Book Review – The Ninth Black Book of Horror (2012)

The Ninth Black Book of Horror
Edited by Charles Black
Release Date: September 29, 2012
Publisher: Mortbury Press

The Ninth Black Book

When first I saw the cover for THE NINTH BLACK BOOK OF HORROR, I knew immediately that I had to read it. As you can see from the picture above, it screams ‘intrigue’. And let me tell you: the book delivers, too. It certainly lives up to the creepy cover. This horror anthology will make you cringe, cause you sleepless nights, and might just scare the life right out of you.

If you are not familiar with THE NINTH BLACK BOOK OF HORROR, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of

Horrible people, horrible places, horrible things and horrible fates all await you in The Ninth Black Book of Horror. The new anthology from Mortbury Press is truly horrible. Check in at a horror hospital, witness grisly acts, observe dreadful family reunions, meet a man who hates waste, the things that are not there, and find out what’s behind you in The Ninth Black Book of Horror. Sixteen stories by John Llewellyn Probert, Craig Herbertson; Simon Bestwick, Gary Fry; David Williamson, Anna Taborska; Sam Dawson, Paul Finch; Gary Power, Thana Niveau; Tom Johnstone, Marion Pitman; Kate Farrell, John Forth; Marc Lyth, and David A. Riley.

I have to start off by saying I enjoyed this anthology so much that I am going to try and review the previous copies in the series as well. There’s an amazing amount of talent packed into this ninth book, so I can only imagine what volumes one through eight hold. The stories are all well written and draw you in immediately.

Every story in THE NINTH BLACK BOOK OF HORROR is good, which is quite a statement to make. Many collections entertain but then usually have a few stories that are only ho-hum. This is not the case here. Each tale in this anthology is crafted to scare, whether bluntly or subtly, and the result is a horrific group of stories filled with darkness and frights.

One of my favorite stories is “Indecent Behaviour” by Marion Pitman. In this tale, two men beat up a gay gentleman, who eventually dies from his wounds. But their victim haunts them from the grave in a truly, uh, ‘unique’ fashion. This is one of those stories that you’ll read a couple of times through simply to derive the full satisfaction of what occurs.

Another favorite of mine is “Ashes to Ashes” by David Williamson. This story tells of a man who starts off with a persistent itch, but discovers it’s something much more hideous. I loved the ending of this one so much that I woke my wife up to read it to her.

THE NINTH BLACK BOOK OF HORROR is a definite win for me and I think any horror-fiction fan will love it. The book is available now, so check it out for sure.


3 thoughts on “Book Review – The Ninth Black Book of Horror (2012)

  1. Thanks very much for your kind words about ‘Ashes to Ashes’, Matthew. Really pleased you enjoyed it, and especially the ending! As you mentioned, the other eight are well worth reading and you should enjoy them equally as much.

    Best Wishes,

    Dave Williamson

  2. As much as I enjoy contributing to the Black Book series I wholeheartedly agree with you about the quality of each and every story. They are an essential read for any fan of the genre and are easily comparable to the old Pan Book of Horror series.

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