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As indicated in
Ellen Datlow’s introduction, you could consider this a sequel to
DARKNESS: TWO DECADES OF MODERN HORROR, which included greats like
Clive Barker, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman and George R.
R. Martin. NIGHTMARES: A NEW DECADE OF MODERN HORROR is a celebration
of the art of writing short stories. These tales are a gathering of
those that left a lasting impression on her. It did on us, and
certainly will on you.
An excellent collection over all, featuring some of the best voices in horror. It has something to suit a wide variety of tastes, blending stories about real life trauma and bloodshed, to stories that pass into the realms of cosmic terror, horror in the old west and even those with a grim fairytale-like feel. In these pages you will find a nightmare for every horror fan.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The guys at Tachyon sent me this as well as HAP AND LEONARD. There’s a significant amount of overlap so some of this will be a clip job.
Introduction by Michael Kortya: I’m always interested in what one writer writes about another. Kortya echoes my feelings on Hap and Leonard and Joe Lansdale in general. He also refrains from spoiling the shit out of stories, which is growing increasingly rare in introductions.
Joe R. Lansdale, Hap and Leonard, and Me by Bill Crider: Bill Crider details his decades-long friendship with Joe Lansdale and gives an outsider’s point of view on Joe working on the series.
The Oak and the Pond: Hap tells the story of what happened to the Robin Hood Tree, a tree mentioned in several of the early Hap and Leonard books.
The Boy Who Became Invisible: Hap recounts a tale of his youth, the tale of the boy everyone picked on.
The Boy Who Became Invisible is a powerful tale because it’s all too believable and very relatable. I remembered the ending but it still hit pretty hard. This particular version of The Boy Who Became Invisible is in screenplay format.
An Interview with Joe R. Lansdale, His Own Self: Rick Klaw interviews Joe, asking his thoughts on such topics as racism, genres, Texas, violence, and other subjects.
The Care and Feeding and Raising Up of Hap and Leonard: Lansdale talks about the genesis of Hap and Leonard and writing the books, confirming that Hap is something of a stand-in for Lansdale himself.
At IO9, Cheryl Eddy includes Bruce Sterling’s forthcoming alt history, dieselpunk adventure PIRATE UTOPIA in All the New Scifi and Fantasy Books You Absolutely Must Read This Fall.
A gaggle of
ne’er-do-wells plot global chaos in this new satire from the editor
of the seminal MIRRORSHADES: THE CYBERPUNK ANTHOLOGY.
For more info about NIGHTMARES: A NEW DECADE OF MODERN HORROR, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Nihil
Design by Elizabeth Story
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Cover by Ann Monn
For more info about HAP AND LEONARD RIDE AGAIN, visit the Tachyon page.
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Covers by Elizabeth Story
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Cover and images by John Coulthart