The Year's Best Horror Stories, Series IV

Within the fourteen tales the following we discover our proportion of ghosts and werewolves and vampires, of monsters, of individuals trapped in (and out of) time and space—but this stuff don't continuously take the predicted shape. Our writers nonetheless discover lands that experience no longer but been settled . . . Our writers understand that terra incognita nonetheless may possibly lie throughout a sea or in a few uncharted woodland; yet additionally they be aware of that it may be as shut because the different finish of city; or within the related apartment or development the place you currently sit down studying. it may be locked on your personal brain, and with a rusty corroded lock simply anticipating a bit strain to make it snap open.

Today's writers are extra usual than the writers of Poe's time with the methods of achieving terra incognita, and they're longing for your organization . . .

Show description

Quick preview of The Year's Best Horror Stories, Series IV PDF

Best Anthology books

Evil Earths

As soon as it was once the best planet in all technological know-how fiction. Fourteen darkish visions of the longer term, edited by means of Brian Aldiss


The ambition, greed, and wanderlust of guy have introduced him to the horizon of time, the place the starlit highway of the universe forks—utopia a method, oblivion the darkish dead-end. Earth has been slashed via an atomic knife. A father and son stare upon the pearl-white crescent that's the final reminiscence of Earth. on the penultimate second of an atomic conflict, the last word god appears—pure mutant-human and 24-karat gold. Amid nice ideal towns and perfect machines. guy is a misplaced soul—no cause to dwell and no method to die.

In the masterful tales of such writers as Philip okay. Dick, Brian Aldiss, Henry Kuttner, Fritz Leiber, and Jack Vance, Earth—the first planet of technological know-how fiction—is a tarnished global. Geart civilizations have risen and fallen. Invaders have conquered and been banished. guy has mastered time and been enslaved via wish. Humanity is in a twilight, shadowed via fantastic expertise and haunted by means of misplaced goals. yet within the blackness that's the unknowable destiny, stars nonetheless glitter with worlds to be discovered and hopes but to come back true.


From the forgotten annals of technological know-how fiction magazines of 3 a long time come fourteen dynamic tales of time-travelers, mutant, golden gods, robotic enthusiasts, earth-exiles, and mind-stunning visions of earth's future—and celestial past.

Heresies of the massive God - Brian Aldiss
Night - John W. Campbell
Film of loss of life - J. S. Campbell
"If I Forgot Thee, Oh Earth. .. " - Arthur C. Clarke
The Golden guy - Philip okay. Dick
The Wound - Howard Fast
The Time seize - Henry Kuttner
Among the bushy Earthmen - R. A. Lafferty
Guest professional - Allen okay. Lang
Later Than you're thinking that - Fritz Leiber
The final note - Chad Oliver and Charles Beaumont
The Valley - Richard Stockham
Down one of the lifeless males - William Tenn
The males go back - Jack Vance

The Book of Snubs

A witty and wide-ranging anthology of snubs of each variety--from literature and from life--most real, a number of apocryphal, all memorable. integrated during this assortment are a few selection put-downs by way of such celebrated prior masters as William Shakespeare, Woodrow Wilson, Groucho Marx, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, and Winston Chruchill.

Short and Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales

Robert D. San Souci, acclaimed for his retellings of "The Legend of Sleepy hole" and different favourite works, brings his story-spinning ability to hair-raising stories from the Brothers Grimm, Nathaniel Hawthorne and lots of extra. "Wholesome and well-written. "--Library speak.

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

A set of hugely innovative brief items that talk to our occasions with lethal accuracy. classic Atwood creativity, intelligence, and humor: think Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood turns to brief fiction for the 1st time in view that her 2006 collection, Moral disease, with 9 stories of acute mental perception and turbulent relationships bringing to brain her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace.

Extra info for The Year's Best Horror Stories, Series IV

Show sample text content

After all that may be psionics or whatnot, yet to me the parapsychological is supernatural. (And if so what had the glove been attempting to do probing at my neck? —strangle me, i would imagine. ) And someplace i might learn of an aristocratic Brazilian murderess of the final century who wore gloves woven of spider silk, and of a knight blinded at an important second in a tourney through a lady's silken glove worn as a desire. definite, they have been eerie envelopes, i presumed, gloves have been, yet i used to be simply keen on certainly one of them, a vanishing glove. i began with a jerk as there got here a measured knock-knock. I opened the door and regarded up on the poker faces of 2 younger policemen. Over their shoulders Mr. important was once peering down eagerly at me, his lips speedily quirking in little smiles with what i would name wondering pouts in among. again and a bit to at least one aspect was once Marcia, having a look surprised and staring closely at me throughout the slender house among the second one policeman and the doorjamb. "Jeff Winters," the 1st policeman acknowledged to me, as though it have been a proven fact that he was once placing into position. It happened to me that younger policemen glance very blocky round their slender hips with all that gear they create snugly nested and cased in black leather-based. "Officer Hart—" Marcia begun anxiously. the second one policeman's eyes flickered towards her, yet simply then the 1st policeman persevered, "Your neighbor omit Everly says she passed you a glove past this morning," and he progressed into the personal area (I imagine it really is also known as) round my physique, and that i instantly stepped again. "We wish it," he went on, carrying on with to breakthrough, and that i again. I hesitated. What used to be I to claim? That the glove had began to spook me after which disappeared? Officer Hart the 1st policeman in. Mr. invaluable him in and stopped simply within my door, Marcia nonetheless past him and searching frantic. Officer Hart grew to become, as though approximately to inform Mr. useful to get out, yet simply then Officer Halstead (that was once the opposite identify Marcia had pointed out) stated, "Well, you've got nonetheless obtained it, have not you? She gave it to you, did not she? " I shook after which nodded my head, which should have made me glance rattled. He got here nearer nonetheless and stated harshly and with a be aware of eagerness, "Well, the place is it, then? " I needed to lookup fairly sharply at him to work out his face. past it, simply to one aspect of it, diagonally upward around the room, used to be the head of the tall outfits cupboard, and at the fringe of that there balanced that damned grey glove, flat hands dripping over. I iced up. i may have sworn i would glanced up there greater than as soon as whilst i used to be looking the object, and visible not anything. but there it was once, as though it had flown up there in any other case been flicked there via me the second one time i might violently brushed whatever from my face. Officer Halstead should have misinterpret my glance of terror, for he ducked his head ahead towards mine and rasped. "Your neighbor Mr. Angus says that it is your glove, that he observed you donning grey gloves evening sooner than final! What do you are saying? " yet i did not say whatever, for at that second the glove slid off its precarious perch and dropped directly down and landed on Mr.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.76 of 5 – based on 17 votes