Gathering the Bones by Jack Dann

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A Chilling new anthology of all-original tales of horror

Includes New Stories by:
Ray Bradbury
Graham Joyce
Peter Crowther
Kim Newman
Sara Douglass
Thomas Tessier
M. John Harrison
Gahan Wilson

The anthology market these days is awash with small, themed works focused on very specific markets, like vampire erotica and tales of werewolves, or it features best of the year reprints. It has been years since anyone has dared to bring out a broad-reaching anthology that seeks to define the current state of the genre with all original tales from both masters and hot new writers.


About Jack Dann

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Jack Dann has written or edited over fifty books, including the international bestseller The Memory Cathedral, which is published in over ten languages and was #1 on The Age Bestseller list. The San Francisco Chronicle called it "A grand accomplishment," Kirkus Reviews thought it was "An impressive accomplishment," and True Review said, "Read this important novel, be challenged by it; you literally haven't seen anything like it." His novel The Silent has been compared to Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn; Library Journal chose it as one of their 'Hot Picks' and wrote: "This is narrative storytelling at its best-so highly charged emotionally as to constitute a kind of poetry from hell. Most emphatically recommended." Dann's work has been compared to Jorge Luis Borges, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Castaneda, J. G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, and Mark Twain. He is a recipient of the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Australian Aurealis Award (twice), the Ditmar Award (twice), and the Premios Gilgames de Narrativa Fantastica award. He has also been honoured by the Mark Twain Society (Esteemed Knight). His novel, Bad Medicine (retitled Counting Coup in the US), has been described by The Courier Mail as "perhaps the best road novel since the Easy Rider Days." His latest book is the retrospective short story collection Jubilee, which The West Australian called "a celebration of the talent of a remarkable storyteller." He is also the co-editor of the groundbreaking anthology of Australian stories, Dreaming Down-Under, which won the World Fantasy Award in 1999. Jack Dann lives in Melbourne, Australia and "commutes" back and forth to Los Angeles and New York.Ramsey Campbell is described in the Oxford Companion to English Literature as "Britain's most respected living horror writer." He has won more awards than any other writer in the field. He lives on Merseyside with his wife, Jenny. Dennis Etchison has been called "the most original living horror writer in America." His writing has won both the World Fantasy Award and the British Fantasy Award. He is also the editor of The Museum of Horrors, which won the World Fantasy Award. He has written screenplays for John Carpenter and Dario Argento as well as serving time as a staff writer for HBO's original series, The Hitchhiker. He lives in Los Angeles.
Published August 1, 2003 by San Val. 447 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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This sheaf kicks off brightly with Steve Nagy’s “The Hanged Man of Oz,” about a new figure discovered in the Judy Garland movie, a hanged man in the woods where the live trees are tricked into giving up their apples.

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English is the common language and horror the dialect in this melting pot anthology of 34 new stories drawn about equally from each editor's country of residence: the U.S., Great Britain and Australia.

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GATHERING THE BONES: NEW STORES FROM THE WORLD'S MASTERS OF HORROR is a broad-ranging anthology with stories by American, British and Australian authors.

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