Horror: Another 100 Best Books

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Horror: Another 100 Best Books features one hundred of the top names in the horror field discussing one hundred of the most spine-chilling novels ever written. Each entry includes a synopsis of the work as well as publication history, biographical information about the author of each title, and recommended reading and biographical notes on the contributor. Author Ramsey Campbell also offers a new foreword to the book describing the evolution of horror over the past two decades — from the way it's written by a crop of new and exciting writers to the way it's received by a new market of readers. Horror: Another 100 Best Books will be the definitive guide to the tremendous library of horror fiction available today —a reference that no fan can live without.

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In his foreword, Peter Straub says this -follow-up to Horror: 100 Best Books (1988) arrives when "a sophisticated contemporary reader" is more likely to consider genre fiction than ever before. Of course, horror isn't really a genre but, as Neil Gaiman says, a condiment that can improve any kind of literary dish. That seems to account for this round of 100 horror classics containing several books not thought of as horror (e.g., Highsmith's Talented Mr. Ripley, Fowles' Collector, Camus' Stranger) and by writers not considered horror hands (e.g., Bret Easton Ellis, Patrick McGrath). Still, most choices readily fit into the horror category, though their primary associations are to the detective, sf, crime, gothic, and fantasy genres; to hybrid forms like the musical (Sweeney Todd) and graphic novel (From Hell); and to the literary mainstream (American Psycho). Horror fans seeking what to read next will not only find out here; they'll also have their taste and appreciative capacity refined by the intelligent, passionate commentary of the 100 writers who selected these 100 books. Ray Olson
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In this worthy sequel to Horror: 100 Best Books (1988), prolific anthologist Jones (Shadows Over Innsmouth) and novelist Newman (Anno Dracula) have gathered 100 appreciative short essays on landmark horror titles by today's top writers and critics in the genre, from Robert Silverberg on Cyril de Tourneur's The Revenger's Tragedy (1607) to Tim Lebbon on Michael Marshall Smith's More Tomorrow & Other Stories (2003). Any work that inspires fear was fair game for selection, as evidenced by entries on such classics as Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, George Gissing's New Grub Street and George Orwell's 1984. Like its predecessor, this volume contains plenty of lively and candid commentary, such as British screenwriter Christopher Wicking's insider's view of the pitiful efforts to adapt H.P. Lovecraft to film in his piece on Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. A foreword by Peter Straub, lists of recommended reading and a selected webliography round out a volume every serious horror fan will want to own.
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