Continuing the Arkham House tradition, this anthology offers the discerning reader of the macabre no less than twenty-seven newly published stories by twenty-three author, both established and new, exploring a wide and wondrous range of modern fantastic writing. The traditional and the off-trail are represented in a collection certain to appeal to the devote and general reader alike. Ramsey Campbell is represented by two stories, The Last Hand and The Christmas Present - the last an adaptation of a work broadcast on the BBC. Carl Jacobi offers the intriguing Chameleon Town, and Denys Val Baker purveys horror in a commonplace setting Before the Event. Robert Aickman, in The Real Road to the Church, and E. Hoffmann Price, in Selene, combine the occult with the ordinary in stories as thought-provoking as they are different.