Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review: THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR 25th Anniversary Edition edited by Stephen Jones, Robinson, 2014

A marvelous sourcebook of news, fiction and publishing for the last 25 years continues its run with an international cast of scribes headlined by Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell  and Tanith Lee.

Like any other anthology one can claim a favorite among certain stories over others but unlike other anthologies the stories are stronger and more varied fare. Although don't expect too much to be experimental. In short I don't think you will be disappointed.

For me, the greatest strength of this series is the more 'newsy' recaps of horror in literature, television and the film as well as the remembrances of those we lost in all those facets over the year. Okay, so I am morbid but I think it is important to acknowledge those who have passed and what their contributions were, particularly while I may have been a gleam in my father's eye or when I was in diapers.

It should be noted that the 2013 obituaries for this 2014 edition was extremely large. 2013 for horror and for science fiction saw devastating losses in terms of numbers and talent.

Mammoth, for those who have yet to read one is an accurate title. There is a lot here for everyone and in the great candy box analogy of anthology flavors, the tastes and styles are many and the offerings cover practically every pallet.

So belly up to the buffet. If you are a lover of horror this is your banquet. If you are an occasional sampler there surely is something here to wet your beak.

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