PDF (The Year's Best Horror Stories 15) AUTHOR Karl Edward Wagner
Three and a half stars When I was 12 years old I got my hands on The Year s Best Horror Stories Volume 18 and I remember the cover It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life perfectly a head getting sueezed between converging walls That was my first introduction to Karl Edward Wagner hahaI think these stories were from 1986 and have some of my favorites David Schow Brian Lumley and also a lot of forgettable stories My favorite was called Bird in a Wrought Iron Cage about an evil disembodied hand thatredicts stocks and deaths for its owners and ends with a devilish flourish after being told when he will die the last owner decides to the fucking hand
into a fire see which one will die first Hahaha fuck yeahAnyway a fire to see which one will die first Hahaha fuck yeahAnyway should really be reissued as ebooks what s the Lignin Biodegradation point in not doing that for everything that s out ofrint On Pure Chance page 172 of 300 the first story is my favorite The rest have been boring endings reallyathetically written I ersonally wouldn t recommend this book I love horror storiesmovies but this isn t scary freaky or entertaining Disappointed Once again amazed at the variety of stories in the Karl Edward Wagner collections If only I d discovered these about ten years ago Anyone new to the horror genre especially young writers could do far worse than cutting their teeth on these stories In fact it s a shame I imagine it d be a Rights nightmare that somehow all of these anthologies and the Shadows Whispers and Masues collections couldn t be released as ebooks for a younger horror generation There. CONTENTSIntroduction What's in a Name • essay by Karl Edward WagnerThe Yougoslaves • 1986 • novelette by Robert BlochTight Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back • 1986 • shortstory by Joe R LansdaleApples • 1986 • shortstory by Ramsey CampbellDead White Women • 1986 • shortstory by William F WuCrystal • 1986 • shortstory by Charles L GrantRetirement • 1986 • shorts. Are a few REALLY stand out stories here Bloch s The Yugoslaves Pale Trembling Youth by W H Pugmire and Jessica Amanda Salmonson and Acuiring a Family by R Cetwynd Hayes being three of the best of the best But the clincher the one story worth getting the whole book for is Brad Strickland s In the Hour Before Dawn That story is so simple yet so disturbing and weird with such a fantastic ending that it cannot be forgotten The bones of that story will be the basis of what I tell my audience ifwhenever I find myself in a situation that calls for a fire side scary tale A little weak this year The John Alfred Taylor story was the best Done with this for nowMaybe I ll read in black January or FebruaryMoving on Time Is Tight to uote Booker T
And The MGs Introduction What S In A NameThe Yougoslaves the MGs Introduction What s in a NameThe Yougoslaves Robert BlochTight Little Stitches In A Dead Man s Back by Joe R LansdaleApples by Ramsey CampbellDead White Women by William F WuCrystal by Charles L GrantRetirement by Ron LemingThe Man Who Did Trick With Glass by Ron WolfeBird in a Wrought Iron Cage by John Alfred TaylorThe Olympic
Runner by Dennis EtchisonTake the A Train by Wayne Allen SalleeThe Foggy Foggy Dew by Joel LaneThe Godmother by by Dennis EtchisonTake the A Train by Wayne Allen SalleeThe Foggy Foggy Dew by Joel LaneThe Godmother by RathPale Trembling Youth by WH Pugmire and Jessica Amanda SalmonsonRed Light by David J SchowIn The Hour Before Dawn by Brad SticklandNecros by Brian LumleyTattoos by Jack DannAcuiring A Family by R Chetwynd HayesI didn t find this book uite as good as the three other books I read in this serie. Tory by Ron LemingThe Man Who Did Tricks With Glass • 1986 • shortstory by Ron WolfeBird in a Wrought Iron Cage • 1986 • shortstory by John Alfred TaylorThe Olympic Runner • 1986 • novelette by Dennis EtchisonTake the A Train • Dennis Cassady • 1986 • shortstory by Wayne Allen SalleeThe Foggy Foggy Dew • 1986 • shortstory by Joel LaneThe Godmother • 1986 • shortst. S I lost interest in reading the story The Foggy Foggy Dew The Joe Lansdale story is a ost nuclear apocalypse story with killer lants This sort of thing was done decades before by John WyndhamThe Olympic Runner by Dennis Etchison is I think about a woman dealing with some stressful things she is recently
divorced raising kids and trying to find a daughter who ran away According to the Acknowledgement section of the raising kids and trying to find a daughter who ran away According to the Acknowledgement section of the this story first appeared in Fantasy Tales But I fail to see the fantastical element in the story The Yougoslaves by Robert Bloch is a fine contribution A young gang of thieves steals a key from a man This gang messed with the wrong guy The man is a certain European who can act refined at times but also deadly at other times especially at night Red Light by David J Schow I mentally aired this story with the Fritz Leiber story The Girl with the Hungry Eyes In the Leiber story a model is a sychic vampire In the Schow story a modelactress is sychically drained when viewedI took an interest in the story Take The A Train by Wayne Allen Salle for it takes lace in my hometown of Chicago I know uite well the Chicago
references in the story This story is a seuel to Salle s Rapid Transit which I haven t read in the story This story is a seuel to Salle s Rapid Transit which I haven t read This book should be renamed The Year s WORST Horror I ve never read such a lousy compilation in my life There was one maybe two decent stories but they didn t show up until I was than halfway through Obviously 1987 wasn t a stellar year for the horror genre. Ory by Tina RathPale Trembling Youth • 1986 • shortstory by W H Pugmire and Jessica Amanda Salmonson aka Pale Trembling YouthRed Light • 1986 • novelette by David J SchowIn the Hour Before Dawn • 1986 • shortstory by Brad StricklandNecros • 1986 • shortstory by Brian LumleyTattoos • 1986 • novelette by Jack DannAcuiring a Family • 1986 • novelette by R Chetwynd Haye.