then there’s the Necrology of another
As ever, a grab bag selection of the genre, which - the almost 200 pages of Introduction/Necrology material which I never read, notwithstanding - offers a great value summation of the year and a perfect introduction to new authors as well as old favourites from masters of the field.

The best stories, to my taste, were Albert Cowdrey's Fort Clay, Louisiana: A Tragical History, Brian Hodge's Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls, Thana Niveu's The Pier, Joe Lansdale's Christmas With the D
Like any anthology, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 22 is a mixed bag with about 50 per cent hits and 50 per cent misses. It's somewhat disappointing when a book with the word "best" in the title leaves you wondering what the editor - in this case the well-respected Stephen Jones - considers an engaging read but we all have different tastes.
Much like Jones, many of the writers included here come from across the pond which is nice as there are some who aren't widely known this side of the Atl

Really great collection of stories, there wasn't a single one which I outright disliked.
You can see that zombies are really popular at the moment, there weren't that many zombie stories in the older volumes as there were in this one.

My favorite stories:
"Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls" by Brian Hodge, which was a beautiful story about friendship between outsiders.
"Lavender and Lychgates" by Angela Slatter, a gothic ghost story, had a Diana Wynne Jones feel to it, but much dar
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The stories are hit and miss, with several of the stories in the middle of the book proving to be mediocre and anti-climatic. Several of the stories toward the end help save this anthology though, with their pervasive creepiness and excellent grasp of sensory language. It's worth reading if you can muddle through the less-impressive pieces of work, stories that I'm not sure belong in an anthology of BEST New Horror.
Titus Hjelm
These things are so big that by the time I've finished I can't remember the stories in the beginning. Anyway, some better than others, as always, and the year in horror overview is always entertaining--and ends with a hopeful note that the romantic vampire genre would die soon so that we can go reclaim the cool guys.
Simon Hedge
Stephen Jones clearly works to a VERY broad definition of 'horror'. That being said, all the stories in this book are at least good, and some of them where excellent.
Fun book of short horror Stories. I like the Stephen Jones line a lot.
Angie Cavenor

A few stories were excellent but on the whole unimpressed.
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