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Final Cuts

New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles (Blumhouse Books)

Ellen Datlow (Editor)


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Legendary genre editor Ellen Datlow brings together eighteen dark and terrifying original stories inspired by cinema and television. A BLUMHOUSE BOOKS HORROR ORIGINAL.

From the secret reels of a notoriously cursed cinematic masterpiece to the debauched livestreams of modern movie junkies who will do anything for clicks, Final Cuts brings together new and terrifying stories inspired by the many screens we can't peel our eyes away from. Inspired by the rich golden age of the film and television industries as well as the new media present, this new anthology reveals what evils hide behind the scenes and between the frames of our favorite medium. With original stories from a diverse list of some of the best-known names in horror, Final Cuts will haunt you long after the credits roll.

NEW STORIES FROM: Josh Malerman, Chris Golden, Stephen Graham Jones, Garth Nix, Laird Barron, Kelley Armstrong, John Langan, Richard Kadrey, Paul Cornell, Lisa Morton, AC Wise, Dale Bailey, Jeffrey Ford, Cassandra Khaw, Nathan Ballingrud, Gemma Files, Usman T. Malik, and Brian Hodge.

Praise For Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles (Blumhouse Books)

"Outstanding riffs on silver screen terrors. . .The impressive creative range and the authors’ willingness to push their ideas to the limit make this a memorable exploration of the intersection between horror literature and film. Genre enthusiasts should snap this up." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A spine-tingling collection. . .These chilling film trade tales are an emotional and impactful feast waiting to be devoured by horror fans." Booklist 

"Eerie. . .Subtlety ties into the addiction we have for storytelling on screen. . . Ellen Datlow remains the ideal to strive for. . .Amazing." Writers, After Dark (podcast)

"Final Cuts feels like the very best horror omnibus films, with each story distinct from the last, yet threaded together by some ephemeral, ineffable string, an unidentifiable but palpable connectivity. Perhaps it’s Datlow herself. . .She’s the director, the auteur, and of course, the editor, presiding over and splicing together unique voices and narratives into beautiful, terrible continuity. . . Each tale in Final Cuts is a knockout. As far as 'Summer Reads' go, if you’re a fan of horror, the movies, and horror films, you’ll not find a more entertaining book." Lit Reactor

"[Datlow] returns with another excellent collection of short stories featuring some of today’s best horror writers. . .The unique themes and diverse array of stories make this anthology appealing to a variety of horror readers and is a great introduction to new readers looking for work by a range of authors." Library Journal 

"For those of us that love to watch cinema and fiction mix, Final Cuts is a treat. It’s a timely work that truly brings something for everyone." High Fever Books

"This compilation arranged expertly by Ellen Datlow proves that there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy when it comes to editing an anthology. The diversity of tales present inside—whether this flexibility comes in the form of plotline, story structure or word count—makes Final Cuts one of the varied collections I have ever read." Literary Retreat

Anchor, 9780525565758, 480pp.

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

About the Author

ELLEN DATLOW has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty-five years. She currently acquires short fiction for In addition, she has edited more than fifty anthologies, including The Best Horror of the Year series, Fearful Symmetries, The Doll Collection, The Monstrous, and Black Feathers. Along with author Lisa Morton, she edited the Blumhouse Books Original Haunted Nights. A multiple award winner for her work, Datlow is a recipient of the Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for "outstanding contribution to the genre," and has been honored with Life Achievement Awards by both the Horror Writers Association and the World Fantasy Convention. She lives in New York and cohosts the monthly Fantastic Fiction Reading Series at KGB Bar. More information can be found at, on Facebook, and on Twitter as @EllenDatlow.