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The Spectral Book of Horror Stories ❰BOOKS❯ ✪ The Spectral Book of Horror Stories Author Mark Morris – Thomashillier.co.uk 19 BRAND NEW TALES TO CHILL YOUR BLOOD AND HAUNT YOUR DREAMS “The figure crouched over his mother was taking something from her sliding some spidery thing that struggled and screamed soundlessly out BRAND NEW TALES TO CHILL Book of PDF/EPUB » YOUR BLOOD AND HAUNT YOUR DREAMS “The figure crouched over his mother was taking something from her sliding some spidery thing that struggled and screamed soundlessly out of her side and into his leathery dark bag” – THE NIGHT DOCTOR by Steve Rasnic Tem “I saw her skin turn black and erupt in blisters and pustules as in one last mute appeal she stretched her hand towards me over the flames” – THE BOOK AND THE RING by Reggie Oliver “There wasn’t much of a The Spectral Epub / struggle even when Tomas lashed him limb by limb to the stakes although he had plenty to say to Tomas’s back as he walked away It was when Tomas reappeared leading the shaggy horned thing from the barn that Mr Sunshine really started to sueal” – CURES FOR A SICKENED WORLD by Brian Hodge Also featuring stories from Ramsey Campbell Alison Littlewood Helen Marshall Gary McMahon Michael Marshall Smith Lisa Tuttle Stephen Volk Conrad Williams Tom Fletcher John Llewellyn Probert Nicholas Royle Rio Youers Alison Moore Angela Slatter Stephen Laws and Robert Spectral Book of Epub ß Shearman.


About the Author: Mark Morris

Librarian NoteThere is than one author Book of PDF/EPUB » in the Goodreads database with this nameMark Morris became a full time writer in on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme and a year later saw the release of his first novel Toady He has since published a further sixteen novels among which are Stitch The Immaculate The Secret of Anatomy Fiddleback The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor.



10 thoughts on “The Spectral Book of Horror Stories

  1. Blair Blair says:

    My enjoyment of the stories in this collection was sporadic but it served to clarify something the horror genre isn't really for me This might seem like an odd statement for someone who never shuts up about ghost stories but what I realised when reading The Spectral Book of Horror Stories that they are very distinct genres or subgenres with very different ualities My recurring problems with the tales here were a I found them silly andor implausible; and b I found parts of them usually the climax or the ending too gory and explicit I suppose it was a bit idiotic of me to expect the stories in this book to be geared towards the uncanny than the fantastic I'm so used to the subtle slow build of ghost stories that the horror in this collection often felt 'too obvious' to me Too bold too ridiculous I feel perhaps unfairly that it's easy to end a story with something disgusting and horrifying that will make the reader gasp or cringe To create effective tension and atmosphere without blunt scares seems and again maybe this is an unfair bias on my part skilful Unsurprisingly then my favourites were those tales that held back from descending into outright gruesomeness and instead concentrated on character and moodCuriously the worst stories mostly seem to be lumped together in the first half of the book and it went up in my estimations the further I read In particular Stephen Volk's 'Newspaper Heart' Rio Youers' 'Outside Heavenly' Lisa Tuttle's 'Something Sinister in Sunlight' Alison Moore's 'Eastmouth' and Brian Hodge's 'Cures for a Sickened World' are worth reading The following mini reviews of each story were published as status updates while I was reading the book but here they all are together for convenience On the Tour by Ramsey CampbellAn ageing rocker with a tenuous claim to fame is obsessively delighted to find himself featured on a Beatles bus tour I found this confusing and poorly edited on first read; then I read it again and liked it a lot Good basis for a story but wasn't keen on some of the structure and the way dialogue was renderedThe Dog's Home by Alison LittlewoodA man visits his dying aunt and is compelled to realise her last wish to see her beloved dog for a final time uite effective and certainly indicative of the fact that this is a horror collection not a ghost story one but I found the ending too cheaply gruesomeFuneral Rites by Helen MarshallA Canadian scholar finds lodgings in Oxford but is increasingly unnerved by her odd landlady Better than the previous two this impressed me with a strong portrayal of the protagonist Nora who uickly became a character I cared about Again not so sure about the ending thoughSlape by Tom FletcherA really good sense of place and atmosphere in this one about a milkman spooked by a slippery path but a grisly ending I skipped over while cringing My thought at the time was I hope the rest of these are going to be ghostly than goryThe Night Doctor by Steve Rasnic TemAn elderly couple fight bad health with the husband Sam remembering a childhood story his mother told him about the 'night doctor' making him better while he slept It's perhaps a bit silly and loses its subtlety towards the end but I enjoyed thisDull Fire by Gary McMahonA man attempts to embark on a new romance while haunted by his late father Didn't think much of this The dialogue was terrible and the story inconclusive view spoilerWhat was the meaning of the protagonist seeing the fire if it was Lisa's doing; was it just supposed to suggest they were meant to be together or something? Lisa was haunted because she'd killed her mother did this mean the protagonist had also killed his father? It could have used some kind of resolution to these issues hide spoiler


  2. Gef Gef says:

    It's pretty much the gospel now that if you want some uality horror fiction from the UK you had better look up Spectral PressAnd when it comes to kicking off a horror anthology it's hard to think of a better way to do it than with one of the grand effin' poobahs of the genre Ramsey Campbell On the Tour may belie overt expectations of horror stories even brooding gothic tales but it builds itself into a haunting end that feels very right for Campbell and for this anthologyMusic pops ups again in Brian Hodge's Cures for a Sickened World but that is about as close to a theme as your going to get as Campbell's entry isn't nearly so delightfully foul mouthed as Hodge's entry The anthology as a whole relies on simply providing an eclectic assemblage of stories that range from the grim to the grotesue Now avoiding the popular themes that you see so often with anthologies may be a bit tricky particularly when not boasting the book as a collection of the year's best in the genre as is the other popular theme of anthologies but with Morris' keen eye for a haunting yarn there is nothing to worry aboutA welcome bit of levity to walk hand in hand with the horror appeared too specifically with John Llewellyn Probert's The Life Inspector Given the less than stellar approval ratings of current governments some humor pointed towards it is well met And then there are the stories that just traipse into the disuieting just enough to keep you off balance throughout like Nicholas Royle's The Video Does Not ExistFrom there we're off and running into a mosaic of disturbing little gems A couple of them fit in the new in town variety with each story featuring a woman moving into a small town though each offers entirely different motives Funeral Rites by Helen Marshall and The October Widow by Angela Slatter varied in tone and motivations of their main characters but each were standouts in the book and shared in captivating ualityThe main course at the end is provided by a fifty page or so tale from Stephen Volk called Newspaper Heart There was a bit of a Stephen King y vibe but slight and outshined by Volk's evocative style I think it's just the deftness in capturing boyhood and loneliness and a parent's worry when an outsider even an inanimate one exerts an influence on their sonHonestly this is just one of those books that is pitch perfect for any lover of horror fiction and may very well be a new watermark for Spectral Press And that's a tall order considering they have put out some bloody good stuff in the past most notably Stephen Volk's award winning novella and one of my personal favorites Whitstable If you have a chance to get it get it I doubt you'll walk away disappointed


  3. Richard Barber Richard Barber says:

    This is a solid well curated collection of original horror short stories and for that reason alone it deserves praise but Stephen Volk's Newspaper Heart is something else entirely Without a word of hyperbole it is one of the best pieces of short horror fiction I have read in years and I have no doubt it will haunt my thoughts for months ahead


  4. Matevž Matevž says:

    Again a decent compilation of horror storiesMost of them were of just the right length and also featured uite good growing tension of the storyWon't spoil any of them but the stories get better towards the end with the last one being a blast


  5. Alan Baxter Alan Baxter says:

    This anthology was absolutely outstanding A true old school book of horror stories just like the ones I used to scare myself silly with as a kid The uality of writing and the variety of yarn is top notch I can't recommend this one highly enough


  6. Luke Walker Luke Walker says:

    Great collection of short stories Personal favourites included pieces from Stephen Volk Alison Littlewood and Gary McMahon


  7. Victoria Victoria says:

    On the Tour by Ramsey Campbell Stu works in a used vinyl shop his claim to fame the round of drinks he had and a low billing he once had with The BeatlesNow that the local tour bus is showing his house it is the highlight and focus of his day As poor Stu descends into his own private madness RC does well to show the madness from the insideRC reminded me of some fascinating words loved lugubrious and he had some clever one liners that made me stop and think eg silent as a photographHowever I found the conversation elements hard work as the editing did not seem to gel well overall though a good story to open withThe Dog’s Home by Alison Littlewood I was gripped by this story until the killingWhilst I understand the horror of the story the killing overtook my feelings and ended any enjoyment I got I cannot abide animal abuse even fictional using it for shock effect in a story feels like a cheatFuneral Rites by Helen Marshall A strange little story about Nora and her need to find somewhere uiet to stay and studyNot sure what it was all about really however the author had a very clipped way of writing that did lend itself well to the story flowSlape by Tom Fletcher Who knew delivering milk could be so dangerousA snippet of a story but well written and left with just enough information to leave you with a shudder and what might be in Mr Bacon’s houseThe Night Doctor by Steve Rasnic Tem Sam aches everywhere but he has a little friend called the Night DoctorNot sure I enjoyed how this was written but I did like the premise of the story strange but I think it would have benefited from being stretched out to become of a novella than a short storyDull Fire by Gary McMahon A haunting story on many levels Two severely abused people come together in love but bring their baggage with themThe author does a neat trick when he explains how the baggage manifests and off loads itself I found myself routing for these two young lovers So far easily the best storyThe Book and the Ring by Reggie Oliver Kind of lost me in the first paragraph and then a little with all the olde worlde languageAs I was unable to fully immerse myself in this story I lost much of the tension and foreboding that the author was trying to instilJust not my cup of tea shame as possibly the longest story in the collectionEastmouth by Alison Moore The sense of enclosure and entrapment is dripping in this short tale but I do hate stories that stop as soon as they startI wanted from this as it left me feeling empty not scaredCarry within some small sliver of Me by Robert Shearman I really enjoyed this story even if I had no idea what was going on at the endIt was well written and kept a fast pace the main character had the main voice but there was also an outside commentary going on which really pushed the story alongLike other stories in this collection it finished in an odd way and I would have liked a definitive endingThe Devils Interval by Conrad Williams The author gets very caught up in explaining the nuances of guitar playing which if you have no interest is exceptionally boring That said he makes some good music referencesNot sure where this story was going or coming from and another ending left on a cliff edgeStolen Kisses by Michael Marshal Smith I was really wondering where this story was going how it could be classed as horror and then WHAMAmazing build up fantastic last sentence Best short story in the collectionCures for a Sickened World by Brian Hodge Best lines in the whole collectionI’d rather be staked out spread eagle while Satan’s most incontinent he goat takes a steaming infernal dump on my face than listen to another minute of thisAnd on they go I could not help but smirk throughout this story unsure if that was what the author intended however as the torture was all merely hinted at it allowed my mind wander possibly making the read worse than it wasBetween the smirks and the shudders this was a well written story with a sort of moral stanceThe October Widow by Angela Slatter A lot of buildup in this story almost cat and mouse with hints of what the mouse isNicely written but I think calling a lawn mower recalcitrant was pushing the use of words a little farNot sure I would class this as scary as far too much was hinted at and never shown or explained It would be a good Tales of the Unexpected type story though as it had that “left up in the air” type feel to itThe Slista by Stephen Laws Very hard to read due to the narrating character only just learning to rite sic but even that seems wrong as some words are correct and other not spelled phonetically plus the “write as you speak” was all wrongThis really detracted from the story line and just left me cringing most of the time If this had been part of a larger story then I think it could have worked wellOutside Heavenly by Rio Youers Some really great mental imagery in this story and the author does well to guide but not dictateIt is a harrowing story and tale of revenge Not sure which is worse the telling the history or the revenge although wholly justifiedReally enjoyed the telling and the finale of this taleThe Life Inspector by John Llewellyn Probert Franklin gets a life overhaul by the HM Department of Life InspectionThis little tale is both amusing and sinister I could fully understand his frustration at the stupidity of the uestioning but the underlying current of where this story was headed made my own stomach turn into knotsThe ending however was not uite as I expected and was glad to be surprisedSomething Sinister in Sunlight by Lisa Tuttle I enjoyed the English man in Hollywood aspect the author was clever in her capture of the subtletiesHome sick and due to fly out soon he embarks on a dinner date with a stalker – oh you just know there are going to be problemsI was not expecting the ending great shockMy only issue was this word – abstemious using the word of the day calendar to write a book for the general populace may not be the best use of resources; took me several author friends two group sites and three days to find itThis video does not exist by Nicholas Royle I really enjoyed this story he had suspense freakiness and a good amount of blood and gore something that has so far been missing from this compilationHowever I felt a little let down at the end as felt the story stopped with no endingNewspaper Heart by Stephen Volk Whilst I really enjoyed all the flash back moments of this story setting it did start to feel a little contrived when every single moment of the era was mentionedThe length of this story really allowed for the tension and characters to build each uite complex in their human emotionsWhilst much of the back story is merely hinted at enough is given to build a sad bleak picture or this supposed happy familyAs firework night arrives and the finale occurs I was aware early on in the story what was to occur but this did not stop it being horrifically sad but not horrific Overall thoughts; A lot of these stories were well written and the little bios at the end of the book certainly enlightened me to how well published the authors that have been included are But I wanted to know what their influences were and how they came up with the basic premise of the story that I loved however the bios were merely a list of all the authors’ works published etc and no real information about them or why they wished to contribute to this projectOnly the odd story gave me a shudder and only a single story had any gore in it whilst not all horror should be splatter chopping gore and gruesome these were all a little soft and unscary for meI also felt that whilst I like reading the dedications and reasons why they have to have context and meaning Mark Morris rambled on about the reasoning behind the gathering of these stories but had not contributed himself which I found a shame being bamboozled with lots of horror writer’s names of days gone by maybe impressive to others but personally I just skipped them whilst rolling my eyes – so what does that make me? A horror slob I guess do I enjoy the genre or what I read any less? Who knows The snobs amongst you who can reel off twenty different unknown authors and say what marginal or seminal influences they had on so and so sub genre will probably be rolling their eyes at me nowBUT at the end of the day as long as people are reading reviewing and keeping the genre refreshed and getting it out there to others – who cares Anthologies are great in my opinion as they open you up to an authors style and give you an opportunity to try lots of them without committing to a novelLike a box of chocolates some you love some you like and some you spit out


  8. Victoria Victoria says:

    On the Tour by Ramsey Campbell Stu works in a used vinyl shop his claim to fame the round of drinks he had and a low billing he once had with The BeatlesNow that the local tour bus is showing his house it is the highlight and focus of his day As poor Stu descends into his own private madness RC does well to show the madness from the insideRC reminded me of some fascinating words loved lugubrious and he had some clever one liners that made me stop and think eg silent as a photographHowever I found the conversation elements hard work as the editing did not seem to gel well overall though a good story to open withThe Dog’s Home by Alison Littlewood I was gripped by this story until the killingWhilst I understand the horror of the story the killing overtook my feelings and ended any enjoyment I got I cannot abide animal abuse even fictional using it for shock effect in a story feels like a cheatFuneral Rites by Helen Marshall A strange little story about Nora and her need to find somewhere uiet to stay and studyNot sure what it was all about really however the author had a very clipped way of writing that did lend itself well to the story flowSlape by Tom Fletcher Who knew delivering milk could be so dangerousA snippet of a story but well written and left with just enough information to leave you with a shudder and what might be in Mr Bacon’s houseThe Night Doctor by Steve Rasnic Tem Sam aches everywhere but he has a little friend called the Night DoctorNot sure I enjoyed how this was written but I did like the premise of the story strange but I think it would have benefited from being stretched out to become of a novella than a short storyDull Fire by Gary McMahon A haunting story on many levels Two severely abused people come together in love but bring their baggage with themThe author does a neat trick when he explains how the baggage manifests and off loads itself I found myself routing for these two young lovers So far easily the best storyThe Book and the Ring by Reggie Oliver Kind of lost me in the first paragraph and then a little with all the olde worlde languageAs I was unable to fully immerse myself in this story I lost much of the tension and foreboding that the author was trying to instilJust not my cup of tea shame as possibly the longest story in the collectionEastmouth by Alison Moore The sense of enclosure and entrapment is dripping in this short tale but I do hate stories that stop as soon as they startI wanted from this as it left me feeling empty not scaredCarry within some small sliver of Me by Robert Shearman I really enjoyed this story even if I had no idea what was going on at the endIt was well written and kept a fast pace the main character had the main voice but there was also an outside commentary going on which really pushed the story alongLike other stories in this collection it finished in an odd way and I would have liked a definitive endingThe Devils Interval by Conrad Williams The author gets very caught up in explaining the nuances of guitar playing which if you have no interest is exceptionally boring That said he makes some good music referencesNot sure where this story was going or coming from and another ending left on a cliff edgeStolen Kisses by Michael Marshal Smith I was really wondering where this story was going how it could be classed as horror and then WHAMAmazing build up fantastic last sentence Best short story in the collectionCures for a Sickened World by Brian Hodge Best lines in the whole collectionI’d rather be staked out spread eagle while Satan’s most incontinent he goat takes a steaming infernal dump on my face than listen to another minute of thisAnd on they go I could not help but smirk throughout this story unsure if that was what the author intended however as the torture was all merely hinted at it allowed my mind wander possibly making the read worse than it wasBetween the smirks and the shudders this was a well written story with a sort of moral stanceThe October Widow by Angela Slatter A lot of buildup in this story almost cat and mouse with hints of what the mouse isNicely written but I think calling a lawn mower recalcitrant was pushing the use of words a little farNot sure I would class this as scary as far too much was hinted at and never shown or explained It would be a good Tales of the Unexpected type story though as it had that “left up in the air” type feel to itThe Slista by Stephen Laws Very hard to read due to the narrating character only just learning to rite sic but even that seems wrong as some words are correct and other not spelled phonetically plus the “write as you speak” was all wrongThis really detracted from the story line and just left me cringing most of the time If this had been part of a larger story then I think it could have worked wellOutside Heavenly by Rio Youers Some really great mental imagery in this story and the author does well to guide but not dictateIt is a harrowing story and tale of revenge Not sure which is worse the telling the history or the revenge although wholly justifiedReally enjoyed the telling and the finale of this taleThe Life Inspector by John Llewellyn Probert Franklin gets a life overhaul by the HM Department of Life InspectionThis little tale is both amusing and sinister I could fully understand his frustration at the stupidity of the uestioning but the underlying current of where this story was headed made my own stomach turn into knotsThe ending however was not uite as I expected and was glad to be surprisedSomething Sinister in Sunlight by Lisa Tuttle I enjoyed the English man in Hollywood aspect the author was clever in her capture of the subtletiesHome sick and due to fly out soon he embarks on a dinner date with a stalker – oh you just know there are going to be problemsI was not expecting the ending great shockMy only issue was this word – abstemious using the word of the day calendar to write a book for the general populace may not be the best use of resources; took me several author friends two group sites and three days to find itThis video does not exist by Nicholas Royle I really enjoyed this story he had suspense freakiness and a good amount of blood and gore something that has so far been missing from this compilationHowever I felt a little let down at the end as felt the story stopped with no endingNewspaper Heart by Stephen Volk Whilst I really enjoyed all the flash back moments of this story setting it did start to feel a little contrived when every single moment of the era was mentionedThe length of this story really allowed for the tension and characters to build each uite complex in their human emotionsWhilst much of the back story is merely hinted at enough is given to build a sad bleak picture or this supposed happy familyAs firework night arrives and the finale occurs I was aware early on in the story what was to occur but this did not stop it being horrifically sad but not horrific Overall thoughts; A lot of these stories were well written and the little bios at the end of the book certainly enlightened me to how well published the authors that have been included are But I wanted to know what their influences were and how they came up with the basic premise of the story that I loved however the bios were merely a list of all the authors’ works published etc and no real information about them or why they wished to contribute to this projectOnly the odd story gave me a shudder and only a single story had any gore in it whilst not all horror should be splatter chopping gore and gruesome these were all a little soft and unscary for meI also felt that whilst I like reading the dedications and reasons why they have to have context and meaning Mark Morris rambled on about the reasoning behind the gathering of these stories but had not contributed himself which I found a shame being bamboozled with lots of horror writer’s names of days gone by maybe impressive to others but personally I just skipped them whilst rolling my eyes – so what does that make me? A horror slob I guess do I enjoy the genre or what I read any less? Who knows The snobs amongst you who can reel off twenty different unknown authors and say what marginal or seminal influences they had on so and so sub genre will probably be rolling their eyes at me nowBUT at the end of the day as long as people are reading reviewing and keeping the genre refreshed and getting it out there to others – who cares Anthologies are great in my opinion as they open you up to an authors style and give you an opportunity to try lots of them without committing to a novelLike a box of chocolates some you love some you like and some you spit out


  9. Gareth Gareth says:

    TerribleI really wanted to like this book I even started reading it twice but it was difficult I wouldn't call it horror at all out of all the stories in it there are only 3 4 that are any good Most of them are rubbish as I read through this I was trying to review each one as I went with progress updates but it go so bad I couldn't be botheredOne of them a woman is told she's part of a family she isn't an old woman in a train a station tells her she is The endAnother a bloke can't see his head in the mirror then he watches a snuff video and then he can The endMaybe I'm missing something maybe this is like a modern art version of horror stories where nothing is meant to make sense or even be a horror story 90% of these stories just end its terribleThe only reason I didn't give it one star is that there are a about 2 good stories and 2 OK ones The rest were rubbish I don't know if its the editor or what because most of them suffered the same non horror story leading to a huge anti climaxEither way I will not be reading the next book in a hurry If you're looking for vague uninteresting tales read this If you're looking four horror short stories your in the wrong place


  10. Eric Eric says:

    An excellent anthology of top tier horror writers I’ll buy anything if it features Reggie Oliver and Stephen Volk Introduced me to Rio Youers whose work I will now seek


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