The Best of Dark Terrors

The Best of Dark Terrors

Illustration By Bob Eggleton

Dust jacket illustration by Bob Eggleton.

Between 1995 and 2002, Dark Terrors: The Gollancz Book of Horror was Britain’s premier non-themed anthology of original horror stories. Over six volumes, it published some of the biggest names in the field as well as many newcomers who have gone on to forge impressive careers in the genre.

Edited by the World Fantasy Award-winning team of Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton, Dark Terrors established itself as a cutting-edge market for some of the most literary and disturbing fiction being produced on both sides of the Atlantic, winning the British Fantasy Award and the International Horror Guild Award in the process.

Now The Best of Dark Terrors collects together twenty of the most memorable stories from the original books in a new volume, which also includes reminiscences by both the editors and their original publisher, Jo Fletcher, along with an Index detailing the authors and their work that were included in the legendary anthology series. 

For fans of superior horror fiction, the Terrors just got very Dark indeed . . . 

Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather, signed by all living contributors

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition

From Publishers Weekly:

“This excellent anthology collects 20 stories first published in Dark Terrors, a horror anthology series that ran between 1995 and 2002, to perfectly encapsulate the scrappy British horror scene of the late ’90s and the cultural fears of the time… These are stories with teeth and nails...”


Table of Contents:

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction — Jo Fletcher
  • Foreword — Stephen Jones
  • More Tomorrow — Michael Marshall Smith
  • I’ve Come to Talk to You Again — Karl Edward Wagner
  • A Really Game Boy — Brian Lumley
  • (Melodrama) — David J. Schow
  • To This Water (Johnstown, Pennsylvania 1889) — Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • The Museum on Cyclops Avenue — Harlan Ellison ®
  • Free Dirt — Ray Bradbury
  • Self-Made Man — Poppy Z. Brite
  • The Wedding Present — Neil Gaiman
  • Family History — Stephen Baxter
  • Inside the Cackle Factory — Dennis Etchison
  • My Pathology— Lisa Tuttle
  • At Home in the Pubs of Old London — Christopher Fowler
  • Barking Sands — Richard Christian Matheson
  • The Abortionist’s Horse (A Nightmare) — Tanith Lee
  • Destroyer of Worlds — Gwyneth Jones
  • Pelican Cay — David Case
  • The Retrospective — Ramsey Campbell
  • The Two Sams — Glen Hirshberg
  • The Prospect Cards — Don Tumasonis
  • Afterword — David A. Sutton
  • Index to Dark Terrors: The Gollancz Book of Horror, Volumes #1 – 6 (1995 – 2002)
  • About the Editors
Bob Eggleton
Craig Jones
488 pages
United States