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Book Title: Horror: The 100 Best Books|
The author of the book: Stephen Jones
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 342 KB
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Edition: Running Press
Date of issue: February 12th 1993
ISBN 13: 9780881845945
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This was an invaluable resource for me when I was a young horror-fiction fan in the early 90s. The list of contributors here is staggering: King, Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Lovecraft, Michael McDowell, Terry Pratchett, Lisa Tuttle, T.E.D Klein, Lansdale, Harlan Ellison, Poe, Etchison, Bloch, Straub, Gaiman, Skipp & Spector, Dan Simmons, M.R. James, Robert E. Howard, Charles L. Grant, Masterton, and too many more to name.
Obviously the Lovecraft, Poe, M.R. James, and Howard pieces are taken from previously published essays, but the rest of the writers were asked to choose their favorite "horror" book of all-time, from any era -- whether novel, collection, or anthology -- and write a short (usually 1-3 pages) essay explaining why it's deserving. I put "horror" in quotes because several of the selections aren't typically associated with the genre, though the essayist usually makes a convincing case for its inclusion.
Some of the selections seemed to be there only to taunt me, becoming almost "holy grails," so rare and hard to come by were they (and still are in some cases). I'm looking at you, Karl Wagner. One day I'll have to bite the bullet and just pay the $100-plus for his selection, E.H. Visiak's 1929 novel, Medusa. Overall though, the book provides a nice mixture of old and new, bestsellers and hidden gems. The "recommended reading list" at the end is every bit as valuable as the main text, imo, and has turned me onto many excellent books I may have missed out on otherwise.
I've perused this book countless times over the years, and will continue to do so. This, as well as its companion volume, Horror: Another 100 Best Books, are essential reading for any self-respecting horror-fiction fan.
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Read information about the authorStephen Jones is an eighteen-time winner of the British Fantasy Award.
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