Fear is the oldest human emotion. The most primal. We like to think we’re civilized. We tell ourselves we’re not afraid. And every year, we skim our fingers across nightmares, desperately pitting our courage against shivering dread.
A paraplegic millionaire hires a priest to exorcise his pain; a failing marriage is put to the ultimate test; hunters become the hunted as a small group of men ventures deep into a forest; a psychic struggles for her life on national televi¬sion; a soldier strikes a grisly bargain with his sis¬ter’s killer; ravens answer a child’s wish for magic; two mercenaries accept a strangely simplistic assignment; a desperate woman in an occupied land makes a terrible choice...
What scares you? What frightens you? Horror wears new faces in these carefully selected stories. The details may change. But the fear remains.
Night Shade Books is proud to present The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Four, a new collection of horror brought to you by Ellen Datlow, winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.
About the Author
Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for more than thirty years. She was the fiction editor of Omni magazine and Sci Fiction and has edited more than fifty anthologies. Datlow has also won lifetime achievement awards from three prominent genre organizations, and currently acquires short fiction for Tor.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction Ellen Datlow ix
The Little Green God of Agony Stephen King 1
Stay Leah Bobet 25
The Moraine Simon Bestwick 49
Blackwood's Baby Laird Barron 69
Looker David Nickle 103
The Show Priya Sharma 119
Mulberry Boys Margo Lanagan 131
Roots and All Brian Hodge 149
Final Girl Theory A. C. Wise 175
Omphalos Livia Llewellyn 189
Dermot Simon Bestwick 215
Black Feathers Alison Littlewood 227
Final Verse Chet Williamson 241
In the Absence of Murdock Terry Lamsley 259
You Become the Neighborhood Glen Hirshberg 275
In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos John Langan 297
Little Pig Anna Taborska 329
The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine Peter Straub 335
Honorable Mentions 377
About the Authors 379