Fears: Tales of Psychological Horror

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Pub Date Sep 10 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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Description

Bestselling horror editor Ellen Datlow (Body Shocks) returns with twenty-one stories of extreme psychological dread from such horror icons as Stephen Graham Jones, Priya Sharma, Josh Malerman, Margo Lanagan, and more. The unsettling tales explore the nature of fear as it stirs in dysfunctional families, toxic friendships, and mismatched lovers, which culminates in relentless stalkers, remorseless killers, and perpetrators of savage rituals.

Far beneath the mere supernatural lives something worse: the depths of human depravity. Your child is sacrificed in compensation for your social misstep. You compete in a sick game to save your loved ones. Your mom is insane, your dad is dying, your brother is not your brother, and you're stuck in the same house until one or all of you are dead. In her newest landmark anthology, Ellen Datlow has unearthed twenty-one exemplary tales of what people should fear the most: other people.

Bestselling horror editor Ellen Datlow (Body Shocks) returns with twenty-one stories of extreme psychological dread from such horror icons as Stephen Graham Jones, Priya Sharma, Josh Malerman, Margo...


A Note From the Publisher

Ellen Datlow is the quintessential editor of horror fiction. She has won multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, and Shirley Jackson Awards and has received lifetime achievement awards from the World Horror and World Fantasy Associations. Her many anthologies include the Best Horror of the Year series; Snow White, Blood Red; Lovecraft’s Monsters; Naked City; The Monstrous; Body Shocks; and Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror. Datlow lives in New York City.

Ellen Datlow is the quintessential editor of horror fiction. She has won multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, and Shirley Jackson Awards and has received lifetime achievement awards from the World...


Advance Praise

Advance Praise for Fears: Tales of Psychological Horror

“For decades, Ellen Datlow has set the bar. One of the most influential editors in the history of genre fiction, the gold standard of anthologists, and the ultimate tastemaker for Horror stories. Datlow’s career and reputation are entirely unique—there’s only one Ellen.” —Christopher Golden, author of Ararat

“Ellen Datlow has long ago earned her place as the premier anthologist of fantasy and horror. Appearing in one of her unique volumes is recognized as a significant honor, and Fears: Tales of Psychological Horror is no different.” —Joe R. Lansdale, author of In the Mad Mountains

Praise for Ellen Datlow

[STARRED REVIEW] “Hugo Award–winning editor Datlow (Edited By) brings together 29 spinetingling tales of body horror to terrify even the most seasoned horror reader.” —Publishers Weekly

[STARRED REVIEW] “VERDICT: This authoritative collection is a must for any library, as an introduction to body and extreme horror for readers and librarians alike.” —Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW] “Multiple award-winner Datlow has worked her way through previously published stories from across the dark fiction landscape, uncovering the breadth of these horrific tales. —Booklist

“[Nightmares] delivers on its intention of showcasing the best in a decade of fantastically ambitious and creative dark and frightful fiction, as well as following up on a past classic.” —Metaphysical Circus

“Ellen Datlow is the empress of the horror anthology—enviably well-read, eagle-eyed for talent, eager for originality, she’s one of the glories of the field.” —Ramsey Campbell, author of The Searching Dead

“I have a short list of editors that I will buy an anthology of, regardless of whether or not I have even heard of the writers it contains, and Ellen Datlow is at the top of that list.” —Horror Talk

Advance Praise for Fears: Tales of Psychological Horror

“For decades, Ellen Datlow has set the bar. One of the most influential editors in the history of genre fiction, the gold standard of...


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ISBN 9781616964221
PRICE $18.95 (USD)
PAGES 336

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One never has to worry about an anthology edited by the award-winning Ellen Datlow being a dud, but some are better than others. This one is definitely at the “better” end of that continuum to be sure. It’s one of my favorites in recent memory. There are no ghosts or cosmic monstrosities within these pages. The monsters are strictly of the human variety. If your taste in horror runs in that vein you will not be disappointed. A truly stellar compendium of nastiness. Highly recommended,

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I loved the psychological horror element in this anthology. It worked with everything that I was hoping for and enjoyed each stories in this collection. It uses the horror element perfectly and glad it had everything that I wanted. I was never bored when reading this and thought the overall storyline worked with this anthology. I enjoyed the stories and how every author worked with the theme.

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A journey ‘cross an aluminum tinged landscape, spattered with blood, brutalized with suffering and the memories thereof. 

A journey as gleefully thrilling as shocking. 

Come along, see the world through the eyes of murderers and all around bad people. 

You might cringe, might have to keep or force one thing or another down — hopefully not fleshy bones — but you’ll have a blast all the same. 

Seriously. 

Last time I had so much fun reading about the terrible, horrible, no good, just bad bad bad some people do? Hard to say. I mean, being a horrorhound, that’s kind of a daily, to an extent. 

But still.

Fears: Tales of Psychological Horror delivers, and keeps on delivering. 

Here is the world where mysteries start to haunt you, and the longer you stay, the more haunted you become. 

Here, if you don’t know the steps, don’t know the dance, well, it was nice knowing ya?

Here, fairytales and life are one and the same, as nasty and bloody as anything. 

Here, in the land of murderers and Starbucks, you never know who you might meet. Thought it may just be your very own murderer. 

Here, the faces are masks and the dead are wanting. 

Here, you’ll be shaken, like me, to your core. But, you’ll savor it. You, too, will hunger, want more, much more. 

So throw your keys into the river — they’ll only end up there anyway. Let’s go for a ride. Let’s take a tour of fears.

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This book was a reminder of the power of a great editor. I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology. It starts off super strong and kept me intrigued through the end. Like any anthology, the mix of stories has some real gems and some I’ve already forgotten; however, the writing and skill is superb of all the included authors. I am a huge fan of psychological horror and would definitely recommend this to someone looking for bite-sized chunks!

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