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From the Borderlands: Stories of Terror and Madness

(Borderlands #5)

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Editors Elizabeth E. and Thomas F. Monteleone have reapeatedly transformed teh landscape of the modern horror story with their acclaimed Borderlands anthologies. Now in an indispensable new collection, they present twenty-five all-original tales of terror by today's acclaimed masters and the best new voices in horror fiction, including:
Stephen King
Whitley Strieber
John Far
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Mass Market Paperback, 429 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Warner Books (first published 2003)
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C.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’m sure almost all writers out there--at least, those who were writing in the 1990s and the earlier part of the 2000s--can tell you they had their list. The list consisted of those top few magazines or anthologies they submitted to on a regular basis, just praying for their shot at “the big time”. For me, one of those publications was always the BORDERLANDS anthology, edited by Elizabeth E. and Thomas F. Monteleone. I can’t tell you how many times I submitted to this thing, and never once made ...more
William
Pretty good collection of stories. There were the usual losers that you find in a collection such as this but there were some real gems as well. The Goat, Prisoner 392 and Story Time with the Bluefield Strangler all come to mind as good reads.
Tiffany Koss Galica
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very good collection of modern horror stories. I could have done without the little excerpt from the editor before each story though. It seemed very self fulfilling- mostly about who they discovered and who they should have discovered. Worth the read-- some creepy stuff.
Tamara
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It's the Best of the best from the incredible Borderlands Anthologies. The stories contained within will stay with you for a very long time!
Kevin Lucia
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Anyone wishing to broaden their horror horizons - writers or readers - would do well to pick up this whole series.
Bill Gauthier
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Almost everyone
Shelves: mywriting
My story "The Growth of Alan Ashley" is in this book. It pretty much gave me a career.
Michael Tildsley
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This collection of twenty-five short stories had a lot of interesting entries. Even the ones I didn't fall in love with, for the most part, kept me thinking for a while after finishing them. I like stories like that.

This collection really shows you the twisted side of humanity that lurks in most of us just below the civilized surface. I think understanding this is important. Identifying with the monster is often the best way to understand the monster...and also a how-to on not becoming
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Blair
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This collection was so fun! It helps that variety permeates the book - short stories of varying length, each written in a noticeably different style. Not ALL of the stories are of exceptional quality, but the best ones amply compensate for that. I found "Prisoner 392" by John F. Merz so fun and perfectly paced for its length. Brett Alexander Savory's "Slipknot" is a great piece about Poe-esque madness. Not all of the tales are truly horror. Some of them aren't truly horror in terms of genre. Som ...more
Robynne Schembri
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Most of the stories were 4 stars and they all had a good thriller element. The description of "madness" is also very fitting.
However there are a few stories that I wish carried a trigger warning. I would only recommend this for a more seasoned fan of that can stomach indepth elements outside of general horror -including sexual violence and abuse.

Heavy trigger warnings specifically for Infliction, Dysfunction, and Father Bob and Bobby.
Vince Darcangelo
Faves:

Gary A. Braunbeck: "Rami Temporalis"

Holly Newstein: "Faith Will Make You Free"

Adam Corbin Fusco: "N0072-JK1"

Brian Freeman: "Answering the Call"

Dominick Cancilla: "Smooth Operator"

Bentley Little: "The Planting"

John McIlveen: "Infliction"

Gene O'Neill: "Magic Numbers"

Tom Piccirilli: "Around it Still the Sumac Grows"

Bev Vincent: "One of Those Weeks"
Emily
Feb 20, 2008 added it
stories of terror and madness--yes!!
Kimberly Godwin
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this anthology from a gas station bookshelf back in 2003. I have always been a fan of short story anthologies and I needed something to read while I waited for my husband to finish work. While I recognized the authors, I didn't go out of my way to find this book and I am glad that I did. This is one of my favorite anthologies. I fondly go back to my paperback when I want to refresh my memory on my favorite pieces again.

With 25 short stories, it hits a lot of different beats on the ho
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Erik M
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Eh. Some stories were great, but so many left me cool or just unhappy with the time spent reading them. And it certainly took me quote a while to plow thru this. I kept putting it down, lacking any driving motivation to finish or than to get it off my "currently reading" list.

I think it's because many of the stories have a brand of "horror" that isn't something I like - somewhat real-world pervy "human horror" as opposed to the supernatural. The stories that stood out as exceptional, aside from
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Daniel
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scary and bizzare tales that were great to read
David Richardson
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lot of good stories in this volume. Most are not really scary, just disturbing.
Arctic Flamingo
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
You can tell how well I enjoyed a book by how long it took me to read. This one, clock in at 20 days. Now given your own opinion & reading speed that could be either fast or slow, for me, it's slow. Very slow. I've read books several inches thicker than this one in far less time. A book of short stories like this should have taken me no more than 2-3 days, through the week. But here we are. Nearly three weeks after my beginning it. I'm finally finished.

Given how much the editors talked this up a
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Miranda Kate
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stephen-king
I bought this book several years ago solely for the Stephen King tale, which I had already read when I came to read the entire book this year. The front cover promises tales of Madness and Terror, and personally that was left wanting.

I am an avid horror reader and have read many tales on madness (those by Kev Hammond in particular are exceptional) and I didn't find any of them in this collection that were madness or terror filled, but maybe I am a little desensitized or my taste too specific.

I d
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M Boers
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stephen-king
I bought this book several years ago solely for the Stephen King tale, which I had already read when I came to read the entire book this year. The front cover promises tales of Madness and Terror, and personally that was left wanting.

I am an avid horror reader and have read many tales on madness (those by Kev Hammond in particular are exceptional) and I didn't find any of them in this collection that were madness or terror filled, but maybe I am a little desensitized or my taste too specific.

I d
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Reggie
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Picked this up at a paperback store and enjoyed its grab-bag of spooky stories. Some are humerous, others dark, but all tend towards the bizarre and supernatural. While I enjoyed most of the stories, several of the tales contained graphic sexual violence or disturbing content so I would recommend reading in bursts. Several times I had to put the book down because I was reviled by the content within. Regardless, they are well written and certainly scary so I would recommend! The Stephen King stor ...more
Jenn
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love a good horror short story. And was impressed that I had not read any of these before. Usually there’s one or two repeated in every anthology I read. I was also impressed by the large number of authors I was familiar with. Most often there’s repetition in the stories and authors who don’t quite make the list of who’s who. I enjoyed 9/10ths of the stories. Read almost every word. How come it’s not a 5 star read, you may ask? As much as I enjoyed the tales, very few stuck with me after movin ...more
Ryan Pidhayny
Borderlands 5 is a middling anthology, both as an entry in the series and more generally. It wasn't particularly bad but also wasn't particularly good. The standout stories for me were "Rami Temporalis" by Gary Braunbeck, "The Thing Too Hideous to Describe" by David J. Schow, and "Head Music" by Lon Prater.
wendy
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
i FINALLY finished this book!!! for some reason i stopped reading. first time since i learned to read. so strange. didn't love the book so that didn't help but still...
Donald
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shorts, 2019, kindle
Great collection of fiction from a great collection of authors. Not easily boxed into one genre.
Bri (the short story guy)
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
All Hands 5
A Thing 5
The Food Processor 4
Story time w/ the bluefield strangler 5
Stationary bike 4
David
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
I struggled a bit with my rating for this book. Overall I liked it and there were some truly excellent stories here. However, there were also a few stories that just didn't grab me. Among other things, there are some stories in this collection told in second person -- a technique that just doesn't work for me. (The problem is that I've yet to see a second-person story that convinced me that I was the "you" in the story and I'm afraid the second-person stories in this collection were no exception ...more
Valerie Zink
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
There were some awesome ones (mostly good ones) and a few head scratchers, but overall I liked this collection. I do not tend to like short stories as a genre as much as I like novels, so that is why I was reading this one for months, but I do like horror short stories!

My favorites:
Rami Temporalis ( I liked enough to look for novels from the author and they are out there! Gary Braunbeck)
Time for Me (being a teacher myself, I really understand where this is coming from!)
Prisoner 392
Answering the
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Donald
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked this up because of Stephen King, and his novella "Stationary Bike" really resonated with me on many levels. The rest of this collection is a big ol' meh. Not to be a jerk, as I certainly can't write at all, but I would like to see how bad the entries that weren't chosen were! A story like "All Hands" is the type I like least - no explanation at all for what occurs in it! And "Rami Temporais" is a closely disliked second type for me - the explanation exists in the story, but it makes no ...more
Geoff
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is collection of short stories. The emphasis would be on weird fiction, even though anything goes in this book. Some horror, some fantastical, some satires, etcetera. A lot of good names here: Stephen King, Tom Piccirilli, Whitley Strieber and Gary Braunbeck. In fact there were a lot of authors in this collection that I read regularly, so it was very easy for me to enjoy this volume. An easy read at around 300 pages, which was a perfect length, and I zipped through it in a couple of days. T ...more
Alex
This anthology has a couple dozen weird stories, most by authors I've never heard of but also one by Stephen King. As with most collections, the stories vary in quality. "All Hands", "N0072-JKI", and "The Thing Too Hideous to Describe" were amusingly offbeat. Favorites for me were "Answering the Call", "Smooth Operator", "Head Music", and "One of Those Weeks". Least favs: "Time for Me", "Around It Still the Sumac Grows", and "Father Bob and Bobby". The Weirdest: "The Food Processor"-- in a class ...more
innae
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Finally finished reading this. Obviously there was a reason it took so long. Many of the stories are just not to my liking.

I did like The Food Processor because it was sick and wrong...

and I LOVED Stationary Bike which is Stephen King's addition to this anthology.

So many of the stories were just WEIRD. and would mean more thought than I want to put into stories at this point in my life
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