Alone With the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction, 1961-1991

Alone With the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction, 1961-1991

Ramsey Campbell is perhaps the world's most decorated author of horror fiction. He has won four World Fantasy Awards, ten British Fantasy Awards, three Bram Stoker Awards, and the Horror Writers' Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three decades into his career, Campbell paused to review his body of short fiction and selected the stories that were, to his mind, the very best of his works. Alone With the Horrors collects nearly forty tales from the first thirty years of Campbell's writing. Included here are "In the Bag," which won the British Fantasy Award, and two World Fantasy Award-winning stories, "The Chimney" and the classic "Mackintosh Willy."

Campbell crowns the book with a length preface which traces his early publication history, discusses his youthful correspondence with August Derleth, illuminates the influence of H.P. Lovecraft on his early work, and gives an account of the creation of each story and the author's personal assessment of the works' flaws and virtues.

In its first publication, a decade ago, Alone With the Horrors won both the Bram Stoker Award and the World Fantasy Award. For this new edition, Campbell has added one of his very first published stories, a Lovecraftian classic, "The Tower from Yuggoth." From this early, Cthulhian tale, to later works that showcase Campbell's growing mastery of mood and character, Alone With the Horrors provides readers with a close look at a powerful writer's development of his craft.

Title:Alone With the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction, 1961-1991
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780765307675
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About Ramsey Campbell

Ramsey Campbell is a British writer considered by a number of critics to be one of the great masters of horror fiction. T. E. D. Klein has written that "Campbell reigns supreme in the field today," while S. T. Joshi has said that "future generations will regard him as the leading horror writer of our generation, every bit the equal of Lovecraft or Blackwood."


    Alone With the Horrors: The Great Short Fiction, 1961-1991 Reviews

  • J.G. Keely

    Style is a curious thing in writing: the words we use, the tone of our voice, the images we create, the themes we love to explore. Every author has their own style, even though some don't realize it--...

  • Bandit

    This was a book I really wanted to like. Up to now I've had very mixed experiences with Campbell's work. I really liked Ancient Images, although more so for the subject matter than the execution. Over...

  • Lauren

    I feel somewhat redundant reviewing Ramsey Campbell. The horror field has spoken: he’s a genius, especially in his short fiction, and he excels at mixing creeping dread with the mundane. I even knew...

  • Andy

    Not every story here is a masterpiece, but a few are, and there's enough good ones to make this one of the better horror story collections I've read.I love Campbell's style, he's one of the few writer...

  • Marvin

    This definitive collection deserves at least three stars for it extensive retrospective of 30 years of Ramsey Campbell's short fiction. It collects 35 of his best including all of an earlier anthology...

  • Kevin Lucia

    So this, of course, was absolutely fantastic. I discovered Ramsey Campbell around the same time as T. M. Wright, Charles Grant and Al Sarrantonio, and it's not hyperbole to say these writers shaped an...

  • Jim Smith

    Campbell is an amazing writer of short horror tales, and many of his finest tales are included here –my favourite being the unforgettable 'The End of a Summer's Day' from his masterful Demons by Day...

  • Jeremy

    Only five stories really pierced me out of the thirty-seven(!) included here: "Mackintosh Willy", "The Tower from Yuggoth", "The Man in the Underpass", "Again", and "Apples". Those fiendish stories ar...

  • Shane

    I'm not putting this on hiatus(turns out I lied and have put it on my hiatus pile anyway), even though I've only got half way through, for the simple reason it'll be there forever. I've a tendency to ...

  • Nancy Oakes

    Ramsey Campbell is one of my favorite horror writers, because, for the most part, he writes horror that is cerebral -- much like Lovecraft, this man has the ability to set the scene and build up the f...