Nightmares : A New Decade of Modern Horror

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Unlucky thieves invade a house where Home Alone seems like a playground romp. An antique bookseller and a mob enforcer join forces to retrieve the Atlas of Hell. Postapocalyptic survivors cannot decide which is worse: demon women haunting the skies or maddened extremists patrolling the earth. In this chilling twenty-first-century companion to the cult classic Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, Ellen Datlow again proves herself the most masterful editor of the genre. She has mined the breadth and depth of ten years of terror, collecting superlative works of established masters and scene-stealing newcomers alike.
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  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 153 x 229 x 30mm | 454g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1616962321
  • 9781616962326
  • 1,020,082

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A Booklist August SF/Fantasy/Horror Spotlight. Nightmares a top 10 book of 2017
A Kirkus's 13 Books to Put You in the Mood for Halloween
An io9 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Book for November
A Barnes and Noble SF and Fantasy Blog Best Horror Book of 2016
A Suspense Magazine Best Anthology of 2106
A Book Riot Wonderful Book of 2016
A Barnes & Noble Blog The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016
A Campus Circle Holiday Pick [STARRED REVIEW] "Building off her indispensable Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror (2010), which covered the years 1985-2005, Datlow has here collected the 24 stories that she has most enjoyed from 2005'15. Her task is aided greatly by the fact that the last decade has been a fertile one for the genre, with the emergence of incredible new voices and the decision by nongenre writers to give horror a try. Arranged in chronological order by year of publication, these tales represent the breadth of horror from psychologically chilling to all out terrorizing and feature just about every type of monster or ghost imaginable. As a result of this range, however, not every reader will like every story, but that is not this book's goal. Rather, it should be taken as an exemplary and accurate representation of what readers can expect from horror today, in general, in one concise volume. Of particular note are the stories by rising stars Laird Barron and Stephen Graham Jones and Australian Kaaron Warren, and a refreshingly original entry into the crowded field of zombie stories by literary-fiction author Dan Chaon. This volume is not only the perfect discovery tool for readers looking for the very best of modern horror, it should also be used as a collection-development tool by library staff."
--Booklist [STARRED REVIEW]"Ten years of short horror fiction plucked from previous anthologies, plus some original works, come together in these 24 tales, in which 'what goes bump in the night' ranges from ghosts to madmen to what lurks inside the human psyche. One actor's last hope for reconstructive surgery resides within television itself. A horror writer creates a story come to life, only to get caught in the middle of it. Renowned authors such as Caitlin R. Kiernan, Robert Shearman, Garth Nix, and Kaaron Warren vividly capture the darkness, evil, and fear found in great horror fiction. VERDICT: Noted anthologist Datlow (The Best Horror of the Year) once again draws upon her curating skills to highlight the best the genre has to offer. The variety of stories shines a light on the depth and breadth of this sometimes marginalized literary form."
--Library Journal "An excellent collection over all, featuring some of the best voices in horror. It has something to suit a wide variety of tastes, blending stories about real life trauma and bloodshed, to stories that pass into the realms of cosmic terror, horror in the old west and even those with a grim fairytale-like feel. In these pages you will find a nightmare for every horror fan."
--This is Horror "Edited by the God of horror anthologies, Ellen Datlow . . . For horror fans, Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror, is a must own anthology. Simply put, you need this on your shelf."
--LitReactor &#147Datlow is not just an expert (sorry, Ellen, but it's the right word) at recognizing great horror; she's an expert at recognizing great storytelling."
--Cemetery Dance "If you want the pants scared right off you, this is one of the greatest collections of horror stories ever printed. And that is not an exaggeration."
--Unnerving Magazine "Nightmares is more than just a memorable and collective anthology; it is an excellent showcase of some of the finest names in contemporary horror and weird fiction, as well as one of the knowledgeable influence of the genre's leading editors.--
--New York Journal of Books "Ellen Datlow continues to show not just her enthusiasm as a fan of the horror genre, but her excellence as an anthologist. Recommended."
--Monster Librarian "The overall quality of fiction here is so high, it's hard to figure out where to begin . . . Datlow has a nigh-immaculate eye for stories."
--Battered, Tattered, Yellowed, & Creased "Datlow offers another impressive, diverse and hugely enjoyable collection of short fiction."
--The Book Lover's Boudoir "Nightmares is a dream come true anthology for those who love the darker and twisted side of speculative fiction and want to be entertained by beautifully written, dark and imaginative stories that give readers something to think about."
--Risingshadow "Most short story anthologies feel like entres, little more than a glimpse into an author's work. Nightmares feels like an all-you-can-eat buffet where the palate is refreshed every time you go up for another helping."
--Strange Alliances "[A] fantastic collection."
--Fat Robot "This is the best anthology I've read all year and a must-have for any horror fan's bookshelf." "A fantastic collection of short stories that I think is worthy of your reading."
--World of My Imagination "...the horror anthology that got talked about the most seemed to be Nightmares: A New Decade of Horror. . ."
--Locus, Year in Review "Lovers of horror will love this anthology. A great one to bury your teeth in."
--Elitist Book Reviews "Many [more] stories are diabolical, dreamlike, downright nightmarish and I loved the collection. Definitely worth the read."
--The Write Web "Nightmares offers up some of the best horror short fiction I've read in a while."
--Looking For a Good Book Praise for The Monstrous [STAR] "Datlow, horror anthologist extraordinaire, brings together all things monstrous in this excellent reprint anthology of 20 horror stories that explore the ever-widening definition of what makes a monster, with nary a misstep."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review "Eerie and artfully executed, the narratives are highly imaginative and chilling."
--Diabolique "It is the monstrous wonders that come from the intelligent minds of these
authors that make this book amazing."
--Suspense Magazine "Datlow has more backed-up expertise and accumulated assets than almost any other horror/dark/weird editor in the business."
--TeleRead "This collection has something disturbing for everyone."
--Washington Independent "The Monstrous is one of the most impressive themed anthologies of the year, varied in terms of theme and style, but not in quality."
--This Is Horror Praise for Lovecraft's Monsters "[An] 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 "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
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About Richard Kadrey

Ten-time World Fantasy Award-winner Ellen Datlow is one of horror's most acclaimed editors. Datlow was the fiction editor of.OMNI for nearly twenty years and also edited the magazines Event Horizon and Sci Fiction. Her many bestselling anthologies include the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series; Snow White, Blood Red; Lovecraft's Monsters; Naked City, -and Darkness. Datlow has won multiple Hugo, Locus, and Shirley Jackson awards. She has received several lifetime achievement awards, including the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Awards. Datlow lives in New York City.
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