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The New Black

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  45 reviews
"THE NEW BLACK ought to be the New High Standard for dark fiction anthologies. It's loaded with intelligence and talent. Every one of the pieces in this extraordinary compilation is worthy of your full attention."—Jack Ketchum, The Girl Next Door

"THE NEW BLACK is a great collection of incredibly unique fiction. I honestly liked every story in here, and I usually don’t say
Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Dark House Press (first published April 21st 2014)
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Paula Cappa
What is the best way to read an anthology of short stories? Sometimes I can gobble up three or four stories in one sitting and enjoy the varieties of this and that, put it on the shelf and go back days or weeks later to select again. The New Black, however, is not that kind of anthology. I lived with this book close at hand (on my Kindle) for weeks and read one story a day (a couple of days I read two), which I looked forward to each day. Because the stories are so rich with themes of loneliness ...more
disclaimer – i received an e-galley of this book from editor richard thomas in exchange for an honest review.

i’m a complete anthology addict and the new black has only contributed to my addiction. this collection of twenty stories is described as “neo-noir” and, while i honestly don’t know what that genre classification means, i can tell you that these are fantastic stories. the best thing about this particular collection is its introduction of authors i had never read before but definitely plan
The new black is a collection of 20 short stories by some great authors of the horror genre that take the genre to the edge. These authors were all new to me and I hadn't previously read any of their work. The new black has a forward by Laird Barron, he gives a well thought-out explanation of the old black and the new black and where the edges of the genre are. This collection starts with Stephen Graham Jones writing a deep and powerful story of a boy and his father and their fight for survival. ...more
Curbside Splendor
Ok, so, we're calling it. This is going to be one of the best anthologies published in 2014.
Leah Rhyne
I've had an advance copy on my Kindle for a while now, and it's....amazing. So good. Chock full of writers I admire, some of whom I'm lucky enough to know. The stories all fall under the loose category of "neo noir," or, "new black." They're dark. They're heady. They're they kind of stories that will reach inside, yank out your heart like Mola-Ram, and then they'll stomp all over it.

They're that good.

Noir heavyweights like Stephen Graham Jones and Craig Clevenger grace the pages of The New Bla
Rebecca Lloyd
Richard Thomas has compiled and edited a remarkable collection of stories in his anthology The New Black: A Neo-Noir Anthology. I’d long despaired of finding literary writing and good ideas in contemporary ‘horror’ after Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes written in 1962. Instead, I’ve felt that from then until now the reading public have for the most part been swamped in cliché characters and ill-thought out storylines. If there have been a few good writers of dark stories over this ...more
Eryk Pruitt
Raise high the hems of your dress skirts, ladies. You're about to step in it.

I must confess: I've been waiting for this anthology to be published for a long time. Any opportunity to get Craig Clevenger, Nik Korpon, Brian Evenson, Stephen Graham Jones (to name a few) inside one book... whoa. My chief concern was anything getting this much anticipation has got to be a letdown.


From the opening pages, readers find out just what they are in for. "Father Son Holy Rabbit" by Stephen Graham Jones i
Bill Hsu
This is one of the most consistently interesting and rewarding collections of dark fiction/horror/whatever that I've come across. My only complaint is quite a few of what I considered the stronger stories have recently appeared in collections elsewhere. Didn't mind rereading the Evenson, Minor, Stephen Graham Jones, etc though. (I'm generally very negative about multi-author anthologies; this is a notable exception.)
I received this book as a part of the goodreads first reads program.

Wow, this collection of stories was amazing. Right off the bat the collection kicks off with a chilling story that gave me goosebumps and I still think about and shudder every once and a while. From there, things just kept getting better. Every story creates its own creepy world that sucks you in and twists and turns until you're left stunned.

My particular favorites were the selection from Roxane Gay and the story "Dollhouse."
Nov 19, 2014 Josh rated it 5 of 5 stars
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What is The New Black? It’s not only the name of the book, but also a genre in itself. New Black, or neo-noir, is ostensibly what noir literature has evolved into over many years and many stories. I say ostensibly because after Laird Barron’s foreword and Richard Thomas’ introduction, the definition, if there can be one, remains nebulous. As Barron points out, “…neo-noir simply means dark fiction, and even within that niche, there’s a hell of a lot of territory to cover.” You’ll find horror betw ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

What stands out immediately about this outstanding collection of dark fiction, is the contributor list. Suspense fans will see many familiar faces, but so will fans of dark fantasy. I don’t know how you read short story anthologies, but I happened to read this one in order, and I can tell you, it worked.

Stephen Graham Jones is well known for his work in horror, and puts his talent to fine use in “Father, Son, Holy Rabbit”. If you’re a parent, this story of
Received an email telling me I won a copy of this book to review back on 14 Mar 2014 but still nothing. I really would like to read this, if it ever finds its way into my library, home or public.

Well it took several weeks to receive my copy but it finally arrived, and as soon as I finished book I was reading at the time, I dove in. I have to say that this book surprised me with some hits and some misses. Most of these authors were not afraid to push boundaries and take that extra step as close t
Whether you're coming to this book from the horror side or the literary fiction side, this is a great place to end up. There's some amazing writers and writing in this volume. Tremblay's "It's Against the Law to Feed the Ducks" is a personal favorite, but there wasn't a one I didn't get into. Call it what you want or don't bother calling it anything at all and just read. It's good.
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This is an anthology of what the editor defines as “neo-noir.” I made the mistake when I started of both thinking that it was going to be the Raymond Chandler-type noir and, after reading the introduction, of thinking the stories were horror. I was wrong on both assumptions. This collection doesn’t have a single detective standing outside in the rain thinking about a broad that was more trouble than she is worth. What it does have, however, is a collection of stories that are all dark, and are a ...more
John Dennehy
The New Black drew me in quickly and held my interest from cover to cover. Although I often read a few books at a time, mixing them up, I kept reaching for it.

This is a boundary breaking anthology that hopefully gets the attention that it deserves- a book with the appeal of genre fiction, but the quality writing of literary fiction. Thomas shows us that literary writing style can compel a story along. The New Black also demonstrates some of the range possible with neo noir. The New Black reflec
At least two of these stories have scarred me for life. The writing is tremendous and the noir is very much so.
Emma Brown
Awesome! Richard Thomas knows how to put together an anthology.
Rich D.
Review copy provided by editor in exchange for an honest review

The New Black is an anthology of 20 neo-noir stories edited by author Richard Thomas, who is the editor for Dark House Press and a columnist for Litreactor. I will be totally honest and admit that prior to reading Laird Barron's stellar foreword "Eye of The Raven", I had no idea what the neo-noir genre was all about. I had a general idea, but I didn't have any prior experience with this genre of literature. After reading Barron's for
Gordon White
I got a pre-release copy via the giveaway here on Goodread and I'm glad I did.

First off, the design and production values are fantastic. The red, black and yellow cover layout is quite handsome, but still eerie and borderline confrontational. I can't put my finger on it, but that font is just tops.

Inside the book is no different. Each story is bookended by a title page with appropriately minimalist illustration at the front and a grey page with brief author bio at the back. Authors' names are
Matt Garcia
Simply put: an amazing collection of dark "neo-noir" literature. Among my favorites are "Father, Son, Holy Rabbit" by Stephen Graham Jones which shows the lengths a father will go for his son under the gravest of circumstances, and "It's Against The Law To Feed The Ducks" by Paul Tremblay which draws the reader in to care about this family, this little boy, while the world comes apart around them. Every story is great. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys dark fiction.
David Bridges
This is a great anthology. Solid all the way through. I went into it having already read Kyle Minor and Brian Evenson's stories (which are both excellent stories by the way). So with the exception of those two my top give favorites in the book are by: Benjamin Percy, Nik Korpon, Matt Bell, Richard Lange, and Craig Davidson. If you don't know what neo noir is or you do and want to learn more about it, I would definitely recommend this anthology as one of the strongest resources available.
Chase Dearinger
Richard Thomas has put together one of the best anthologies I've read in a while. I found work by some of my favorite authors of dark and genre-tempered fiction--Stephen Graham Jones, Roxane Gay, Kyle Minor, Benjamin Percy, and Brian Evenson--as well as a bevy of authors I'm now embarrassed not to have read and whose books I've already got stacked on the column of to-read books growing by my desk. This is a must-read anthology for anyone interested in the melding of genre and literary fiction.
Dino Parenti
(Original review appears in Pantheon Magazine at

The concept of noir, the French word for “black,” has existed in contextual form since the advent of the written word. From the bleak, apocalyptic warnings of The Old Testament, to the cannon of Shakespeare, to its eventual codifying as genre by American and British authors starting in the 19th century, most notably with Doyle and Poe, writers have sought to popularize and render irresistible all the dark,
H.L. Nelson
I'm pretty sure I've never read an anthology that I enjoyed so much from cover to cover. Until I finished The New Black today. Simply stunning. Every single story is a gem, and so resonant. Big kudos to Richard Thomas for putting this together, and for all the amazing writers who contributed.
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Dan J Fiore
From now on, when friends ask me what writers I'm into these days, I'll just hand them this book.
Johann Thorsson
I read a lot of genre anthologies but so far this year, The New Black is the standout. I was thrown off at first because of two things; my idea of “noir”, which all these stories are supposed to be, is different from that of Richard Thomas, the editor of The New Black. Also, the way Laird Barron describes the book in the intro made me think I was about to read a horror anthology;

“Horror and noir are as mercurial as vast oil slicks upon the ocean – solid, primitive objects that nonetheless flow a
Review based on ARC. Yes, I know I'm really killing the "advance" part of things. Good news though, this anthology isn't exceptionally wedded to one setting, so there.

What is the new noir? Thomas addresses this question in his spoiler-free foreword, and after reading the anthology I can see how Thomas applied his views in the selected pieces here. There are a lot of pieces I'd generally think of as being different genres, ranging from a father and son out in the woods to a reminiscing boxer, to
Jeffrey Pfaller
The New Black (Dark House Press) is a shot of dark in the light, a strong anthology with razor sharp teeth. Most of the stories look into an abyss (not the Lovecraftian abyss, but the personal fissures and pits of despair we all find ourselves transfixed by on the worst of our days. For lovers of horror, crime, noir and the “dark” genres – you should put this book on your reading list.

Here’s a description of the collection from the publisher: The New Black is a collection of twenty neo-noir stor
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Richard Thomas is the author of five books—Disintegration (Random House Alibi), Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications), and two short story collections, Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press) and Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press), as well as one novella of Four Corners (Dzanc Books). With over 100 stories published, his credits include Cemetery Dance, PANK, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwes ...more
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