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The unspeakable evil that lies dormant in the mind of man can erupt in diabolical ways... 'There, completely embedded in the frontal lobe of his brain, was a moving, crawling, festering mass of tiny legs and bodies...' - The Man Whose Nose Was Too Big, Alan Hillery. 'Dear God, it was a skull, eyeless, teeth drawn back in a hideous rictus, and the so-piously clasped hands - c The unspeakable evil that lies dormant in the mind of man can erupt in diabolical ways... 'There, completely embedded in the frontal lobe of his brain, was a moving, crawling, festering mass of tiny legs and bodies...' - The Man Whose Nose Was Too Big, Alan Hillery. 'Dear God, it was a skull, eyeless, teeth drawn back in a hideous rictus, and the so-piously clasped hands - claws rather - held something...' - Spinalonga, John Ware. 'I like to burn children. I like to burn them...' - Flame, Nomran Kaufman. Ten more horrifying tales that will arouse hidden horror and leave you shuddering... The Man Whose Nose Was Too Big by Alan Hillery. Flame by Norman Kaufman. The Twins by Harry Turner. The Swans by Carl Thomson. The Revenge by David Farrer. The Window Watcher by Dulcie Gray. Spinalonga by John Ware. Aggrophobia by L. Micallef. Awake, Sleeping Tigress by Norman Kaufman. The Dead End by David Case.


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The unspeakable evil that lies dormant in the mind of man can erupt in diabolical ways... 'There, completely embedded in the frontal lobe of his brain, was a moving, crawling, festering mass of tiny legs and bodies...' - The Man Whose Nose Was Too Big, Alan Hillery. 'Dear God, it was a skull, eyeless, teeth drawn back in a hideous rictus, and the so-piously clasped hands - c The unspeakable evil that lies dormant in the mind of man can erupt in diabolical ways... 'There, completely embedded in the frontal lobe of his brain, was a moving, crawling, festering mass of tiny legs and bodies...' - The Man Whose Nose Was Too Big, Alan Hillery. 'Dear God, it was a skull, eyeless, teeth drawn back in a hideous rictus, and the so-piously clasped hands - claws rather - held something...' - Spinalonga, John Ware. 'I like to burn children. I like to burn them...' - Flame, Nomran Kaufman. Ten more horrifying tales that will arouse hidden horror and leave you shuddering... The Man Whose Nose Was Too Big by Alan Hillery. Flame by Norman Kaufman. The Twins by Harry Turner. The Swans by Carl Thomson. The Revenge by David Farrer. The Window Watcher by Dulcie Gray. Spinalonga by John Ware. Aggrophobia by L. Micallef. Awake, Sleeping Tigress by Norman Kaufman. The Dead End by David Case.

30 review for The 13th Pan Book of Horror Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Generous

    There are some fantastic stories in here, a few stinkers, and one novella that was plain boring.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Bridgeman

    This book is.....awkward and sexist and racist and very, very dated. It has tales of the 'other' where explorations into 'outbacks' and 'jungles' amongst 'natives' which made me cringe, descriptors of black individuals which are extremely problematic and violence on women which was stomach churning. So, why did I read it to the end? I asked myself the same question and it is a mix of sheer stubborness, a wanting the stories to improve and also trying to work out why I reacted against it in the way This book is.....awkward and sexist and racist and very, very dated. It has tales of the 'other' where explorations into 'outbacks' and 'jungles' amongst 'natives' which made me cringe, descriptors of black individuals which are extremely problematic and violence on women which was stomach churning. So, why did I read it to the end? I asked myself the same question and it is a mix of sheer stubborness, a wanting the stories to improve and also trying to work out why I reacted against it in the way that I did. I LOVE anthologies, and these days so many have mini biographies and links to other works, and these books come with many names I have never seen before, and no clue what the motivation behind any of the stories are. So they stand alone, they are brief moments of time and these stories come without baggage. But, that does not mean recognising that the majority of these stories contain physical and sexual violence against women, tales of revenge and messing with nature. One of the best stories is 'The Man Whose Nose Was Too Big', wherein a journalist smells a rat in the gap between a landed gent having a car accident and his death 8 months later and goes investigating the reason for the closed casket ceremony...and rather much wishes he hadn't. The stories are painfully English, there is very much a sense of social mores and what is right threaded through the tales, women 'know their place', men behave with gusto and tread in places they really, really shouldn't. Including in, 'Awake, Sleeping Tigress' where a young fraudster takes refuge with a woman in her 90's whose libido has not been awakened her entire life...until now. The novella which rounds off the book, 'Dead End', is a take on 'not meddling with things outside of our control', a Dr Moreau-esque tale of ancestry, genetics and 'savages'. It's a moral tale with a bitter sting to it -that's if you can ignore the casual racism and misogony. Did I enjoy it? Not really...it is an experiment in nastiness and vicious behaviour so maybe it succeeds as a horror anthology because it left me feeling uncomfortable and thinking how far we have come. It does not necessarily deal with fear rather the distaste for the darker reaches of the human mind and the depravities we perpetrate on each other.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul Bryant

    Starts off with one of the best titles ever : "The Man Whose Nose Was Too Big". Starts off with one of the best titles ever : "The Man Whose Nose Was Too Big".

  4. 5 out of 5

    Em .

    Uhh, weird book. Granted it’s from 1972 when stuff like this was considered “horror”. I suppose.. it’s interesting to see how far books have come. Didn’t vibe with the sexism and misogyny though.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karl Hickey

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aussiescribbler Aussiescribbler

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vince Stadon

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alex Jones

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amelia Kilsby

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kirk King

  12. 5 out of 5

    Garry

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael McManus

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hugo

  16. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Chappell

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chad Case

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mahnoor

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nincombowzer

  20. 4 out of 5

    Frankie Roxx

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mavis 69 420 666

  22. 5 out of 5

    Petra cyborg with holes & screws in her skull now

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barry Burn

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ian Munro

  25. 4 out of 5

    jsewellmcevoy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Richard Moule

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Evans

  28. 4 out of 5

    Darren Phasey

  29. 4 out of 5

    Louis Glazzard

  30. 4 out of 5

    A.S. McDermott

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