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Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Vol. 10


The Mammoth Book of Best New horror series edited by Stephen Jones is for the most part chock full of good scary stories. However, I have come to find that Jones favors British horror authors, and I sometimes come away from some stories thinking "WTF was that?", and not in a good way. As of Halloween 2004, I am half way through Volume 10. I have all of the volumes from Volume 8 to the latest volume, and starting with Volume 10, I plan on giving each story a rating out of 10 and a brief comment. After I have gone through, I will re-read Volumes 8 & 9, and the part of Volume 10 that I have already read. My ratings for the last few stories in Volume 10 are below. I will now read through volumes 11-15, and then start back over to get the stories I missed from Volumes 8-10. 489 pp.

"The Boss in the Wall: A Treatise on the House Devil"
by Avram Davidson & Grania Davis
Comment: Get a cat. They hate cats. Keep a fire. They hate fire. And lastly, never get between them and the wall.

"Objects of Desire in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear"
by Harlan Ellison
Comment: Look at the Green Light.

"Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff"
by Peter Straub
Comment: All is in order, all is in train. It only hurts for a little while. Change is the first law of life.

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