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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Ninth Annual Collection (The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #9 - year 1996)

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This superb anthology is as valuable for its detailed summations of horror and fantasy in 1995 (in literature and in comics, television, movies, etc.), as for the 35 stories and 9 poems. Also useful for its exploration of the crossover genre known as "dark fantasy." Noteworthy authors include Peter S. Beagle, Ursula Le Guin, Stephen King, Lucy Taylor, Steve Rasnic Tem, Tan ...more
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published July 31st 1996 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 1996)
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This is the second YBFH collection I've read and it was as wonderful for me as the first. Datlow and Windling pick indeed the best selections, with all sorts of fantasy and different kinds of horror. There were several poignant pieces like Home For Christmas by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Paper Lantern by Stuart Drybek, and She's Not There by Pat Cardigan. Some of the horror I found quite frightening (Screens by Terry Lamsley, Lunch at Gotham Cafe by Stephen King, and Scaring the Train by Terry Dowling ...more
I love these collections. I don't read much short fiction, generally -- I used to subscribe to some of the genre fiction magazines, like "Asimov's" and "Realms of Fantasy," but they had a tendency to sit there and not get read. So I like these collections because I can catch up on some of what I've missed. Plus Windling and Datlow don't just get stories from the usual genre sources, there's stuff from "The New Yorker" and literary magazines as well. Anyway, this collection, from 1996 (collection ...more
Out of this collection, I enjoyed the most out of:

* Home for Christmas by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
* Heartfires by Charles deLint
* King of Crows by Midori Snyder
* Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros by Peter S. Beagle
* More Tomorrow by Michael Marshall Smith
* Lunch at the Gotham Café by Stephen King
* Dragon-Rain by Eileen Kernaghan
* La Loma, La Luna by Sue Kepros Hartman
* Switch by Lucy Taylor
* Scaring the Train by Terry Dowling
* Resolve and Resistance by S.N. Dyer
* La Dame by Tanith Lee
* Dr
Erica Tuggle
Solid collection, especially love The Lark and the Lion and Lunch at Gothem Cafe
A good collection. You can pick an choose which authors you like. I especially liked the poetry by Neil Giaman.
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Ninth Annual Collection (Year's Best Fantasy and Horror) (1996)
Nina Kiriki Hoffman's Home for Christmas in here but it is also in Permeable Borders.
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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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