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A selection of some of the finest horror writers of today were invited by Matt Shaw to bring him their twisted tales for this anthology. A book put together with the sole purpose of reminding readers what the horror genre is really about. Each author was told they could write about any subject matter they wanted so long as it was set in a world of horror. The only rule the ...more
Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published November 12th 2017 by Matt Shaw
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Mylene
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous short story collection

I have to say that I read a lot... and I read a great deal of short story collections. For a change, we have a collection of some awesome horror stories in various genres. What a total amazing surprise! Usually with a collection like this, you get some greats and a bunch of crap. It was incredibly hard for me to write down my favorites because there were so many. Before I present my list of must reads, I have a comment about the stories I did not include. They were
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Alan
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A better anthology than many these days, although the majority of the better stories were from the more veteran and well-known authors. Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Shaun Hutson, Amy Cross and Wrath James White definitely stood out among the rest, and I only found three or four tales that were so bad or uninteresting I didin't finish them. ...more
Ruth
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awesome anthology

Great story telling from some of the greatest horror authors. I enjoyed reading and discovering authors I have never heard and will most definitely read more by them, so thanks my to-be-read has grown indeed.
Robin  Corbin
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A MUST-HAVE!

With horror anthologies almost a dime a dozen anymore, and most not even REAL horror, it's difficult weed out the impersonators. Look no further! Matt Shaw's new anthology will keep you awake long after putting it down! It's sneaky, brutal, subtle, visceral, gruesome and in-your-face....and more! This is horror the way it's supposed to be....almost unreadable and totally cringe-worthy! Rarely do I ever have to stop and breathe and look away from the page (like peeking at a movie from
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Joanne
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's usually difficult to review anthologies because some of the stories are great and others--not so great.

That isn't the case in this book. Sure, I liked some stories more than others, but all of them were well-written and accomplished the goal of inducing horror. Horror can come from the most surreal circumstances to the most mundane. You'll find those and everything in between in this compilation.

I think one of the stories, Survival, by Sam West, really defines horror. It is something--anyth
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Essjaykay
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book took me right back to being a youngster in the seventies and eighties, and discovering horror books. The thrill of spending a winters afternoon reading Ghost Story, anything by SK, HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. God, I nearly forgot. Ramsey Campbell! Anthologies edited by Kirby McCauley! I've still got my copy of Dark Forces!

Masters of Horror was a great read with some excellent stories. I can't tell you how much I despise that romantic-supernatural-fantasy crap that dominates the s
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Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it

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Masters of Horror: A Horror anthology
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Masters of Horror A selection of some of the finest horror writers of today were invited by Matt Shaw to bring him their twisted tales for this anthology. A book put together with the sole purpose of reminding readers what the horror genre is really about. Each author was told they could write about any subject matter they wanted so long as it was set in a world of horror. The only rule they had: N
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Nick
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Great Selection of Horror Stories

As with all anthologies, some stories are better than others. But every story in this anthology belongs, and certainly every author included has earned the right to be represented here. Even the stories I considered to be "lesser" were better than you'll find in other collections. I highly recommend this book!

WARNING!: while there is a wide variety of Horror contained in this anthology, some of the stories are of the Extreme Horror variety, and may offend deli
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adele walton
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Some good, some bad

Whilst there are good short stories in this collection there are also some that negate the appeal as a whole. I found one was particularly hard to enjoy due to multiple spelling and grammatical errors and a couple others seemed to just give up halfway through - that's not to say there aren't some hidden gems in here, there were some that were very well written and I will be looking at those authors other works in the near future. For the price, I'd say it's worth it if only to
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Kelly
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, anthologies
While most of the stories are in the middle (2-3 stars), there are a few standout 5-star stories (one of them is by Ryan Harding, who isn't even on the list of authors above), and a handful of stories that make me wonder how they ended up in a collection with the word "masters" in the title. Your mileage may vary. ...more
Cher riley
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matt Shaw rules!

I love this book and you are very good at what you do! Never stop! I agree with your assessment of what horror is supposed to be, and please don't forget that ever. Keep it up! Thank you.
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Torie Cobern
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good

I really enjoyed quite a few of the stories in here, why do I have to write 9 more words, that's daft.
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Trish  Franks
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All the stories were great. Loved them all!! Great boom
Vi
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
As all anothologies go...

Some great. Some not so great. All of it very subjective based on your own peccadillos when it comes to the horror genre.
Craig Detheridge
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This collection is a bit of a mixed bag.
Some of the stories are reasonably good, others are pretty lame. I suppose this must be expected with anthologies.
What marks the collection down is the fact that it is littered with spelling mistakes, incorrect word usage and even words missing entirely.
Father Longlegs
So this book is kind of like when you’re scratching a CashWord and you start off with like an A and an E but then you get like Z and Y and X and you know you’re fucked and kind of just give up and grimace as you are forced to scratch the rest. It started off well but then turned into GOD THIS IS SO HARD TO FINISH WHYYYYYY
Riann
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What crazy ride it was reading this horror anthology! So many different types of horror pulled me in many different directions. From the fast paced to the slow paced and everything in between. I enjoyed the stories in this anthology for the most part although there were some I enjoyed less than others. I would definitely read another horror anthology edited by Matt Shaw!
Joan
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The title says it all, what an amazing collection of horror shorts by some of the biggest names in horror. This book is a definite must read for all fans of horror.
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MATT SHAW was born, quite by accident (his mother tripped, he shot out) September 30th 1980 in Winchester hospital where he was immediately placed on the baby ward and EBay. Some twelve years later (wandering the corridors of the hospital and playing with road kill when he was on day release), the listing closed and he remained unsold, he was booted out of the hospital to start his life a
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