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Horrible Beginnings (2003) [Anthology]
by Robert Bloch Gary A. Braunbeck Poppy Z. Brite Ed Bryant Ramsey Campbell Matthew Costello Patricia Nead (P.N.) Elrod Neil Gaiman Elizabeth Hand Rick Hautala Kathe Koja Henry Kuttner Tanith Lee Thomas F. Monteleone Yvonne Navarro Kim Newman F. Paul Wilson Rating: Weighted - 6.1 / Average - 5.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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The stories in this volume will provide a shiver of delight for devoted fans of these masters of horror and for readers who may not yet have encountered some of the talents included here. Those positive they've read everything written by their favorite author will either enjoy a ghostly visitation back to that author's beginnings, or discover an early treasure they never knew existed.

How and where did such writers as Robert Bloch, Tanith Lee, F. Paul Wilson, and Neil Gaiman get their start? Now you can find out by reading the stories that began their careers, some well-known classics, others long unavailable. All but two of the stories include an introduction by the author which offers insight into the genesis of both the particular tale and the individual writer's career. The Robert Bloch story has an introduction by Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, while the Henry Kuttner tale is introduced by Frederik Pohl. And all of these spine-chillers serve to evoke the whole gamut of imagery, emotion, and atmosphere that makes the horror genre so alluring to both writers and readers.


  • Lilies (1934) by Robert Bloch
  • The Graveyard Rats (1936) by Henry Kuttner
  • The Church in High Street (1962) by Ramsey Campbell
  • Eustace (1968) by Tanith Lee
  • They Come Only in Dreams (1970) by Ed Bryant
  • The Cleaning Machine (1971) by F. Paul Wilson
  • Agony in the Garden (1973) by Thomas Monteleone
  • The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds (1984) by Neil Gaiman
  • Surprise Fall (1984) by Yvonne Navarro
  • Dreamers (1984) by Kim Newman
  • Optional Music for Voice and Piano (1985) by Poppy Z. Brite
  • Anymone's Footsteps (1986) by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • Colt .24 (1987) by Rick Hautala
  • Prince of Flowers (1988) by Elizabeth Hand
  • Distances (1988) by Kathe Koja
  • The Wind Breathes Cold (1992) by P.N. Elrod
  • Deep Sleep (1992) by Matt Costello

Original title: Horrible Beginnings
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorGeneral

The following works are contained within this one:
     Lilies (1934) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert Bloch
     Graveyard Rats, the (1936) [Short Story]
      Author: Henry Kuttner
     Church in High Street, the (1962) [Short Story]
      Author: Ramsey Campbell
     Eustace (1968) [Short Story]
      Author: Tanith Lee
     They Come Only in Dreams (1970) [Short Story]
      Author: Ed Bryant
     Cleaning Machine, the (1971) [Short Story]
      Author: F. Paul Wilson
     Surprise Fall (1984) [Short Story]
      Author: Yvonne Navarro
     Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds, the (1984) [Short Story]
      Author: Neil Gaiman
     Optional Music for Voice and Piano (1985) [Short Story]
      Author: Poppy Z. Brite
     Amymone's Footsteps (1986) [Short Story]
      Author: Gary A. Braunbeck
     Colt .24 (1987) [Short Story]
      Author: Rick Hautala
     Prince of Flowers (1988) [Short Story]
      Author: Elizabeth Hand
     Distances (1988) [Short Story]
      Author: Kathe Koja
     Deep Sleep (1992) [Short Story]
      Author: Matthew Costello
     Wind Breathes Cold, the (1992) [Short Story]
      Author: Patricia Nead (P.N.) Elrod

Edition #1: Horrible Beginnings

Horrible Beginnings (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Martin H. Greenberg Steven H. Silver
Introduction by: Steven H. Silver
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Horrible Beginnings (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: DAW Books
ISBN: 9780756401238
Dimensions: 4.3 x 6.7 x 0.9
Pages: 316

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