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• The Monkey - (1980) - Stephen King • The New Tenant - William H. Hallahan [as by William Hallahan] • In the Cards - (1970) - Robert Bloch • Clay - George A. Romero • A Cabin in the Woods - (1976) - John Coyne • Makeup - Robert R. McCammon • The Small World of Lewis Stillman - (1957) - William F. Nolan (variant of Small World) • The Siege of 318 - (1976) - Davis Grubb • The Champ • The Monkey - (1980) - Stephen King • The New Tenant - William H. Hallahan [as by William Hallahan] • In the Cards - (1970) - Robert Bloch • Clay - George A. Romero • A Cabin in the Woods - (1976) - John Coyne • Makeup - Robert R. McCammon • The Small World of Lewis Stillman - (1957) - William F. Nolan (variant of Small World) • The Siege of 318 - (1976) - Davis Grubb • The Champion - (1978) - Richard Laymon • The Power of the Mandarin - (1967) - Gahan Wilson • Horror House of Blood - (1976) - Ramsey Campbell • Absolute Ebony - (1981) - Felice Picano • The Root of All Evil - Graham Masterton • Julian's Hand - (1974) - Gary Brandner • The Face - Jere Cunningham


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• The Monkey - (1980) - Stephen King • The New Tenant - William H. Hallahan [as by William Hallahan] • In the Cards - (1970) - Robert Bloch • Clay - George A. Romero • A Cabin in the Woods - (1976) - John Coyne • Makeup - Robert R. McCammon • The Small World of Lewis Stillman - (1957) - William F. Nolan (variant of Small World) • The Siege of 318 - (1976) - Davis Grubb • The Champ • The Monkey - (1980) - Stephen King • The New Tenant - William H. Hallahan [as by William Hallahan] • In the Cards - (1970) - Robert Bloch • Clay - George A. Romero • A Cabin in the Woods - (1976) - John Coyne • Makeup - Robert R. McCammon • The Small World of Lewis Stillman - (1957) - William F. Nolan (variant of Small World) • The Siege of 318 - (1976) - Davis Grubb • The Champion - (1978) - Richard Laymon • The Power of the Mandarin - (1967) - Gahan Wilson • Horror House of Blood - (1976) - Ramsey Campbell • Absolute Ebony - (1981) - Felice Picano • The Root of All Evil - Graham Masterton • Julian's Hand - (1974) - Gary Brandner • The Face - Jere Cunningham

30 review for Modern Masters of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christy Aldridge

    Modern Masters of Horror is a short story collection featuring some of the most well known men in the genre. Stephen King, George Romero, and Richard Laymon all grace the pages of this collection in tales of killing monkeys, modelling clay sex antics, and rapid growing fungus. Most of the stories in this collection are really good. There are more good stories than bad, but the bad ones are really just boring. The entire beginning of the book is amazing, then the middle begins to drag and then so Modern Masters of Horror is a short story collection featuring some of the most well known men in the genre. Stephen King, George Romero, and Richard Laymon all grace the pages of this collection in tales of killing monkeys, modelling clay sex antics, and rapid growing fungus. Most of the stories in this collection are really good. There are more good stories than bad, but the bad ones are really just boring. The entire beginning of the book is amazing, then the middle begins to drag and then soar, before dragging again. One of the common themes I seemed to find with the stories were that most began really slow and then ended with such a bang that you forgot they began at a snail's pace. The only one that avoided that was Laymon's 'The Champion's, in which he punches you in the gut right away. However, that is Laymon's style, I've come to realize, and I really loved it. Overall, it's a really easy to read collection with more hits than misses.

  2. 5 out of 5

    crystal

    great book some of the short stories were really fucked up especially the monkey by Stephen king.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark Dubovec

    An anthology containing stories from writers you'd expect (Stephen King, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell) and at least one you wouldn't ("Night of the Living Dead" director George Romero), "Modern Masters of Horror" is a fun but hit-or-miss collection. Some of the stories are great while others are predictable and mediocre. Some go for scares, and others go for dark laughs. Standout stories include King's The Monkey, William F. Nolan's The Small World of Lewis Stillman, and Gahan Wilson's The Powe An anthology containing stories from writers you'd expect (Stephen King, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell) and at least one you wouldn't ("Night of the Living Dead" director George Romero), "Modern Masters of Horror" is a fun but hit-or-miss collection. Some of the stories are great while others are predictable and mediocre. Some go for scares, and others go for dark laughs. Standout stories include King's The Monkey, William F. Nolan's The Small World of Lewis Stillman, and Gahan Wilson's The Power of the Mandarin.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    Any anthology you pick up is going to be hit and miss, but I think this one did better than most. IT starts off with a nice little Stephen King story about one of those wind-up monkeys that claps cymbals together - of course, it's evil, but of course how King gets to telling you that makes it credible. I also enjoyed most of the stories in the first half of this book, but it's in the second half where the quality seems to wane. A couple of the stories make little to no sense, one is a bit preach Any anthology you pick up is going to be hit and miss, but I think this one did better than most. IT starts off with a nice little Stephen King story about one of those wind-up monkeys that claps cymbals together - of course, it's evil, but of course how King gets to telling you that makes it credible. I also enjoyed most of the stories in the first half of this book, but it's in the second half where the quality seems to wane. A couple of the stories make little to no sense, one is a bit preachy and very linear, and a couple are just plain bad. The best thing about anthologies like this are the ideas they spark. Often when I read a story with an uninspired ending I think.... You know what would've been better.... and voila, I've got my own idea for a story. So it was worth it for that alone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The rockabilly werewolf from Mars

    Average anthology of late 70s/early 80s horror. If nothing else, it provides a snapshot of which writers were popular in the early 80s. Some of them are still fairly well known (King, Campbell, Bloch, etc.), while others have fallen into total obscurity (has anyone heard of John Coyne?). Also, it has a story by George Romero, who I didn't realize wrote short stories. Unfortunately, two of my favourite writers (King and Campbell) are represented by subpar stories. The Monkey is a fairly standard Average anthology of late 70s/early 80s horror. If nothing else, it provides a snapshot of which writers were popular in the early 80s. Some of them are still fairly well known (King, Campbell, Bloch, etc.), while others have fallen into total obscurity (has anyone heard of John Coyne?). Also, it has a story by George Romero, who I didn't realize wrote short stories. Unfortunately, two of my favourite writers (King and Campbell) are represented by subpar stories. The Monkey is a fairly standard cursed object story, while Horror House Of Blood has a promising setup (the residents of a house where a B-movie was filmed are somehow influenced by the film), but has an ending that is obscure to the point of being incomprehensible. The Romero, Bloch, Grubb, Masterton, and Wilson stories are all pretty good, but there are also some very interesting stories by some almost forgotten writers: The New Tenant, an atmospheric story of possession; and Absolute Ebony, about a haunted painting. The weakest stories are The Champion, about a bar that holds public fights for entertainment, which proved totally unmemorable (I know the author has a big cult following, but what little I've read of his has left me unimpressed); and A Cabin In The Woods, which - in addition to being a blatant knockoff of Hodgson's The Voice In The Night - contains some of the most awkward writing I have ever encountered. The story describes a landscape as being like "some strange gothic phenomenon", which is one of the worst descriptions I have read. Not necessarily something to actively look for, but worth reading if you find it for cheap.

  6. 5 out of 5

    A book away from an episode of hoarders

    Most of these were, at the very least, creepy. It seems I've read all of these before but it was still worth the reread.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  8. 5 out of 5

    Scott Snee

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jelley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fritz_84

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nabeal Ayari

  12. 5 out of 5

    Molly

  13. 5 out of 5

    Conal Cochran

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten E.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jordan West

  16. 5 out of 5

    Darren O.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holli

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael Camarata

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Sloan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mavis

  23. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl Proc

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amber Adams

  25. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tom N

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    T Icon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Will Errickson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aaron VanAlstine

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