Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles

Anchor. Jun. 2020. 480p. ed. by ed. by Ellen Datlow. ISBN 9780525565758. pap. $16.95. HORROR
Datlow, editor of numerous horror anthologies (The Best Horror of the Year, The Green Man, Lovecraft’s Monsters) returns with another excellent collection of short stories featuring some of today’s best horror writers, representing the full range of diversity within the genre. Eighteen authors pen tales of terror, each with a connection to film or TV. Popular and best-selling authors including Kelley Armstrong, Josh Malerman, and Richard Kadrey are joined by promising newcomers like Cassandra Khaw and A.C. Wise. Usman T. Malik explores our obsession with reality TV, presenting a serial killer who wants his execution live-streamed; Gemma Files uses interview transcripts and emails to tell a horrifying story about a cult horror actress; and John Langan contributes a novella that begins as an innocent email conversation between two writers about their possible collaboration on a vampire tale that slowly, and satisfyingly, unravels as something far more sinister.
VERDICT The unique themes and diverse array of stories make this anthology appealing to a variety of horror readers and is a great introduction to new readers looking for work by a range of authors.

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