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Michael Ashley
Genre Fiction
Robinson; paperback / softback edition (January 17, 1994)
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10 short novels of terror. The monkey, Stephen King - The parasite, Arthur Conan Doyle - There's a long, long trail a-winding, Russell Kirk - The damned, Algernon Blackwood - Fengriffen, David Case - The uttermost farthing, . Benson - The rope in the rafters, Oliver Onions - Nadelman's God, . Klein - The. feasting dead, John Metcalfe - How the wind spoke at Madaket, Lucius Shepard.

He has a special interest in fiction magazines and has written a multi-volume History of the Science Fiction Magazine and a study of British fiction magazines, The Age of the Storytellers

In this exciting anthology spanning more than a century, Stephen King leads a roster of ten great novelists of horror, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Algernon Blackwood, Lucius Shepard, Russell Kirk, .

In this exciting anthology spanning more than a century, Stephen King leads a roster of ten great novelists of horror, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Algernon Blackwood, Lucius Shepard, Russell Kirk, . Klein, John Metcalf, Oliver Onions, and David Case.

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Horror is a peculiar genre We narrowed our focus to prose novels, so please don’t ask after The .

Horror is a peculiar genre. If it’s meant purely to scare, then some of the heftier books on this list would have wracked up a body count, terrifying readers to death over 700 pages or more. We narrowed our focus to prose novels, so please don’t ask after The Books of Blood or Uzumaki. And while we kept an eye on the diversity of our featured authors, the inclusion of women, authors of color and queer creators came naturally as we gathered the best of the best. Like Michael McDowell, who can be found higher up this list, Michael Talbot was an openly gay horror author who passed away at an early age and whose most popular works fell out of print during the ‘90s.

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  • Hilarious Kangaroo
Everything in this anthology is excellent. These are not novels but rather novellas. My favorite in the book is FENGRIFFEN, by David Case, which was turned into a film called AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS. I have loved this work for many decades, when I first found it published as a Gothic Romance in paperback. It is, for me, the perfect work of Gothic horror: beautifully written, imaginative, terrifying, intelligent. No other Gothic work has an ending that chills me more. But FENGRIFFEN is just one of many top-notch, captivating works of horror that will capture your imagination with their dark potency. A brilliant anthology, highly recommended.
  • Kaghma
Mike Ashley has compiled a selection of "short horror novels", which are simply stories that are too long to be short stories and too short to be novels. He has combined well-known authors with those who are less well-known. And now, having read some of these authors, I can see why.

The best stories in the book are the first two. Steven King never disappoints. His characters are well drawn, and he has an uncanny knack of taking the mundane and transforming it into something disturbingly creepy. But the surprise here is "The Parasite" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame. I found this "short novel" unexpectedly gripping, though I supposed purists might object to it being included as a horror novel.

I was unfamiliar with T.E.D. Klein, though the short biography included by Mr. Ashley makes it clear that I simply don't spend enough time reading horror novels. It sounded like he was the new H.P. Lovecraft. But if I had to judge from this selection, the third best in the book, Mr. Klein can come up with a very good idea but has problems developing it. His first sentence of the story was "Nadelman would never forget the first witch he'd ever met." Well, that was a good start. And I think I can be excused for thinking that I was going to read a story in which witches figured rather prominently. But then, inexplicably, witches disappeared except for a brief mention towards the last third of the story. It rather left me wondering what the point was. Was he being paid by the word? Had he developed amnesia and didn't have the time to re-read what he had written?

The fourth best story in the book, "The Feasting Dead" by John Metcalfe, had a gripping premise, but once again, the author left me wondering what had happened towards the end of the story. Perhaps I like a resolution of some kind in my stories, and this one abandoned me to my own devices. Other reviewers appreciated this anthology more.

Outside of these four authors, the rest of the selections (six in all) were slow, drawn out, confusing, or simply not the best stories I have read. I even stopped reading the last story in the collection and gave it up as a bad job. Time is short, and there are a lot of books out there. I would avoid this one and look for a better anthology of horror novels. Stephen King has several.....

Ultimately, if you're looking for good horror fiction, I would give this collection a pass.
  • Saithinin
This is one of the finest anthologies of supernatural fiction I have ever read. The short novel (novella) is, in the opinion of many, the perfect form for a work of supernatural terror, and the ten stories in this collection illustrate the point very well. They are a mixture of classic and more modern horror tales, covering a 100-year range (from the 1880s to the 1980s), and quite a few of them are very hard or impossible to find anywhere else:

"The Monkey", by Stephen King - A man's terrifying childhood toy has somehow returned to haunt him.

"The Parasite", by Arthur Conan Doyle - A sceptical professor subjects himself to hypnotic experiments with disastrous results.

"There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding", by Russell Kirk - A lonesome petty criminal with a good heart holes up in an abandoned house that seems to be haunted.

"The Damned", by Algernon Blackwood - One of the most unusual haunted house stories ever written, in which the whole point is that nothing much happens.

"Fengriffen", by David Case - A young bride at an old English manor comes under a horrifying family curse - or is it all in her mind? Although written by an American in the 1970s, this story masterfully creates a classic 19th-century Gothic atmosphere.

"The Uttermost Farthing", by A. C. Benson - It's a race to uncover the secrets hidden by a wicked dead man. Another unusual haunted house story, by E. F. Benson's big brother.

"The Rope in the Rafters", by Oliver Onions - A horribly disfigured WW-I veteran takes a room in an ancient French chateau, but he seems to have an unexpected roommate.

"Nadelman's God", by T. E. D. Klein - A pseudo-Satanic poem he wrote as a teenager (and which was later set to music by a heavy metal band) has come back to haunt the narrator in a very real way.

"The Feasting Dead", by John Metcalfe - Many think that this powerfully creepy story is the gem of the collection, and I won't disagree. A man's son, staying with friends in France, returns with a very strange and unwelcome companion. The ending may be puzzling - indeed, the narrator never quite figures it out - but Metcalfe drops enough clues for an attentive reader to get at least a fairly good idea of what has happened.

"How the Wind Spoke at Madaket", by Lucius Shepard - A wind monster from the sea wreaks bloody havoc on Nantucket. My least favorite story of the bunch, although even it has some very strong points.

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  • Oveley
it amazed me that there are no novels in this book. it is a strange collection. don't know anything about the criteria the editor used. this collection contains an ok story by blackwood (the damned) and a great one by metcalfe (the feasting dead). other than that, just uninteresting stories
  • Original
good stories