Best New Horror 2

Stephen Jones, Editor, Ramsey Campbell, Editor Carroll & Graf Publishers $20.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-88184-736-9
Twenty-eight spine-tinglers are showcased by the editors, both veteran horror writers,in this fine anthology, which runs the horror gamut from occult shocker to psychological thriller. Though it opens with a rather tasteless entry, K. W. Jeter's grisly ``The First Time'' (told with au courant splatterpunk brio), the collection redeems itself many times over with a score of tales that make the prerequisite suspension of disbelief a hair-raising pleasure. In Michael Marshall Smith's imaginative ``The Man Who Drew Cats,'' a mysterious street-artist stretches his creativity to alarmingly grim lengths when an abused child wins his heart. Thomas Ligotti's fluently written novella, ``The Last Feast of Harlequin,'' reveals the dark nature lurking just beneath the whiteface. The searing final image in ``Cedar Lane,'' by Karl Edward Wagner, will invoke for many genre fans Ray Bradbury's classic ``There Will Come Soft Rains.'' J. L. Comeau's riveting ``Firebird'' pits supernatural forces against a feisty ballerina who also happens to be a cop. In one of the collection's strongest entries, ``Mister Ice Cold,'' cartoonist Gahan Wilson proves that a few thousand well-chosen words just might be worth more than a picture, after all. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/04/1991
Release date: 11/01/1991
Paperback - 978-0-88184-921-9
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