Back From The Dead
When I was a kid I collected the Pan Books of Horror. They represented the cutting edge of dark fiction, featured a roll-call of horror greats and were hugely popular – so popular that they ran to thirty volumes. I collected them all, and in certain ways they helped to shape my reading. What I found so fascinating was that they weren’t simply shockers. Many stories from William Faulkner to John Collier, were masterclasses in grace and concision. Personally, I always preferred the less explicit, subtler tales of fear, in the same way that I preferred ‘The Orphanage’ over ‘Hostel’. Many years later, I was thrilled to be invited to join the greats when my very first short stories were picked for the final volumes in the Pan series.
Now editor Johnny Mains has put together a new collection of Pan Horrors. He’s been able to do this by commissioning those of us remaining who featured in the original series. I haven’t read the book yet, but if the cover is anything to go by it could be a treat. Here’s hoping we’ve still got what it takes.