Stories: All-New Tales

Stories: All-New Tales


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This astonishing collection of all-new tales by some of the most acclaimed writers at work today is called, simply, Stories. Edited by Neil Gaiman (Sandman, The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys, Coraline) and Al Sarrantonio (award-winning author of forty books and editor of numerous collections), Stories presents never before published short works from a veritable Who's Who of contemporary literature—breathtaking inventions from the likes of Lawrence Block, Roddy Doyle, Joanne Harris, Joe Hill, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Stewart O'Nan, Chuck Palahniuk, Carolyn Parkhurst, Jodi Picoult, Peter Straub…and, of course, the inimitable Neil Gaiman himself.

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ISBN-13: 9780594171492
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

Al Sarrantonio is an acclaimed author, and the editor of anthologies such as 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense and Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy. He lives in Newburgh, New York.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Stories 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
bookaholicNC More than 1 year ago
Every story in this book is terrific. My very favorite was "Human Intelligence" by Kurt Anderson. I also loved "Cult of the Nose" by Al Sarrantonio and "Samantha's Diary" by Diana Wynne Jones. When I got this book I didn't realize all the stories were sci-fi, horror type stories (I like these stories only sometimes) but it didn't matter, they were all so good. I love short stories and will treasure this book. (And isn't the cover illustration by Tom Gauld wonderful too?)
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
I love short stories that give me a sample of other authors writing style. There have been several times that I have purchased a collection of short stories or an anthology and ended up getting hooked on some of the authors after reading one short piece. One great thing about this book is that it covers a wide array of genres which kept my attention better than other books with short stories. My favorites in this book were: THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS by Neil Gaiman THE KNIFE by Richard Adams UNWELL by Carolyn Parkhurst THE THERAPIST by Jeffery Deaver THE CULT OF THE NOSE by Al Sarrantonio I really enjoyed this book. There were a few stories I could have done without, but other than that, it's a winner. I give it 4 stars.
dknippling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think it will always be hard for a collection of stories from multiple authors to get five stars from me; there's always some that I don't like. Ironically, it was some of the stories from my favorite authors that I didn't care for here.Overall, one of the more satisfying collections of short story anthologies that I've read for a while; however, many of the stories, especially toward the beginning, were so painful (even if good) that I could only read one at a time before switching to something else.My favorites:The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, by Neil GaimanGoblin Lake, by Michael SwanwickCatch and Release, by Lawrence Block (this is the one that's stuck with me the strongest)Unwell, Carolyn ParkhurstA Life in Fictions, Kat HowardThe Cult of the Nose, Al Sarrantonio (loved this Borgesian thing until the very end, then siiiigh.)Stories, Michael Moorcock (the most interesting story about not much at all)The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellepheron, Liz Hand
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book jacket says that this anthology ¿reinvigorates, expands and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction¿. The book hosts some huge names in fiction: Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Carroll, Neil Gaiman, Richard Adams, Walter Mosley, Chuck Palahniuk and many others. Serial killers, Santa, a bizarre case of sibling rivalry that extends beyond the grave, vengeance are some of the weave through this book. Some of the stories are brilliant. Sadly, some are not.Any anthology is uneven. It¿s just the nature of a collection. But this one ranges from marvelous to a couple I could barely get through. That surprised me, because I expected, with the list of authors this book has, that they would all be stellar. The book is definitely worth reading, but take this advice- if the story seems bad in the first few paragraphs, give up and go to the next one. The good ones start good; the bad ones don¿t get any better.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
27 stories by a variety of recognizable names, collected with a cheerful disregard for genre boundaries. I expected any anthology co-edited by Neil Gaiman to be well worthwhile, as he shows a remarkable feel for storytelling in his own work, but I have to say that on the whole this was kind of disappointing. A couple of rather pointless-seeming pieces aside, the stories generally aren't bad, exactly. They're mostly well-written, at least as far as prose style goes, but very few of them did much of anything for me. The main goal here, according to the introduction, is to offer stories that make readers ask, "What happens next?" In that, I suppose it's sort of successful, because many of these stories did elicit that response, but more often than not when I found out what happens next, the answer just wasn't very satisfying. Even Gaiman's own story was very far from his best work.
aadyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of stories that was edited by Neil Gaiman with an inclusion by him had me almost salivating at the thought of this. I was gravely disappointed. Neil Gaiman's entry whilst good was no "study in Emerald", in my mind, his finest short story. The rest of the collection were very poor with one or perhaps, two exceptions to this. I gave up, and I NEVER give up on books, after 200 pages with considerable disappointment. I have not given up on a book in the last 3 years. This was that awful. Honestly.....avoid.
pocketmermaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Glory, hallelujah, I'm so glad I'm finished with this monster and can put it behind me. It took a year of chugging through this collection, in between reading other novels, to get it finished. Paraphrasing Jewel from Bravo's "Platinum Hit" -- [Short story]-writing is hit or miss, and this was a miss.There were some good stories, but they were very few. As I read on, the mediocre stories made me appreciate the good ones more, and the awful stories made me appreciate the atrocious stories more. For me, the highlights were "Blood," "Wildfire in Manhattan," "The Stars Are Falling," and "Weights and Measures." The atrocious ones that I hated reading were, "Fossil-Figures," "Juvenal Nyx," and pretty much anything towards the end of the collection. The title story, "Stories," was pretty damn bad. It was a classic "and then" story. And this happened, and that happened, and then this happened, and that happened. As I look at the table of contents, there are some stories that I have no recollection of at all. And some of them are ones I read within the past few weeks, as opposed to almost a year ago. Some of them just felt so thrown together and didn't leave an impression on me at all. I'm just glad it's over.
tairngire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Incredibly diverse in both it's authors and themes, the quality of all the stories leaves something to be desired. While there are a handful of great stories and a handful of rather dull ones, most were enjoyable while not necessarily exceptional. Nevertheless, this compilation is worthwhile, especially for Neil Gaiman fans who appreciate fiction in all it's forms.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program. It consists of 27 stories that range from fantasy, to sci-fi, to general fiction. Overall it is an interesting collection of stories. Most of the stories have some sort of fantasy aspect to them; something fantastical happens, people have special powers, or events defy reality.For me the highlights of this book were "Wildfire in Manhattan" by Joanne Harris, "Goblin Lake" by Michael Swanwick, "Leif in the Wind" by Gene Wolfe, "A Life in Fictions" by Kat Howard, and "The Devil on the Staircase" by Joe Hill.The majority of the stories were good reads and the collection is extremely eclectic. It would have been nice to have some underlying theme tie the stories together; but, as stated in the beginning, this is a collection of stories that was made for the love of a story. This collection of stories is definitely intended for an adult audience, there is lots of swearing in some of the stories and some sex and violence.The stories included are listed below along with a brief description and ratings given.- Blood by Roddy Doyle (4/5)Interesting story about a normal family man who craves blood. Love the open ending and the crazy dialogue.- Fossil-Figures by Joyce Carol Oates (4/5)About twin brothers that are very different but undeniably entwined.- Wildfire in Manhattan by Joanne Harris (5/5)A story about gods in human form trying to outrun Darkness in Manhattan. I loved the sardonic tone of this story, it was a lot of fun. This setting and the interesting characters could make an excellent book.- The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman (4/5)Fantasy story about a dwarf seeking a cave full of gold. Not one of Gaiman's best stories, but entertaining all the same.- Unbelief by Michael Marshall Smith (4/5)A darkly ironic and somewhat disturbing story about an assassin who is paid to take out a certain well-known old man. I enjoyed it; it was a good story and a fun read.- The Stars Are Falling by Joe R. Lansdale (4/5)This is a story about a soldier coming home from four years of war. This one is a bit disturbing as well, but well-written with great description (it is pretty bleak though).- Juvenal Nyx by Walter Mosley (3/5)Story about a man that gets turned into a child of the night. I didn't like this story all that much; I just thought it was kind of boring. It is well written though.- The Knife by Richard Adams (3/5)Very short story about a bullied boy who takes revenge. It was okay, but nothing special.- Weights and Measures by Jodi Picoult (4/5)A heartbreaking story about a couple whose daughter dies. Somehow they are literally physically affected by the death. I didn't really understand exactly what was going on, but the story was well-written and the author captured what it feels like to loose someone very well.- Goblin Lake by Michael Swanwick (5/5)A story about a soldier who is pushed into Goblin Lake and finds out his life is not what he thought it was. I really enjoyed this story and thought it was very creative.- Mallon the Guru by Peter Straub (3/5)A very short story that was about a man going to seek out advice from a medicine man. This story was very obscure and a bit creepy.- Catch and Release by Lawrence Block (4/5)A very creepy story about a man who likes to "catch and release" single women. Super creepy but very well written and overall well done.- Polka Dots and Moonbeams by Jeffrey Ford (3/5)Some sort of story done in a roaring twenties style about people pulling a hit job, dancing, and trying to "get out". I never really understood what was going on here.- The Loser by Chuck Palahnuik (3/5)About some frat member taking part in a game show. I didn't enjoy this story all that much, it was okay.- Samantha's Diary by Diana Wynne Jones (4/5)This is the diary of a girl who gets to play out the 12 Days of Christmas, much to her horror. This started out as a funny story but did get a bit tedious towards the end.- Land of the Lo
kmaziarz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well-known author Gaiman here wears his editor¿s hat, pulling together 27 stories by modern masters of both ¿genre¿ fiction and ¿literary¿ fiction. Gaiman¿s introduction tells us that his only criteria was to find stories which leave the reader asking ¿And then what happened?¿ Consequently, narrowing down the genre of most of these stories would be difficult. They bend genre conventions, play with tone and trope. Many of the stories here have a touch¿or more¿of the supernatural. Some are outright fantasy, or clearly science fiction. Some are simply engrossing. Stand-outs in the collection include Gaiman¿s own story, ¿The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains,¿ Joe Hill¿s ¿The Devil on the Staircase,¿ and Elizabeth Hand¿s ¿The Maiden Flight of McCauley¿s Bellerophon.¿
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stories: All New Tales is an anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. The two set out to collect stories that made the reader ask ¿What happens next?¿, and for the most part I would say they succeeded. Some of the stories were immediately gripping and all too short, others started with mild interest and built up to an interesting finish. Many of the contributors to the anthology are big names I¿ve heard of and I¿m sure the others are in a similar class, and the writing shows. Even the stories I didn¿t like were well written.Most of the stories were a bit on the dark side, some more than others. I found the book to be thought-provoking. I am hoping several of the stories will be expanded to full novels.One story, 'Juvenal Nyx' by Walter Mosley, was about a vampire who didn¿t know what he was. The portrayal of these vampires was unique in my experience, the story was really just getting going when it ended.'Unbelief' by Michael Marshall Smith was an interesting assassin story. I picked up more and more clues to who the target was and as my suspicions solidified I started to wonder how it was really going to end.'The Therapist' by Jeffrey Deaver was another good one, though, after reading another review, I discovered that some people can be easily misunderstood. Basically this therapist will go to any links to help `cure¿ you. I though it was an excellent story, it started out as a good Samaritan story, hinted at creepy, got weird and finished strong.Overall great writing, interesting stories but certainly not a feel good book.
ericnguyen09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has always been a dream for me: to read a book of short stories by writers who don't usually write short stories, or with writers working outside their genre. For a while, I even thought about doing it myself, but thought it would be rather difficult to talk to Nora Roberts, let alone ask her to write horror.Neil Gaiman, however, has power. Neil Gaiman is accomplished. Neil Gaiman is probably a nice guy too. So, Neil Gaiman phones up his friends. His friends say sure and write stories for him. Neil Gaiman goes to WIlliam Morrow. William Morrow publishes Stories: All New Tales. A dream comes true.Almost.Anyone reading this collection are reading it for their favorite authors. For example, in line to buy the book, I skipped to page 194 for Chuck Palahniuk's "Loser," a well-crafted, head-first story about drugs and The Price Is Right with hints of Hempel-esque influences (one fan can tell another fan, I know). I flipped to page 15 for Joyce Carol Oates haunting "Fossil-Figures" about rival brothers and the ties that bind; this story is visceral and claustophobic--in a good way.Yet once and I sat down and started reading everything else, I was left to ponder how these writers are writing: specifically, that these writers shouldn't be writing short stories. The saying goes, "Never let a man do a woman's job." The same can be said here: Never let a novelist do a short story writer's job.The novelist has different ways of looking. The novelist's technique, craftsmanship, and eye can be seen everywhere. A novelist has time--hundreds of pages for revelation, hundreds of pages for character development, hundreds of pages to draw out. The best thing a short story writer can do to hone his/her craft is attempt the Hemingway story, or in particular, the six-word story:For sale: baby shoes, never worn.In short stories, you need to be precise knowing that you must end soon. These writers don't seem to know that.We have Joanne Harris's whose quirky story about gods in modern Mahattan feeling more like a novel excerpt than a short story. We have Joe Lansdale tale of revenge jumping slowly at times, and then speeding up quickly to get enough killing scenes in. We have Walter Mosley, whose vampire story suffers the same ills as Joe Lansdale: uneven pacing.Yet the novelist problem isn't the only problem. Sometimes the problem is just that the writers are not skilled enough. The stories are simply badly written and not worth the effort of reading, even if it is short. Michael Marshall Smith's Santa Claus story was short, but cheap and predictable. Michael Swanwick's metafiction was (again) cheap and annoying. Jodi Picoult: your writerly strings are showing: we get that they are suffering from grief: their grief is very, very loud. Jeffery Deaver: pick a point of view, stick with it. I can go on for quite a while.But despite these trainwrecks, there are some good stories--highlights that perhaps are worth the price of the book. Besides Palahniuk and Oates, we have Stewart O'Nan's story of obsession left at an ambigious conclusion. There's Lawrence Block superb character sketch in "Catch and Release." Gene Wolfe is who you read when you want science fiction with heart. Tim Powers and Carolyn Parkhurst stories of siblings were respectively touching and darkly humored. Kat Howard makes a strong metafictional debut. The highlight, I can't pick. It's somewhere between Elizabeth Hand's story of grief or Joe Hill's Poe-esque story about evil. Both end the anthology. Both are strong endings to a book of mostly disappointing stories. Or more accurately, both are well-crafted stories to end a collection that didn't feel too serious. Obviously, these are writers having fun, experimenting for a bit. But as someone who love the short story form, this was a disappointment.Gaiman obviously had a goal in putting this anthology together. In his introduction:"It seemed to us that the fantastic can be, can do, so much more than its detractors assume: it can illu
manadabomb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Edited by Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio.Twenty-seven short stories by a wide variety of authors. Some well known such as Jodi Picoult, Chuck Palahniuk, & Lawrence Block. I read all the stories but one: Stories by Michael Moorcock was one I just couldn't get through, and also seemed to be one of the longest. Sorry Michael.All in all, this is a great collection of fantasy type stories that meld really well. Some of the stories were too abrupt, seeming to end before we even got started. Others were extremely well done, leaving the reader wondering and enthralled (the reader being me).A few favorites: The Devil on the Staircase by Jo Hill, Parallel Lines by Tim Powers, The Therapist by Jeffery Deaver, Unwell by Carolyn Parkhurst, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman, The Stars are Falling by Joe R. Lansdale, Catch and Release by Lawrence Block & Let the Past Begin by Jonathan Carroll.As Neil Gaiman says in the introduction, the best four words that show the power of stories is:"...And then what happened?"The stories in this collection leave you asking the same thing.
suetu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
And then what happened...Above are the four words that Neil Gaiman writes about in his introduction to the collection edited by himself and Al Sarrantonio. "And then what happened."--the four words that every storyteller longs to hear. That child-like impulse is the essence of what he and Sarrantonio wanted to evoke with this collection. On that basis, they were largely successful. These diverse stories, written by an impressive array of writers, kept me turning the pages and, yes, wondering what would happen next. In some cases, I didn't have to wonder long. The stories range in length from a mere three pages to an impressive 48. Despite his name appearing in 72-point font on the book's cover, Mr. Gaiman contributes only one story in addition to his introduction. So, die-hard Gaiman fans, don't be disappointed. Instead, revel in the embarrassment of riches that have been brought together. This story collection features contributors who are among the best in genre fiction (Gene Wolfe, Joe R. Lansdale, Michael Swanwick, Peter Straub), literary fiction (Stuart O'Nan, Joyce Carol Oates, Walter Mosley, Roddy Doyle), and popular fiction (Jeffrey Deaver, Jodi Picoult, Joe Hill, Chuck Palahniuk). Honestly, I barely brushed the surface of all the big-name contributors, so very many of whom are long-time favorites of mine. I'll be honest, not every single story is a slam dunk, but not one was a stinker. The one I liked best (possibly Carolyn Parkhurst's featuring an unreliable narrator) might be the one you liked least. These things are so subjective. The overall quality of contributions is high. Whether you're looking for quick palate cleansers between longer works, or you're looking forward to reading this collection cover to cover, I feel confident in asserting that there's something for everyone to be found within these pages.
yoyogod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stories: All-New Tales is very nearly the perfect short story collection. It's a very eclectic collection; there are fantasy stories, horror stories, science fiction stories, and general fiction. As Gaiman says in his introduction, the editors wanted to put together stories that are designed to make the reader ask. "...and then what happened?" Almost all of the stories do this and do it well.Notice that I said almost. There are two exception to this. Chuck Palahniuk's "story," "Loser," quite frankly sucks. I would barely even qualify it as a story. It's about a frat boy on acid who goes on a game show that seems to be The Price Is Right as written by someone who's never actually seen the show. There is pretty much no action at all, and nothing of any interest whatsoever happens. Also, it's written in the second person present tense, which is really annoying.The other exception is Michael Moorcock's "Stories," which is at least a story, just a boring one. This is rather surprising coming from the man behind the Eternal Champion series, since I know he can write a good story (I've never actually read anything by Palahniuk). This is a long rambling story about the life of an editor and his slightly nutso writer friend written as a sort of reminiscence. It's not really very interesting.The rest of the stories range from great to pretty darn good. Gaiman's "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains" is excellent, as you would expect from a writer of Gaiman's caliber.Walter Mosley's "Juvenal Nyx" has great potential as a series character. Joe Hill's "The Devil on the Staircase" is written in a format similar to concrete poetry, but is a very good tale. Al Sarrantonio's "Cult of the Nose" is a great weird story. Really all of the other stories are good. Most of them could very well have been the stand out story in any other anthology. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this being nominated for--and probably winning--several awards.
Jvstin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stories is an anthology composed by the profilic anthology Al Sarrantonio, along with fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. Bringing together talents ranging from Mr Gaiman himself to Tim Powers, Joyce Carol Oates, and chuck Palahnuik, its an impressive stable of authors for an all new anthology.The mission of the anthology is to dissolve the artificial barrier between genre fiction and mainstream fiction. providing a suite of stories that straddle the borderland between the often walled kingdoms of fantasy, and the realms of contemporary literary fiction.With such an impressive pedigree of writers, I started the anthology with high expectations. While I didn't think that the anthology would be the holy grail of a book that could help tear down that wall, I hoped that I could find good value for money in the stories.Unfortunately, for me, this proved not to be the case.I think that, for the most part, the authors in the anthology kept the stories *too* contemporary, shying away too much from genre conventions and trappings, in an effort to be more literary. Many of these stories would not be out of place in one of the many high school and college short stories anthologies that I read in English class. That's precisely the problem, and its a bug, not a feature, of the anthology. Oh, a number of the stories do not fall under this broad brush that I am painting. But for the most part, the stories remain too literary for their own good.Let me not say that the quality of the stories is bad. They aren't--not even the ones which remain closest to the literary side of the no man's land between contemporary and genre fiction. But the stories, one after another, just felt like they didn't really fulfill the mission of the anthology to my expectations.The lineup of the anthology is as follows:Table of Contents* Blood - Roddy Doyle* Fossil-Figures - Joyce Carol Oates* Wildfire in Manhattan - Joanne Harris* The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains - Neil Gaiman* Unbelief - Michael Marshall Smith* The Stars are Falling - Joe R. Lansdale* Juvenal Nyx - Walter Mosley* The Knife - Richard Adams* Weights and Measures - Jodi Picoult* Goblin Lake - Michael Swanwick* Mallon and Guru - Peter Straub* Catch and Release - Lawrence Block* Polka Dots and Moonbeams - Jeffrey Ford* Loser - Chuck Palahniuk* Samantha's Diary - Diane Wynne Jones* Land of the Lost - Stewart O'Nan* Leif in the Wind - Gene Wolfe* Unwell - Carolyn Parkhurst* A Life in Fictions - Kat Howard* Let the Past Begin - Jonathan Carroll* The Therapist - Jeffery Deaver* Parallel Lines - Tim Powers* The Cult of the Nose - Al Sarrantonio* Human Intelligence - Kurt Anderson* Stories - Michael Moorcock* The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon - Elizabeth Hand* The Devil on the Staircase - Joe Hill
iBeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These well-crafted stories defy easy genre characterization. However, they were a bit too dark for me.
lazybee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had very high hopes for Stories, since it's edited by Neil Gaiman and includes stories by some authors I really love, but I was somewhat disappointed. I found the quality of the stories to be very uneven - there were some great stories (The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman, Juvenal Nyx by Walter Mosley, Wildfire in Manhattan by Joanne Harris, Unwell by Carolyn Parkhurst), but some pretty poor stories as well (Joyce Carol Oates' incredibly cliched Fossil-Figures, Michael Moorcock's dull Stories) and some that were okay but forgettable. There are enough good stories that is probably worth reading the anthology, but it would've been much better if the weaker stories had been left out.
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Great collection of different genres compiled with an eye for intrigue. I never really wanted to put it down. Evn those stories that began slow left me wondering and partly stunned by the end.
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Super awesome book
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