The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 14
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The finest exponents of horror fiction writing today, Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Graham Joyce, Paul McCauley, Stephen Gallagher, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Basil Cooper, Glen Hirshberg, Jay Russell, feature in the world's premier annual horror anthology series, another bumper showcase devoted exclusively to excellence in macabre fiction. To accompany the very best in short stories and novellas is the year's most comprehensive horror overview and contacts listing as well as a fascinating necrology.
he was able to pry it open with his fingernails. He came in on the 3:30 p.m. show, the place crowded, mostly kids under the age of ten and their mothers. The fire door was halfway up the theater, recessed into the wall, set in shadow. No one saw him come in. He slouched up the aisle and found a seat in the back. “Jimmy Stewart went to the Pacific,” his brother had told him while he was home on leave, before he shipped out. They were throwing the ball around out back. “Mr Smith is probably carpet
shifting sand flats; hardly an ideal place for limpets, or much of anything else, to take hold. Thick-soled rubber boots and aluminum pails, sun hats and gloves, knives to pry mollusks from the rocks, and nothing much for their troubles but scallops and mussels. A few nice sea urchins and sand dollars, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus and Dendraster excentricus, and the second afternoon Anna had spotted a baby octopus but it had gotten away from them. “If we only had more time,” Anna said, “I’m
cathedral. All attempts to put it out had ended and the roof had collapsed entirely. Only the smoking Gothic shell remained, a pulsating ruby of vile heat. Every prayer to hope in half a millennium spitting and roasting and smoking. But the tower and the spire were untouched. The door to the tower had burned off. She beckoned him in. Michael laughed bitterly. “Not up there.” “It’s the safest place in the city,” she said. “That’s why it’s still standing. Trust me, Michael. More than anything I
and the Avon paperback editions of Roger Zelazny) and work for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Amazing Stories and Heavy Metal, his art was collected in Inner Visions: The Art of Ron Walotsky (2000). He was Artist Guest of Honour at the 1996 World Fantasy Convention. Walt Disney animator Fred Rice died the same day, aged 85. He began his career working with Walter Lantz at Universal before joining Disney, where he contributed to Fantasia, Pinocchio and Dumbo. He left the studio in
wonder? I’m standing on my stoop and listening, feeling, as hard as I can. Please, God, let them be with me. Not with Lizzie. Not with the new one. That’s the only name we have allowed ourselves this time. The new one. “Come on,” I say to my own front door, the filigrees of fog that float forever on the air of Sutro Heights, as though the atmosphere itself has gone Art Deco. “Please. I’ll tell you a story about the day you were born.” I start down the warped wooden steps toward our garage.