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For nearly two decades, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four d For nearly two decades, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen works ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magic realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and sections on graphic novels, by Charles Vess; on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge; on media, by Ed Bryant; and on music, by Charles de Lint. With a long list of Honorable Mentions, this is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror. Isabel Allende   Laird Barron   Elizabeth Bear    Andrew Bonia   Chaz Brenchley   Tom Brennan   Jack Cady   Jennifer Chang Robert Coover  Albert E. Cowdrey   Kelly Everding   Jeffrey Ford    Theodora Goss  Elizabeth Hand  Joe Hill   Glen Hirshberg   Pentti Holappa  Dave Hutchinson   China Miéville, Emma Bircham, and Max Schäfer  Sarah Monette  Ralph Robert Moore  Adam L.G. Nevill   Kim Newman  Reggie Oliver   Chuck Palahniuk   Stacey Richter  Barbara Roden  Deborah Roggie   Jay Russell  Geoff Ryman   Mark Samuels   Willa Schneberg   Nisi Shawl   Delia Sherman  Bruce Sterling   Howard Waldrop  Daniel Wallace   Marley Youmans   


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For nearly two decades, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four d For nearly two decades, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen works ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magic realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and sections on graphic novels, by Charles Vess; on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge; on media, by Ed Bryant; and on music, by Charles de Lint. With a long list of Honorable Mentions, this is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror. Isabel Allende   Laird Barron   Elizabeth Bear    Andrew Bonia   Chaz Brenchley   Tom Brennan   Jack Cady   Jennifer Chang Robert Coover  Albert E. Cowdrey   Kelly Everding   Jeffrey Ford    Theodora Goss  Elizabeth Hand  Joe Hill   Glen Hirshberg   Pentti Holappa  Dave Hutchinson   China Miéville, Emma Bircham, and Max Schäfer  Sarah Monette  Ralph Robert Moore  Adam L.G. Nevill   Kim Newman  Reggie Oliver   Chuck Palahniuk   Stacey Richter  Barbara Roden  Deborah Roggie   Jay Russell  Geoff Ryman   Mark Samuels   Willa Schneberg   Nisi Shawl   Delia Sherman  Bruce Sterling   Howard Waldrop  Daniel Wallace   Marley Youmans   

30 review for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    I liked 4 out of 18 stories; the rest were a waste of time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emma Winona

    A really satisfying collection. Kind of peeters out near the end, but a really satisfying collection. My favorite story was definition "Boatman's Holiday." A really satisfying collection. Kind of peeters out near the end, but a really satisfying collection. My favorite story was definition "Boatman's Holiday."

  3. 5 out of 5

    laurentiu

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  4. 4 out of 5

    The rockabilly werewolf from Mars

    This seems to have been a good year for horror, if this volume is any indication. I would consider this to be one of the 3 best entries in the series, alongside volumes 1 and 12 (note that I have not yet read the whole series, I still need to track down several entries). I won't bother reviewing the introduction, obituaries, or honorable mentions; so onto the stories: Walpurgis Afternoon The residents of a suburban street are disturbed by the overnight appearance of a Victorian mansion. Very odd. T This seems to have been a good year for horror, if this volume is any indication. I would consider this to be one of the 3 best entries in the series, alongside volumes 1 and 12 (note that I have not yet read the whole series, I still need to track down several entries). I won't bother reviewing the introduction, obituaries, or honorable mentions; so onto the stories: Walpurgis Afternoon The residents of a suburban street are disturbed by the overnight appearance of a Victorian mansion. Very odd. The Mushroom Duchess Another odd story, this one concerning a mycology obsessed duchess and the experiments she performs by feeding exotic fungi to unsuspecting relatives. An Incident At Agate Beach A story concerning the protagonist's encounter with a strange child on the titular beach. Among The Tombs Nicely atmospheric story about possession, but most of the religious references were meaningless to me, due to my lack of interest in the subject. Obedience, Or The Lying Tale A poem. I don't know much about poetry, so we will leave it there. American Morons Some tourists in Italy get lost and come to a bad end. Many of the political references were unknown to me, because I would have been in elementary school when this story came out, and I think politics are stupid anyway. Shallaballah After suffering from a car accident, an actor finds himself in a strange hospital. Night Train: Heading West A poem. Denial A folktale-ish piece about people who don't know that they are dead. Northwest Passage Probably my favorite piece in the book, this story has everything a horror story needs: lurking, shadowy figures; mysterious sounds; ominous radio interference; inexplicable disappearances; places where reality works differently; and sinister legends. Very atmospheric, highly recommended. Proboscis Some people on the run from the law visit a local geological anomaly and find something disturbing. Quite atmospheric, another very good story. Kronia I didn't really understand this story, but it has a truly hilarious line about how the only record one character owns is by The Shaggs (if you're familiar with The Shaggs, You'll know why this is funny, if you're not, go listen to their album Philosophy Of The World as soon as possible). Omens A poem. Follow Me Light A piece about an odd lawyer and the deep ones. Boatman's Holliday A story about the mundane inhabitants of hell, with an intriguing idea about its nature. Quite interesting. The Horse Of A Different Colour (That You Rode In On) Presented as an interview with one of the Marx Brothers, this story concerns a pair of magician/comedians who get caught up in some sort of plot involving an obscure religious order.A very strange take on the conspiracy thriller genre (which I normally dislike, but I enjoyed here). Where Angels Come In A group of children decide to explore an old building which is at the center of many urban legends, and find various disturbing things within. Very atmospheric, and reminiscent of Ramsey Campbell. I have since returned the book to the library, but I will also note three other standouts of the book: The Ball Room A very unnerving story about a haunted play area in a Ikea-type furniture store. One of the best in the book. My Father's Mask A child visits a weird cabin with his parents, soon very strange things begin to happen. Excellent. The Gypsies In The Wood An entry in Kim Newman's Diogenes Club series of occult detective stories, this one blends elements of folk horror, Victorian detective stories, and children's literature into a bizarre and fascinating story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Florin Constantinescu

    Oh mother of all that is sweet... this is one of the worst anthologies I have ever tried to read. No, make that one of the worst books. Half of the stories are down-right messy and unfinishable, while the other half are simply boring, uninspired and useless. Maybe it was just the year that was bad for fantasy and horror, who knows... I can't blame the editors. Oh mother of all that is sweet... this is one of the worst anthologies I have ever tried to read. No, make that one of the worst books. Half of the stories are down-right messy and unfinishable, while the other half are simply boring, uninspired and useless. Maybe it was just the year that was bad for fantasy and horror, who knows... I can't blame the editors.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sorin Craciun

    Nemira edition: Walpurgis Afternoon by Delia Sherman ***1/2 The Mushroom Duchess by Deborah Roggie *** An Incident at Agate Beach by Marly Youmans Among the Tombs by Reggie Oliver Obedience, or the Lying Tale by Jennifer Tale American Morons by Glen Hirshberg Shallaballah by Mark Samuels Night Train Heading West by Sarah Monette Denial by Bruce Sterling Northwest Passage by Barbara Roden Proboscis by Laird Barron Kronia by Elizabeth Hand Omens by Kelly Everding Follow Me Light by Elizabeth Bear Boatman's Holid Nemira edition: Walpurgis Afternoon by Delia Sherman ***1/2 The Mushroom Duchess by Deborah Roggie *** An Incident at Agate Beach by Marly Youmans Among the Tombs by Reggie Oliver Obedience, or the Lying Tale by Jennifer Tale American Morons by Glen Hirshberg Shallaballah by Mark Samuels Night Train Heading West by Sarah Monette Denial by Bruce Sterling Northwest Passage by Barbara Roden Proboscis by Laird Barron Kronia by Elizabeth Hand Omens by Kelly Everding Follow Me Light by Elizabeth Bear Boatman's Holiday by Jeffrey Ford The Horse of a Different Color (That You Rode In On) byHoward Waldrop Where Angels Come In by Adam L. G. Nevill Twilight States by Albert E. Cowdrey The Gypsies in the Wood by Kim Newman Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus by Theodora Goss Chaz Brenchley Going the Jerusalem Mile Grief by Willa Schneberg Boman by Pentti Holappa The Machine of a Religious Man by Ralph Robert Moore The Scribble Mind by Jeffrey Ford Scarecrow by Tom Brennan Cruel Sistah by Nisi Shawl Ding-Dong-Bell by Jay Russell Vacation by Daniel Wallace The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai by Geoff Ryman The Souls of Drowning Mountain by Jack Cady The Pavement Artist by Dave Hutchinson My Father's Mask by Joe Hill A Statement in the Case by Theodora Goss Jolly Bonnet by Andrew Bonia

  7. 5 out of 5

    Colin

    Many people have little real idea of what makes up horror or fantasy. Those who shun the genres would probably be suprized to find they enjoy many of the titles listed here. The editors of this collection stray far from the accepted literary journals devoted to these genres. As such they have found horror and fantasy stories from many accepted nongenre journals. There is only one story in here which does not strike me as being either- "the Pavement Artist" is pretty straightforward science ficti Many people have little real idea of what makes up horror or fantasy. Those who shun the genres would probably be suprized to find they enjoy many of the titles listed here. The editors of this collection stray far from the accepted literary journals devoted to these genres. As such they have found horror and fantasy stories from many accepted nongenre journals. There is only one story in here which does not strike me as being either- "the Pavement Artist" is pretty straightforward science fiction. Stories of particular note: "The Mushroom Dutchess" by Deborah Roggie, originally published in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 17 "An Incident at Agate Beah" by Marly Youmans, orig. pub. in the 2005 anthology Northwest Passage: A Cascadian Odyssey "American Morons" by Glen Hirshberg, orig. pub. as part of a chapbook for the 2005 Rolling Darkness Revue "Northwest Passage" by Barbara Roden, orig. pub. in the anthology Acquainted With the Night "The Horse of a Different Color (That You Rode in One)", by Howard Waldrop, orig pub. on SCI FICTION and online journal, now closed "The Ball Room" by China Mieville, Emma Bircham and Max Schafer, orig. pub. in Looking For Jake "The Scribble Mind" by Jeffrey Ford, orig. pub in SCI FICTION "The Gypsies in the Wood", by Kim Newman, The Fair Folk, an anthology

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I thoroughly revere Ellen Datlow as an editor, and I've read most of these collections - Datlow's taste is always great on the horror side. The fantasy side in this particular collection didn't always please my palate, but then I like my fantasy dark, so maybe it's not the editors' fault. I don't know though, I still can't help missing Terri Windling. Anyway, my favorite stories in this collection included "Proboscis" by Laird Barron, a foreboding tale of others among us; "Kronia" by Elizabeth Ha I thoroughly revere Ellen Datlow as an editor, and I've read most of these collections - Datlow's taste is always great on the horror side. The fantasy side in this particular collection didn't always please my palate, but then I like my fantasy dark, so maybe it's not the editors' fault. I don't know though, I still can't help missing Terri Windling. Anyway, my favorite stories in this collection included "Proboscis" by Laird Barron, a foreboding tale of others among us; "Kronia" by Elizabeth Hand, a short but potent tale of alternate lives; "Where Angels Come In" by Adam L.G. Nevill, one of the creepiest ghostie stories I've read in a while; "The Last One" by Robert Coover, a very interesting twist indeed on a familiar fairy tale; "The Scribble Mind" by Jeffrey Ford, about the power of memory; "Hot Potting" by Chuck Palahniuk, from his collection Haunted; and "The Pavement Artist" by Dave Hutchinson, which introduces a new concept, cracking. A grab-bag indeed, but you can't beat the diversity. I always come back.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Compton-Mys

    I wrote a much longer more detailed review of each title, but I must have reached some sort of character limit, because half of them kept getting erased, so here is the truncated version: these were my five star stories/ poems for this collection: The Mushroom Duchess - Deborah Roggie Obedience, or The Lying Tale - Jennifer Chang Northwest Passage - Barbara Roden Kronia - Elizabeth Hand Boatman's Holiday - Jeffrey Ford ***** I loved loved loved this story. Where Angels Come In - Adam L. G. Nevill I wrote a much longer more detailed review of each title, but I must have reached some sort of character limit, because half of them kept getting erased, so here is the truncated version: these were my five star stories/ poems for this collection: The Mushroom Duchess - Deborah Roggie Obedience, or The Lying Tale - Jennifer Chang Northwest Passage - Barbara Roden Kronia - Elizabeth Hand Boatman's Holiday - Jeffrey Ford ***** I loved loved loved this story. Where Angels Come In - Adam L. G. Nevill The Last One - Robert Coover The Scribble Mind - Jeffrey Ford My Father's Mask - Joe Hill The Pavement Artist - Dave Hutchinson The Gypsies in the Wood - Kim Newman The Guggenheim Lovers - Isabel Allende There were a couple of stories I had a really hard time getting into, but they were really well crafted, and my lack of enthusiasm has nothing to do with the writing itself. These tended to be a little grittier than I like, but they were worth reading. Be aware tat Ding Dong Bell gets a little explicit. Ding Dong Bell Hot Potting Probiscious

  10. 5 out of 5

    tyrus568

    Quite good, quite good. Three of these I've read now and this one is my favorite. I do dislike summations of the fantasy/horror industry that prefaces the book because it leaves less stories to read, although this section is useful for reading inspiration. Extra-special mentions in this well-rounded book, although funnily these are all from the second half: "Vacation," "Ding-Dong-Bell," "The Machine of a Religious Man," with its excellent suspenseful dialogue; the awesome "Hot Potting," then "My Quite good, quite good. Three of these I've read now and this one is my favorite. I do dislike summations of the fantasy/horror industry that prefaces the book because it leaves less stories to read, although this section is useful for reading inspiration. Extra-special mentions in this well-rounded book, although funnily these are all from the second half: "Vacation," "Ding-Dong-Bell," "The Machine of a Religious Man," with its excellent suspenseful dialogue; the awesome "Hot Potting," then "My Father's Mask," "The Pavement Artist," and the long but enjoyable "The Gypsies in the Wood." Fantasy and horror selections are almost equally split in this title - maybe a little more fantasy than horror, but with some of them it's hard to tell the difference. Reading time was long; there's enough here to keep you busy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set I own a trade sized paper back. I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set by signing up for pre-orders with the book store. What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set I own a trade sized paper back. I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set by signing up for pre-orders with the book store. What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say the same thing. I rated this whole anthology based on the variety of the stories within, how many people seem to report finding the same ratio of gems & well received stories. I am happy to own this whole anthology and keep them in excellent shape, no matter how many times I have read them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trish Graboske

    Think I've caught up with all of these volumes now. The best story in the book is a very twisty Albert E. Cowdrey. The Jeffrey Ford stories had me buying another collection of his work. An engaging Kim Newman story, and the Bruce Sterling was even better the second time around. Think I've caught up with all of these volumes now. The best story in the book is a very twisty Albert E. Cowdrey. The Jeffrey Ford stories had me buying another collection of his work. An engaging Kim Newman story, and the Bruce Sterling was even better the second time around.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Coder

    This collection has one of my most favorite short horror stories in it by Adam L.G. Nevill; Where Angels Come In. This collection is worth picking up by that story alone in my opinion. Fine collection of Horror and Fantasy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Craig Laurance

    My story "The Safety of Thorns" was an Honorable Mention... My story "The Safety of Thorns" was an Honorable Mention...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Adina

    All the stories in this volume are great - some are unsettling, some are inspiring and some are downright eerie. I had no idea I would love short (fantasy and horror) fiction so much :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Short stories, some funny, some not, some easily forgotten, some stay with you for days. One of my favourite was Jeffrey Ford's short story, Boatman's Holiday. Short stories, some funny, some not, some easily forgotten, some stay with you for days. One of my favourite was Jeffrey Ford's short story, Boatman's Holiday.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  18. 5 out of 5

    DJ

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mindi

  20. 4 out of 5

    Craig Carter

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ben Francisco

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janis Ian

  24. 4 out of 5

    Storyjunkie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cristiana Man

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chenoa

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