Promises to be a great book launch. Many of the contributors will be in attendance.
Best British Horror 2014 edited by Johnny Mains. Salt Publishing £9.99
Reviewed by Peter Coleborn
If you know of editor Johnny Mains’ tastes in horror fiction – The Pan Book of Horror Stories and such like – you might expect that Best British Horror 2014 would follow a similar path, but you’d be wrong; you will be very pleasantly surprised by the range of stories included in this anthology. Here are 21 stories first published in 2013 from writers including Ramsey Campbell, Tanith Lee, Reggie Oliver, and Adam Nevill, from sources such as Black Static, Terror Tales of the London and The Tenth Black Book of Horror. It’s natural that any anthology will include stories that don’t gel with the reader (if you like all the tales it’s probably because you edited the book). In my case there are just a couple that didn’t work for me. So I’m pleased to say that, in the main (sorry for the pun), the vast majority are worthy selections, ranging from the surreal via humour to the disturbing. I’ll just mention four of my favourites.