The Cutting Room: Dark Reflections of the Silver Screen

edited by Ellen Datlow

The credits have rolled, but the lights are still off. Something is lurking on the other side of the screen. There are dark secrets, starving monsters, and haunted survivors who refuse to be left on the cutting room floor. But that’s okay, right? After all, everybody loves the movies…. Here are twenty-three terrifying tales, dark reflections of the silver screen from both sides of the camera. James Dean gets a second chance at life—and death. The Wicked Witch is out of Oz and she’s made some unlucky friends. When God decides reality needs an editor, what—and who—gets cut? These award-winning, bestselling authors will take you to the darkest depths of the theater and beyond.


“Superstar editor Datlow makes no missteps in this reprint collection of dark tales involving movies and moviemaking […] really, the entire volume is outstanding.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This themed anthology revolves around the idea that the separation between what is real and what we see on film is not as clear as we’d like to think it is. What if, for example, the Wicked Witch of the West didn’t stay in Oz? What if James Dean got a second chance at life? These are just some of the weird-but-cool ideas explored in this tempting volume of stories from renowned editor Ellen Datlow, who collects 23 scary tales by the likes of Peter Straub, Genevieve Valentine, Robert Shearman, Laird Barron and more.”


“This collection of 23 stories should appeal to fans of horror and SF primarily, though noir and hard-boiled-mystery readers should feel welcome too […] Definitely worth checking out.”


“Many of the stories (and both poems) embrace the sometimes sinister and often magical relationship between viewer and film […] The attraction is deliciously dangerous and potentially deadly […] delectable horrors [await] the reader within THE CUTTING ROOM.”

Diabolique Magazine

“It’s pretty much a given that an Ellen Datlow anthology will at least be good, if not great […] THE CUTTING ROOM is no exception. Each tale flows into the next with such natural ease.”

Lit Reactor

“Ellen Datlow puts together some really good books and this might be one of my favorite to date. Dark fantasy/horror stories strung along a theme of films and filmmaking. What a brilliant concept.”

Looking for a Good Book

“When Datlow’s name is on the cover, however, you know the collection will contain the highest quality writing and arranging […] The Cutting Room is a major success.”

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