From the Publisher
"The best anthology I have read in a while, this is great for keeping up with what is going on in the worlds of fantasy and horror, or simply as a collection of fine stories."
"This is the anthology to pick up every year if you want to read the best short fiction from the previous year and get overviews of the best fiction, non-fiction, films and video, anime, and music that was released in that year."Green Man Review
"Long lived and always outstanding." Science Fiction Chronicle
"A standard that... will be the one to beat in the future." Locus
Treasures abound here." Minneapolis Star Tribune
"You can't improve on the "best," but as the editors of this landmark anthology series show in its most recent volume, you can find fresh new angles from which to present it.. . . The usual generous survey essays only enhance the volume's reputation as indispensable for the year."Publishers Weekly
In the two decades since this venerable series was inaugurated, so many venues have begun to welcome horror and fantasy stories that these dedicated editors play a crucial role in bringing the best new works to fans who don't always read far afield. Trend spotters will note numerous ghost stories in Datlow's horror picks, including Christopher Harman's "The Last to Be Found" and Stephen Volk's "31/10," supremely eerie exercises in the ghost-hunt-gone-bad vein, and Stephen Gallagher's "The Box" and Glen Hirshberg's "The Muldoon," whose spooks are equal parts psychological and supernatural. Link and Grant's eclectic fantasy picks range from the haunting magical realism of Geoff Ryman's Hugo- and WFA-nominated "Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter" to the light urban fantasy of Ellen Klages's "In the House of Seven Librarians" and Jeffrey Ford's blend of whimsy and the macabre in "The Night Whiskey." As the line between fantasy and horror blurs, this combined presentation of their exemplars will give readers of both genres much to enjoy, and may even broaden a few horizons. (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Bring out the bone china-a critically acclaimed fantasy/horror annual celebrates its 20th anniversary in grand style. At this point, readers of this annual anthology pretty much know what to expect from each fresh entry in the series. There's a comprehensive summing-up of the cream of the previous year's fantasy and horror in various types of media, followed by an enjoyable and occasionally surprising selection of stories and poems from both rising stars (Margo Lanagan, Ysabeau S. Wilce, Sarah Monette, M. Rickert) and established names (Joyce Carol Oates, Jeffrey Ford, Gene Wolfe, Delia Sherman). Highlights include Wilce's delightful "The Lineaments of Gratified Desire" (How can you not love a story starring a four-year-old kidnapped princess nicknamed "Tiny Doom"?); Christopher Rowe's chilling view of a fundamentalist future in "Another Word for Map Is Faith"; Nik Houser's "First Kisses from Beyond the Grave," a howlingly funny high-school-is-purgatory tale; Ellen Klages's cozy love letter to devourers of the printed page, "In the House of the Seven Librarians"; and "The Night Whiskey," Ford's creepy, elegiac meditation on the suffocating nature and bizarre rituals of small-town life. Worth a space on any bookshelf.