The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 4

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The first three volumes of The Best Horror of the Year have been widely praised for their quality, variety, and comprehensiveness.

With tales from Laird Barron, Stephen King, John Langan, Peter Straubb, and many others, and featuring Datlow’s comprehensive overview of the year in horror, now, more than ever, The Best Horror of the Year provides the petrifying horror fiction readers have come to expect—and enjoy.

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Overview


The first three volumes of The Best Horror of the Year have been widely praised for their quality, variety, and comprehensiveness.

With tales from Laird Barron, Stephen King, John Langan, Peter Straubb, and many others, and featuring Datlow’s comprehensive overview of the year in horror, now, more than ever, The Best Horror of the Year provides the petrifying horror fiction readers have come to expect—and enjoy.

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Publishers Weekly
The 18 scary stories that Datlow (Supernatural Noir) has selected as the best of 2011 hint at even worse horrors lurking beyond the fringes of their narratives. In “The Little Green God of Agony,” Stephen King profiles an exorcist and faith healer who purports to give physical form to pain. In “Final Girl Theory,” A.C. Wise tells of a cult horror film that triggers a grim collective fantasy in the minds of its viewers. Peter Straub’s “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine” achieves a Twilight Zone type of unease through disorienting shifts of time and place. In “The Show,” Priya Sharma works a creepy variation on the classic horror theme of the “sham” spirit medium whose skills prove genuine. The variety of concepts and styles on display, and Datlow’s comprehensive introduction, will please horror readers of all stripes. (May)
Library Journal
From Stephen King's tale of pain personified ("The Little Green God of Agony") to Peter Straub's macabre story of two lovers' ill-fated trip down an unnamed river ("The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine"), these 18 pieces, all originally published in 2011, show that dark fantasy and horror retain their power to instill dread and fear in readers. VERDICT Genre aficionados should enjoy the variety of stories in this sampling of today's best horror writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597803991
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 571,467
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Ellen Datlow ix

The Little Green God of Agony Stephen King 1

Stay Leah Bobet 25

The Moraine Simon Bestwick 49

Blackwood's Baby Laird Barron 69

Looker David Nickle 103

The Show Priya Sharma 119

Mulberry Boys Margo Lanagan 131

Roots and All Brian Hodge 149

Final Girl Theory A. C. Wise 175

Omphalos Livia Llewellyn 189

Dermot Simon Bestwick 215

Black Feathers Alison Littlewood 227

Final Verse Chet Williamson 241

In the Absence of Murdock Terry Lamsley 259

You Become the Neighborhood Glen Hirshberg 275

In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos John Langan 297

Little Pig Anna Taborska 329

The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine Peter Straub 335

Honorable Mentions 377

About the Authors 379

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    A terrific collection of short horror. It¿s really difficult to

    A terrific collection of short horror. It’s really difficult to go wrong with any book containing stories by Stephen King, Laird Barron, and Peter Straub. However, my favorite was Final Verse by Chet Williamson, who I was unfamiliar with before reading this. I can’t wait to read more of his stuff. Likewise, both Anna Taborska’s Little Pig and Brian Hodge’s Roots and All were stellar. A first-rate collection for any fan of horror.

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