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Dark Terrors 5

(2001) Stephen Jones/David Sutton (Eds), Gollancz, 6.99, pbk, 562pp, ISBN 1-85798-322-X

A bumper edition of the world's favourite horror anthology, and very welcome it is too. Multi-award-winning editors Jones and Sutton have compiled another compelling chill feast, nearly twice the size of previous volumes. 31 tales of terror, including two novellas by William Trotter and the excellent David Case, showcase the best talent in the field today. Authors include: Christopher Fowler, Richard Christian Matheson, David J Schow, Nicholas Royle, Michael Marshall Smith, Kim Newman, Lisa Tuttle, Dennis Etchison, and Peter Straub. The stories in this volume tend more toward the atmospheric rather than the visceral, but there are still thrills and spills enough to satisfy all kinds of fans. Once again there is helpful info on what each of the writers are currently up to, so this tome can be usefully used as a "sampler" to direct the audience to further reading. Definitely worth a read.

Tony Chester


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