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Book Title: Best New Horror 14|
The author of the book: Stephen Jones
Edition: Robinson Publishing
Date of issue: October 17th 2003
ISBN 13: 9781841197944
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.5
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3.5 stars. Maybe this should have been called Here's What a Bunch of Authors from the Same Literary Circle Have Been Working On Over the Past Year or So, Plus Some News? I don't know what the distinction is between dark fantasy and horror, if there's even a distinction anymore (or if there ever was), but this collection is definitely a grab bag of dark fantasy, psychological thriller, mystery, and straight up B-movie horror. Of the 21 stories in the book, there were four that really grabbed and held me: Glen Hirshberg's 'Two Sams', Kelly Link's 'Catskin', Graham Joyce's 'The Coventry Boy' (which is actually a chapter excerpted from a novel he'd written at the time), and Jeff VanderMeer's 'The Cage' (also part of a larger collection set in the same steampunky world, but still independent of any other stories). These four entries stood out from the rest in narrative tone, prose style, and world building -- far beyond many of the stories written by supposed masters of horror and dark fantasy. (I adore Neil Gaiman as a human being, but his stories usually lack a spark of vitality, at least to me. I feel bad because lots of people whom I respect think he writes wonderfully, but it is what it is.) Honorable mention goes to James Van Pelt's 'The Boy Behind the Gate' for a heartbreaking ending.
The risk you run with reading an anthology is that you will find at least one contribution that's meant to advertise the author's novel, or series of novels, and the characters and world suffer severe underdevelopment. Best New Horror #14 definitely contains stories like this. They're often easy to pick out (if you haven't read the mini bio that precedes each story) because they feel like episodes in a serialization -- fun for established fans of the author or series in question, not so fun for the horror/dark fantasy initiate. It's all right, though, because the styles and themes in this anthology are varied enough that a reader will find something worth looking deeper into.
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Read information about the authorStephen Jones is an eighteen-time winner of the British Fantasy Award.
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