The Eighth Black Book of Horror from Mortbury Press is unique in that it not only contains some great horror stories - it also features the severed heads of all the authors on the cover!
I seem to be alive, however. That's me upside-down in the middle, looking horrified as the others bleed all over me. And the usually dapper Lord P looks very pale and tragic indeed. Perhaps it's because Tina Rath is screaming behind him.
These books are a must for any horror fan, not least because of Paul Mudie's always fantastic covers. I was reading the series long before I found myself trapped in its pages. Number 8 features my story "The Coal-Man", a revenge-gone-wrong tale of two sisters who torment each other with stories of the evil Coal-Man who lives in the cellar. Escalating the game eventually proves deadly for one of them and the past haunts and finally catches up to the surviving girl.
QUIETA NON MOVERE - Reggie Oliver
THE LAST COACH TRIP - David A. Riley
HOME BY THE SEA - Stephen Bacon
BOYS WILL BE BOYS - David Williamson
BEHIND THE SCREEN - Gary Fry
THE OTHER TENANT - Mark Samuels
TOK - Paul Finch
LITTLE PIG - Anna Taborska
CASUALTIES OF THE SYSTEM - Tina & Tony Rath
HOW THE OTHER HALF DIES - John Llewellyn Probert
MUSIC IN THE BONE - Marion Pitman
THE COAL-MAN - Thana Niveau
MEA CULPA - Kate Farrell