A "Washington Post" Best Book of the Year
Peter Straub--bestselling author and 8-time Bram Stoker Award winner--has gathered here 24 bone-chilling, nail-biting, frightfully imaginative stories that represent the best of contemporary horror writing.
Dan Chaon "The Bees"
Elizabeth Hand "Cleopatra Brimstone"
Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem "The Man on the Ceiling"
M. John Harrison "The Great God Plan"
Ramsey Campbell "The Voice of the Beach"
Brian Evenson "Body"
Kelly Link "Louise's Ghost"
Jonathan Carroll "The Sadness of Detail"
M. Rickert "Leda"
Thomas Tessier "In Praise of Folly"
David J. Schow "Plot Twist"
Glen Hirshberg "The Two Sams"
Thomas Ligotti "Notes on the Writing of Horror: A Story"
Benjamin Percy "Unearthed"
Bradford Morrow "Gardener of Heart"
Peter Straub "Little Red's Tango"
Stephen King "The Ballad of a Flexible Bullet"
Joe Hill "20th Century Ghost"
Ellen Klages "The Green Glass Sea"
Tia V. Travis "The Kiss"
Graham Joyce "Black Dust"
Neil Gaiman "October in the Chair"
John Crowley "Missolonghi 1824"
Rosalind Palermo Stevenson "Insect Dreams.
About the Author
PETER STRAUB is the author of seventeen novels, including "Ghost Story" and "Koko," as well as two collaborations with Stephen King. Winner of eight Bram Stoker Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, two World Fantasy Awards, and both a Lifetime Achievement Award and election as a Grand Master from the Horror Writers Association, he lives in New York City.
“Revelatory. . . . A remarkably consistent, frequently unsettling book.” —The Washington Post
“Straub is uniquely qualified to hold forth on what makes a good horror story. . . . [He] collects the best scary short stories out there.” —Time