The Tenth Black Book of Horror, ed. Charles Black, review by Mario Guslandi

BBH10The Tenth Black Book of Horror

Edited by Charles Black

Mortbury Press 2013

Here it comes, the tenth volume of the successful British horror anthology edited and published by Charles Black. The series has consistently provided excellent new material for horror fans, featuring stories by both well known authors and newcomers (some of whom, in turn, have eventually achieved notoriety, thanks also to the inclusion of their fiction in that prestigious venue).

The tenth issue – assembling fifteen brand new tales – continues the tradition of the previous volumes, but somehow with a nastier character and a tendency towards violence and gore which has not always worked for me.

Having made it clear that #10 is not my favourite volume, I must admit that also the current book includes some good stuff worth mentioning.

To me the best story is “The Last Testament of Jacob Tyler” by David Surface, a well-crafted example of supernatural horror at its best, featuring a man making his living with his rifle.

Angela Blake’s “Stiff” is a grotesque story of sexual obsession and lust, with a paranormal, horrific side, while “The War Effort” by Carl P Thompson is a dark piece revealing the tricks to survive and manage post-war problems.

David Sutton contributes “The Pre-Raphaelite Painting” a solid piece of fiction where a femme fatale returns from a long-gone past to haunt an unfortunate man, and Paul Finch provides “Marshwall”, a very atmospheric, although not quite plausible tale about family secrets and a sinister rocking horse.

Finally, “The Last Wagon in the Train” by Andrea Janes is a disquieting, macabre western taking place under the blasting sun of the desert.

- review by Mario Guslandi

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About Alan Baxter

Alan Baxter is a British-Australian author who writes dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi, rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. He also teaches Kung Fu. He is the author of the dark urban fantasy trilogy, Bound, Obsidian and Abduction (The Alex Caine Series) published by HarperVoyager Australia, and the dark urban fantasy duology, RealmShift and MageSign (The Balance 1 and 2) from Gryphonwood Press. He co-authored the short horror novel, Dark Rite, with David Wood. Alan also writes short fiction with more than 50 stories published in a variety of journals and anthologies in Australia, the US, the UK and France. His short fiction has appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction (forthcoming), Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Postscripts, and Midnight Echo, among many others, and more than twenty anthologies, including the Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror (2010 and 2012). Alan also writes narrative arcs and dialogue for videogames and wrote the popular writer’s resource, Write The Fight Right, a short ebook about writing convincing fight scenes. He has twice been a finalist in the Ditmar Awards.

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