Darkness : Two Decades of Modern Horror
This sophisticated, scary anthology collects the best horror fiction published between 1984 and 2005, one of horror's most innovative eras. These exceptionally diverse stories, hand-picked by horror-expert editor Ellen Datlow, are tales of the subtly psychological, the unpredictably mischievous, and the disturbingly visceral. Here are classics, such as horror master Stephen King's "Chattery Teeth," the tautly drawn account of a traveling salesman who unwisely picks up yet another hitchhiker; Peter Straub's eerie "The Juniper Tree," describing a man whose nostalgia for the movies of his childhood leads to his stolen innocence; and George R. R. Martin's sinister "The Pear-Shaped Man," in which a young woman encounters a neighbor who likes her a bit too much. Whether you grew up on Clive Barker's Books of Blood; Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"; Neil Gaiman's Sandman; or are newly discovering Stephen King's son, breakout author Joe Hill; there is something here for everyone who enjoys being more than just a little bit scared.
- Paperback | 424 pages
- 149.86 x 223.52 x 38.1mm | 453.59g
- 15 Mar 2010
- Tachyon Publications
- San Francisco, CA, United States
"This diverse 25-story anthology is a superb sampling of some of the most significant short horror works published between 1985 and 2005. Editor extraordinaire Datlow (Poe) includes classic stories from horror icons Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Stephen King as well as SF and fantasy luminaries Gene Wolfe, Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, and Lucius Shepard. The full diversity of horror is on display: George R. R. Martin's 'The Pear-Shaped Man' about a creepy downstairs neighbor, and Straub's 'The Juniper Tree,' which chronicles a drifter's sexual molestation of a young boy, exemplify horror's sublime psychological power, while Barker's 'Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament' and Poppy Z. Brite's 'Calcutta, Lord of Nerves' are audaciously gory masterworks. This is an anthology to be cherished and an invaluable reference for horror aficionados." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Darkness promises to please both longtime fans and readers who have no clue what 'splatterpunk' was supposed to mean." --San Francisco Chronicle "Make sure you are in a safe place before you open it up." --New York Journal of Books "Datlow is a high-calibre anthologist." --Innsmouth Free Press "About as close to horror perfection as any fan could ask for in an anthology." --Choate Road Horror Blog "Eclectic...a complete overview of some of the best horror stories published in the last twenty years." --SF Site "I can't recommend this book highly enough and no, that's not just the rabid fanboy inside me talking. This is my serious critic's voice. I know it doesn't translate well in the written word, but trust me. I give my highest recommendation for this book." --Hellnotes.com On Hauntings "This anthology of 24 previously published dark fantasy and horror stories, edited by the ever-adept Datlow (Blood and Other Cravings), explores a variety of situations in which people encounter literal or figurative specters from beyond. Some feature the ghosts of lovers or spouses wronged, while others give readers a powerful lens through which to view the evil people can do here on Earth, as in the gut-wrenching 'Cargo' by E. Michael Lewis. The theme is interpreted quite loosely and in varied ways, although many of the stories--such as the atmospheric opener, Pat Cadigan's 'Eenie, Meenie, Ipsateenie,' and Adam L. G. Nevill's tense 'Where Angels Come In'--hinge on anxieties relating to children in peril. Even so, the collection flows smoothly, capturing the pleasantly shivery dread of a round of ghost stories told by a fire, with only a few hiccups or sour notes (the most sour being Richard Bowes's deeply unpleasant "Transfigured Night"). Solid entries by Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Joyce Carol Oates capture the mood perfectly and will thrill fans of the eerie." --Publishers Weekly "[Hauntings is] apt to entertain and disquiet the horror fans." --SF Site, featured review "Datlow once again proves herself as a master editor. Her mission to broaden readers' concepts of what a haunting can be is nothing short of a success, and the twenty-four stories on display run the gamut from explicitly terrifying to eerily familiar. Readers who wish to be haunted themselves should not miss this one. Highly recommended." --Arkham Diges "That delicious sense of tantalization, of maybe and what if, impelled me through page after page, encountering intriguing characters, spine-shivering settings, and bits and pieces (sometimes literally...of corpses)..." --Hellnotes "A book that must surely be an early contender for any and every Best Anthology award going this year." --Black Static "Award-winning horror editor Ellen Datlow offers readers a skillfully crafted, captivating collection with Hauntings, an anthology of twenty-four reprinted ghostly tales from the last 25 years of horror literature." --Rue Morgue "Twenty four tales in all spanning the years 1983 through 2012, Ms Datlow has assembled a formidable community of eminent genre artists working at the very heights of their literary powers to create this outstanding dark fantasy anthology. This is the best of the best--don't miss it!" --The Tomb of Dark Delights "I have a short list of editors that I will buy an anthology of, regardless of whether or not I have even heard of the writers it contains, and Ellen Datlow is at the top of that list. She has this crazy knack of consistently putting together stellar anthologies and Hauntings is no different." --Horror Talk "This collection is formidable..." --True Review Praise for Ellen Datlow "The field's leading anthologist." --Washington Post on The Best Horror of The Year, Volume 6 On Lovecraft's Monsters "Ellen Datlow's second editorial outing into the realm of Lovecraft proves even more fruitful than the first. Focusing on Lovecraftian monsters, Datlow offers readers sixteen stories and two poems of a variety that should please any fans of the genre." --The Arkham Digest "There's no need to have previously read Lovecraft's work to enjoy Lovecraft's Monsters, but the collection will surely leave you with the desire to acquaint or reacquaint you with HPL canon." --Rue Morgue "...amazing and creative tales each with a striking illustration by John Coulthart...I fully recommend adding this nice anthology for all fans of Lovecraft." --Dark Corner "The result is a delightful array of little pieces that range in mood and subject. Unholy sacrifice, forbidden love, a private dick on the trail of a murderer--there's something there for everyone." --The Jaded Consumer "Editor Ellen Datlow has put together an anthology that will rock your liquid fantasies. Tachyon Publications has produced an excellent themed anthology. Lovecraft enthusiasts will plunge into the volume and be happily immersed in the content." --Diabolique Magazine "Where else, in one anthology, can a reader jump from roman noir werewolves to steampunk tanks in the Amazon to tales of forbidden love on the Innsmouth shore to Pinkerton agents in the Wild West?... Fortunately, we have Ellen Datlow to lead the way." --Hellnotes "Each story is a dark wonder and the volume itself is absolutely gorgeous, sumptuously illustrated throughout with steampunky-baroque original art by World Fantasy Award-winning artist John Coulthart. Lovecraft's Monsters is a must-have for every fan of dark speculative fiction, so click on the cover graphic and grab it!" --The Tomb of Dark Delights "[A] delightful array of little pieces that range in mood and subject... Unholy sacrifice, forbidden love, a private dick on the trail of a murderer--there's something there for everyone." --The Jaded Consumer "So I am telling you now, in the name of Yog-Sothoth, get this book, and prepare to lose some sleep." --The Bookend Family "Lovecraft's Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow and published by Tachyon Publications, is a reprint anthology of some carefully chosen and mighty fine Lovecraftian short stories, novellas and poems... All in all it is a terrific selection of works, and one that any fan of Lovecratian works should add to their collection." --Fear.net "...an entirely enjoyable read... for Mythos devotees I would highly recommend picking it up" --Seattle Geekly "There's a lot to love in Lovecraft's Monsters, an anthology which is both faithful and inventive at the same time. Unafraid to take risks and snazzily illustrated, this collection is proof that the Cthulhu cult remains as strong as ever." --Starburst "Datlow brings together some of the top SF/F and horror writers working today and has them play in Lovecraft's bizarre world. And that's a delight." --January Magazine "For Lovecraft's Monsters, each writer had the same agenda: come up with a fresh take on one of the legendary author's otherworldly creatures, like Cthulhu, the Shoggoths, the Elder Things and Yog-Sothoth. (Trust, they're scarier than those tongue-twisting names suggest.) Adding to the book's excellence, illustrator John Coulthart provided gorgeous new black-and-white artwork for each story." --Complex "Lovecraft's Monsters will appeal to fans of Lovecraft's work, particularly his Mythos stories, and to readers of dark fiction everywhere. Datlow is an experienced and keen editor of dark fiction and has assembled a truly impressive list of stories." --LitReactor "[A]n amazing and diverse treasure trove of stories. As an avid fan of Lovecraft's monstrous creations, THIS is the anthology I've been waiting for." --Shattered Ravings On The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror "As the line between fantasy and horror blurs, this combined presentation of their exemplars will give readers of both genres much to enjoy, and may even broaden a few horizons." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Bring out the bone china--a critically acclaimed fantasy/horror annual celebrates its 20th anniversary in grand style... Worth a space on any bookshelf." --Kirkus "...an excellent anthology of horror stories... I highly recommend it!" --Black Gate
About Ellen Datlow
Ellen Datlow is one of the best-known editors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror working in the field today. She was the fiction editor of OMNI from 1981--1998 and has since edited the online magazines Event Horizon and Sci Fiction. Her many anthologies include Naked City; Snow White, Blood Red; Blood and Other Cravings; and Poe. Datlow has won five Hugo Awards, eight Locus Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, two Shirley Jackson Awards, and nine World Fantasy Awards.