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October.  The days are getting shorter; the wind has turned chill.  Darkness falls upon us more quickly now as we creep slowly towards the end of the year.  Halloween approaches, a time when (some say) the boundaries between this world and the next wear thin.  When the restless dead might walk.  When we start to wonder... what else might be hiding out there, in the growing darkness?  Intrigued?  This month, I invite you to explore the darker side of fiction.  Check out... HORROR!

If you're new to Horror or just looking for someone new to read, the short story format is a great way to familiarize yourself with the genre.  Most horror novelists have short story collections, also; many get their start that way.  Through short stories, you can sample several authors at once, or quickly survey the range of a particular author's style.  (If you're like me-- too scared to sleep until you know how the story ends-- short stories make better bedtime reading, too. Wink)  New City has several award-winning horror anthologies in our Speculative Fiction collection.  For a superlatively spine-tingling read, check out one of the titles below!

Single-Author Collections

Campbell, Ramsey.  Alone with the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction of Ramsey Campbell, 1961-1991.  Bram Stoker Award, 1993; World Fantasy Award, 1994.  (Horror Campbell)

Carroll, Jonathan.  The Panic Hand.  Bram Stoker Award, 1995.  (Short Stories Carroll)

Hill, Joe.  Twentieth Century Ghosts.  Bram Stoker Award, 2005; International Horror Guild Award, 2005.  (Horror Hill)

King, Stephen.  Four past Midnight.  Bram Stoker Award, 1991.  (Horror King)

King, Stephen.  Just after Sunset.  Bram Stoker Award, 2008.  (Horror King)

Monteleone, Thomas F.  Fearful Symmetries: A Short Story Collection.  Bram Stoker Award, 2004. (Horror Short Stories Monteleone)

Smith, Michael Marshall.  More Tomorrow & Other Stories.  International Horror Guild Award, 2003.  (Horror Short Stories Smith)

Straub, Peter.  Magic Terror: Seven Tales.  Bram Stoker Award, 2000. (Horror Short Stories Straub)

Multiple-Author Anthologies

Chizmar, Richard, ed.  Night Visions 10.  (Serial anthology.)  International Horror Guild Award, 2001. (Horror Short Stories Night)

Chizmar, Richard, ed.  October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween.  International Horror Guild Award, 2000.  (Short Stories October)

Datlow, Ellen, Terri Windling, et al., eds.  The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.  (Serial anthology.) World Fantasy Award, 1989, 1990, 1992; Bram Stoker Award, 2000, 2004.  (Fantasy Short Stories Year's)

Datlow, Ellen, ed.  Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural.  World Fantasy Award, 2008. (Horror Inferno)

Howison, Del and Jeff Gelb, eds. Dark delicacies.  (Serial anthology.) Bram Stoker Award, 2005.  (Horror Dark)

Grant, Charles L., ed. Shadows 10. (Serial anthology.)  World Fantasy Award, 1979.  (Horror Short Stories Shadows)

Jones, Stephen and Ramsey Campbell.  Best New Horror.  (Serial anthology.)  World Fantasy Award, 1991; International Horror Guild Award, 1995.  (Horror Short Stories Best)

Sarrantonio, Al, ed.  999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense.  Bram Stoker Award, 1999.  (Horror Short Stories Nine)

Winter, Douglas E., ed.    Revelations.  International Horror Guild Award, 1997. (Horror Short Stories Revelations)

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