This statement was true when H. P. Lovecraft first wrote it at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it remains true at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The only thing that has changed is what is unknown. With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this "light" creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year, edited by Ellen Datlow, chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness, as articulated by today's most challenging and exciting writers. The best horror writers of today do the same thing that horror writers of a hundred years ago did. They tell good stories—stories that scare us. And when these writers tell really good stories that really scare us, Ellen Datlow notices. She's been noticing for more than a quarter century. For twenty-one years, she coedited The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and for the last six years, she's edited this series. In addition to this monumental cataloging of the best, she has edited hundreds of other horror anthologies and won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards. More than any other editor or critic, Ellen Datlow has charted the shadowy abyss of horror fiction. Join
About the Author
Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over 25 years. She was the fiction editor of OMNI magazine and has edited more than 50 anthologies. She was named the recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre.” She lives in New York City.
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The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
One your hair settles down after reading some of these stories you'll realize how good they are. Very good reading for us 'horror' nuts.
Datlow has selected some real winners here. Dale Bailey's Mr. Splitfoot; Nathan Ballingrud's The Good Husband; Lynda Rucker's The House on Cobb Street;Lee Thomas' heart-bresking Fine in the Fire; Linda Nagata's Halfway Home; and Brian Hodge's excellent Lovecraft-inspired The Same Deep Waters As You were the standouts in this anthology. Just the thing to get in the Halloween spirit!