It has become something of a cliché to say that Stephen Jones is the U.K.’s Editor Emeritus when it comes to horror anthologies, as Jones has comfortably held pole position in the genre for so long. But just because something is a cliché doesn’t mean that it isn’t true, as this latest cherishable collection from the publisher Robinson proves. Several of the usual suspects are here, and on prime form: Neil Gaiman, Joe Lansdale, Ramsey Campbell and Stephen Volk, with the always useful necrology provided by Jones and Kim Newman, reminding us who’s still standing and who isn’t. As usual, as well as being a collection that functions in its own right with some of the most provocative and innovative writing the horror field, this latest volume in the long-running series is a reminder of what rude health the genre is in, despite rumours of its demise.

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Stephen Jones editor is published by Robinson

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