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27/01/2009 3:25 pm  

The Century's Best Horror Fiction
edited by John Pelan

http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/CDP/PROD/pelan0 1"> http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/CDP/PROD/pelan01

Editor: John Pelan
Artist: Alan M. Clark (Lettered Edition color artwork)
Page Count: 706 (Volume One) and 868 (Volume Two)
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN: 1-58767-080-1

In celebration of the new millennium, Cemetery Dance Publications has commissioned a spectacular two-volume anthology project under the editorship of noted author and historian of the horror genre, John Pelan.

John will be selecting one story published during each year of the 20th Century (1901-2000) as the most notable story of that year — all 100 stories will then be collected in The Century's Best Horror Fiction.

The ground rules are simple: Only one selection per author. Only one selection per year.

Two huge volumes, one hundred authors, one hundred classic stories, over 700,000 words of fiction -- history in the making!

Table of Contents
1901: Barry Pain -- The Undying Thing
1902: W.W. Jacobs -- The Monkey's Paw
1903: H.G.Wells -- The Valley of the Spiders
1904: Arthur Machen -- The White People
1905: R. Murray Gilchrist -- The Lover's Ordeal
1906: Edward Lucas White -- House of the Nightmare
1907: Algernon Blackwood -- The Willows
1908: Perceval Landon -- Thurnley Abbey
1909: Violet Hunt -- The Coach
1910: Wm Hope Hodgson -- The Whistling Room
1911: M.R. James -- Casting the Runes
1912: E.F. Benson -- Caterpillars
1913: Aleister Crowley -- The Testament of Magdelan Blair
1914: M. P. Shiel -- The Place of Pain
1915: Hanns Heinz Ewers -- The Spider
1916: Lord Dunsany -- Thirteen at Table
1917: Frederick Stuart Greene -- The Black Pool
1918: H. De Vere Stacpoole -- The Middle Bedroom
1919: Ulric Daubeny -- The Sumach
1920: Maurice Level -- In the Light of the Red Lamp
1921: Vincent O'Sullivan -- Master of Fallen Years
1922: Walter de la Mare -- Seaton's Aunt
1923: George Allen England -- The Thing from Outside
1924: C.M. Eddy -- The Loved Dead
1925: John Metcalfe -- The Smoking Leg
1926: H.P. Lovecraft -- The Outsider
1927: Donald Wandrei -- The Red Brain
1928: H.R. Wakefield -- The Red Lodge
1929: Eleanor Scott -- Celui-La
1930: Rosalie Muspratt -- Spirit of Stonhenge
1931: Henry S. Whitehead -- Cassius
1932: David H. Keller -- The Thing in the Cellar
1933: C.L. Moore -- Shambleau
1934: L.A. Lewis -- The Tower of Moab
1935: Clark Ashton Smith -- The Dark Eidolon
1936: Thorp McCluskey -- The Crawling Horror
1937: Howard Wandrei -- The Eerie Mr Murphy
1938: Robert E. Howard -- Pigeons from Hell
1939: Robert Barbour Johnson -- Far Below
1940: John Collier -- Evening Primrose
1941: C.M. Kornbluth -- The Words of Guru
1942: Jane Rice -- The Idol of the Flies
1943: Anthony Boucher -- They Bite
1944: Ray Bradbury -- The Jar
1945: August Derleth -- Carousel
1946: Manly Wade Wellman -- Shonokin Town
1947: Theodore Sturgeon -- Bianca's Hands
1948: Shirley Jackson -- The Lottery
1949: Nigel Kneale -- The Pond
1950: Richard Matheson -- Born of Man & Woman
1951: Russell Kirk -- Uncle Isiah
1952: Eric Frank Russell -- I Am Nothing
1953: Robert Sheckley -- The Altar
1954: Everill Worrell -- Call Not Their Names
1955: Robert Aickman -- Ringing the Changes
1956: Richard Wilson -- Lonely Road
1957: Clifford Simak -- Founding Father
1958: Robert Bloch -- That Hell-Bound Train
1959: Charles Beaumont -- The Howling Man
1960: Frederic Brown -- The House
1961: Ray Russell -- Sardonicus
1962: Carl Jacobi -- The Aquarium
1963: Robert Arthur -- The Mirror of Cagliostro
1964: Charles Birkin -- A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
1965: Jean Ray -- The Shadowy Street
1966: Arthur Porges -- The Mirror
1967: Norman Spinrad -- Carcinoma Angels
1968: Anna Hunger -- Come
1969: Stefan Aletti -- The Last Work of Pietro Apono
1970: David A Riley -- The Lurkers in the Abyss
1971: Dorothy K. Haynes -- The Derelict Track
1972: Gary Brandner -- The Price of a Demon
1973: Eddy C. Bertin -- Like Two White Spiders
1974: Karl Edward Wagner -- Sticks
1975: David Drake -- The Barrow Troll
1976: Dennis Etchison -- It Only Comes Out at Night
1977: Barry Malzberg -- The Man Who Loved the Midnight Lady
1978: Michael Bishop -- Within the Walls of Tyre
1979: Ramsey Campbell -- Mackintosh Willy
1980: Michael Shea -- The Autopsy
1981: Stephen King -- The Reach
1982: Fritz Leiber -- Horrible Imagings
1983: David Schow -- One for the Horrors
1984: Bob Leman -- The Unhappy Pilgrimage of Clifford M
1985: Michael Reaves -- The Night People
1986: Tim Powers -- Night Moves
1987: Ian Watson -- Evil Water
1988: Joe Lansdale -- The Night They Missed the Horror Show
1989: Joel Lane -- The Earth Wire
1990: Elizabeth Massie -- Stephen
1991: Thomas Ligotti -- The Glamour
1992: Poppy Z. Brite -- Calcutta Lord of Nerves
1993: Lucy Taylor -- The Family Underwater
1994: Jack Ketchum -- The Box
1995: Terry Lamsley -- The Toddler
1996: Caitlin R. Kiernan -- Tears Seven, Times Salt
1997: Stephen Laws -- The Crawl
1998: Brian Hodge -- As Above, So Below
1999: Glen Hirshberg -- Mr. Dark's Carnival
2000: Tim Lebbon -- Reconstructing Amy

Available in two states:
item Trade Edition featuring beautiful cloth binding -- two deluxe volumes in a slipcase ($150)
item Deluxe Traycased Lettered Edition is limited to just 52 copies that will feature a different binding, exclusive color artwork, and signatures from as many of the living authors as possible ($1000)

Production Status:
We're entering the corrections from the most recent round of proofreading for Volume Two right now. The signature sheets are moving slowly among the contributors, but we're doing our best to move them along. You can now see the special color artwork for the Lettered Edition above.

Volume One came in at 706 pages and Volume Two is an amazing 868 pages! That's almost 1,600 pages of the best fiction of the past century! Over 700,000 words! These two volumes are going to each be among the largest books we've ever published.


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27/01/2009 4:57 pm  

Before reading this thread, I thought about Crowley's fiction and decided that by far my favourite was 'The Testament of Magdalen Blair', so was pleased to see it there. It certainly would make my list of best 'horror' fiction.

I noticed that for 1949 we have a story by Nigel Kneale. Does anybody know if this is the same person who wrote and/or produced/directed the early 1970's BBC drama 'Stonetape', with its very suggestive thesis that highly-charged events can be imprinted in stonework and subsequently experienced as hauntings?

Best wishes,

Michael.


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27/01/2009 5:07 pm  

I don't think it's the same man. The author's given name was Thomas Nigel Kneale and I'm pretty sure he of Stonetape fame did not wear this same nom de guerre. Could be wrong though and am off to look into the matter more earnestly.

And I too first thought of Testament when I learned Crowley was to be admitted into the anthology. It stands up quite nicely beside the best works of Machen and Blackwood.


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27/01/2009 5:20 pm  

Just back from a brief plunge into the Google ocean, I think it probably is the same person. The Guardian obituary mentions that Nigel Kneale was a BBC producer and a writer (he wrote Quatermass) and gives his full name at the end of the obituary:

Thomas Nigel Kneale, writer, born April 18 1922; died October 29 2006

Best wishes,

Michael.


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wulfram
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27/01/2009 5:33 pm  

Well, good to know Mick. Good on ya, mate


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27/01/2009 6:30 pm  

Hi, it definitely is the same Nigel Kneale. 'The Pond' is included in Kneale's "Tomato Cain and other stories" first published by Collins in 1949 with foreword by Elizabeth Bowen.

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27/01/2009 8:09 pm  
"MichaelStaley" wrote:
I noticed that for 1949 we have a story by Nigel Kneale. Does anybody know if this is the same person who wrote and/or produced/directed the early 1970's BBC drama 'Stonetape', with its very suggestive thesis that highly-charged events can be imprinted in stonework and subsequently experienced as hauntings?

Best wishes,

Michael.

You'll also find this thesis in a book called "Visions in the Stone" by E.J. Gold. My review of it is here on lashtal. Psychometry is the name of the science of receiving impressions apparently recorded into artifacts.


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27/01/2009 10:14 pm  

This gargantuan anthology has been in the works for years now. I'm pleased that Cemetery Dance Publications has finally nailed down (?) a release date.

For those interested in pre-ordering this two-volume set, do note that CD Publications is notoriously slow, their books often being shipped out a year or more after the projected launch date. But small and specialty presses often suffer such setbacks, and CD's books are well worth the wait. John Pelan possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of macabre literature, so I wasn't at all surprised by this sumptuous Table of Contents.

I confess to never having read the Crowley selection, but I'm looking forward to doing so and am pleased to see him included. Many of the stories listed are rife with occult ideas and eerie ambiance, so this would be a solid addition to the library of any magician/aesthete.

~93~

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28/01/2009 7:29 am  

Hi, If you cant wait for, or afford the Pelan & want to read 'The Testament of Magdalen Blair' it can be found in Haining, Peter "The Nightmare Reader Vol 2" there are plenty of the paperback edition on Amazon. Three other stories; 'The Vixen' , 'The Violinist' & 'At the Fork of the Roads' can be found in Michel Parry's 'Mayflower Books of Black Magic Stories' 1st, 2nd & 4th.

Nick.


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28/01/2009 7:50 am  

93. The story can also be found in this little book, which is the cheapest AC 1st edition on the market, and usually can be obtained for a double-digited dollar price. It is a very nice book though.

http://www.lashtal.com/nuke/module-pnMediaLibrary-display-id-202.phtml

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28/01/2009 8:42 am  

Hi Lutz, I see you have publication date of "The Stratagem" as 1930 (rather than '28 or '29). According to 'The Mandrake Press ' Catalogue of an exhibition Cambridge University Library 1985, the compiler R. P. Carr on 'The Stratgem' writes; - - -The contract was signed on 28 June 1929, and publication was on 10 September, the date of Crowley's confidential credit report on the Press - - .

Nick.


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28/01/2009 9:30 am  

93, Nick! Thanks for the info, I have updated the Bibliographica Thelemica accordingly...
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29/01/2009 2:11 am  

Some interesting choices... I personally think both Lovecraft and M.R. James wrote better (i.e. scarier) stories than the ones included here... nice to see Howard's "Pigeons from Hell" included, although it's a bit odd to see it for 1938, when Howard died in 1936... I assume from that, that these stories are dated from their first publication, rather than when they were actually written.


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29/01/2009 10:56 am  

Both Lovecrtaft and M.R. James are in the list


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29/01/2009 11:04 am  
"Boris" wrote:
Both Lovecrtaft and M.R. James are in the list

I think Alastrum meant that the Lovecraft and James stories on the list are not their best (scariest) ones in his opinion...

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29/01/2009 11:08 pm  
"the_real_simon_iff" wrote:
"Boris" wrote:
Both Lovecrtaft and M.R. James are in the list

I think Alastrum meant that the Lovecraft and James stories on the list are not their best (scariest) ones in his opinion...

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30/01/2009 3:45 pm  

Yes, that's exactly what I meant 😀

I just thought that "The Outsider" was a strange choice for 1926, when that was the year Lovecraft wrote "The Call of Cthulhu", "Pickman's Model", "The Silver Key", and "The Strange High House in the Mist", all of them, in my humble opinion, better stories than "The Outsider". However, as I mentioned above, the choices seem to have been made according to the year of first publication, and I guess it then depends what other works by other authors were in competition with them in that year: so for 1928, when "The Call of Cthulhu" was first published, the "best" story is H.R. Wakefield's "The Red Lodge", a story that has been described as "one of the most frightening haunted house stories ever written", and that Lovecraft himself thought highly of. So perhaps it rightly deserves it's place as the best of that year, no matter how highly regarded other stories might be. Compiling this book must have involved some pretty tough choices, and the editor is to be commended for having achieved such a difficult task.


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