Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twentieth Annual Collection

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For twenty years this award-winning compilation has been the nonpareil benchmark against which all other annual fantasy and horror collections are judged. Directed first by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling and for the past four years by Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, it consistently presents the strangest, the funniest, the darkest, the sharpest, the most original—in short, the best fantasy and horror. The current collection, marking a score of years, offers more than forty stories and poems from ...

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Overview

For twenty years this award-winning compilation has been the nonpareil benchmark against which all other annual fantasy and horror collections are judged. Directed first by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling and for the past four years by Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, it consistently presents the strangest, the funniest, the darkest, the sharpest, the most original—in short, the best fantasy and horror. The current collection, marking a score of years, offers more than forty stories and poems from almost as many sources. Summations of the field by the editors are complemented by articles by Edward Bryant, Charles de Lint and Jeff VanderMeer highlighting the best of the fantastic in, respectively, media, music and comics as well as honorable mentions—notable works that didn't quite make the cut but are nonetheless worthy of attention. The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 20th Annual Collection is a cornucopia of fantastic delights, an unparalleled resource and indispensable reference that captures the unique excitement and beauty of the fantastic in all its gloriously diverse forms, from the lightest fantasy to the darkest horror.

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"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."

—The Zone

"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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312369439
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Series: Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Series , #20
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Datlow was editor of SCI FICTION, the multi award-winning fiction venue of SCIFI.COM for six years, and before that fiction editor of OMNI and OMNI.com for many years. She continues to edit anthologies for adults, young adults, and children. Her horror anthology Inferno will be out in December.

Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant started Small Beer Press in 2000. They have published the zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet ("Tiny, but celebrated" —Washington Post) for ten years. An anthology, The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, will be published this autumn.

Kelly Link is the author of two collections, Stranger Things Happen, and Magic For Beginners (one of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year). Stories from her collections have won the Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Tiptree, and Locus awards, and her work has recently appeared in A Public Space, Firebirds Rising, and Best American Short Stories 2005.

Originally from Scotland, Gavin J. Grant regularly reviews fantasy and science fiction. Publications where his work has appeared include Los Angeles Times, BookPage, SCI FICTION, Strange Horizons, and Salon Fantastique.

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