The Mammoth Book of Monsters

The Mammoth Book of Monsters

by Stephen Jones (Editor)

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Overview

Monstrous stories by the top names in horror writing such as Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Harlan Ellison, Joe R. Lansdale, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786719761
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Series: Mammoth Book Series
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Stephen Jones is one of the most acclaimed horror anthologists in the field, with over ninety books to his credit. His recent collections include the award-winning annual The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror and The Mammoth Book of Vampires, as well as Great Ghost Stories, and Tales to Freeze the Blood, which he co-edited with the late, legendary editor R. Chetwynd-Hayes. Stephen Jones lives in the United Kingdom.

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The Mammoth Book of Monsters 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jacklynch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, The Mammoth Book of Monsters, was great. Although it was not very 'horror'-y, it was still a very good anthology with many different talented writers. Each and every story had it's own feel to it, and had satisfying endings. The monsters in this anthology were varied. From tiny monkey things to mutated goo monsters to Godzilla! Godzilla's Twelve Step Program was particularly good, same with Rawhead Rex. The stories were all easy to understand and follow (except for The Medusa, but the foggy atmosphere does wonders for that story) and there was a good mix of funny and seriousness. Once again, a very good anthology, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something interesting to read.
jseger9000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've decided I need to read more anthologies. I found a number of The Mammoth Book of... anthologies on sale and picked them up. I started with The Mammoth Book of Monsters simply because it seems to be the least reviewed.I started with Stephen Jones introduction but stopped reading it because it seemed to serve as a spoiler for each of the stories in the collection, saying "'Blah Blah' is an example of a modern vampire story, followed by So and So's story 'Blah Blah' which deals with werewolves." I'm surprised in all his years of editing, Stephen Jones isn't better at writing introductions.Unfortunately the first story in the book 'Visitation' by David J. Schow got things off to a bad start. The story felt fifty years out of date. A sort of modern version of William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost Finder stories that just didn't work for me. Things weren't much better with Ramsey Campbell's 'Down There'. A story with a promising setup and fine writing that is just missing something.Things picked up a bit with Scott Edelman's 'The Man He Was Before', sort of a take-off of I Am Legend except the survivors are a dysfunctional family. Works better than I am probably making it sound.From there (almost) each story was an improvement on the previous one. I really enjoyed Michael Marshall Smith's 'Someone Else's Problem', Sydney J. Bounds 'Downmarket' and Kim Newman's 'The Chill Clutch of the Unseen'. But the problem is that the good stories weren't quite good enough to make up for the misses and there were too many stories that we just so-so.Even the stories by very good, known writers tended to be stories that were far from their best. For instance, Clive Barker (one of the best short horror writers I've ever read) is represented by 'Rawhead Rex' one of the cheesiest stories in the excellent Books of Blood collections. It's doubly disappointing because a collection of monster stories offers such a wide canvas. In one way or another almost any horror story could fit that requirement. So why isn't this one better? A selection of okay stories and duds with an exceptional story or three does not make for a very good collection. And front loading the collection with two disappointments kind of affected my view of the book.I will read further 'Mammoth Horror' volumes, but would be hard pressed to recommend this one.
chilepepper99 More than 1 year ago
This book is so-so. Not very good, but not very bad either. Out of all of the stories, there are 3 or 4 really good ones and this is the reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2.