The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories by James D. Jenkins

The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories

Spanning two hundred years of horror, this new collection features seventeen macabre gems, including two original tales and many others that have never or seldom been reprinted. Table of ContentsForeword by James D. Jenkins and Ryan CagleAunty Green by John BlackburnMiss Mack by Michael McDowellSchool Crossing by Francis KingA Psychological Experiment by Richard MarshThe Progress of John Arthur Crabbe by Stephen GregoryThe Frozen Man by John Trev...

Details The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories

TitleThe Valancourt Book of Horror Stories
Release DateOct 1st, 2016
PublisherValancourt Books
GenreHorror, Short Stories, Anthologies, Fiction

Reviews The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories

  • Char
    The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume One is one of my favorite collections of this year, and that's saying a lot because I've read some STELLAR collections in 2016.This is one of the rare times that every. single. story. worked. The stand-outs to me were:Miss Mack by Michael McDowell. It's McDowell. How could it not be good? This starts out as such a nice story about a friendship between two women and then it takes a sharp turn into da...
  • Nancy Oakes
    2016-09-24 absolutely love this small indie publisher, and Valancourt's done it again with Volume One of The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, which, as the dustjacket blurb says, is a "new collection of tales spanning two centuries of horror," and is a mix of stories that range from "frightening to horrific to weird to darkly funny." It is exactly as described, and given how much fun I had with this book, I can on...
  • Kimberly
    Yes--this one gets all the stars!THE VALANCOURT BOOK OF HORROR STORIES: Volume One, edited by James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle is an anthology of some of the more "obscure" atmospheric gems--most of which I was completely unfamiliar with. I can say with all honesty that there was not a single story in this collection that was not a worthwhile read.Since I felt that nearly all of these deserved five star--or close to--ratings, I will only highlight...
  • Robert Vanneste
    3.50 . An entertaining read for the most part .
  • Kelly B
    This recently released set of horror short stories was the perfect read to get me in the mood for Halloween. Contributing authors include the great (but sadly now almost forgotten) Bernard Taylor, Michael McDowell, Michael Blumlein, Mary Cholmondeley, and many more.You can't go wrong with any of these stories, but my favorite was The Head and the Hand, where a performer perhaps gives his audience more than they bargained for, and begs the questio...
  • Rob Twinem
    Yet another wonderful compilation from Valancourt Books and what a delight this is. Putting together a number of unknown (to me anyway) authors with each story including an introduction about the writer and what is to follow. So what stood out?" California Burning" by Michael Blumlein...A rather dark comic view on the inability of a crematorium to safely dispose of some human remains came with a subliminal message...we all hold secrets and we are...
  • Lostaccount
    An enjoyable collection of stories by writers I'd mostly never heard of. Made some good discoveries, like Francis King, and Gerald Kersh, whom I read had success while alive but died in poverty after writing over 300 stories and 19 novels.
  • Christian
    Beautiful colelction of shorts from quite a broad range of authors. The horror here is often rather subtle. There's not much gore involved, which is fine by me, and the imagery on the whole rather conservative and not to much "out there". I enjoyed every story, especially the first half of the collection. High quality stuff from a dedicated high quality press!
  • Doug
    Generally most books in the varied-collection-of-horror-stories-from-all-about subgenre suffer from the same disease: they must compare to Roald Dahl's immaculate (if self-named) Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories. That is perhaps the ultimate collection of all-about tales, for even when a story duds within its pages, the greatness of the others holds it up and makes you want to appreciate it. Being the sort of person who had read far too many (a...
  • Cory
    Finally finished this collection I started last October, and it's rare that I would give a collection that features stories from assorted authors five stars, but this one easily earns the high rating. It's spectacularly edited, and Valancourt Books is rapidly becoming my favorite indie publisher—I have yet to be disappointed by any of their books. Standout stories were definitely John Blackburn's Aunty Green, Michael McDowell's Miss Mack, Steph...
  • Genevieve
    A delightfully macabre little volume of obscure horror fiction.
  • Bonnie Morse
    The best story in this book, imo, is the one I bought it for, Miss Mack, by Michael McDowell. Unusual for its time (circa 1986), it features an unattractive (fat, greasy hair, face like a pig) woman lead who swoops into town and seizes the affections of pretty Janice, fellow schoolteacher, away from their lazy, entitled principal who expect to marry her one day, when he gets around to it. Because what else has Janice to do but wait for him to ask...
  • Eric
    The gents at Valancourt prove their worth once again! I am impressed and astonished with the superior quality of their releases and reissues. Not a dud in this collection! As a small-press publisher, Valancourt Books holds equal rank with such legends as Ash Tree Press and Tartarus Press.
  • Jeff
    This is a thoroughly engaging collection of macabre tales, some old, some new and all quite twisted and offbeat. I recommend it highly to those who love dark literature!
  • Marie-Therese
    4.5 stars.
  • rebecca
    An enjoyable selection of under appreciated horror stories.
  • Jessica
    I'm not a fan of most short stories collections. This was really good. A must read.
  • Greg Gbur
    I’ve been following Valancourt Books almost since they started publishing books back in 2005 (and of course I’ve written a number of book intros for them). It has been really exciting to see them expand from their origins in reprinting very rare Victorian (and earlier) novels, to reprinting 20th century classics, to printing original anthologies. This past October, they released a wonderful new anthology, The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories...
  • J.T. Glover
    This is a promising start to a new anthology series treating both famed and lesser known authors. Many of the authors of these tales were mostly or entirely unfamiliar to me, and I'm even more eager than usual to seek out other work written by the authors herein. Check out this book if you like horror stories, enjoy pleasing variation in your tales, and want to find something new to read. There's something here for almost any horror reader's tast...
  • Riju Ganguly
    This was a book full of subtle horrors , where the impact always came later, much-much later than one expects it to come. I especially liked the chilling and ambiguous endings of 'Aunty Green' and 'Miss Mack'.Those who prefer their horror in grim, human (?), and chilling dosage, would greatly appreciate this volume.
  • Emily
    The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume 1 is a fun read. I don't think I've ever read anything by these authors before. I found quite a few I would like to read more of. I didn't care for some of the stories, and some kind of went over my head, but it's a very enjoyable collection.
  • Jay Rothermel
    I did not skip any stories. They were all new to me, and of very high quality. Thoughtful editorial notes enriched and contextualized the stories. I highly recommend it.
  • Randee Dawn
    What was delightful about this book was how the editors curated authors you may not have heard of, but whose names were likely revered in their time -- and who have fallen into obscurity. These were terse, tense, neatly-told scare tales that rarely relied on much gore, but went to the heart of what I like about horror: just plain being damned unsettling. That's harder than writing 100 pages of slasher stuff, really it is.Plus, the introductions t...
  • Jeff McIntosh
    The "Valancourt Book of Horror Stories", published in 2016, consists of 17 supposed horror stories, all from Valancourt's stable of reprinted authors. Not one story is original to this volume.I wasn't impressed with the stories - many seemed to have little horror content to me at all. McDowell's "Miss Mack" was enjoyable, as was Cholmondeley's "Let Loose". I failed to see the point of Trevena's "The Frozen Man" or Reid's "Furnished Apartments". I...
  • Andrew Ford
    An exquisite collection of macabre tales, even if a few cross a bit too far over to the silly/unrealistic side. Easy highlights from a smattering of authors I'd love to learn more about, but Michael McDowell's entry "Miss Mack" is the clear standout of the bunch, and one of the only ones to really get under my skin. Well worth a read (I started this last October, I do believe), there's nothing like a rock solid collection of spooky stories to get...
  • Alexah
    Could not get into.
  • Niall O'Leary
    Surprisingly average. Nothing really bad, but nothing exceptional either. Sure, for the most part these are relatively unknown authors and stories, but there's probably a good reason for that.
  • Paula
    Michael, so good.
  • Ryan
    A wide assortment of stories ranging from the 1700s-present. The Victorian and Edwardian pieces were a little slow-moving at times, but I picked up a Poe vibe from some of them and that suited me just fine. MISS MACK takes the cake as the best short in this collection hands down-a gloomy southern gothic narrative of friendship, love, and betrayal.