Winner of the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Best Anthology!
Darkly thrilling, these 20 new ghost stories have all the chills and power of traditional ghost stories, but each tale is a unique retelling of an urban legend from the world over. Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow and award-nominated author and editor Nick Mamatas recruited Jeffrey Ford, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin Kiernan, Catherynne M. Valente, Kit Reed, Ekaterina Sedia, and 13 other fine writers to create stories unlike any they've written before. Tales to make listeners shiver with fear, jump at noises in the night, keep the lights on. These 20 nightmares, brought together by two renowned editors of the dark fantastic, are delightful visions sure to send shivers down the spines of horror listeners.
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Scary stories & best part is THEY ARE ALL TRUE!
I LOVE urban legends. These are embellished Urban Legends written down by REALLY talented story tellers - award winning story tellers!
The brilliant and great writing.
Yes, just dandy.
The "Black Car". The Black Car drives along lonely roads on Halloween night. The Black Car is full of Nuns, or as you get a closer look, are they nuns, or maybe they are purple witches? …they are driving around the mid-west on Halloween Night in a big BLACK CAR. I grew up in the mid-west, and I heard about THIS one! I think I even saw it once. It's TRUE! And the absolute worst part is the Black Car follows you …and then it get's even worse when they catch up to you, force you off the road, and of course, then there's the unspeakable "FOLDING MAN" the Purple-Alien-Nun-Witches pull out of the trunk… then the story starts to get really scary! AND it's all True! I knew someone's sister's boyfriend who said he and his friends were chased by the Black Car on Halloween!
Loved the book. I wish some of the stories should have been a little tighter. A Beginning - a Middle - and an End, not just the "slice of life" stuff. I wish they had all been equally scary and riveting. Some went right over my head, but the ones that "got me" got me REAL good! Oh, "Cracked Pop" in the Pines Barrens, Spring Heal Jack killing as devil or an angel depending on who you ask. I wish the wonderful writing on the "headless horseman" piece had been less slice of life, and more Spook tale! I wish all had a twist ending, or a good "BOO!" at the end, but still, a good collection. Perhaps the NEXT one (please ) will require a good "BOO!" at the end, or near end, of each spook story! Thanks!
- Old Man Parker "I'm just a crazy old man, what the heck do you care what I think anyways?"
GOOD, BUT NOT Great