A sin-eater plies the tools of her dangerous trade; a jealous husband takes his rival on a hunting trip; a student torments one of his teachers; a cheap grafter is selling artifacts form hell; something is haunting the departure lounge of an airport . . .
The Best Horror of the Year showcases the previous year’s best offerings in short fiction horror. This edition includes award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Laird Barron, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Nathan Ballingrud, Genevieve Valentine, and more.
For over three decades, award-winning editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow has had her finger on the pulse of the latest and most terrifying in horror writing. Night Shade Books is proud to present the seventh volume in this annual series, a new collection of stories to keep you up at night.
Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
About the Author
Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for almost thirty years. She was the fiction editor of Omni magazine and Sci Fiction and has edited more than fifty anthologies. She has also won many awards for her work, including the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Hugo Award, among many others. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Summation 2014 Ellen Datlow viii
The Atlas of Hell Nathan Bailingrud 1
Winter Children Angela Slatter 23
A Dweller in Amenty Genevieve Valentine 37
Outside Heavenly Rio Youers 49
Shay Corsham Worsted Garth Nix 73
Allochton Livia Llewellyn 85
Chapter Six Stephen Graham Jones 95
This Is Not for You Gemma Files 109
Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No. 8) Caitlín R. Kiernan 123
The Culvert Dale Bailey 145
Past Reno Brian Evenson 153
The Coat off His Back Keris McDonald 167
The worms crawl in Laird Barron 189
The Dog's Home Alison Littlewood 209
Tread Upon the Brittle Shell Rhoads Brazos 219
Persistence of Vision Orrin Grey 239
It Flows from the Mouth Robert Shearman 247
Wingless Beasts Lucy Taylor 263
Departures Carole Johnstone 277
Ymir John Langan 297
Plink Kurt Dinan 321
Nigredo Cody Goodfellow 331
Honorable Mentions 357
About the Authors 359
Acknowledgment of Copyright 367
About the Editor 370