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|The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 11
Edited By Stephen Jones
By Steve Rasnic Tem
Quote: "I see things in her face."
Comments: The old white house draws Laura in. In fact, it is the only thing she seems interested in.
By James Herbert
Quote: "Oi, fuckin Quasimodo!"
Comments: This was a decent tale (but not really horror IMHO) with an interesting twist at the end.
By T. E. D. Klein
Quote: "Before it was just one bulge."
Comments: I’ve heard many good things about Klein, but I didn’t particularly care for this one. The reader is forced to jump to too many conclusions for this house to be the one which appears in the home improvement magazines.
By David J. Schow
Quote: “Another big black hole where special keys were concerned was that people tended to store them in places where they were sure to remember…and promptly forgot.”
Comments: Ethan likes to keep cigar boxes full of pictures of ex-girlfriends. He has apparently forgotten how he broke up with some of the ones in his “special” box, and I have my doubts about the safety of Victoria.
“The Emperor’s Old Bones”
By Gemma Files
Quote: “I don’t buy. I sell.”
Comments: Tim Darbersmere loved (if that’s the word) the woman who rescued him from death after his parents abandoned him in Shanghai during World War II. Would you be willing to do what he does to find your love (?) and have a whole new life to live with her?
By Ramsey Campbell
Quote: “You’ve been caught, you have to play. If you don’t it won’t be fair.”
Comments: Tom Shone (Thompson) arrives in town too late to find a normal hotel. Instead he finds something out of a nightmare…
By Neil Gaiman
Quote: “Harlequin has given you his heart. You must discover its beat yourself.”
Comments: I wasn’t really familiar with the commedia dell'arte before now, so this little harlequinade maybe doesn’t have as much of an impact on me as it would on others. It was decent, but it’s not one I’ll really remember a year from now.
“The Stunted House”
By Terry Lamsley
Quote: “Good swimmer, anyway.”
Comments: Mel has an affinity for finding hidden things. This time she decides she likes her latest discovery and makes a deal.
“Just Like Eddy”
By Kim Newman
Quote: “That, I maintain, was him. Edgar Allen Poe.”
Comments: Anybody who is a Poe fan should read this one. It pokes fun at the numerous misspellings of Edgar Allan Poe’s name throughout the years, substituting Allen for the correct spelling of Allan. There are numerous lines from Poe’s stories and poems sprinkled throughout, adding to the fun if you’ve read Poe’s work.
“The Long Hall on the Top Floor”
By Caitlin R. Kiernan
Quote: “Something that means something, you know?”
Comments: I didn’t think this was one of Kiernan’s better stories, but it’s still a pretty decent little ghost story.
By Thomas Tessier
Quote: “I understood: Roth had known all along.”
Comments: This was an interesting tale about a Muse (a Bettgeist?), and the effect she had on two Jewish writers living in Paris before and during the Second World War.
“The Ballyhooly Boy”
By Graham Masterton
Quote: “I’ve got you now Jerry.”
Comments: This was an excellent story of ghosts and revenge, set in a creepy little Irish town near Cork by the name of Ballyhooly. It was cleverly set up and executed, and I highly recommend it.
By Michael Marshall Smith
Comments: This was another of the stories in this series of books which I wouldn’t really classify as horror. It seemed more like a story about a wimp who has lost his mind and his will to live, but it wasn’t scary or horrifying to me in the least.
By Michael Marano
Quote: “I’m okay.”
Comments: Since I’m not gay, this one probably didn’t hit home as much as it would for some people. The eponymous “burden” refers to someone who has lost many friends from AIDS and who must constantly worry about being infected himself due to lifestyle choices.
“Naming the Dead”
By Paul J. McAuley
Quote: “You have made a grave mistake, Mr. Carlyle. You really should not have come here.”
Comments: I enjoyed this story of Mr. Carlyle, a “ghost-eater” with a fondness for a Victorian lifestyle.
By F. Paul Wilson
Quote: “It’s the eighth.”
Comments: This tale about being struck by lightning (and the supernatural results) was very good. I also liked the ending and how it allows you to interpret the story in your own way.
“A Fish Story”
By Gene Wolfe
Quote: “It was late by then, and there was only one person in it, and that one person was me.”
Comments: This was an interesting, short little tale of one person’s ability to affect perception of those around her.
By David Case
Quote: “You will still play God?”
Comments: This one took a little while to get going and come together, but once it did, I enjoyed it very much.
By Tim Lebbon
Comments: This was an incredible novella depicting a stranded group’s struggle to survive in a Ruined (with a capital R) world.
“Pork Pie Hat”
By Peter Straub
Quote: “When I’m done, tell me if we found it, okay?”
Comments: Near the end of his career, a great jazz musician tells a college kid interviewing him about a strange Halloween night many years before.
“Tricks & Treats One Night on Halloween Street”
By Steve Rasnic Tem
Quote: “Your knife, I’ve got your knife little girl.”
Comments: Steve Rasnic Tem presents a bunch of super-short short stories centering on his fictional “Halloween Street”, where all sorts of horrible things can and do happen to little children. Several of these were pretty good.
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