Alejandro’s Much Ado About Books


For those who read the post in October last year, you know that I like to spend this month to horror novels, where last year we were reviewing the classical masters, living legends, and the future promises, also a post dedicated to Stephen King. This year, I will spend Mondays reviewing three other horror themes, ending the month with the accustomed post about new books that have come out in the month. The first week of October, in other words, this very post will be dedicated to anthologies of specific horror topics. Next week will be anthologies by famous horror writers. And the third week will be dedicated to Dean Koontz, which is one of the best horror writers of today. Focusing to the post of this week, as I said, it will be for horror anthologies with specific topics. They are books with collections of short stories which share a common horror theme in each book. For this, I have focused on some of the best editors in the market such as Paula Guran, John Joseph Adams and Stephen Jones, their job is to choose the stories, it depends on the success of the anthology itself, but I have also chosen anthologies of other editors to add variety. As always, they are not necessarily the only anthologies on these topics, or even the best in some cases, but they are those which I thought they could best represent the theme of this week. If these anthologies aren’t of your attention, as always I invite you to research on your own, because I’m sure in a bookstore out there, it must be just the horror anthology with specific topic that you want to read. You just need to find it. Read. Any book. Just read.


Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre.

This anthology edited by Paula Guran, brings together 18 of the best short stories dedicated to the celebration of Halloween, where you can find several of the writers who have recently begun to create their own reputations with their own book series, such as Laura Bickle, Jonathan Maberry, Norman Partridge and many others.

Do not confuse it with another anthology, also edited by Paula Guran, but which is simply titled “Halloween”, which is not a bad option, it just is ranked with a lower rating.


The Mammoth Book of the Haunted House Stories

This anthology edited by Peter Haining and expanded in its latest edition with elections by personalities such as Boris Karloff, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, they choosing their favorite stories on the subject. The collection includes more than 40 short stories about haunted houses, full of ghosts, some vengeful with dangerous intentions, others just with messages and important tasks to finish, but certainly each of the houses mentioned in these stories will make yout hair stand on end.

A massive selection featuring writers from classic and modern, and the vast majority have devoted their stories of horror and mystery. The authors are included such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Virginia Woolf, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, James Herbert, Robert Bloch, and many more.


By Blood We Live

This anthology edited by John Joseph Adams, includes 32 of the best short stories featuring vampires, they certainly have become the most popular paranormal creatures of the pop culture, and here, they are presented by many of the best horror writers of the medium.

The selection includes authors such as Stephen King, Joe Hill, Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, Nancy Holder, Tad Williams, David Wellington, Kevin J. Anderson, Lilith Saintcrow, Eric Van Lustbader, Catherynne M. Valente, Tanith Lee, and many others.


Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful

This anthology edited by Paula Guran, includes 23 of the best short stories about witches, but across the whole spectrum, not just the outdated concept of the ugly old woman with a cauldron, but also beautiful sorceresses, modern wiccans, some devoting her powers or knowledge to heal and protect, while others to charm and curse, like with everybody, you can’t stereotype them all, but judge each one for her actions.

This selection contains some of the most renowned authors in the genre, especially in stories related to magic, such as Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tanith Lee, Nancy Holder, Mercedes Lackey, and many others.


The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men

This anthology edited by Stephen Jones, presents 23 of the best short stories about werewolves, these enigmatic creatures totally unpredictable, that have captured the imagination of people for generations.

The selection includes authors such as Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Mark Morris and many others.


The Living Dead

This anthology edited by John Joseph Adams, presents one of the most successful selections ever published in the last 30 years referring to the theme of zombies, which it has become very popular in the actual general culture.

This selection includes authors such as: Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Joe Hill, Clive Barker, Joe R. Landsdale, Lauren K. Hamilton, and many others.


The Mammoth Book of Monsters

This anthology edited by Stephen Jones, presents 22 of the best short stories about monsters, although in some cases it can touch creatures such as vampires, werewolves and zombies, but there are many monsters that escape classification except that they are … monsters, and they are out there.

The selection includes writers such as Joe R. Lansdale, Ramsey Campbell, Clive Barker, Nancy Holder, Brian Lumley, and many more.


Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

This anthology edited by John Joseph Adams presents the 22 best stories about one of the horrors that has captivated people since the world began … the end of this. For some reason, always there have been apocalyptic prophecies and many people are convinced that sooner or later, there will be a collapse of civilization as we have known, and in the middle of wastelands, where cities were, survivors will face unexpected horrors.

This selection includes authors such as Stephen King, George RR Martin, Orson Scott Card, Gene Wolfe and many others.


Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstruos

This anthology edited by Tim Marquitz presents 30 short stories where all have something in common, the sun disappeared, and with the absence of light, the man was coming to an end, darkness covers everything and monsters appear to take control of their new world, where man ceases to be the prevailing species.

The selection includes authors such as Mark Lawrence, Gene O’Neill, Nick Cato, William Meikle, etc …




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