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Double Whammy by Robert Bloch
The Sister City by Brian Lumley
When Morning Comes by Elizabeth Fancett
Prey by Richard Matheson
Winter by Kit Reed
Lucifer by E.C. Tubb
I Wonder What He Wanted by Eddy C. Bertin
Problem Child by Peter Oldale
The Scar by Ramsey Campbell
Warp by Ralph Norton
The Hate by Terri E. Pinckard
A Quiet Game by Celia Fremlin
After Nightfall by David Riley
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Published June 1st 1972 by New American Library (first published 1971)
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So, as I wait on inter-library loan to scratch my lit itch with Diane Williams' Excitability I figured I'd fire the first salvo in getting the YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES anthology series reviewed - sadly, I read all of these in the long-lived series (save a sparse few) before GOODREADS existed and so have no formal reviews - but, as always, I have my notes to guide me (it's worth saying I did not read these "as they came out", but scattershot - over the years - as I acquired them).

And my notes t
First published in 1971, the stories in this anthology seem a little dated. Two stories in particular seem to typify this datedness: "When Morning Comes" by Elizabeth Fancett and "The Hate" by Terri E. Pinckard. In the former story, it is the subject matter, abortion, that dates the story, and the tone of the story comes off as a bit of axe-grinding. In "The Hate," a manifestation of hatred terrorizes a woman, but when the source of the hatred was revealed, I felt let down. The source of hatred ...more
Averages out to 3.35 stars, and I feel like that's probably accurate for my feelings on this anthology of horror stories. Like most short story compilations, it's a bit of a mixed bag thought mostly worthwhile. An entertaining read appropriate for Halloween-time.

Double Whammy by Robert Bloch: 3/5
Don't mess with gypsies.

The Sister City by Brian Lumley: 3/5
Ah, Lovecraftian horror. A pleasant surprise, but semi-disappointing ending. I think my ideal ending would be (view spoiler)
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Richard Davis is an Australian author who writes in two genres:
* biographies of opera singers and classical musicians, and also
* popular ghost stories.

His full name is Richard Michael Davis.

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