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The credits have rolled, but the lights are still off. Something is lurking on the other side of the screen. There are dark secrets, starving monsters, and haunted survivors who refuse to be left on the cutting room floor. But thats okay, right? After all, everybody
loves the movies....
Here are twenty-three terrifying tales, dark reflections of the silver screen from both sides of the camera. James Dean gets a second chance at lifeand death. The Wicked Witch is out of Oz, and she's made some very unlucky friends. When God decides reality needs an editor, whatand whogets cut? These award-winning, bestselling authors will take you to the darkest depths of the theater and beyond.
"Superstar editor Datlow makes no missteps in this reprint collection of dark tales involving movies and moviemaking. The one original piece, Stephen Graham Jones's 'Tenderizer,' is a haunting exploration of tragedy on both a personal and national level. A.C. Wise's 'Final Girl Theory,' about a cult film that's an 'infection, whispered from mouth to mouth in the dark,' is disturbing and gory without fetishizing its horrors. Kim Newman's brilliant 'Illimitable Dominion' tells an alternate history of Edgar Allen Poe, Roger Corman, and American International Pictures that's particularly suited to film buffs who will probably spot the (initially) subtle changes to the time line. Film critic and author Genevieve Valentine provides both an entertaining story ('She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion!') and an enlightening introduction, while even Douglas E. Winter's 'Bright Lights, Big Zombie' the literary target of which has long faded still holds up reasonably well. Strong stories by Gary McMahon and Gary A. Braunbeck, as well as poems by Lucy A. Snyder and Daphne Gottlieb, are also worth noting, but really, the entire volume is outstanding. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
What happens after the closing credits and before the lights go out? When you turn off your TV, but still arent able to sleep? Sometimes only the written word will do. These twenty-two classic tales are a chilling homage to the silver screen. Discover that James Deans death was not an accident, a trip to Oz is a one-way ticket, and zombies were behind the corporate greed of the 1980s. Learn how reality is edited (and found overly long) and how the final girl, the films sole survivor, emerges with a captive audience. Join award-winning and bestselling authors from Neil Gaiman to Peter Straub in a journey to the darkest depths of the theater.
About the Author
is one of horrors most acclaimed editors. She was the fiction editor of OMNI
for nearly twenty years, and edited the magazines Event Horizon
and Sci Fiction
. Her many anthologies include the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series; Snow White, Blood Red; Lovecraft's Monsters
; and Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror
. Datlow has won multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, and Shirley Jackson awards. She has received several lifetime achievement awards, including a World Fantasy Awardher tenthin 2014. Datlow lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Genevieve Valentine
Preface by Ellen Datlow
"The Cutter" by Edward Bryant
"The Hanged Man of Oz" by Steve Nagy
"Deadspace" by Dennis Etchison
"Cuts" by F. Paul Wilson
"Final Girl Theory" by A. C. Wise
"Lapland, or Film Noir" by Peter Straub
"The Thousand Cuts" by Ian Watson
"Occams Ducks" by Howard Waldrop
"Dead Image" by David Morrell
"The Constantinople Archives" by Robert Shearman
"each thing I show you is a piece of my death" by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer
"Cinder Images" by Gary McMahon
"The Pied Piper of Hammersmith" by Nicholas Royle
"Filming the Making of the Film of the Making of Fitzcarraldo" by Garry Kilworth
"Onlookers" by Gary A. Braunbeck
"Recreation" by Lucy A. Snyder
"Bright Lights, Big Zombie" by Douglas E. Winter
"She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion!" by Genevieve Valentine
"Even the Pawn" by Joel Lane
"Tenderizer" by Stephen Graham Jones
"Ardor" by Laird Barron
"Final Girl II: the Frame" by Daphne Gottlieb
"Illimitable Dominion" by Kim Newman