Nightmares: A Decade of Modern Horror

From horror’s most acclaimed editor comes the most groundbreaking horror of the new millennium. In Nightmares, editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow has skillfully reprised her classic anthology Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror. In these twenty-four chilling tales, you will find iconic authors—including Richard Kadrey, Garth Nix, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Gene Wolfe—reminding us that evil will simply not go away. Two inexperienced thieves discover a residence that makes Home Alone seem like a playground romp. Concerned parents struggle with morality while their cruel child courts fairy revenge. The Ash Mouth Man might be just a legend to girls who wish to waste away—but is he worth just one kiss?

Table of Contents

“Shallaballah” by Mark Samuels
“Sob in the Silence” by Gene Wolfe
“Our Turn Too Will One Day Come” by Brian Hodge
“Dead Sea Fruit” by Kaaron Warren  (Aurealis Awards nominee)
“Closet Dreams” by Lisa Tuttle  (International Horror Guild winner/Bram Stoker nominee)
“Spectral Evidence” by Gemma Files
“Hushabye” by Simon Bestwick
“Very Low-Flying Aircraft” by Nicholas Royle
“The Goosle” by Margo Lanagan  (Ditmar Award winner)
“The Clay Party” by Steve Duffy
“Strappado” by Laird Barron  (Shirley Jackson nominee)
“Lonegan’s Luck” by Stephen Graham Jones  (Shirley Jackson nominee)
“Mr Pigsny” by Reggie Oliver
“At Night, When the Demons Come” by Ray Cluley
“Was She Wicked? Was She Good?” By M. Rickert
“The Shallows” by John Langan
“Little Pig” by Anna Taborska
“Omphalos” by Livia Llewellyn  (Shirley Jackson Award nominee)
“How We Escaped Our Certain Fate” by Dan Chaon  (Shirley Jackson Award nominee)
“That Tiny Flutter of the Heart I Used to Call Love” by Robert Shearman (Shirley Jackson Award nominee)
“Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No. 8)” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Shay Corsham Worsted” by Garth Nix  (Shirley Jackson Award nominee)
“The Atlas of Hell” by Nathan Ballingrud
“Ambitious Boys Like You” by Richard Kadrey

Praise for Nightmares

[STARRED REVIEW] “Ten years of short horror fiction plucked from previous anthologies, plus some original works, come together in these 24 tales, in which “what goes bump in the night” ranges from ghosts to madmen to what lurks inside the human psyche. One actor’s last hope for reconstructive surgery resides within television itself. A horror writer creates a story come to life, only to get caught in the middle of it. Renowned authors such as Caitlin R. Kiernan, Robert Shearman, Garth Nix, and Kaaron Warren vividly capture the darkness, evil, and fear found in great horror fiction. ­VERDICT: Noted anthologist Datlow (The Best Horror of the Year) once again draws upon her curating skills to highlight the best the genre has to offer. The variety of stories shines a light on the depth and breadth of this sometimes marginalized literary form.”
Library Journal

“Datlow offers another impressive, diverse and hugely enjoyable collection of short fiction. . . This is a great collection of horror fiction. I’d highly recommend it.
The Book Lover’s Boudoir

“Ellen Datlow is a tremendously influential figure in horror circles, and this collection is one more significant milestone to be set among the score or so other titles and collections listed in its front matter.”
See the Elephant

“An excellent collection over all, featuring some of the best voices in horror. It has something to suit a wide variety of tastes, blending stories about real life trauma and bloodshed, to stories that pass into the realms of cosmic terror, horror in the old west and even those with a grim fairytale-like feel. In these pages you will find a nightmare for every horror fan.”
This is Horror

“There is something for everyone here from serial killers, to zombies, to demons to shape shifters.”
Shining Star Reviews

“[This] whole book of horror tales was rather fantastic. “
—Brad K. Horner

Nightmares, horror reprinted for works originally published from 2005-2015 is of the highest quality of anthology available.”
Unnerving Magazine

“Another excellent anthology by a skilled, widely acclaimed editor.”


Ten-time World Fantasy Award-winner Ellen Datlow is one of horror’s most acclaimed editors. Datlow was the fiction editor of OMNI for nearly twenty years and also edited the magazines Event Horizon and Sci Fiction. Her many bestselling anthologies include the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series; Snow White, Blood Red; Lovecraft’s Monsters; Naked City, and Darkness. Datlow has won multiple Hugo, Locus, and Shirley Jackson awards. She has received several lifetime achievement awards, including the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Awards. Datlow lives in New York City.

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