The credits have rolled, but the lights are still off. Something is lurking on the other side of the screen. There are dark secrets, starving monsters, and haunted survivors who refuse to be left on the cutting room floor. But that’s okay, right? After all, everybody loves the movies....
Here are twenty-three terrifying tales, dark reflections of the silver screen from both sides of the camera. James Dean gets a second chance at lifeand death. The Wicked Witch is out of Oz, and she's made some very unlucky friends. When God decides reality needs an editor, whatand whogets cut? These award-winning, bestselling authors will take you to the darkest depths of the theater and beyond.
Ellen Datlow is one of the most successful editors in the genres of fantasy and horror. She was the fiction editor of OMNI for nearly twenty years, and has since edited the online magazines Event Horizon and Sci Fiction. Her many anthologies include the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series; Naked City: Tales of Urban Horror; Snow White, Blood Red; Lovecraft's Monsters; and Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror. She has won five Hugo, eight Locus, three Bram Stoker, two Shirley Jackson, and nine World Fantasy awards. Datlow lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Genevieve Valentine Preface by Ellen Datlow
"The Cutter" by Edward Bryant "The Hanged Man of Oz" by Steve Nagy "Deadspace" by Dennis Etchison "Cuts" by F. Paul Wilson "Final Girl Theory" by A. C. Wise "Lapland, or Film Noir" by Peter Straub "The Thousand Cuts" by Ian Watson "Occam’s Ducks" by Howard Waldrop "Dead Image" by David Morrell "The Constantinople Archives" by Robert Shearman "each thing I show you is a piece of my death" by Gemma Files & Stephen J. Barringer "Cinder Images" by Gary McMahon "The Pied Piper of Hammersmith" by Nicholas Royle "Filming the Making of the Film of the Making of Fitzcarraldo" by Garry Kilworth "Onlookers" by Gary A. Braunbeck "Recreation" by Lucy A. Snyder "Bright Lights, Big Zombie" by Douglas E. Winter "She Drives the Men to Crimes of Passion!" by Genevieve Valentine "Even the Pawn" by Joel Lane "Tenderizer" by Stephen Graham Jones "Ardor" by Laird Barron "Final Girl II: the Frame" by Daphne Gottlieb "Illimitable Dominion" by Kim Newman