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The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Four
     

The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Four

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by Peter Straub, Stephen King
 

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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

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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.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597803991
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
05/08/2012
Series:
Best Horror of the Year Series , #4
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Ellen Datlow, an acclaimed science fiction, fantasy, and horror editor, was born and raised in New York. She has been a short story and book editor for more than thirty years and has edited or co-edited several critically acclaimed anthologies of speculative fiction, including the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series and Black Thorn, White Rose (1994) with Terri Windling.

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The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Four 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The synopsis of this book describes an entirely different collection. None of the stories described are in this book. The ones that are in the book are mediocre at best.
drakevaughn More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry. Geez, I hate mistakes!