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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A collection of 29 never-before published stories, editied and with an introduction by Al Sarantonio. SIGNED by THREE authors at their stories: David Morrell at 'Rio Grande Gothic,' Tim Powers at 'Itinerary' and Joe Lansdale at 'Mad Dog Summer.' Also includes the short novel Elsewhere by William Peter Blatty and the following stories and novelettes: Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue by Kim Newman; The Shadow the Darkness by Thomas Ligotti; Darkness by Dennis L. McKiernan; Itinerary by Tim Powers; An Exaltation of Termagants by Eric Van Lustbader; The Ruins of Contracoeur by Joyce Carol Oates; The Owl and the Pussycat by Thomas M. Disch; The Road Virus Heads North by Stephen King; Keepsakes and Treasures by Neil Gaiman; Growing Things by T.E.D. Klein; Good Friday by F. Paul Wilson; ; Excerpts from the Records of the New Zodiac and the Diaries of Henry Watson Fairfax by Chet Williamson; Catfish Girl Blues by Nancy A. Collins; The Entertainment by Ramsey Campbell; ICU by Edward Lee; The Grave by P. D. Cacek; Knocking by Rick Hautala; Des Saucisses Sans Doute by Peter Schneider; Angie by Ed Gorman; The Ropy Thing by Al Sarrantonio; Styx and Bones by Edward Bryant; Hemophage by Steven Spruill; The Book of Irrational Numbers; Mad Dog Summer by Joe R. Lansdale; The Theater by Bentley Little; The Tree is My Hat by Gene Wolfe; and Rehearsals by Thomas F. Monteleone. xviii, 666 pp. Near fine in a near fine dustjacket (remainder line.). Bookseller Inventory # 51994

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Title: 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense

Publisher: New York: Avon, (1999.) dj

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The weaving of fictional suspense and terror is as ancient as humankind itself. But where does this age-old tradition stand at the cusp of a new decade, a new century, a new millennium? This mammoth volume seeks to answer that question. Your hold in your hands the state of the art -- of fear.

To prepare this groundbreaking anthology, writer and editor Al Sarrantonio challenged a distinguished roster of authors to demonstrate with all-new stories the shape of horror/suspense literature as we enter the twenty-first century. As you will read the twenty-nine contributors responded by displaying the infinite variety which is the very hallmark of this field. Some of these stories will startle you or fill you with terror. Some will haunt you long after you finish reading them. There is even an eerily echoing chuckle or two found inside. But together, these weirdest of tales join to form a great literary mosaic, a vivid contemporary portrait of a genre which is proud, potent, and irresistible.

Not only is this the largest anthology of original horror/suspense fiction of all time -- not one story in 999 has ever been published before -- but it is also the finest. Here is a major publishing event with an attitude: to shake you up and scare you silly.


This colossal collection of truly original horror and nonsupernatural suspense proves that the contemporary horror genre is alive and kicking--with enough talented heirs to keep it breathing for many years to come. Here the well-known masters of the macabre--Stephen King, Bentley Little, Ramsey Campbell--join up with those who deserve to be: P.D. Cacek, who chills us to the bone with her disturbing story, "The Grave"; and Michael Marshall Smith, author of a one-of-a-kind mathematical horror story, "The Book of Irrational Numbers."

Exceptionally different in style, the common denominator of these 29 never-before-published short stories is their ability to haunt and terrify. As editor Al Sarrantonio states in his introduction, "if it scares you, that's it." Worthy stand-outs in this massive fear factory are Joyce Carol Oates's quasi-gothic tale, "The Ruins of Contracoeur," the sorrowful tale of a family forced into exile because of the patriarch's fall from grace. "Not ten days following the upheaval of our lives, ... Father, disgraced and defeated, uprooted his family from the state capital to live in the ruin of Cross Hill, his grandfather's estate in the foothills of the Chautauqua Mountains." Despite its classic horror style, Oates's contribution is very much set in the contemporary world of computers and high technology, and for 13-year-old Graeme Matheson, losing access to the Internet is almost as disturbing as the faceless man who haunts him at night.

F. Paul Wilson (The Barrens and Others, The Tomb) contributes the book's most traditional vampire story, "Good Friday." Vampires have taken over Europe, and America seems about to suffer the same fate. The nuns of a New Jersey Catholic school quickly realize that no amount of holy water can save them from the undead.

Over 650 pages, a quarter of a million words, and enough adrenaline rushes to keep the average horror reader up for nights, 999 is dark decadence indeed . --Naomi Gesinger

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