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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection (The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #15 - year 2002)

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For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stor ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published August 24th 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 1st 2002)
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Apr 09, 2009 Allison rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sci Fi/Fantasy Fans looking for a new author
This hefty tome was given to me by my uncle, who teaches creative writing. The upside of the book is there are probably 25-50 (I honestly forgot to count) different short to medium length stories, plus maybe a half dozen to a dozen poems (and one that falls between the two types so much that it can't be easily classified as either,) and so whether you prefer mythic fantasy, Gothic vampire tales, fables, or tales with a preternatural twist, there will be something in here for you. Some of my favo ...more
Feb 18, 2010 Juushika rated it really liked it
Shelves: status-borrowed
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteen Annual Collection collects the best (as determined by the editors) short fiction of both genres in 2001, using wide definitions of the genres in order to build a diverse, quality collection. Introductions survey related novels, anthologies, and media; some of these recommendations are useless, but others are a rich resource. The stories and poems themselves vary in quality, but the standard is high and some stories are a distinct success. It's no surpr ...more
May 14, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it
Out of all the stories in this collection, the ones I enjoyed were:

The Hunter's Wife - Anthony Doerr
The Cowardly Coffin - Marin Sorescu - wonderful magical realism from Romania
To Dream of White Horses - June Considine
Skin - Charlee Jacob
The Honeyed Knot - Jeffrey Ford - Ford is a genius.
Timmy Gobel's Bug Jar - Michael Libling - Filled with the unexpected.
The God of Dark Laughter - Michael Chabon - Chabon gets me every time.
Trading Hearts at the Half Kaffe Cafe - Charles de Lint
Louise's Ghost -
Jun 18, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set

I own a trade sized paper back.

I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set by signing up for pre-orders with the book store.

What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say
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I liked this collection a little better than the previous. More of the stories had depth and meaning. Though there was one that had me hating life for the evil reflected in the story. The story was fantasy/horror, but the evil was all to believable and real. The depression it spiked will take a while to get over. But Huff wrote a beautiful if sad story, and "Annabelle's Alphabet" was an interesting mix of Gorey and Victorian style fairy tales. "Prussian Snowdrops" could have been a historically ...more
Varied widely in quality. In the interest of avoiding negativity, I'll list some favorites:

The Puppet and the Train, Scott Thomas
The Bones of the Earth, Usula K. LeGuin
Grass, Lawrence Miles
Black Dust, Graham Joyce
Tom Brightwind, Susanna Clarke
Oh, Glorious Sight, Tanya Huff
His Own Back Yard, James P. Blaylock
Mar 31, 2014 Nighteye rated it really liked it
I've only read some of those stories (around 100 pages)and only from the authors that are comming to Loncon august 14-18th. I have read Elizabeth Hand, Tanya Huff and some other authors too. Its a really good collection and from that fact that I don't recognice the most of the authors make it a really intresting read that I will take up again.
David Melbie
Dec 09, 2010 David Melbie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dreamwalkers. . .
Recommended to David by: picked myself
Bought this sucker that fateful summer (see previous!) all the while thinking I'd get into soon enough. . .

. . . little did I know, my own horror was about to begin.

Anyway, I love reading short stories of fantasy/horror, and these editors really do know the best. --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie.
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Collection (Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) by Ellen Datlow (2002)
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An ok set, mostly b stories, a few lower. The notable a stories are: the honeyed knot, onion, struwwelper , watch me when I sleep, the tattoo artist, Annabelle's alphabet , gestella,
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A weak selection of both Horror and Fantasy.
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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter
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