Showcasing the finest weird fiction published 2016, volume 4 of the Year's Best Weird Fiction is our biggest and most ambitious volume to date.
Acclaimed editors Helen Marshall and Michael Kelly bring their editorial acumen to the fourth volume of the Year's Best Weird Fiction. The best weird stories of 2016 features work from Dale Bailey, Gary Budden, Octavia Cade, Indrapramit Das, Malcolm Devlin, Jeffrey Ford, Camilla Grudova, Daisy Johnson, Katie Knoll, Usman T. Malik, Sam J. Miller, Irenosen Okojie, Aki Schilz, Johanna Sinisalo, and Sarah Tolmie.
No longer the purview of esoteric readers, weird fiction is enjoying wide popularity. Chiefly derived from early 20th-century pulp fiction, its remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and a healthy helping of the outre. At its best, weird fiction is an intersecting of themes and ideas that explore and subvert the Laws of Nature. It is not confined to one genre, but is the most diverse and welcoming of all genres.
About the Author
Gifts for the One Who Comes After, her second collection, won the World
Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015. Her debut novel will be published by Random House Canada in 2019.
Michael Kelly is the editor of Shadows & Tall Trees, and series editor of The
Year's Best Weird Fiction. His fiction has appeared in Black Static, The Mammoth
Book of Best New Horror, Weird Fiction Review, and others. As editor he's been a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award,
and the British Fantasy Society Award.
Table of Contents
“Beating the Bounds” © 2016 Aki Schilz
“Red” © 2016 Katie Knoll
“The Blameless” © 2016 Jeffrey Ford
“Outtakes” © 2016 Irenosen Okojie
“The Dancer on the Stairs” © 2016 Sarah Tolmie
“I Was A Teenage Werewolf” © 2016 Dale Bailey
“In the Ruins of Mohenjo-Daro” © 2016 Usman T. Malik
“A Heavy Devotion” © 2016 Daisy Johnson
“The Signal Birds” © 2016 Octavia Cade
“Angel, Monster, Man” © 2016 Sam J. Miller
“Breaking Water” © 2016 Indrapramit Das
“The Kings With No Hands” © 2016 Johanna Sinisalo
(Translation © 2016 J. Robert Tupasela)
“Waxy” © 2016 Camilla Grudova
“Breakdown” © 2016 Gary Budden
“The End Of Hope Street” © 2016 Malcolm Devlin