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Best New Horror 18 (The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #18)

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Here is the latest edition of the world's premier annual showcase of horror and dark, fantasy fiction, from a series that has won the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and the International Horror Guild Award. It features some of the very best short stories and novellas by today's masters of the macabre — including Neil Gaiman, Glen Hirshberg, Tanith Lee, Ramsey ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 8th 2007 by Running Press (first published 2007)
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mark monday
Oct 27, 2014 mark monday rated it liked it
Recommended to mark by: Shawn
Shelves: horrortime
this elephantine collection of short horror fiction from 2006 & 2007 has a lot that is mediocre but a good number of excellent pieces as well. the book includes a chapter on horror-related media in 2006 as well as a "necrology" of those that departed that year. not sure about the rationale for including the latter, but it was interesting to skim through.

anyway, I'm going to ignore the dross and focus on the metal.

3 stars

"The Saffron Gatherers" by Elizabeth Hand is a gorgeous little mood piec
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Shawn
Oct 21, 2015 Shawn rated it liked it
Yet another MAMMOTH BOOK OF... read. I must say, I've become a bit burnt out on modern horror writing at the moment, which is tough because it's...well, not my bread and butter, exactly, but specific to some labors of love I indulge in. But reading an endless slew of submissions, and at least partially reading this volume with an eye towards possible purchases, I'm definitely...burnt. Best to recharge the batteries with the old and the different.

Reading this particular volume, I actually found m
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Clint
Dec 15, 2011 Clint rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
This just about got 2 stars, but a few of the stories, especially the last one by Kim Newman, which feels like it took up a quarter of the book, were great. But this is overall the worst of the Mammoth Books of Best New Horror I've read, 3 or 4 so far. I'll tell you right now what's wrong with this, and a lot of horror in general. The writers are too fucking serious!!! I'm so tired of reading horror stories that try to be literary, it drives me up the wall! There were some stories in here, like ...more
Henrik Andersson
Jul 25, 2011 Henrik Andersson rated it it was ok
Finally finished this book and the vast majority of it is absolute rubbish. The stories read more like writing exercises than anything else, some far too long and most too busy with prose or being ""proper literature"" to focus on a good story. They're far from scary, they are hopelessly predictable and based on old ideas, and you mostly find yourself waiting for them to get to the point, or conclusion.

A very small number of stories do stand out though, Mark Samuel's ""Sentinels"" for example wh
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Jess
May 06, 2009 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: horror-stuff
I've read most of the stories in this collection, and, having read most of the other collections in the series, I have to say it's not one of the best. It's also not bad, per se. To focus on the positive, however, I'll just hit the highlights, which include "Sob in the Silence" and "What Nature Abhors." The latter is truly eerie, while the former offers a revenge-by-default plotline. "Making Cabinets," a brief portrait of a serial killer's significant other after the fact, is also haunting in ...more
Greg Kerestan
Jan 25, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it it was amazing
This is a very solid Best New Horror, and even if it weren't, I would give high points for containing not just one of Kim Newman's Richard Jeperson stories, but a full novella! "The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train" is a fantastic Jeperson entry, and I suspect Moffat and Company have ripped off the Diogenes Club series more than once for New Who adventures. Plus, "Houses Under the Sea," "They" and "Making Cabinets" round out the collection's back end to provide the requisite head-scratchers and ...more
Donald
Apr 24, 2008 Donald rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008, shorts
From the endless, intensifying 'Summer' of Al Sarrantonio's imagination to Kim Newman's final 'The Man Who Got Off The Ghost Train', these are very good examples of finding horror in the damnedest places and everywhere else. These are all stories that appeared elsewhere and are reprinted here as an assembly of the best.

The Mammoth Book series starts off with a lengthy introduction that sums up the genre for the year, and ends with a necrology. Great history.
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