Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Best Horror From Fantasy Tales - Stephen Jones and David Sutton

This is apparently a bunch of stories chosen from Fantasy Tales magazine. However, this collection is undoubtedly a horror collection, although there is one SF horror piece, and of course some fantasy horror, including a short 3 story sword and sorcery series by Ramsey Campbell that was a pretty cool discovery, so excellent of them to put all that in there.

A Sabat story I hadn't seen before, either, so worth getting for just the last two. Other than that, Kim Newman is easily the highlight.


Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Now and Again in Summer - Charles L. Grant
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Thievery of Yish - Lin Carter
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Vampire Village - Guy N. Smith
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Farmer and the Travelling Salesman's Daughter - C. Bruce Hunter
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Writer's Cramp - David Riley
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Ice and Fire - Ken Bulmer
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Cure - William F. Nolan
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Dispossessed - Joel Lane
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Man Who Felt Pain - Brian Lumley
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Sustenance of Hoak - Ramsey Campbell
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The One Left Behind - Stephen Gresham
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Drain - Stephen Gallagher
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Alice Smiling - Charles L. Grant
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Into the Dark Land - Darrell Schweitzer
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Man Who Collected Barker - Kim Newman
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : In the Trees - Steve Rasnic Tem
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Invisible Boy - Roberta Lannes
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Changer of Names - Ramsey Campbell
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Night Bloomer - David J. Schow
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : On the Wing - Jean-Daniel Brèque
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Bridge People - J. N. Williamson
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Networks - Garry Kilworth
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Foreign Parts - Neil Gaiman
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Monster - R. Chetwynd-Hayes
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : How Jaquerel Made War in Bel Azhurra - Janet Fox
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Mother Hen - Kim Newman
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Spectacles in the Drawer - Thomas Ligotti
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Pit of Wings - Ramsey Campbell
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Rehearsals - Thomas F. Monteleone
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : The Medusa - Thomas Ligotti
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Only Human - Adrian Cole
Giant Book of Fantasy Tales : Island with the Stink of Ghosts - Garry Kilworth

Tourist adventure.

2.5 out of 5


Cutpurse collection.

3 out of 5


Sabat is asked to help out a vampire style tourist attraction that has gotten rather real. A trap awaits.

3 out of 5


Revenge is tasty.

3.5 out of 5


Plagiarism punishment gives severe phalangeal problem.

4 out of 5


Given the extreme state of deshabille Tara requires for magic to work, getting stuck with stone monsters in the freezing mountains is no fun.

3 out of 5


Strangler's cold turkey problems cured by buddy's light of finger approach.

3 out of 5


Magic discussions.

3 out of 5


Space doesn't hurt so good.

4 out of 5


Ryre and friend find a town in the thrall of something big and hungry.

3.5 out of 5


Hybrid yuck.

2.5 out of 5


Monster pipe pursuit picking off.

3.5 out of 5


Housewife hell.

2 out of 5


Knight, bell rings for your funny bone.

2.5 out of 5


Highly personalised work.

4 out of 5


Up where we belong. With lightning bolts.

3 out of 5


Wretched babe butcher observation revelation.

3.5 out of 5


Ryre runs into a man giving people serious delusions of heroism that is not their own

3.5 out of 5


Seeds of corporate malfeasance get too real.

3.5 out of 5


Family issue.

2 out of 5


Bad smells.

2.5 out of 5


Deranged dunny.

3.5 out of 5


VD psyche.

3 out of 5


Humans don't fit in.

3 out of 5


Being a superthief isn't all it is cracked up to be.

3.5 out of 5


I want to break free. Even if I am a bizarre magic bird statuette.

4 out of 5


Ended with a Plomb.

3 out of 5


Even if it only looks vaguely like a big monstrous butterfly, and you are stuck in a hole full of skeletons, stick the sword in the tempting middle looking spot first.

4 out of 5


Childhood replay's the thing.

3.5 out of 5


Snakes alive, stone surprise.

3 out of 5


Outsider demon deal.

3.5 out of 5


Dead brother is on the nose.

3 out of 5





3 out of 5

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