The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 9
British Fantasy Award nominee 1999.
Edited by Stephen Jones.
The internationally acclaimed annual collection of the bloodcurdling best in horror and dark fantasy, showcasing the very best writers working in the genre today.
- Introduction: Horror in 1997 by Stephen Jones
- Dying Words by David J. Schow
- The Windmill by Conrad Williams
- The Right Ending by John Frederick Burke (as by John Burke)
- Swallowing a Dirty Seed by Simon Clark
- This Is Your Life (Repressed Memory Remix) by Pat Cadigan
- Christmas Forever by Christopher Fowler
- Four Famines Ago by Yvonne Navarro
- The Crawl by Stephen Laws
- Serpent Eggs by David Langford
- No One You Know by Dennis Etchison
- The Dripping of Sundered Wineskins by Brian Hodge
- The Bells Will Sound Forever by Thomas Ligotti
- The Word by Ramsey Campbell
- The Map to the Homes of the Stars by Andy Duncan
- Emptiness Spoke Eloquent by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Save As... by Michael Marshall Smith
- Coppola's Dracula by Kim Newman
- Grazing the Long Acre by Gwyneth Jones
- The Zombies of Madison County by Douglas E. Winter
- Necrology: 1997 (essay) by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
- Useful Addresses (essay) by Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones (born 1953) is an acclaimed editor of numerous award-winning horror anthologies, and the author of several book-length studies of horror and fantasy films as well as an account of Lovecraft's early British publications. Jones has edited anthologies such as the Best New Horror series, Dark Terrors, The Mammoth Book of Vampires, The Mammoth Book of Zombies, The Mammoth Book of Dracula, The Mammoth Book of Frankenstein, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women, The Vampire Stories of R. Chetwynd-Hayes and The Conan Chronicles, 1 and The Conan Chronicles, 2 by Robert E. Howard. Jones has also been co-editor of several books with Kim Newman, such as Horror: 100 Best Books and Horror: Another 100 Best Books with 200 essays on seminal horror books by acclaimed writers of this genre. Jones also edited Dancing with the Dark, a collection of stories of allegedly real life encounters with the paranormal by established horror writers. Jones has been the recipient of a Hugo award and many Bram Stoker Awards.
Best New Horror consists of twenty-six primary works, and includes one additional book that complement the series but is not considered mandatory reads. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.