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From the black realms of the nameless and the unspeakable... 'His mouth was stretched wide open, so wide that the corners of it had split and fresh blood coursed over his chin.' - It's Hungry, Harry E. Turner. 'It grew and grew... it was scaly, bore horrible and repulsive protuberances and was wet with spittle.' - The Fly-Eater, Barry Tonkin. 'The dead eyes stared at me from From the black realms of the nameless and the unspeakable... 'His mouth was stretched wide open, so wide that the corners of it had split and fresh blood coursed over his chin.' - It's Hungry, Harry E. Turner. 'It grew and grew... it was scaly, bore horrible and repulsive protuberances and was wet with spittle.' - The Fly-Eater, Barry Tonkin. 'The dead eyes stared at me from the splintered skull, as I washed my hands in the reservoir of gore and bone and brain...' - Quod Erat Demonstrandum, Judith Eleanor Green. 'The rat has eaten the baby...' - The Bravest Rat in Venice, Patricia Highsmith. Fourteen stories to pierce the mists of darkness with the icy needles of nightmare. Carolyne L. Bird, ‘Meat’. Patricia Highsmith, ‘The Bravest Rat in Venice’. Judith Eleanor Green, ‘Quod erat Demonstrandum’. Jane Gregory, ‘Belvedere’s Bride’. Myc Harrison, ‘The Coffin Flies’. Norman P. Kaufman, ‘Rest in Peace’. Monica Lee, ‘Stevie’. Samantha Lee, ‘The Island of the Seals’. Maureen O’Hara, ‘The Atheist’. Alan Temperley, ‘The Boy With Golden Eyes’. Charles Thornton, ‘Double Puppet’. Rosemary Timperley, ‘The Unknown Caller’. Barry Tonkin, ‘The Fly-Eater’. Harry E. Turner, ‘It’s Hungry’.


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From the black realms of the nameless and the unspeakable... 'His mouth was stretched wide open, so wide that the corners of it had split and fresh blood coursed over his chin.' - It's Hungry, Harry E. Turner. 'It grew and grew... it was scaly, bore horrible and repulsive protuberances and was wet with spittle.' - The Fly-Eater, Barry Tonkin. 'The dead eyes stared at me from From the black realms of the nameless and the unspeakable... 'His mouth was stretched wide open, so wide that the corners of it had split and fresh blood coursed over his chin.' - It's Hungry, Harry E. Turner. 'It grew and grew... it was scaly, bore horrible and repulsive protuberances and was wet with spittle.' - The Fly-Eater, Barry Tonkin. 'The dead eyes stared at me from the splintered skull, as I washed my hands in the reservoir of gore and bone and brain...' - Quod Erat Demonstrandum, Judith Eleanor Green. 'The rat has eaten the baby...' - The Bravest Rat in Venice, Patricia Highsmith. Fourteen stories to pierce the mists of darkness with the icy needles of nightmare. Carolyne L. Bird, ‘Meat’. Patricia Highsmith, ‘The Bravest Rat in Venice’. Judith Eleanor Green, ‘Quod erat Demonstrandum’. Jane Gregory, ‘Belvedere’s Bride’. Myc Harrison, ‘The Coffin Flies’. Norman P. Kaufman, ‘Rest in Peace’. Monica Lee, ‘Stevie’. Samantha Lee, ‘The Island of the Seals’. Maureen O’Hara, ‘The Atheist’. Alan Temperley, ‘The Boy With Golden Eyes’. Charles Thornton, ‘Double Puppet’. Rosemary Timperley, ‘The Unknown Caller’. Barry Tonkin, ‘The Fly-Eater’. Harry E. Turner, ‘It’s Hungry’.

45 review for The 18th Pan Book of Horror Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Trost

    This is the eighteenth title in the series of Pan horror anthologies, and I found it a far more entertaining and engaging book than the fifteenth and sixteenth (I haven't come across the seventeenth yet). In some ways, it's almost a return to the quality of the early issues, which included classics from the likes of Stoker, Poe, and Christie. There are several typical horror stories, some that don't seem to have much of a point but which are creepy and icky, but also a handful of atmospheric and This is the eighteenth title in the series of Pan horror anthologies, and I found it a far more entertaining and engaging book than the fifteenth and sixteenth (I haven't come across the seventeenth yet). In some ways, it's almost a return to the quality of the early issues, which included classics from the likes of Stoker, Poe, and Christie. There are several typical horror stories, some that don't seem to have much of a point but which are creepy and icky, but also a handful of atmospheric and thought-provoking tales. For me, these are the two stories that bumped my rating up from three stars to four: 1) Belvedere's Bride by Jane Gregory. I'll give it 5 stars! Although somewhat predictable for the fan of psychological suspense, the existential questions posed make this an unforgettable tale, and it was so wonderfully written from start to finish; eloquent, haunting, and poignant. What's more, the setting was one that never fails to make an impression on me; an isolated manor on the rugged coast of Cornwall. This story has made my list of favourites. If anybody knows more about Jane Gregory, please tell me. The internet age seems to have forgotten her. 2) Rest in Peace by Norman P. Kaufman. Let's give it 4.5 stars. Different from Belvedere's Bride in terms of style and atmosphere, even though it's also set on a beach, this tale also acts as an existential study. The reader can't help but sympathise with the protagonist. Other contributions worth a mention are Stevie, by Monica Lee, and The Unknown Caller, by Rosemary Timperley. The former is a weird (very weird!) novella about a precocious boy obsessed with mummification, and the latter is a predictable but suspenseful short story which will remind you of a Poe classic.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

    I love horror and I generally love genre fiction from the '70s and '80s. Despite that, this book just didn't resonate with me. Some of the stories were engaging but I ended up skimming the first three and nearly quitting on the book entirely. I stuck with it and some of them were definitely worth it but overall it was a quick, midline read. I love horror and I generally love genre fiction from the '70s and '80s. Despite that, this book just didn't resonate with me. Some of the stories were engaging but I ended up skimming the first three and nearly quitting on the book entirely. I stuck with it and some of them were definitely worth it but overall it was a quick, midline read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Worth it for 'The Coffin Flies' by Myc Harrison, one of the most disturbing, horror filled stories i've ever read. If you're a fan of horror fiction, track down the Pan books. Worth it for 'The Coffin Flies' by Myc Harrison, one of the most disturbing, horror filled stories i've ever read. If you're a fan of horror fiction, track down the Pan books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul

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