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Best New Horror 15 (The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #15)

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An annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction.
Published November 1st 2004 by Constable & Robinson (first published October 15th 2004)
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This volume includes 25 stories sandwiched between a lengthy introduction and necrology that I tend to skip.

“Fear the Dead” by Ramsey Campbell
A boy tries to cope with his grandmother’s death. It was alright, but again I expected more from Campbell. 3/5

“The Hanged Man of Oz” by Steve Nagy
I read this in Datlow’s anthology The Cutting Room. A behind the scenes look at The Wizard of Oz concerning a hanged man and haunting dreams. Although I’m not familiar with the movie, I enjoyed the originality of
Kevin Lucia
It only took me a long time to read this because I got bogged down with Real Life stuff. Anyway, this was an excellent collection of stories, a contemporary counterpart to the Year's Best Horror under Karl Edward Wagner's run. And the bulk of the stories were quiet, atmospheric, and character driven. Definitely worth the while.
Another long one - these are big books - but not as long as usual.

And so, with this volume, I achieved my goal of reading (or re-reading) and reviewing 3 previous volumes of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR before reading the newest installment recently released. This approach, designed to retroactively shore up my reviews of the series while also allowing myself ample opportunity to sample at least one expert's opinion on the best crop of recent fiction in the genre (with an eye towards pluc
Chrystal Hays
Very nice collection with only a few stories that had low impact. "The White Hands" by Mark Samuels has a classic feel to it. Could have been written any time in the last 200 years and stood on its own.

"Bitter Grounds" by Neil Gaiman also very good. One would like for it to go on and on...

"Dancing Men" by Glen Hirschberg brings a rarely discussed incident from history into sharp focus. This would make it great reading for senior high school, but fussy parents would no doubt object to the horri
Alex Goiran
Yet another fine collection from The Mammoth Book. As a horror fan, it is hard to find well-written horror that is truly scary. Of course, there are the classics such as The Exorcist and Ghost Story. But in pinch, these stories can satiate a hunger for horror.
VERY good. This is definitely my favorite series of short-story collections, and this one in particular is great. "Hunger: A Confession" is hands-down one of the best horror stories I've ever read. "Kissing Carrion" and "The White Hands" are also great.
Sep 01, 2007 Pam rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horror fans
You won't like every story in every anthology, but nobody picks them better than Stephen Jones, except maybe Ellen Datlow in her Year's Best Fantasy and Horror collections. These books are a bargain, and the cover art alone is usually worth the price.
There were some VERY strange stories in here, this time. Some kept me up at night, and some just gave me body chills (The bone machine). There were a couple good ghost stories that Im a sucker for. All in all a good quick read.
I do not scare easily. In fact, it is very hard to scare me, but the short story "The Goat Cutter" in this anthology did it. Worth reading for that story alone...simply an amazing short story.
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“But I can't help thinking about the graves I saw on this summer's trip, and the millions of people in them, and the millions more without graves. The ones who are smoke.

And I find that I can feel it, at last. Or that I've always felt it, without knowing what it was: the Holocaust, roaring down the generations like a wave of radiation, eradicating, in everyone it touches, the ability to trust people, experience joy; fall in love, believe in love when you see it in others.

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“I believe,' Muswell once said, 'that mental isolation is the essence of weird fiction. Isolation when confronted with disease, with madness, with horror and with death. These are the reverberations of the infinity that torments us.

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