Cemetery Dance Publications has announced The Century’s Best Horror Fiction edited by John Pelan has been sent to the printer. Publication is expected in December or January.

Cemetery Dance Publications commissioned this two-volume anthology project under the editorship of noted author and historian of the horror genre, John Pelan. John selected one story published during each year of the 20th Century (1901-2000) as the most notable story of that year — all 100 stories were then collected in this amazing two volume set to be published as The Century’s Best Horror Fiction.

The ground rules were simple: Only one selection per author. Only one selection per year.

Two huge volumes, one hundred authors, one hundred classic stories, more than 700,000 words of fiction — history in the making!

Booklist had this to say about about the spectacular set:

“…more powerful, more defining of what has gone on between the years 1901 and 2000 in horror fiction… horror readers will have to admit that this treasure trove will bring the realization of a dream to them as well, for there is sufficient material within the multitudinous but highly entertaining and dramatic pages of this grand publishing project to occupy many hours, weeks, even months of their time… The term “old-fashioned” flies out the window when even new readers to horror fiction taste the perfection achieved by these masters… Reading this entire second volume will acquaint even those new to horror fiction with the authors who have shaped the genre during the past 50 years.”

Featuring: Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Shirley Jackson, Robert Bloch, Charles Beaumont, Jack Ketchum, Gary Brandner, Dennis Etchison, Michael Bishop, Ramsey Campbell, David Schow, Joe R. Lansdale, Elizabeth Massie, Thomas Ligotti, Robert Aickman, Poppy Z. Brite, Lucy Taylor, Stephen Laws, Brian Hodge, Glen Hirshberg, Tim Lebbon, W.W. Jacobs, H.G. Wells, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, Manly Wade Wellman, Theodore Sturgeon, and nearly six dozen others!

You can pre-order directly from Cemetery Dance here: The Century’s Best Horror Fiction

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