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The Best Horror of the Year [NOOK Book]


This statement was true when H. P. Lovecraft first wrote it at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it remains true at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The only thing that has changed is what is unknown.

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 ...
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This statement was true when H. P. Lovecraft first wrote it at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it remains true at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The only thing that has changed is what is unknown.

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, edited by Ellen Datlow, chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness, as articulated by today’s most challenging and exciting writers.

The best horror writers of today do the same thing that horror writers of a hundred years ago did. They tell good stories—stories that scare us. And when these writers tell really good stories that really scare us, Ellen Datlow notices. She’s been noticing for more than a quarter century. For twenty-one years, she coedited The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and for the last six years, she’s edited this series. In addition to this monumental cataloging of the best, she has edited hundreds of other horror anthologies and won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.

More than any other editor or critic, Ellen Datlow has charted the shadowy abyss of horror fiction. Join
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After 22 years of pulling the horror content for the now-discontinued Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series, Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound) goes solo with this stellar start to a new “best of” annual. As in the past, her picks confirm that “horror” is a storytelling approach with endlessly inventive possibilities. In E. Michael Lewis's “Cargo,” a haunting Twilight Zone–type tale, an airplane picks up something otherworldly as part of its latest transport. Euan Harvey's creepy “Harry and the Monkey” turns an urban legend into reality. R.B. Russell's “Loup-garou” is a highly original shape-shifter story with a subtle psychological twist, and Daniel LeMoal's “Beach Head” a bracing conte cruel with a Lord of the Flies cast. In addition to the richly varied stories, Datlow provides her usual comprehensive coverage of the year in horror in an introduction that's indispensable reading for horror aficionados. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
Adult/High School—This extraordinary compilation can be read as a coherent, unified text. Mainly composed of slow-burning tales with a deep sense of historical/political setting, the collection focuses on the horror to be found in the mundane facts of life, particularly family life: relatives who have died, broken homes, families struggling to hold together. The stories also challenge the traditional connection between horror and the supernatural. Many of them, such as Margo Lanagan's chilling "The Goosle," have no elements of the supernatural at all, and those that do, such as Steve Duffy's exquisite, heartbreaking "The Clay Party," often feature neutral or actively positive interactions with the Beyond. Instead, in almost every story, the horror comes directly from the evil or misguided intentions of humans. Inevitably, the pieces vary in quality, and one might have preferred a more critical introduction from Datlow, but this collection is not to be missed.—Mark Flowers, John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597805230
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Series: Best Horror of the Year
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 42,723
  • File size: 688 KB

Meet the Author

Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror shortfiction for over twenty- five years. She was fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and SCIFICTION and has edited more thanfifty anthologies, including the horror half of the long-running The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Inferno, Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, Lovecraft Unbound, Naked City: New Tales of Urban Fantasy, Supernatural Noir, The Beastly Bride and Other Tales of the Animal People, Teeth: Vampire Tales, (the latter two with Terri Windling), and Haunted Legends (with Nick Mamatas).

Forthcoming are Blood and Other Cravings and After (the last with Windling).

She's has won multiple Locus Awards, Hugo Awards, Stoker Awards, International Horror Guild Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and The Shirley Jackson Award for her
editing. She was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for "outstanding contribution to the genre."

She lives in New York. More information can be found at or at her blog:
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Table of Contents

Summation 2008 Ellen Datlow 1

Cargo E. Michael Lewis 35

If Angels Fight Richard Bowes 47

The Clay Party Steve Duffy 71

Penguins of the Apocalypse William Browning Spencer 87

Esmeralda Glen Hirshberg 109

The Hodag Trent Hergenrader 125

Very Low-Flying Aircraft Nicholas Royle 135

When the Gentlemen Go By Margaret Ronald 145

The Lagerstätte Laird Barron 153

Harry and the Monkey Euan Harvey 177

Dress Circle Miranda Siemienowicz 189

The Rising River Daniel Kaysen 197

Sweeney among the Straight Razors JoSelle Vanderhooft 211

Loup-garou R. B. Russell 213

Girl in Pieces Graham Edwards 221

It Washed Up Joe R. Lansdale 241

The Thirteenth Hell Mike Allen 243

The Goosle Margo Lanagan 245

Beach Head Daniel LeMoal 257

The Man from the Peak Adam Golaski 267

The Narrows Simon Bestwick 279

Honorable Mentions 311

About the Authors 315

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