The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection

by Ellen Datlow
     
 

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Featuring:

M. T. Anderson, Laird Barron, Simon Bestwick, Simon Brown, Stepan Chapman, Douglas Clegg, D. Ellis Dickerson, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jean Esteve, John Farris, Mélanie Fazi, Jeffrey Ford, Christopher Fowler, Stephen, Gallagher, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Alice Hoffman, Shelley Jackson, John Kessel, Margo Lanagan, Tanith Lee, Bentley

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Featuring:

M. T. Anderson, Laird Barron, Simon Bestwick, Simon Brown, Stepan Chapman, Douglas Clegg, D. Ellis Dickerson, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jean Esteve, John Farris, Mélanie Fazi, Jeffrey Ford, Christopher Fowler, Stephen, Gallagher, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Alice Hoffman, Shelley Jackson, John Kessel, Margo Lanagan, Tanith Lee, Bentley Little, Elizabeth A. Lynn, Gregory Maguire, China Miéville, Richard Mueller, Joyce Carol Oates, Frances Oliver, Chuck Palahniuk, Tina Rath, Philip Raines and Harvey Welles, M. Rickert, Anna Ross, Alison Smith, R.T. Smith, Peter Straub, Lucy Sussex, Catherynne M., Valente, Greg Van Eekhout, Conrad Williams

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The 18th volume in Datlow's well-regarded series continues to take the pulse of contemporary fantastic literature with intriguing results, but without Terri Windling, Datlow's co-editor through volume 16, some of the fantasy selections, chosen by Small Beer publishers Link and Grant, fail to conjure the elusive magic all great fantasy needs. Luckily, Datlow's more seasoned eye has discovered enough chilling horror to make the anthology a must-buy. Culled from author collections, literary and trade magazines, anthologies and online sources, the 44 stories and poems reflect a distinctly global flavor and avoid traditional tropes and topics. The standouts include haunting selections from such well-known authors as Peter Straub (two prose selections), Alice Hoffman, Christopher Fowler, Chuck Palahniuk, China Mieville, John Farris, Douglas Clegg, Joyce Carol Oates, John Kessel and Gregory Maguire. Exceptional contributions from lesser-known talents include M lanie Fazi's "The Cajun Knot," Shelley Jackson's "Here Is the Church," M. Rickert's "Cold Fires" and Terry Dowling's "Clownette." (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Horror expert Datlow teams with fantasy writers Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant to present forty-four notable stories and poems published in 2004. The crossover between horror fiction and fantasy is considerable, with a number of stories-for example, Stepan Chapman's masterful but thoroughly unpleasant The Revenge of the Calico Cat or Tanith Lee's Speir-Bahn-falling into both genres, dealing as they do in the uncanny. Other stories are clearly of one camp or the other, with Melanie Fazi's The Cajun Knot representing traditional horror, or Elizabeth A. Lynn's The Silver Dragon presenting a classic fantasy. The collection as a whole represents a broad range of writing styles, all challenging and demonstrating the eclectic and varied nature of the field. Detailed front matter, written by such luminaries as Joan D. Vinge and Charles de Lint, presents summations of both horror and fantasy in 2004, fantasy and horror in the media, comics and graphic novels, anime and manga, fantasy and horror in music, and obituaries. A list of stories receiving honorable mentions is appended after the body of the book. This collection is notable, excellent for reading either cover to cover or browsing, and one that can serve to introduce readers to the work of authors whose work bends both stylistic and narrative boundaries. It is recommended for larger collections. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2005, St. Martin's, 477p., $25 and Trade pb. Ages 11 to Adult.
—Ann Welton
From the Publisher
Praise for The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror

Seventeenth Annual Collection

“Datlow (the horror half) teams with new coeditors (who assume the fantasy detail once handled by Terri Windling) and the series doesn’t skip a beat in quality, delivering forty-three stories and poems published in 2003 that illustrate modern fantasy’s breadth and variety...proof that the best fantastic fiction is modern mythmaking at its finest.”

—-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Link and Grant’s good taste in outré setups, stylistic and formal adventurousness, and ambiguity shows in these challenging selections.”

—-Booklist

Praise for The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror

Sixteenth Annual Collection

“This sixteenth incarnation of their award-winning anthology series shows fantasy and horror fiction to be alive, well and accessible in an impressively broad array of venues...delectably varied in theme and approach.”

—-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A diverse collection of fiction and poetry…The stories constitute an entertaining, eerie mixture of creepiness and suspense.”

—-Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312341947
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Series:
Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Series, #18
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.35(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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