In the Library of the Damned, hidden away amongst that vast depository of ancient wisdom, there exists a certain bookcase where the most decadent, the most blasphemous of tomes sit upon a dusty shelf.
And amongst those titles - that should never be named - there is one volume that is the most terrible, the most hideous of them all. That book is the Lexicon of Fear.
But, long ago, some of its pages were ripped from the binding and spirited away by a lowly student of the ancient science of Horrorology, who was determined the secrets contained therein would one day be shared with the world.
And now that day has come. These are the words that comprise the very language of horror itself, and the tales they tell are not for the fainthearted. But be warned: once you have read them, there is no turning back. Soon, you too will know the true meanings of fear . . .
Featuring stories from Clive Barker, Robert Shearman, Michael Marshall Smith, Pat Cadigan, Mark Samuels, Joanne Harris, Muriel Gray, Kim Newman, Ramsey Campbell, Reggie Oliver, Angela Slatter and Lisa Tuttle.
About the Author
Stephen Jones is the multiple-award-winning editor and author of more than 100 books in the horror and fantasy genres. A former television director/producer and movie publicist and consultant (including the first three Hellraiser movies), he has edited the reprint anthology Best New Horror for more than 20 years. He lives in Wembley, Middlesex, and travels widely. His website can be found at www.stephenjoneseditor.com.
A dozen bone-chilling tales by modern masters—Barry Forshaw, Independent
A thing of beauty . . . a celebration of all things horror . . . a cohesive view into contemporary horror literature—Upcoming4.me
Brings together some of the more diverse voice from the horror writing community . . .a highly readable and accessible collection of spooky stories that will stay with the reader for days . . . Horrorology is the book to give the horror fan in your life . . . it's simply that good. 9/10—Starburst
I probably wouldn't have any kind of career at all without Stephen Jones—JOE HILL, bestselling author of THE FIREMAN
Stephen Jones knows horror . . . he's become one of the best guides to its shifting landscape—Kirkus
Stephen Jones safeguards and protects our fictions—NEIL GAIMAN, bestselling author of AMERICAN GODS
A whole heap of talent within . . . you'll enjoy this fearful experience—Falcata Times
All-new stories from some of the best talents in the field . . . all demonstrating how horror writing can be both entertaining and challenging—Maxim Jakubowski, Lovereading
Collection of superior horror stories . . . and the best stories are among the finest of those I have read recently—Peter Tennant, Black Static
For those who enjoy the more eerie, thoughtful and developed horror stories over usual gory, messy and shocking style . . . some remarkable stories . . . I was both impressed and overwhelmed by the depth of content here—Always Trust In Books
One of the finest horror editors in the world. What makes this selection of stories particularly enticing is that, while all are unique and engaging, they still manage to offer that coalescence that one looks for when reading an anthology—Andy Burns, Rue Morgue
Stephen Jones is one of the most reliable figures in horror literature today. Jones' involvement in a project is almost a guarantee that the project is going to be worth your time.—Starburst on Stephen Jones
Twelve words. Twelve stories. One grimoire of horror that's well worth cracking open—Andy Burns, RUE MORGUE