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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

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The 18th annual collection of the year's best fantasy and horror -- which encompasses the crème de la crème of published short work from the year 2004 -- includes more than 40 stories by genre luminaries China Miéville, Peter Straub, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Terry Dowling, and Jeffrey Ford, to name a few.

Noteworthy selections include Stepan Chapman's "Revenge of the Calico Cat," a brilliantly surreal story set in an afterlife of sorts for stuffed toys where drunken teddy bears beat the stuffing out of their pink bunny wives and plush lavender octopuses wielding straight-edge razors transport balls of black opium for double-crossing Mob bosses; and Simon Bestwick's "A Hazy Shade of Winter," a masterfully metaphorical tale about organized religion that pits a "sharp-toothed" atheist and a demon against a lynch mob of true believers on Christmas Night. "Hunting Meth Zombies in the Great Nebraskan Wasteland" by John Farris explores a future fallen America where killing methamphetamine addicts isn't just legal -- it's a sport. Tanith Lee's "Speir-Bhan" delves into Celtic myth with a haunting story about a trio of demonic sisters who, on every full moon, feast on the flesh of unwary humans. Chuck Palahniuk's "Guts," about the sexual exploits of ignorant teenage boys, is arguably the most disgusting story ever written.

Neil Gaiman stated it perfectly when he said of the highly acclaimed annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror collection: "Year in, year out, it's always essential reading." Enough said. Paul Goat Allen

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

Meet the Author

Ellen Datlow is the acclaimed editor of such anthologies as Blood Is Not Enough, Little Deaths, Alien Sex, Vanishing Acts, and The Dark. She has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor once, the World Fantasy Award seven times and the International Horror Guild award for The Dark. She and Terri Windling also won the Bram Stoker Award for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Thirteenth Annual Collection. She currently edits fiction for SCIFI.COM.

Kelly Link and Gavin Grant started Small Beer Press in 2000. They have published the zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (“tiny but celebrated”—-The Washington Post) for seven years.

Kelly Link's first collection of short stories, Stranger Things Happen, was selected as a Best Book of the Year by Salon, Locus, and The Village Voice. Stories from the collection have won the Nebula, Tiptree, and World Fantasy Awards. Her most recent short stories have appeared in The Dark and The Faery Reel. She recently published Magic for Beginners, and when she isn’t writing, she edits the anthology Trampoline.

Originally from Scotland, Gavin Grant regularly reviews fantasy and science fiction. Publications where his work has appeared include Scifiction, Strange Horizons, The Third Alternative, and Singularity.

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