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David Sutton & Stephen Jones – Dark Voices 5

Posted by demonik on September 18, 2007

David Sutton & Stephen Jones (eds) – Dark Voices 5: The Pan Book of Horror (Pan, 1993)

Dark Voices 5

For 34 years the Pan Book of Horror has turned the blood in your veins to red ice. In this latest terrifying collection, horror’s menacing masters and tomorrow’s top names gather together to take you to the furthest reaches of Fear… Cravings… Killers… Cannibalism… Ghosts… Zombies… Arachnids… Parasites… Insanity… Necrophilia… Video Nasties… In Dark Voices 5 the reign of terror continues.

Robert Holdstock – Having His Leg Pulled
Brian Lumley – Back Row
Roberta Lannes – Precious
Nicholas Royle – The Editor
Graham Joyce – The Ventriloquial Art
Melanie Tem – Phantom
Daniel Fox – How She Dances
Dennis Etchison – The Dog Park
Simon Clark – Gerassimos Flamotas: A Day in the Life
Kathe Koja – Arrangement for Invisible Voices
Brian Mooney – The Lady of Dubhán Alla
Les Daniels – Loser
David J. Schow – Life Partner
Kim Antieau – Sustenance
Jean-Daniel Brèque – Stone Dead
Jeff VanderMeer – La Siesta del Muerte
Peter Valentine Timlett – The Disobedience of Mary Thompson
Michael Marshall Smith – More Bitter Than Death
Kim Newman – Where the Bodies Are Buried
Myrna Elana  – Red-Bellied Ghosts

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Stephen Jones & Clarence Padget – Dark Voices

Posted by demonik on September 7, 2007

Stephen Jones  &  Clarence Padget  (eds) –  Dark Voices: The Best From The Pan Book Of Horror Stories  (Pan, 1990)

Dark Voices

Cover: Dave McKean

Introductory Note – Herbert Van Thal
Foreword: Dark Voices – The Editors

Alan Ryan – Baby’s Blood (from #25) chosen by Stephen Gallagher
Stephen King – The Mangler(from #21) chosen by James Herbert
Stanley Ellin – The Speciality Of The House(from #2) Clive Barker
Basil Copper – Camera Obscura (from #6) chosen by Charles L. Grant
John Lennon – No Flies On Frank (from #6) chosen by F. Paul Wilson
Harry Harrison – The Streets Of Ashkelon (from #7) chosen by Brian W. Aldiss
Robert Bloch – Lucy Comes To Stay (from #4) chosen by Graham Masterton
George Langelaan – The Fly (from #2) chosen by David Cronenberg
Ray Bradbury – The Emissary (from #4) chosen by Dennis Etchison
Ian McEwen – Pornography (from #22) chosen by Shaun Hutson
Robert Aickman – Ringing The Changes (from #4) chosen by Peter Straub
Robert Holdstock – The Quiet Girl (from #19) chosen by Robert R. McCammon
David Case – The Hunter (from #12) chosen by Ramsey Campbell

Afterword: Bringing The Horror Back Home – Stephen Jones
The Pan Book Of Horror Stories: Index to Vol.1 – 30.

An incredibly safe collection, but other than F. Paul Wilson’s bizarre selection as his pick from the series, there’s nothing remotely bad in here. Bar Gallagher, Campbell, McCammon and Hutson, the rest have opted for stories that give you no idea what the series is like. Chances are, if you own three or four “Classic Horror” style collections, you’ll already have half of these. The book is dedicated to the late Rosemary Timperley, but not one woman gets a look in. Alex White, Elizabeth Walter, Dorothy K. Haynes and Timperley were regular contributors of fine stories and had far more to do with the series than, say, Stephen King, whose contributions had already been published extensively long before Pan picked them up.

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David Sutton & Stephen Jones – Dark Voices 2

Posted by demonik on September 7, 2007

David Sutton & Stephen Jones (eds.) – Dark Voices # 2: The Pan Book Of Horror (Pan, 1990)


Cover Illustration: Dave Carson

Brian Stableford – Behind The Wheel
Tony J. Forder – Gino’s Bar And Grille
Thomas F. Monteleone – The Pleasure Of Her Company
Ramsey Campbell – The Invocation
Norman P. Kaufman – Choose!
Roy Clifford – Duty
John Brunner – Moths
Guy N. Smith – The Baby
Michael Marshall Smith – The Man Who Drew Cats
Adrian Cole – Face To Face
Conrad Hill – Southbound Interruption
Marcus Gold – The Vulture
William F. Nolan – The Halloween Man
Cherry Wilder – Alive In Venice
Brian Lumley – The Sun, The Sea And The Silent Scream

Contributors’ notes

After the Best of …  collection, a brand new start for the series. A much stronger line-up than the Paget books and later Van Thal’s.

Brian Stableford – Behind The Wheel; When Andy finds out his wife is fooling around, he follows the other man as he leaves the house and causes him to crash his car. Dragging the corpse from the wreckage, he kicks it around for ten minutes and drives off … with the mangled car in pursuit.

Tony J. Forder – Gino’s Bar And Grille; Larry is through with wife Chloe’s constant stream of put downs and he hates that she keeps calling him “Lurch.” He drives her and their son out to “Gino’s”, just as his father had all those years ago when Larry’s mother became tiresome. Gino keeps a little something out back for the ladies …

Thomas F. Monteleone – The Pleasure Of Her Company; Stanley Devereaux builds a shrine to his heroine, a dead screen goddess. Harkey promises him something special and Devereaux learns from a newspaper that his idol’s grave has been desecrated.

John Brunner – Moths; The Arrieux half-sisters, Chantal and Mathilde. Chantal is beautiful, Mathilde fat, ugly and outcast as was her mother, a reputed witch. When Chantal decides she will wear Mathilde’s mother’s wedding dress at her own betrothal, her half-sister is given the job of repairing it. Oh dear …

Roy Clifford – Duty; “Hippies or drop-outs of no account” summon up a demon. Initially disappointed, they even mistake the fiend for a police officer until he assumes a more recognisable appearance.

William F. Nolan – The Halloween Man; … steals away children’s souls and this year he’s set his sights on little Katie’s. She decides to stay home with her father, but even then she’s not safe …

Conrad Hill – Southbound Interruption; Motorways of the future: an accident, and the human remains are quickly dumped in a pile and carted away in garbage trucks.

Ramsey Campbell – The Invocation: Ted releases the spider-like spirit in the decanter while cursing aloud the maddening antics of his neighbour, Mrs. Cecily Dame. He begins to suffer dreadful nightmares. She wastes away. When Ted returns home from a weekend with student friend Ken, he is attacked in his bed and paralysed by a “dim hump.” Looks like he’s going the same way as the suspiciously silent Mrs. Dame …

Cherry Wilder – Alive In Venice: Susie, holidaying with her recently wed brother and his bride, is fascinated by a tapestry depicting a masqued woman luring a young girl toward a palace while her acolytes gloat from a bridge. The older woman is evidently a fifteenth century Contessa “who remained young and beautiful for so long it became embarrassing.” Amid accusations of witchcraft, the Contessa draws the young girl into her world …

Guy N. Smith – The Baby: Dumped by its appalling mother Sharon Quick, it avenges itself by tracking her down and crawling back into her womb. Bloody charming!

Michael Marshall Smith – The Man Who Drew Cats: One day old Tom just blew into Kingstown, stepped into The Hogshead Bar and the locals – unusually for them – took to the quiet fellow straight away. A quiet and private man, he makes his living from the extraordinary paintings he tosses off for tourists and sometimes when the mood takes him, he chalks his more complex designs on the pavement. But when he befriends little Billy and his mom and learns that her nogoodnik drunken husband regularly beats the shit out of them both, he draws something really terrifying.

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David Sutton & Stephen Jones – Dark Voices 3

Posted by demonik on September 7, 2007

David Sutton & Stephen Jones (eds.) – Dark Voices # 3: The Pan Book Of Horror (Pan, 1991)

Cover Illustration: Dave Carson

Bob Shaw – A Real Downer
Basil Copper – The Academy Of Pain
Richard Easter – Amy
Ramsey Campbell – The Pattern
Mark Morris – The Company
Lene Kaaberbol – Puss
Brian Lumley – The Picnickers
Melanie Tem – Christmas With Jeremy
Stephen Laws – He Who Laughs
Robert Hood – Nasty little Habits
Charles Wagner – Vision In A T-Bird
Graham Masterton – 5a Bedford Row
Kathe Koja – Impermanent Mercies
David J. Schow – Not From Around Here

Contributors’ notes

See also Vault Of Evil’s Dark Voices 3 thread

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