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The best of The best horror of the year : 10 years of essential short horror fiction

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Here is the best of the best horror--from Laird Barron, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and many more!

For more than three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. In this anniversary edition, Datlow brings back her favorite stories of the series' last decade in a special edition encompassing highlights from each edition of the work.

Encompassed in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as: Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, Stephen King, Linda Nagat, Laird Barron, Margo Lanagan, And many others

With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this light creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness as articulated by today's most challenging and exciting writers. And in this anniversary edition, we share the most important stories which have been covered in the last decade of horror writing.


Introduction -- Ellen Datlow
Lowland Sea--Suzy McKee Charnas
Wingless Beasts--Lucy Taylor
The Nimble Men--Glen Hirshberg
Little America--Dan Chaon
Black and White Sky--Tanith Lee
The Monster Makers--Steve Rasnic Tem
Stephen Graham Jones
In a Cavern, in a Canyon--Laird Barron
Allochthon--Livia Llewellyn
Shepherds' Business--Stephen Gallagher
Down to a Sunless Sea--Neil Gaiman
The Man from the Peak--Adam Golaski
In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos--John Langan
The Moraine--Simon Bestwick
At the Riding School--Cody Goodfellow
Cargo--E.Michael Lewis
Tender as Teeth--Stephanie Crawford & Duane Swierczynski
Wild Acre--Nathan Ballingrud
The Callers--Ramsey Campbell
This Stagnant Breath of Change--Brian Hodge
Grave Goods--Gemma Files
The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine--Peter Straub
Majorlena--Jane Jakeman
The Days of Our Lives--Adam L. G. Nevill
You Can Stay All Day--Mira Grant
No Matter Which Way We Turned--Brian Evenson
Nesters--Siobhan Carroll
Better You Believe--Carole Johnstone
Lowland sea / Suzy McKee Charnas
Wingless beasts / Lucy Taylor
The nimble men / Glen Hirshberg
Little America / Dan Chaon
Black and white sky / Tanith Lee
The monster makers / Steve Rasnic Tem
Chapter six / Stephen Graham Jones
In a cavern, in a canyon / Laird Barron
Allochthon / Livia Llewellyn
Shepherds' business / Stephen Gallagher
Down to a sunless sea / Neil Gaiman
The man from the peak / Adam Golaski
In Paris, in the mouth of Kronos / John Langan
The moraine / Simon Bestwick
At the riding school / Cody Goodfellow
Cargo / E. Michael Lewis
Tender as teeth / Stephanie Crawford & Duane Swierczynski
Wild acre / Nathan Ballingrud
The callers / Ramsey Campbell
This stagnant breath of change / Brian Hodge
Grave goods / Gemma Files
The ballad of Ballard and Sandrine / Peter Straub
Majorlena / Jane Jakeman
The days of our lives / Adam L.G. Nevill
You can stay all day / Mira Grant
No matter which way we turned / Brian Evenson
Nesters / Siobhan Carroll
Better you believe / Carole Johnstone.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* This anthology brings together a selection of stories from Datlow's acclaimed series of annual horror showcases, providing a survey of some of the best horror writing of the last decade. The horror on offer ranges widely in style and tone, from brief encounters with monsters or the supernatural to apocalypses of cosmic proportion to horrors invented out of the human heart. Highlights include Laird Barron's ""In a Cavern, In a Canyon,"" about one woman's family history, told in a plaintive and deadly mystery voice; Livia Llewellyn's ""Allochthon,"" in which a 1930s company wife experiences a horrifying transcendence in a barren landscape; Cody Goodfellow's ""At the Riding School,"" concerning a school for young women that hides a strange and twisted tradition; Peter Straub's ""The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine,"" where two longtime lovers are drawn into a mystery as deep as their desire; and Brian Hodge's ""This Stagnant Breath of Change,"" about a town trapped forever in 1969 by the actions of its elders. This collection is highly recommended for anyone interested in contemporary horror and dark fantasy, as well as anyone looking for a collection of some of the best and most horrifying short fiction currently available.--Alan Keep Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Datlow's 10th-anniversary volume of horror shorts is a stunning and flawless collection that showcases the most terrifyingly beautiful writing of the genre. This anthology opens with its strongest title "Lowland Sea" by Suzy McKee Charnas, the story of an African woman quarantined with a wealthy white director and his friends on a compound in France after an outbreak of the Red Sweat, a disease as lethal as it is contagious. The woman is sent into the apocalyptic landscape to seek help, only to face the betrayal of these rich, white people upon her return. "Chapter Six" by Stephen Graham Jones, another outstanding piece, suspensefully details the plight of an academic to understand the anthropological transition from human to zombie and his subsequent gory demise. Datlow's palate for the fearful and the chilling knows no genre constraint, encompassing the undead, the supernatural, and the cruelty perpetrated by ordinary humans. Exciting, literary, and utterly scary, this anthology is nothing short of exceptional. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Horror tales, American -- 21st century.
Horror tales, English -- 21st century.
Horror fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :2018
Contributors Datlow, Ellen, editor.
Language English
Description xxvii, 481 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781597809832
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