Dust cover of first edition, 1985
|Author||edited by Josh Pachter|
|Publisher||J. M. Dent|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
|Preceded by||Top Horror: The Authors' Choice|
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The book collects twenty-four short stories and novelettes by as many prominent fantasy authors, with the works included all selected and introduced by their authors as representative of their best short works. The stories were originally published in the magazines Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine , Famous Fantastic Mysteries , The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction , New Worlds SF , Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine , The Saturday Evening Post and Weird Tales , the fanzines Chacal , Dragonfields and Whispers , the anthologies The DAW Science Fiction Reader , Heroic Visions , Lands of Never , New Terrors , Quark/1 , Rooms of Paradise , Science Fiction Tales , Speculations and Wandering Stars , and the collections The Compass Rose and Dark Companions . The book includes an introduction by the editor.
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