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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Pestilence, floods, war, social upheaval, drug crime, wicked leaders, conspiracies, corruption even visions of death-dealing aliens -- this superb collection of stories takes an unforgettable imaginative journey into terror and transcendence. Each decade of the twentieth century is assigned to one of the top fantasy/horror authors of the modern age who evokes the particula ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published October 2nd 2001 by Harper Perennial (first published 1997)
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
The end of the world can make fascinating fiction. The subject has been pondered since the invention of stories, sometimes fueled by new scientific developments, biblical prophecy, social changes, world wars, and of course fantastical concepts such as zombies and monsters. I jumped on getting this anthology because of that - not only short stories catered toward Revelation and the end, but also because it had strong writing talent powering it.

Each story set by different century - 1900 to 1990

Eddie Generous
The Joe Lansdale story is absolutely fantastic and the Charles Grant story is pretty good, too. Barker's input was good as well. The rest make just about the most boring anthology I've ever struggled through. Nasty people, no glints of fun. The horror is so beaten over the head it doesn't amount to much more than a frown. ...more
Jeannie Sloan
May 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
I didn't really like this book.Most of the stories were about how evil human beings can be to each other.If I wanted to read about that I would read more nonfiction.
The stories,for the most part,are very well written but again I don't really like the premise of 'lets see how bad psychopathic people can get and what they do to one another.I don't like this kind of horror at all.I don't want to be grossed out either or read about rape or pedophilia.'Yuck.
Angela Randall
The most stand-out story of the lot involves the Spanish Flu, and that is seriously revolting. The guy is helping at the hospital, but his wife meanwhile gets sick and dies. He goes a little crazy and keeps looking after her as if she's alive.

There's also a crazy one with a hippie commune, and one where a Jew gets drunk on Absinthe while he's watching Hitler speak.

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who can stand horror writing.

There are some great reviews of this book on Amazon here.
Jasmyne Middleton
I'm not sure if this book achieved its aim to portray moments in our history that could have been interpreted as the end of the world, but it definitely is one of the best collections of short stories about the banality of human evil and suffering that I have ever read. For me, the best example of this is "Triads".
I was given this book when I was 16, and it still deeply disturbs me to this day.
Amanda Kay
May 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great compilation!
``The Big Blow,'' Read it before, good story. ``Aryans and Absinthe" another good story, took me back to the time but the ending could have been more satisfying. "Triads" was interesting even though I could do without the gay sex details but that's P. Z. Brite's style. "If I Should Die Before I Wake," is probably the closest to horror even if subtle of these stories. With a little reworking there coud be more horror in "The Word" but I enjoyed reading the story. "On the Black" had me feeling the ...more
Bryan Whitehead
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1998
The stories in this mixed bag all roughly center around matters millennial and apocalyptic (though judging by Richard Christian Matheson’s submission, some more apocalyptic than others). Editor Douglas Winter’s tiresome diatribe at the end is missable (if for no other reason than the fact that he hauls out that annoying nerd obsession with the 2000 v. 2001 controversy, much more intelligently addressed, and with a contrary conclusion, by Stephen Jay Gould in Questioning the Millennium). I should ...more
Simone Volponi
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Acquistato soprattutto per Lansdale e il suo "La grande burrasca", ovviamente il miglior racconto presente. Bellissima anche la novella in due parti di Clive Barker, e ci sono buoni numeri dalle penne di Poppy Z. Brite e David Show, un po' annacquati perché scritti a quattro mani.
Difficile, onirico, ma suggestivo il racconto di Richard Christian Matheson. Nulla di che Campbell.
Kevin Gallan
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Interesting stories from a fantastic group of writers
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: apocalyptic
I hesitate to put this on the apocalyptic shelf. The premise of the book sounds interesting. There was a story for each decade of the twentieth century that was to center on some sort of event that could be seen as related to an apocalypse or a sign of one. I just felt that some of the stories fell short of delivering on that.

At the end of the book the editor stated that the stories were merely to have a revelation of some sort in them. But shouldn't all stories have some sort of revelation in
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very different stories, definitely not what I was expecting. My particular favorites were the one about the doctor and his wife, and the commune that is secretly run by the government to keep the "hippies" under control. ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
a mixed bag of writing skills each in their own way leaving this reader with many thought provoking points to ponder one major grip I had was the lack of flow in most of the tales had to keep pushing myself to keep reading
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting this to be a horror book,the stories while very good, I wouldn't consider horror, I did enjoy the collection very much,though, the Landsdale and Brite stories were the best , however they might be a bit graphic for some, all the stories were well written ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed these stories, especially since they all take place at different historical times and during different historical events (the 1919 influenza epidemic, the Galveston hurricane, etc.). Great stuff by some truly gifted authors (my main men F. PAUL and JOE R.).
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Douglas E. Winter is an American writer, critic and lawyer. A life-long interest in horror has led him to develop a parallel career as horror writer and horror critic. Winter edited horror anthologies Prime Evil (1988), and Revelations (1997) as well as the interviews collection Faces of Fear (1985, revised 1990). He has also written biographies of Stephen King and Clive Barker. He is a member of ...more

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