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Inferno : new tales of terror and the supernatural
Ellen Datlow
Adult Nonfiction PS648.H6 I56 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Datlow (The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) makes a solid claim to being the premiere horror editor of her generation with this state-of-the-art anthology of 20 new stories by some of horror fiction's best and brightest. Several outstanding selections feature imperiled children and explore the horrific potential of childhood fears, among them Glen Hirshberg's "The Janus Tree," which gives a creepy supernatural spin to a poignant memoir of adolescent angst and alienation, and Stephen Gallagher's "Misadventure," in which a young man's near-death experience as a child endows him as an adult with consoling insight into the afterlife. The compilation's variety of approaches and moods is exemplary, ranging from the natural supernaturalism of Laird Barron's cosmic horror tale "The Forest," to the unsettling psychological horror of Lucius Shepard's "The Ease with Which We Freed the Beast"; the metaphysical terrors of Conrad Williams's "Perhaps the Last"; and the slapstick grotesquerie of K.W. Jeter's black comedy "Riding Bitch." If this book can be taken as a gauge of the vitality of imagination in contemporary horror fiction, then the genre is very healthy indeed. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Two excellent horror offerings should chill warm-blooded readers this fall. Award-winning sf/fantasy editor Datlow's first nonthemed collection includes 20 stories by British and Australian writers that run the gamut from the grotesque (by Joyce Carol Oates, K.W. Jeter, and Mark Samuels), to family-security worries (Simon Bestwick, Mike Driscoll, and Nathan Ballingrud), to horror with the classic bells and whistles (Conrad Williams's "Perhaps the Last"). Glen Hirshberg's "The Janus Tree" and Stephen Gallagher's "Misadventure" offer a powerful sense of place. Much of the horror in this volume contains a bonus touch of weariness and depression. Edited by Howison, founder of the famous Los Angeles horror bookstore Dark Delicacies, and leading horror anthologist Gelb, Dark Delicacies II presents 18 fear-focused stories as well as two forewords and an afterword. Glen Hirshberg's "I Am Coming To Live in Your Mouth" is gripping and sorrowful (the author has another story in the Datlow collection); Steve Niles's "The Y Incision" is a corpse-larded tale of the dead, undead, and probably dead. Barbara Hambly's "Sunrise on Running Water" presents a deservedly imperiled vampire on the Titanic. Many of the stories here are gritty, while Datlow's selections are more literary. There is plenty of gore, however, in both volumes to satisfy horror fans. All of the stories are wisely chosen and deserve attention and comment. Both titles are recommended for all public libraries.-Jonathan Pearce, California State Univ., Stanislaus (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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