Most short story anthologies feel like entrées, little more than a glimpse into an author’s work. Nightmares feels like an all-you-can-eat buffet where the palate is refreshed every time you go up for another helping. There is plenty here to keep a reader engrossed and stimulate interest in a particular author’s writing, and covers a wide range of styles.
The stories range from the fantastical to the mundane which suddenly takes an unexpected turn. There is also plenty of a steady underlying sense of something not right until the awful truth finally dawns on the reader, or the anticipated shock moment arrives when they least expect it.
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For THE ANTICK MUSINGS OF G.B.H. HORSNSWOGGLER, GENT., Andrew Wheeler previews the anthology.
Ten years ago, Ellen Datlow had a big anthology called DARKNESS, collecting her picks for the best horror stories of the previous two decades. (Since, basically, she started working in that field and paying close attention to it.) But there was no reason that she had to wait two decades to do it again, and so Tachyon is bringing out Datlow’s NIGHTMARES: A NEW DECADE OF MODERN HORROR as a trade paperback.
Datlow is probably the best-known and highest-regarded horror editor out there, so if you have any interest at all in the form, you’ll want to take a glance at this.
For more info about NIGHTMARES: A NEW DECADE OF MODERN HORROR, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Nihil
Design by Elizabeth Story
For more info about DARKNESS: TWO DECADES OF MODERN HORROR, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Ann Monn