Big Bunch of News, Part 3: The Century’s Best Horror Fiction

by Brian on February 6, 2012

in Fiction

How many books do you know that could legitimately be described as more than a century in the making? In gathering the most exemplary scary stuff published between the years 1901 and 2000, the terms that editor and genre historian John Pelan set himself were simple but daunting: one story per year, one story per author.

Thus, regardless of his titan status, H.P. Lovecraft gets only one slot. Ray Bradbury gets only one slot. Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Poppy Z. Brite … only one slot.

I got a slot.

The novella “As Above, So Below,” from my collection Falling Idols, holds down the year 1998. Amazing. The company here is drop-to-my-knees-and-give-thanks humbling. The 99 other bylines range from good friends and warm acquaintances, to role models admired from afar, to names that verge on mythical. I mean, H.G. Wells and Aleister freakin’ Crowley???

I’m truly honored to be here, and enormously grateful to everyone at Cemetery Dance Publications for hanging with the project throughout the logistical delays that kept it from appearing years ago.

Got a nice nod, too, in the recent Booklist review:

Volume 2 brings more contemporary authors of horror fiction to the fore. Norman Spinrad’s “Carcinoma Angels,” from 1967, will jolt you, and Brian Hodge’s “As Above, So Below,” from 1998, is a gem. Reading this entire second volume will acquaint even those new to horror fiction with the authors who have shaped the genre during the past 50 years.

Peruse this 2-volume, 1574-page beast here:

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