John Skipp, ed.
Black Dog & Levinthal, 2012.
Features “The Mannerly Man.”
This collection of thirty-eight terrifying tales of serial killers at large, written by the great masters of the genre, plumbs the horrifying depths of a deranged mind and the forces of evil that compel a human being to murder, gruesomely and methodically, over and over again.
From Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) to Patrick Bateman (American Psycho), stories of serial killers and psychos loom large and menacing in our collective psyche. Tales of their grisly conquests have kept us cowering under the covers, but still turning the pages.
Psychos is the first book to collect in a single volume the scariest and most well-crafted fictional works about these deranged killers. Some of the stories are classics, the best that the genre has to offer, by renowned writers such as Neil Gaiman, Amelia Beamer, Robert Bloch, and Thomas Harris. Other selections are from the latest and most promising crop of new authors.
John Skipp, who is also the editor of Zombies, Demons and Werewolves and Shapeshifters, provides fascinating insight, through two nonfiction essays, into our insatiable obsession with serial killers and how these madmen are portrayed in popular culture. Resources at the end of the book includes lists of the genre’s best long-form fiction, movies, websites, and writers.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Our Brain: The Monster of Choice, When There’s No One Else Left to Blame by John Skipp
Classical Scenes of Farewell by Jim Shepard
Hop-Frog by Edgar Allan Poe
Marmalade Wine by Joan Aiken
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury
Lucy Comes to Stay by Robert Bloch
The Liar by Laura Lee Bahr
The Paperhanger by William Gay
Red Dragon (excerpt) by Thomas Harris
The Exit at Toledo Blade Boulevard Jack Ketchum
Incident On and Off A Mountain Road by Joe. R. Lansdale
Murder for Beginners by Mercedes M. Yardley
Jesse by Steve Rasnic Tem
In for A Penny by Lawrence Block
Now Hold Still by David J. Schow
Feminine Endings by Neil Gaiman
Going Solo by Leah Mann
Death-in-Life Love Song by Kevin L. Donihe
Ralph and Jerry by Leslianne Wilder
And What Did You See in the World? by Norman Partridge
Life with Father by Bentley Little
The Shallow End of the Pool by Adam-Troy Castro
Mommy Picks Me Up at Day Care by John Gorumba
When The Zoos Close Down, They’ll Come For Us by Violet Lavoit
All Through The House by Christopher Coake
Intruder by John Boden
Straycation by Scott Bradley and Peter Giglio
Life Coach by Cody Goodfellow
Righteous by Weston Ochse
The Meaning of Life by Amelia Beamer
Damaged Goods by Elizabeth Massie
Willow Tests Well by Nick Mamatas
Serenity Now by Simon McCaffery
The Mannerly Man by Mehitobel Wilson
Sensible Violence by Brian Hodge
Bucky Goes to Church by Robert Devereaux
At Eventide by Kathe Koja
Afterword: Psychos and You! by John Skipp
Appendix A: A Devil in My View: Psychos in Popular Culture by Cody Goodfellow
Appendix B: The Albert Fish Letter