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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection (The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #8 - year 1995)

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This is one installment of a prestigious annual anthology of fantastic and "horror" genre writing -- mostly fiction, with a smattering of poetry and an essay. The over 50 selections represent both established names in the field and relatively less known authors, and the structure of the book is typical of "year's best" collections.
Paperback, 644 pages
Published August 15th 1995 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1995)
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Jan 13, 2016 Werner marked it as started-and-not-finished
Note, Jan. 11, 2015: I've just edited this to correct two misspellings.

Nov. 5, 2010
Of several annual "year's best" genre collections, editors Datlow and Windling's annual summation of the related, supernatural/magic-based fields of fantasy and "horror" enjoys one of the best reputations among library reviewers and serious fans. This is my first exposure to the series; I picked up this volume several years ago at a yard sale, and finally turned to it recently while I was waiting for an ILL book.
Glen Engel-Cox
Jill and I were having a discussion about reading preferences. She likes big thick books, typically, and I profess that I don't, although the books I name as my favorites all tend to be fairly hefty ones (The Gold Bug Variations, Possession, and Stand on Zanzibar, to name three). What I do like, that J has virtually stopped reading except in special cases, is short stories. Thinking about this, what I decided was my attraction in a story was a strong beginning and strong end, something you get a ...more
Jun 20, 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
Nov 24, 2010 Valissa rated it really liked it
"The advantage of being married a long time was that one could argue without the necessity of the other's actual, physical presence." William Browning Spencer

"If Snow White and Eve both eat an apple and fall - down from grace - are they the same woman? If Paradise is over, what does she wake up into?" - "The Best Things In Life" L. Champagne

"...Current fashionable quantum theory teaches us that an infinite of possible universes can collapse out of any quantum event. What I'm concerned with is wh
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Oct 30, 2011 Brent Soderstrum rated it it was ok
Wow, this collection of short stories that allegedly was the best from 1994 was bad. I had trouble even finishing the book. Most of the short stories had no point. I guess if they had been good the author would have used them to write novels. I bought the book to read Stephen King's The Man in the Black Suit. Yet even Stephen King's selection was pointless. There are a few jewels in this mound of trash such as: Young Woman in a Garden by Delia Sherman and The Sloan Men by David Nickle but not ma ...more
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Aug 24, 2008 Kimber Hansen rated it really liked it
A large assortment or Twiligh Zone storis. Some strangly erotic, others gory and horrific. It took a while to get through but almost all stories were enjoyable.
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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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