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Book Review: The Mammoth Book of Short Horror Novels by Mike Ashley (Editor)

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Novella is perhaps the best suited form for horror literature. But novellas are too long for normal anthologies and too short to be published as a separate book. In such a situation, Mike Ashley has done a great favor to the fans of the genre by presenting them an awesome compilation — The Mammoth Book of Short Horror Novels.

The Editor clearly states his objective in the introduction. Ashley wanted to:

  • Include some of the best horror fiction ever printed.
  • Resurrect some of the authors who have been neglected without reason.
  • Introduce some stories which have been unjustly forgotten.

It’s worth mentioning that the editor has successfully accomplished his objective and the result has been diabolically satisfying.


Introduction – Mike Ashley

Stephen King – The Monkey
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Parasite
Russell Kirk – There’s A Long, Long Trail A-Winding
Algernon Blackwood – The Damned
David Case – Fengriffen
A. C. Benson – The Uttermost Farthing
Oliver Onions – The Rope In The Rafters
T. E. D. Klein – Nadelman’s God
John Metcalfe – The Feasting Dead
Lucius Shepard – How The Wind Spoke at Madaket

Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc (1988)

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