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The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  522 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A stunning collection of original, terrifying fiction from a unique cast of master storytellers. Available in deluxe hardcover edition, paperback, and eBook.
Jason Blum invited an impressive group of authors, filmmakers, and screenwriters to envision a city of their choosing . . . and to let their demons run wild.
     Taken together, the provocative stories in The Blumhou
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Doubleday
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Horace Derwent
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being frank and honest, this is the first collection of a book that I've ever finished reading in my life :)

What I can guarantee you is that none of the authors in this omnibus of horror is mediocre and Jason Blum really has a pair of bright eyes. Each story is so very special and unique.

The chapter of "Donation" really kicks asses, no, kicks streets! Best of the short stories I've read in recent years. I was stunned, felt resonating as well.

And Ethan Hawke's 1987 is just my kinda bird and egg!
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
What is the trickiest genre to find something you like in? Horror. What is the biggest gamble you can take on a shiny bookstore purchase? A short story anthology.

Who rolled the dice on both counts and lost? THIS GUY!

Blumhouse, in case the name doesn't ring a bell, is a horror film producer and they've made movies over the last decade or so that you've at least heard of and probably seen: Paranormal Activity, Get Out, the new Halloween. Also, weirdly, the excellent HBO production of The Normal H
Frank Errington
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City, edited by Jason Blum, is a stunning anthology from some of the biggest names in horror film and literature.

First a bit about the editor. Jason Blum has worked as an executive producer for Bob and Harvey Weinstein, in 2000, he founded Blumhouse Productions, which specializes in micro-budget movies. For example, Paranormal Activity which was produced for $15,000 and has earned nearly $200 million. Blum also produced Insidious, Sinister
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As a devout fan of horror movies, I was thrilled to explore new fiction from some of the best writers in the business. Combining the talents of several notable authors, screenwriters, and filmmakers, including Ethan Hawke, Eli Roth and many others, Jason Blum has shared with us a new work that has NO limits when it comes to scaring. Unlike the many classic horror stories centered on a desolate cabin deep in the woods, these stories take place amidst the backdrop of major cities. This book brings ...more
Have I really had this since the summer? Man, I'm so behind on Netgalley/Edelweiss titles.

Read so far:

"Hellhole" by Christopher Denham. 2.5 stars.

"Valdivia" by Eli Roth. 2 stars.

"Golden Hour" by Jeremy Slater, 3 stars.

"A Clean White Room" by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. 4 stars. This was the first one I thought was strong all the way through to the end.

"The Leap" by Dana Stevens. 4 stars. This is my favorite one so far. Loved it. Excellently ominous ending. But who is Dana Stevens?

Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City - edited by Jason Blum is an anthology of horror and suspense short stories from a collection of writers, directors and actors. The collection has one central theme, that is the setting be in a city. What follows is grouping of macabre and visceral tales of demon possession, monsters and the very dark side of humanity.

What is great about an anthology is the same thing that too often will doom it when you have contributions from a variety of aut
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: Nightmare City is a collection of short stories put together by Jason Blum owner of Blumhouse Films and producer of many horror films. Much like the movies he produces, these stories are either really good or really bad. Contributers include the likes of Eli Roth and Ethan Hawke.

Roth's contribution about a famous Nazi Refuge commune in South America is actually really good although very reminiscent of films like Hostel. It's a different kind of horror and I was
Diana Iozzia
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares”
Presented by Jason Blum
A Collection of Short Stories
Review written by Diana Iozzia

Where on Earth to begin? In shopping in the book section of the ever-brilliant Dollar Tree, I found “The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares”. I have been a fan of films created and produced by the Blumhouse production company in the past. My favorites include: “Sinister”, “Paranormal Activity”, and my favorite horror film to date, “Get Out”. I opened up this book and found that the book
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Alex Dolan
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every October, I'm driven to find a spooky book that I can curl up with, until Halloween is over and I start thinking about turkey. This is that book. Working around the concept of horror set in a city, The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares it a brilliant selection of horror stories from novelists, screenwriters and actors. How does Eli Roth sound in prose? Find out (quite good). The writing is intelligent and well crafted, and not only was I entertained, but I discovered a few new writers that I wan ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads . I enjoyed reading this book .I will be looking for more books from the author in the future , Great book !!
Sep 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
These weren't scary stories. Some were weird; most were just a disgusting jumble of nonsense that made absolutely no sense
3/5 Stars

Jason Blum has created an anthology of horror short stories to add to his ever-growing monopoly on the horror genre. Typically only specializing in films, it seems that for this compendium, Blum reached out to his film industry buddies and paid them a lot of money (maybe) to write short horror fiction. While some of the stories are wholly original and engrossing to read, the rest are poorly executed screenplays that do not translate well into short story form.

I think the fatal flaw in
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is an anthology of horror stories written by screenwriters and actors from Hollywood. They were given a prompt and total creative freedom in their stories. I read all of them and honestly, I can't say this was a great set of stories. None of them were particular scary. None of them really stood out, except maybe the second one, Valdivia. That was one kind of disturbing. There were a few that made no sense to me and were more like a stream of consciousness or a movie pitch idea. Even Ethan H ...more
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Buddy read with Brad! ♥
Emely Guzman
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book if my favorite book yet. I liked how they were stories instead of a story by itself. The details the authors wrote made me suspenseful. The stories were actually scary,not like other books that claim to be about terror and horror but aren't at all scary. I couldn't predict what would happen in the stories,except the first one. The first story could have had better climax and settings.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Do you enjoy ghost, demon, and gore-lit? If yes, then you'll enjoy this collection of stories ranging from psychological horror to down and dirty violent bloodletting. I feel this anthology does a nice job at covering the various bases in this subgenre, and for those of you interested in such reading material, I think you'll enjoy the reading experience.

Table of Contents:
"Hellhole" by Christopher Denham
"Valdivia" by Eli Roth
"Golden Hour" by Jeremy Slater
"A Clean White Room" by Scott Derrickson a
Brenda A
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jason Blum! You are the baddest badass there is right now in the realm of horror. Thanks to you we have a whole new generation of fantastic horror movies, something I am particularly excited about. These are damn good movies, and even your "mediocre" choices aren't as bad as some previous ones.

So when I found out you were going to be at Comic Con this year doing a signing for this, a book of short horror stories....needless to say I jumped at the chance. I made sure I was one of the first peopl
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I am having a difficult time deciding how I feel about this book. I decided to read this after reading “Haunting Of Hillhouse” which is pure horror written in the most beautiful way. Blumhouse is the first I have read of its kind, so I had a difficult time getting used to the short story feel of it. There are some particular stories in this book that I absolutely loved and would 100% recommend, others were so-so, and others were simply terrible and not worth my time. I would not stay any of thes ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
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Dawson Joyce
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seeing as this is a collection of short stories by over a dozen contributing authors, it goes without saying that some of the segments in The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City are better than others, sometimes by a little and others by quite a lot. But for the most part, this is a really chilling and well-put together anthology of genuinely suspenseful and twisted horror tales that are uniquely crafted and engrossing to read. Not every story works as well as it could've and should'v ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I didn’t finish it. The first story was awful, predictable, unoriginal, and just plain ridiculously unrealistic and written. The second story (which was by Eli Roth) was just like his films. An idea he thinks is original, but one with potential still, and then just way under-explained and pretentious. The third story begins with a stolen idea, and then drifts into other ideas that seem way too familiar....and then just goes all over the place as if it’s a novel and not a short story.

Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: all-books-owned
I had to give this a 3 star rating because I had such high hopes for it. The first story starts off really creepy, and then after that it kind of goes downhill. I did enjoy a few in between and the 3 at the end, but I still found myself in most cases saying “this is not horror.” I felt that the stories I really enjoyed were to short, and the bad ones lasted forever! The last couple of stories are what redeemed this book from a 2 star rating! Overall, it was okay.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
2.5/5. I rarely finish or enjoy anthologies but when I saw this was curated by Jason Blum I had to pick it up. There are some absolute gems in this anthology: Golden Hour, A Clean White Room and The Leap are all phenomenal. Unfortunately the rest really stands sub-par for my taste. 14/17 were ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ stories. Recommended for the 3 i listed but otherwise not my jam.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can't believe I scored this at the dollar store, because this book is fantastic! If you are a horror fan (or a fan of CREEPY STUFF) this is the book for you. I love short story anthologies anyway, but this is a supremely good one. Each story is unique and well written. Probably not the best to read before bed (but I enjoy playing with fire).
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
It was okay. Not the scariest things I've read but some of them caught me off guard and some were good. After a while the stories started having a similar theme/mind set so it felt a bit repetitive.

Then I got to Meat Maker, which was just awful. It was gore for the sake of gore and made little sense. I didn't even finish that particular story. It was just unnecessary.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Some really excellent, twisted, creative stories in this collection! I wanted to give it four stars but too many of the stories fall in to the “torture porn” category - the most gory descriptions for little necessity.
Best stories: “Eyes” by George Gallo, “The Darkish Man” by Nissar Modi, and “Novel Fifteen” by Steve Faber (which could have been a novella all in itself)
Tracy St Claire
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A couple of these stories held my interest and made me really think. A few were shockingly bad, or over the top offensive even to me. I consider myself open-minded and worldly, but a couple really didn’t need to go there.
Thomas Cuda
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A collection of horror stories ranging from incredibly interesting to grotesque for no real reason. Some tales will stick with you and make you think, others will make you wonder why you’re still reading. As a collective work there is more good than bad to be found here, it’s worth a read.
Taryn D.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want to be scared, you should really read this book.
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