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 and 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: Twentieth 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.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Series:||Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Series , #20|
|Edition description:||2007 edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.35(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a great blend of Fantasy and Horror. Some are by authors I am familiar with such as joyce Carol Oates and other authors I have never heard of. most of the tales successfully transported me to a beautiful and or horrific world. The stories grabbed me and held my attention. I would reccomend this collecion for anyone who loves the strange and the horrific.
As has been the case (at least since this reviewer began reading this annual collection several years ago), this anthology provides some of the best horror and fantasy short stories, poems and other media from 2006. The forty entries are always fun even for those who may have read most of them in other collections. The tales range the gamut from wishfully whimsical to fundamentally frightening to awesomely amusing. However, once again it is the deep articles that provide ¿Summation 2006: Fantasy¿, ¿Summation 2006: Horror¿, ¿The Year in Media of the Fantastic: 2006¿, ¿Fantasy in Comics and Graphic Novels 2006¿, ¿Music of the Fantastic: 2006¿, and ¿Obituaries: 2006¿ that bring an extra edge to this always strong collection even the obits enhance the book with its short homage to the famous like the Jims Baen and Williamson and the not so famous (to me) such as ¿Retro Hugo¿ winner Wilson Tucker. This reviewer especially enjoys comparing this year¿s trends as described in the Summations to the last few years. Readers will enjoy meeting new authors (at least to me) like Ira Sher and Margo Lanagan and long time favorites like Gene Wolfe and Terry Dowling. Besides the articles, perhaps the best entry is the realistic futuristic 'Another Word for Map Is Faith' by Christopher Rowe (right surname for the author of this tale), who extrapolates the religious right teaming with the Neocons into a scary vision of a Taliban-like control of America. The Twentieth Annual Collection is a terrific compilation.--------- Harriet Klausner