The Dark

New Ghost Stories

Edited by Ellen Datlow

Tor Books

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Modern audiences have long inured themselves to fear, trained themselves to shut off their childish nighttime terrors and scoff in the face of deliberate scares. But award winning anthologist Ellen Datlow--called "the genre's sharpest assembler of strange, dark fictions" by William Gibson, author of Neuromancer--was convinced that there was life in the ghost story yet. So she challenged a list of varied and talented contributors to scare the heck out of her.

The resultant collection singlehandedly redefines the ghost story, going far beyond the accustomed tropes and gore of horror stories to consider the only realm that still truly scares us: the unknown. The Dark takes a nuanced and disquieting look at the tormented and unquiet dead; the darkness in us, the living; and the sometimes tenuous boundary between the two.

Under the covers of The Dark, you will find a gathering of sixteen original, unique ghost stories, deftly penned by authors versed in the argot of the damned, including Ramsey Campbell, Jeffrey Ford, Glen Hirshberg, Tanith Lee, Kelly Link, Sharyn McCrumb, Joyce Carol Oates, Lucius Shepard, and Gahan Wilson. No two stories are alike; all are calculated to make it hard to be alone with the lights out. This is the stuff nightmares are made of.

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THE DARK
THE TRENTINO KIDJEFFREY FORD 
 
 
 
 
 
WHEN I WAS SIX, my father took me to Fire Island and taught me how to swim. That day he put me on his back and swam out past the buoy. My fingers dug into his shoulders as he dove, and somehow I just knew when to hold my breath. I remember being immersed in the cold, murky darkness and that down there the sound of the ocean seemed to be inside of me, as if I were a shell the water had put to its ear. Later, beneath the striped umbrella, the breeze blowing, we ate peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches,

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" This book is sure to provide a yardstick by which future ghost fiction will be measured."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"Top-drawer."
--Kirkus Reviews

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Fiction Review: THE DARK: New Ghost Stories by Ellen Datlow / Editor . Tor $25.95 (384p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0444-5

Ghosts with surprising substance flit through this sterling anthology of new weird tales, and most have purposes more sophisticated than the chain rattling and caterwauling of their old-fashioned f
- Publishers Weekly


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Edited by Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow is a winner of seven World Fantasy Awards, two Hugo Awards for Best Editor, two Bram Stoker Awards, and the International Horror Guild Award. In a career spanning more than twenty-five years, she has been the long-time fiction editor of Omni and more recently the fiction editor of SCIFI.COM. She has edited many successful anthologies, including Blood Is Not Enough, A Whisper of Blood, and, with Terri Windling, Snow White, Blood Red and five other titles in their adult Fairy Tales anthology series; The Green Man and The Faery Reel for young adults; and, for younger readers, A Wolf at the Door and Swan Sister. She also co-edits the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series. Ellen Datlow lives in Manhattan.

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The Dark
New Ghost Stories
Edited by Ellen Datlow

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Bram Stoker Awards - Nominee, World Fantasy Award - Finalist

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
September 2004
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ISBN: 9780765304452
ISBN10: 0765304457
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$18.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
September 2004
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ISBN: 9781466817685
ISBN10: 1466817682
384 pages
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