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This applies, for instance to the outstanding "Fallen Boys" by Mark Morris, in which a class of schoolchildren, visiting a disused mine, witness a terrible vengeance from a dark past, "Substitutions" by Michael Marshall Smith, an insightful, superb exploration of the desire to live a different life, with a horrific, deeply disturbing ending and "Lavender and Lychgates" by Angela Slatter, a perceptive ghost story addressing the delicate aspects of missing motherly love. Other great stories had already attracted my attention on the occasion of their first publication: the disquieting "Telling" where Steve Rasnic Tem discloses the hidden secrets of a haunted house, the surrealistic "Featherweight" by Robert Shearman, depicting a married couple trapped in the wreckage of their car after a road accident, the disturbing and fascinating "Losenef Express" by Mark Samuels, where an American traveler, on the run after committing an absurd murder, takes a train ride bound to a very unexpected destination, not to mention the multi-reprinted "Lesser Demons" in which Norman Partridge masterly blends Lovecraftian atmospheres and Zombie horror.
By contrast, a few other stories -- that I won't mention -- although included in this volume did not work for me the first time and just keep doing so. Finally, the anthology features a number of tales that, for some reason, I had previously missed and that I was glad to enjoy thanks to Jones' acute selection. Scott Edelman's "What Will Come After" is a splendid, emotional piece where the zombie condition is examined in detail beforehand by a man about to die and be reborn as a living dead.
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Garry Kilworth pens "Out Back," a terrifying, unforgettable story in which an inhuman, murderous horror lurks in the bushes behind a remote cottage and John Langan contributes "City of the Dog," a nightmarish tale of urban horror featuring alien dogs, harbingers of terrible secrets. Some are period chillers, such as Paul McAuley's novella, "Dr.
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Pretorius and the Lost Temple," a well-told Victorian penny dreadful involving psychic detection, Roman remains, subterranean survivals and occult experiments to create life. Even stories that don't explicitly reference horror's hallowed icons show the impact of their lessons in tasteful restraint, among them Don Tumasonis's "The Wretched Thicket of Thorn," which conjures an awesome monster that's all the more frightening for never being shown directly.
In his indispensable overview of horror in , Jones speaks of "the diversity of taste and erudition that binds our community.
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