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Best New Horror 22

(The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #22)

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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series continues to be the world’s leading annual anthology dedicated solely to showcasing the best in contemporary horror fiction. The latest volume is comprised of more than 20 of the most outstanding new short stories and novellas by both contemporary masters of horror and exciting newcomers.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Running Press (first published October 1st 2011)
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Mir
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I got this in order to try Mark Valentine, who keeps getting recommended by friends whose taste I respect. "A Revelation of Cormorants" was finely crafted and certainly did not leave me unwilling to read more by this author.

Since I had the book already, I also read "Lavender and Lychgates" by Angela Slatter. I've only read a few of her stories prior but have been consistently impressed.

Caitlin Kiernan's offering, "Red as Red," I had already read in Haunted Legends. It is fine but
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Shawn
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it
And so, with this edition, my goals have changed somewhat - read the new edition every year while working my way backwards through the previous editions I haven't read yet (coin toss - whether or not I'll reread the ones I'd read before Goodreads existed, and so didn't review - I do have notes, but not enough to make a review out of, just to steer me away from the bad stories) - I figure if I can jam in 3 back volumes in a year, that's pretty good headway...

This would probably be a 3
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Clint
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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Mike Kazmierczak
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
There are a few things you can count on when you read one of the Mammoth Books of Best New Horror. The first is some very solid writing; after all, the title of the book does promise it to you. The second is a nice summary of the year's events in horror; movie releases, new books, and anything else related to the genre. And the final is a necrology of people related to the genre who have passed that year; a fitting way to end the book. Volume 22, a summary for 2010, is no exception. Unlike previ ...more
F.R.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here (he said in his best Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman voice) are my top five Pick of the Pops from ‘The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 22’ –

At number five we have Scott Edelman’s ‘What Will Come After’. One of a number of zombie tales in this volume, but the one which comes closest to being actually touching. A slow and sombre tune for the broken hearted amongst you.

Straight into number four is Mark Morris’s ‘Fallen Boys’. An effective little ghost story set on a school trip to
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Darlene Harris
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it
There are some good stories in here, but there are some down right boring ones too. I've been reading this series for a few years and will eventually post other reviews as well, but for now, here's my thoughts on this.
I guess one of my biggest issues as of late with the Mammoth series has been that the editor, Stephen Jones, seems to be picking stories solely based on people in his little circle than choosing great stories. Maybe it can soon be named The Mammoth book of My Best Friends New
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Michael Samerdyke
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the stronger anthologies in this series. The stories explore different horror themes. I especially liked the stories by Cowdrey, Morris, Unsworth, Slatter, McDermott, Partridge and Campbell. This book leaves me looking forward to # 23 and hoping that the series continues for many years.
Raimondo
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, horror, anthology
Here is another serving of quality horror fare, featuring stories written in 2010. The term "best" is of course subjective, but some of them do deserve to be classed as such.

I found some worthy recommendations from the understandably overlong Introduction. While helpful, it's a bit of a trying affair so I don't know if I'd have the fortitude to read those in subsequent volumes.

There are more misses here compared to the last one that I read, but I still liked it. I found the followin
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Justin
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, horror
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 22
Although I have read Jones’ other anthologies, this is my first time reading this Mammoth series. Jones begins with a 100 plus page introduction of Horror in 2010. I admit I read some of it, but it was really a laundry list of various facts of horror in all sorts of media. Anyway, I skipped onto the stories. There are 23 in total. I thought it was interesting to place the author’s thoughts on the story at the beginning. Then there’s the Necrology of another
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Kali Napier
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of these stories have really stayed with me. 'A Revelation of Cormorants', 'Fort Clay, Louisiana: A tragical history', 'Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls', 'With the Angels' offer a highly varied range of ways to terrify, to fill me with dread for what will surely, inevitably come. The collection contains stories set across the globe, though it felt uneven in offering very few stories from female horror writers. The best of these was 'Lavender and Lychgates' by Angela Slatter, ...more
Devon Eddy
This collection of short stories did not impress me.
Shelley
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of interesting and original stories in this collection. A few that were crappy and I skimmed. All in all, pretty good stories.
Suvi Tartia
I was a little disappointed with this collection of new horror. There were a couple of stories that were promising, but did not quite deliver. And there were few that did nothing.
Becky
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
All of the stories in this anthology were at least somewhat entertaining. I do have to admit though, that I wasn't really wowed by any of them. I didn't find anything in this particular edition that stood out or will be remembered for very long.
Susan Mann
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge horror fan so this book was right up my street. My dad bought me my first Mammoth book when I was about 8 or 9, it was a Mammoth Book of Vampires and I have been hooked on these types of books ever since.

The Mammoth books are great because you get to read all the well known writers shorts stories as well as some new ones you probably wouldn't have come across. There is so much talent out there, these are a great way to showcase it. Nothing beats an Autumn night, the dark nights draw
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Felix
As always this anthology brings you what editor Stephen Jones thinks is the best new stories in the field of horror and dark fantasy. Having followed this series for a few years now, I find his predilection tends to be for atmospheric, disturbing and twisted little tales rather than for graphic violence and flashy monsters.

Also like every year there's a few stories I like and find disturbing, some I find entertaining but unremarkable and some that I don't like or that fail to impress
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Hugo
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As ever, a grab bag selection of the genre, which - the almost 200 pages of Introduction/Necrology material which I never read, notwithstanding - offers a great value summation of the year and a perfect introduction to new authors as well as old favourites from masters of the field.

The best stories, to my taste, were Albert Cowdrey's Fort Clay, Louisiana: A Tragical History, Brian Hodge's Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls, Thana Niveu's The Pier, Joe Lansdale's Christma
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Sarah
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked this book a lot better if they hadn't decided to start it with every film and TV show created in the past year and to end it with every person who died in the industry this year, not just in horror but also porn and toys (the maker of the frisbee). In fact, the list of deaths cut into the beginning of a story so I didn't even get to read it. I think it might have been a problem with the kindle version of the book.

If it weren't for that to annoy me, I would have given it 3 sta
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Brice
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Like any anthology, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 22 is a mixed bag with about 50 per cent hits and 50 per cent misses. It's somewhat disappointing when a book with the word "best" in the title leaves you wondering what the editor - in this case the well-respected Stephen Jones - considers an engaging read but we all have different tastes.
Much like Jones, many of the writers included here come from across the pond which is nice as there are some who aren't widely known this side of t
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Teipu
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012, paperback


Really great collection of stories, there wasn't a single one which I outright disliked.
You can see that zombies are really popular at the moment, there weren't that many zombie stories in the older volumes as there were in this one.

My favorite stories:
"Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls" by Brian Hodge, which was a beautiful story about friendship between outsiders.
"Lavender and Lychgates" by Angela Slatter, a gothic ghost story, had a Diana Wynne Jones feel to it, but m
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Angela Maher
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, horror
This is an enjoyably varied selection of stories. Those readers only interested in the stories might be disappointed in the amount of the book that is dedicated to the introduction and other information at the back. The introduction alone is over 100 pages, but for someone interested in more than just reading some scary tales, it's a treasure trove. The stories are diverse in topic, style and length, and worth picking the book up for even if you're not interested in wading through the other sect ...more
Jessica
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
The stories are hit and miss, with several of the stories in the middle of the book proving to be mediocre and anti-climatic. Several of the stories toward the end help save this anthology though, with their pervasive creepiness and excellent grasp of sensory language. It's worth reading if you can muddle through the less-impressive pieces of work, stories that I'm not sure belong in an anthology of BEST New Horror.
Titus Hjelm
These things are so big that by the time I've finished I can't remember the stories in the beginning. Anyway, some better than others, as always, and the year in horror overview is always entertaining--and ends with a hopeful note that the romantic vampire genre would die soon so that we can go reclaim the cool guys.
Kaleen Drake
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a book with a lot of short horror stories compiled together. The stories were good but the issue I have is they were not really that scary. I understand that they are suppose to be short stories but they seemed a little to short and a bit confusing.
Simon Hedge
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Jones clearly works to a VERY broad definition of 'horror'. That being said, all the stories in this book are at least good, and some of them where excellent.
Angie Cavenor
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok


A few stories were excellent but on the whole unimpressed.
Erin Schable
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lots of really great stories, definitely worth the read.
Jess
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fun book of short horror Stories. I like the Stephen Jones line a lot.
विकास   नैनवाल
Some of the stories were good but the rest of them were okay. The good thing about this book was that almost all the authors in it were new to me. So, i'll definitely try other works by them.
Sherry
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great collection for horror lovers!
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