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A doctor makes a late-night emergency call to an exclusive California riding school; a professor inherits a mysterious vase... and a strange little man; a struggling youth discovers canine horrors lurking beneath the streets of Albany; a sheriff ruthlessly deals with monstrosities plaguing his rural town; a pair of animal researchers makes a frightening discovery at a remote site; a sweet little girl entertains herself... by torturing faeries; a group of horror aficionados attempts to track down an unfinished film by a reclusive cult director; a man spends a chill night standing watch over his uncle's body; a girl looks to understand her place in a world in which zombies have overrun the earth; a murderous pack of nuns stalks a pair of Halloween revelers...

What frightens us, what unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the seventeen stories included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year.

Legendary editor Ellen Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound, Tails of Wonder and Imagination), winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, joins Night Shade Books in presenting The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Three.

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Publishers Weekly
In the third volume of this annual series, famed editor Datlow brings together 17 stories published in 2010 in a variety of sources both popular and obscure. In Cody Goodfellow's "At the Riding School," a veterinarian makes a strange house call at a girls' school. Catherynne M. Valente's "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles," one of several zombie stories, sketches the life of the only living woman among the undead horde. John Langan uses self-conscious narrative to twist the werewolf story in "The Revel." The usual lists of honorable mentions and award-winners and a thoughtful assessment of the field will encourage readers to seek out the year's other notable horror stories. As always, Datlow delivers a top-notch anthology with a nice balance of new and established writers. (July)
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A profusion of magpies portends ominous events in Tanith Lee's doomsday story "Black and White Sky," while in Laird Barron's "—30—," a pair of wildlife experts find themselves inexplicably altered by their research. Award-winning editor Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound) lends her expertise to this collection of top-notch tales of dark fantasy chosen from a variety of sources, including magazines, webzines, single-author collections, literary journals, and other anthologies. VERDICT From subtle psychological suspense to graphic violence, this collection of tales by authors like Richard Christian Matheson, Catherynne M. Valente, and John Langan provides a broad spectrum of styles sure to please most fans of the genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597802178
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Summation 2010 Ellen Datlow 1

At the Riding School Cody Goodfellow 39

Mr. Pigsny Reggie Oliver 51

City of the Dog John Langan 65

Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls Brian Hodge 93

Lesser Demons Norman Partridge 107

When the Zombies Win Karina Sumner-Smith 127

--30-- Laird Barron 131

Fallen Boys Mark Morris 161

Was She Wicked? Was She Good? M. Rickert 175

The Fear Richard Harland 183

Till the Morning Comes Stephen Graham Jones 207

Shomer Glen Hirshberg 217

Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside Christopher Fowler 231

The Obscure Bird Nicholas Royle 243

Transfiguration Richard Christian Matheson 249

The Days of Flaming Motorcycles Catherynne M. Valente 259

The Folding Man Joe R. Lansdale 267

Just Another Desert Night with Blood Joseph S. Pulver 281

Black and White Sky Tanith Lee 287

At Night, When the Demons Come Ray Cluley 309

The Revel John Langan 327

Honorable Mentions 349

Author Bios 351

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

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    Finished reading "The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Three

    Finished reading "The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Three" last night, edited by Ellen Datlow and really enjoyed it.

    I read a great of deal of short horror stories from multiple periodicals and web sites, much of which is drek. It's wonderful to sit down and peruse this collection, in which every story is so well written, unique, and truly a "best of." Some of the stories I read before, but they helped set the mood for other authors I was not familiar with. The horror tales in this anthology are not slasher/ splatter, but quiet horror, filled with emotion and insight with plots which are skewed just enough to send the proverbial shivers up your spine. Datlow's summation of the year, listing award-winners and numerous recommendations for further reading is especially appreciated. It is a telling recap of the 2010 year of horror and dark fiction.

    Some of my personal favorites in this collection are "The Days of Flaming Motorcycles" by Catherynne M. Valente, "The Folding Man" by Joe R. Lansdale, and "Transfiguration" by Richard Christian Matheson. This book is filled with many other wonderful authors as well - Cody Goodfellow, Tanith Lee, Laird Barron, John Langan, and a dozen others. Highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015

    great

    Lots of really good horror stories with some fantastic writers.

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