Anyone concerned about the future of horror will find plenty of reassurance in this outstanding reprint anthology showcasing short fiction by todays best writers in the genre. Straub (The Throat) skillfully varies tempo and style, mixing stories of psychological terror with more traditional ghostly tales. Thomas Tessier puts a fresh spin on the empty old house theme in the memorable In Praise of Folly, in which the lonely protagonist pursues his fascination with bizarre structures to the Adirondacks. Tessier subtly raises chills even as the tale proceeds to its inevitable and dark conclusion. Another winner is Dan Chaons The Bees, a powerful *** of a man haunted by mistakes of the past. Ramsey Campbells terrifying The Voice of the Beach echoes Algernon Blackwoods classic The Willows, with its *** of two friends fateful encounter with a remote beach that may be an entry point to another dimension. Aimed at a general audience, this volume also includes works by Stephen King, Elizabeth Hand, Kelly Link and Joe Hill.