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The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, #12

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The acclaimed collection of contemporary horror fiction, this year s Best New Horror again showcases the talents of the finest writers working the field of terror. Sifting through the year in horror, award-winning editor Stephen Jones has chosen the year s best stories by the old masters and new voices alike. The latest volume of the Best New Horror series features stories ...more
Paperback, 494 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 2001)
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Lucian Poll
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the introductions to several stories in Best New Horror 12 you’d be forgiven for thinking this was less the best horror fiction published during 2000 and more a collection of writers’ B-sides, rejections and side projects. There’s entertainment to be had still, don’t fret, but it’s telling that there were no award winners or nominees among the running order. Overall this is a 4/5 from me, but only just.

Best New Horror 12 contains twenty-two stories, and runs as follows:

Castle in
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Greg
Sep 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is a book I read mainly in January and February 2004 so, in writing this review in 2013, my memory of the details are now rather slim! However, finding some very brief notes I took in 2004 regarding a few of the stories I read (especially those that I liked), I thought I would add them here. Should I re-read this book at any stage, I might flesh out the comments a bit more.

In Mark Morris's 'Coming home', a wife sees future apparitions of her husband, yet to die in a crash.

Joel Lane's 'The
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Christina Strupp
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Favorites were Mick Garris's "Forever Gramma," Ramsey Campbell's "No Strings," Dennis Etchison's "The Detailer," and Kathe Koja's "At Eventide."
Cathy
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
A better-than-average entry in the "best new horror" series. None of the stories are outright groaners, and many are eerie. There are also some nice juxtapositions ... three ill-fated vacation trips, and two stories about, of all things, carnivorous/supernatural leaves. There are two lengthy excerpts from Kim Newman's Anno Dracula series, which are a combination of intriguing and too cute for me -- Barbie the vampire slayer? Oh please.

Of course, this is 10 years old, so it's not best NEW
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John Bruni
Feb 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Kind of disappointing. Very few good stories. I'm not a fan of Kim Newman, but he had the best story in the book with "Castle in the Desert," a hardboiled vampire story. The only other notable story here was "The Detailer" by Dennis Etchison, but I'd already read it elsewhere.
Greg Kerestan
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm always a sucker for a new Kim Newman story, and this one delivers with "Castle in the Desert." Plus, Thomas Ligotti contributes "I Have a Special Plan for This World," and "The Hunger of the Leaves" is just as good as the title.
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Average stories in an average book. Nothing stellar here.
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Stephen Jones is an eighteen-time winner of the British Fantasy Award.