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The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories
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The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories

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The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories
Edited by James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle


​​What if there were a whole world of great horror fiction out there you didn't know anything about, written by authors in distant lands and in foreign languages, outstanding horror stories you had no access to, written in languages you couldn't read?  For an avid horror fan, what could be more horrifying than that?

For this groundbreaking volume, the first of its kind, the editors of Valancourt Books have scoured the world, reading horror stories from dozens of countries in nearly twenty languages, to find some of the best contemporary international horror stories. All the foreign-language stories in this book appear here in English for the first time, while the English-language entries from countries like the Philippines are appearing in print in the U.S. for the first time.
The book includes stories by some of the world's preeminent horror authors, many of them not yet known in the English-speaking world:

Pilar Pedraza, 'Mater Tenebrarum' (Spain)
Flavius Ardelean, 'Down, in Their World' (Romania)
Anders Fager, 'Backstairs' (Sweden)

Tanya Tynjälä, 'The Collector' (Peru)
Frithjof Spalder, 'The White Cormorant' (Norway)
Jose María Latorre, 'Snapshots' (Spain)
Luigi Musolino, 'Uironda' (Italy)
Martin Steyn, 'Kira' (South Africa)
Attila Veres, 'The Time Remaining' (Hungary)
Lars Ahn, 'Donation' (Denmark)
Bernardo Esquinca, 'Señor Ligotti' (Mexico)

Cristina Fernández Cubas, 'The Angle of Horror' (Spain)
Christien Boomsma, 'The Bones in Her Eyes' (Netherlands)
Elisenda Solsona, 'Mechanisms' (Catalonia)
Michael Roch, 'The Illogical Investigations of Inspector André Despérine' (Martinique)
Solange Rodríguez Pappe, 'Tiny Women' (Ecuador)
Bathie Ngoye Thiam, 'The House of Leuk Dawour' (Senegal)
Marko Hautala, 'Pale Toes' (Finland)
Yvette Tan, 'All the Birds' (Philippines)

Ariane Gélinas, 'Twin Shadows' (Québec)
Flore Hazoumé, 'Menopause' (Ivory Coast)

EARLY PRAISE

“This groundbreaking anthology of contemporary horror stories from around the world is an irrefutable testament to the international popularity of horror fiction as a form of literary expression . . . This book is a must for horror fans and the start of an exciting new series.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This collection is stellar from top to bottom ... this desperately needed anthology is meticulously researched and translated, offering stories from a variety of perspectives across five continents, and representing the broad range of storytelling styles and tropes that are used by all horror storytellers regardless of nationality.

Library Journal

An extraordinary achievement. This anthology has so much that I celebrate; distinctively weird and dark stories in translation that are truly transcendent. If you want the best that the horror genre can offer, this is the book for you. It’s definitely the book for me! 

Ann VanderMeer, co-editor of The Weird and The Big Book of Modern Fantasy

This book is a gift. While the language of horror is universal, its means of expression necessarily varies from culture to culture. The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories brings us a collection of tales by outstanding writers from all over the world. These stories are by turns unsettling, violent, strange, and beautiful -- all the ingredients of great horror stories, from voices and perspectives we have lived too long without.

Nathan Ballingrud, award-winning author of North American Lake Monsters and Wounds

The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories is a triumph! Horror's diaspora is on full glorious display, showcasing a cast of global terror-scribes that rival any in contemporary English-speaking countries. Groundbreaking and revelatory -- you're in for a bloody treat.

Michael Kelly, 
Shirley Jackson Award-winning editor of The Year's Best Weird Fiction and Shadows and Tall Trees