Twenty-one horror stories--most new, a few old--in an above-average collection edited by veteran horror-anthologist Grant....

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THE DODD MEAD GALLERY OF HORROR

Twenty-one horror stories--most new, a few old--in an above-average collection edited by veteran horror-anthologist Grant. Two of the standouts, in fact, are recyclings from Grant's Shadows series: T. E. D. Klein's admirably restrained ""Petey""; and Stephen King's cleverly designed ""Nona."" And he reaches back to 1958 for Joseph Payne Brennan's creepy ""Canavan's Backyard."" But most of the other entries are of very recent vintage--even if the subject-matter is usually tried-and-true rather than fresh. Vampires abound, of course--combined with Nazis (by Gardner Dozois & Jack Dann), served up lyrically by Tanith Lee, Werewolves proliferate too--in subtle reworkings by Bernard Taylor (Sweetheart, Sweetheart) and Michael Bishop. And, though there are a few fairly crude items (Robert Bloch, John Coyne, Eric van Lustbader), most of the material is crisp, rarely pretentious or gratuitously bloody--with a possessed typewriter (David Morrell) and a demonic Easter Bunny among the livelier inventions. Good mainstream chills for the horrifically inclined.

Pub Date: June 1, 1983

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Publisher: Dodd, Mead

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1983