It is now something of a cliché to describe Stephen Jones as the most respected horror anthologist in the United Kingdom, but as these two intelligently edited volumes prove, he continues to hold that title with insouciant ease. The stories here are a typically choice batch, and both books (from different publishers) will ensure deliciously sleepless nights for many a reader. Perhaps the highlight of both volumes is to be found in A Book of Horrors from the new imprint Jo Fletcher books: Reggie Oliver’s deeply pleasurable ersatz period horror, A Child’s Problem — even better (if the truth be told) than the Stephen King story which inaugurates the collection. The Constable Robinson collection, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, has some familiar names on strong form, and both volumes comprehensively demonstrate that Stephen Jones remains at the top of the tree as one of the world’s premiere anthologists of stories designed to chill the blood – still an honourable art.

A Book of Horrors & The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Stephen Jones, editor

Jo Fletcher Books/Constable Robinson

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