The Year's Best Horror Stories, Series I

Fourteen of the best classic, chilled to the final drop!


Robert Bloch - Double Whammy
Brian Lumley - The Sister City
Elizabeth Fancett - whilst Morning Comes
Richard Matheson - Prey
Kit Reed - Winter
E. C. Tubb - Lucifer
Eddy C. Bertin - i'm wondering What He Wanted
Peter Oldale - challenge Child
Ramsey Campbell - The Scar
Ralph Norton - Warp
Terri E. Pinckard - The Hate
Celia Fremlin - A Quiet Game
David Riley - After Nightfall
Robert McNear - Death's Door

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Or a minimum of that was once the way in which he struck me in the intervening time. The blue eyes have been glazed. The face was once a Rand McNally of varicose veins. The flesh seemed like puff paste. Ed Maier appeared to be the sufferer of 1 of these illnesses that age a guy too quickly. He invited me in and provided me espresso. He had cups prepared and a kind of outdated conical coffeepots steaming on one of many sizzling flagstones of the fireside. at the littered desk there has been a plate with a few thick slices of bread and cheese. I made myself a sandwich and sat throughout from him in a rocker close to the hearth. I intended to invite him why he'd stated "Hurry! " that manner, yet i did not particularly understand how to place it. He started, "Well, you could quote me as announcing we have now had an exceptional season. No, sir, I will not be coy approximately that. the lads have terrific spirit and we now have been getting close to onto seventy percentage of the rebounds. Thank crimson Hockstader for that. Six-four and a traditional for all-state. top heart i have ever coached. " "But, Coach," I acknowledged lightly, "I by no means heard of pink Hockstader. The Nicolet Island heart is a child named Kris Holmsund. " "Think i do not recognize that? " acknowledged the previous guy. "I inspiration you acknowledged you desired to speak about the championship crew. That used to be 1947. " i might have sworn that the brew in his espresso cup got here extra from Kentucky than from Brazil. He took a protracted swig. "They rather had her fastened up," he stated. "The previous American Legion corridor. Flags, bunting, extra smorgasbord than you ever noticeable on your existence. Couple barrels of beer. Band all in new uniforms. Vee for victory. giant signal learn, WELCOME TO OUR CHAMPS. Broke my center. " He drifted off into silence. "They have been all my boys, you recognize. similar to sons. " I wasn't getting wherever. We have been drifting lovely aimlessly within the outdated man's reminiscence, although we looked to be skirting the sting of that disaster—school fireplace or no matter what it was—Kinney had advised me to envision on. I made a bet and attempted back. "So they by no means confirmed up on the American Legion corridor for the victory social gathering? Is that how it used to be, trainer? job my memory simply the way it occurred, will you? " I poured myself a few extra espresso and made one other cheese sandwich. the fireplace burned sizzling within the hearth, yet such a lot of of the windowpanes have been damaged and patched with cardboard that I stored feeling an intermittent draft. "My spouse Julia used to be alive then. the whole lot broke her up negative. And Sally run off to Milwaukee and married a bum. Drunken bum, I heard. now not that i have ever considered her for 20 years. " Now we have been quite misplaced within the fog. may to boot supply it up for this night, I thought—but i made a decision to attempt once again. "Coach, inform me the way it all took place. What occurred first that led as much as . . .? " He nodded. "Well, you know," he acknowledged patiently, as though repeating an oft-told story. "You recognize we gained by way of 4 issues within the additional time. And once we bought again to Blackrock, the ferryboat used to be overdue. No signal of her. And all of the boys loopy mad to come again to the social gathering. And me part out of my head myself, i suppose . . . "Well, anyways, I acknowledged wait, via God. crimson stated no. He used to be going to force it on my own.

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