Rich anthology as critic and bibliographer Ashley (who pens the science-fiction review column for Locus) digs deep to come up with six short horror novels, including a few genuine rarities. The count is six only because four of the inclusions in no way, at their brief lengths, qualify as short novels (e.g., Russell Kirk's 29-page ""There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding"" or Stephen King's 33-page ""The Monkey,"" clearly inserted to trade on the King name). But of the six, there's an obscure, pre-Holmes Conon Doyle (The Parasite) and a little-known Algernon Blackwood (The Damned), outstanding werewolf-ing by the underappreciated David Case (Fengriffen), and a gruesome offering from Arkham House author John Metcalfe (The Feasting Dead). A.C. Benson, Oliver Onions, T.E.D. Klein, and relative newcomer Lucius Shepard also make appearances in this volume that deserves consideration for every horror fan's bookshelf.