999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense (999: Twenty-nine Original Tales of Horror and Suspense)
Award-winning writer and editor Al Sarrantonio gathers together twenty-nine original stories from masters of the macabre. From dark fantasy and pure suspense to classic horror tales of vampires and zombies, 999 showcases the extraordinary scope of fantastical fright fiction. The stories in this anthology are a relentless tour de force of fear, which will haunt you, terrify...more
1) it promises to deliver some of the best original horror stories by authors at the pinnacle of their craft (including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Edward Lee and William Peter Blatty)
2) it received the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology
and 3) despite my commitment to finish this 700+ page anthology (and neglecting many other books while I persevered), it still took me too long to finish - ...more
There's some gore-fest, some psycological thrillers, some creature feature stories, but I'm sure everyone will find something they enjoy.
I found it hard to pick my favourite. 'Elsewhere' by William Peter Blatty (who wrote 'The Exorcist') is brillian ...more
I appreciate now, why horror-anthology readers were quick to give this book one or two star at best over at Amazon; it’s not what I’d call a “horror anthology” nor is there much in the way of suspense, but the marketing and the title itself suggests otherwise.
This book is more a ‘weird tales with interesting characters’.
I get it - the editor was obviously going for the same readers that made Hitchcock suspense anthologies so popular...but most of the stories ...more
Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue - Kim Newman
The Owl and the Pussycat - Thomas M. Disch
The Road Virus Heads North - Stephen King
Keepsakes and Treasures: A Love Story - Neil Gaiman
An Exaltation of Termagants - Eric Van Lustbader
Catfish Gal Blues - Nancy A. Collins
Rio Grande Gothic - David Morell
The Tree is My Hat - Gene W ...more
Now, Kim Newman’s ‘Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue' kicks things off nicely but for me 999 mostly staggers along from there. There are a ton of ...more
As a challenge to myself, I will be writing reviews of each of these stories. The notes are more for myself, but I hope that you find them of some benefit.
Amerikanski Dead At The Moscow Morgue
By Kim Newman
This short story is my introduction to the author Kim Newman and I'm not sure I was impressed with the s ...more
A few highlights:
Ramsey Campbell's "The Entertainment" is hands-down one of the scariest things I've ever read. It's a relentless assault that combines gross imagery, very real psychological and adult fears, and an ever-increasing sense of dread that just detonates.
Kim Newman's "Amerikanski De ...more
Here's what I really enjoyed: Kim Newman's "Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue" - an original tale of American zombies in Russia, plus Rasputin; Neil Gaiman's "Keepsakes & Treasures: A Love Story" - I had already read this in Fragile Things - it's a tale of a man seeking love and the henchma ...more
It just takes a lot away from the stories, for me.
However, that being said...some of the stories so far haven't real ...more
Impressive collection! I'm quite fond of short stories and I'm a recovering horror addict. I cut my teeth on the stuff. The very first book I ever bought was The Shining... I was 8. I found it at a library closeout sale for a dime. That was the start of something wonderfully awful. But as I got older I lost my passion for the genre, or maybe I wasn't reading the right stuff, but either way, horror and I parted ways. But I had heard good things about this collection so I gave it a shot. There is ...more
I started to feel uneasy when reading the introduction, which touts "literary horror." I'm not a big fan of literary fiction, primarily because it's usually hard to understand (or at least I find it hard to understand). Many of the stories in this volume, too many, fall into this category. Too many are not scary, and even worse, don't even try to be scary.
There are bright s ...more
This anthology aims to demonstrate that horror and suspense are legitimate forms of literature. As an avid supporter of this concept I am not really qualified to judge this objectively, so I will leave the artistic debate to others.
As to the short stories (an occasional novella) contained within, I would suggest everyone open the book at random; the tale you find will certainly make you feel the touch of the unknown.
Alternatively, if someone recommended an a ...more
As with any collections of stories, you get a mixed bag. There’s one from Steven King (which I swear I’ve read before). Most of them are just okay, and there are a couple that are decent. My favorite was the one about the “Goat Man”.
Not a bad time waster. ...more
Maybe it's due to the fact that I don't read much horror or suspense, but I wanted to at least try and branch out a little. Now ...more
Wikipedia entry: Al Sarrantonio