The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2014

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2014

by Paula Guran
     
 
  • No matter your expectations, the dark is full of the unknown: grim futures,
    distorted pasts, invasions of the uncanny, paranormal fancies, weird dreams,
    unnerving nightmares, baffling enigmas, revelatory excursions, desperate adventures, spectral journeys, mundane terrors, and supernatural visions. You may stumble into obsession — or find

Overview

  • No matter your expectations, the dark is full of the unknown: grim futures,
    distorted pasts, invasions of the uncanny, paranormal fancies, weird dreams,
    unnerving nightmares, baffling enigmas, revelatory excursions, desperate adventures, spectral journeys, mundane terrors, and supernatural visions. You may stumble into obsession — or find redemption. Often disturbing,
    occasionally delightful, let The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror
    be your annual guide through the mysteries and wonders of dark fiction.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/16/2014
In Guran’s fifth edition of eclectic nightmares, new and veteran authors blend psychological terror and supernatural wonder into disturbing hybrid tales, which confront “that which we do not know.” Many of these stories first appeared in small-press collections and other independent fiction venues that are willing to challenge convention. Steve Rasnic Tem’s “Wheatfield with Crows,” a shadow-show of dark conscience, is both an emotionally searing ghost story and a commentary on the genre. David Schow’s “Blue Amber” resembles a graphic and splattery Outer Limits script. Mystical scribe Laird Barron marries grim violence with supernatural ambiguity in the chilling “Termination Dust,” and Neil Gaiman’s use of Greek myth evokes contemporary lust and self-destruction in “A Lunar Labyrinth.” A few pieces, like Dale Bailey’s “The Creature Recants,” set tongue too firmly in cheek to elicit pathos or wonder. Despite those misses, this fearful feast of revelations, hauntings, and shattered realities reveals the horror genre’s enduring power and creativity. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607014317
Publisher:
Prime Books LLC
Publication date:
07/02/2014
Series:
Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror Series
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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