The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Three
What frightens us? What unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw, tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the nineteen stories included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single aut...more
Editor Ellen Datlow’s selection of short horror fiction in this book actually kept me entertained. I actually found my self ...more
The good news is, most of the new (to me) stories blew me away. The collection opens with Cody Goodfellow's brilliant and utterly perverse "At the Riding School," of which the less s ...more
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Awakened by a late night phone call a veterinarian is called in to a local private boarding/riding school to deal with an emergency. She has dealt with emergencies there before, off the books, as it seems that the headmistress has some sort of dirt on her. Goodfellow does a wondrous job at casting an air of anticipatory dread. Goodfellow has our lead lay out the fairly mundane details behind the history of the riding school and its headmistress in a fairly ...more
"What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the length of our spines?...Every year the bar is raised; the screw is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us..."
Well, the bar has not b ...more
"Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls": A girl with a terrible secret befriends a boy with a terrible power who lives next door.
"The Obscure Bird": An amateur ornithologist becomes a little too involved with his work.
I read a great of deal of short horror stories from multiple periodicals and web sites, much of which is drek. It's wonderful to sit down and peruse this collection, in which every story is so well written, unique, and truly a "best of." Some of the stories I read before, but they helped set the mood for other authors I was not familiar with. The horror tales in this anthology ar ...more
"At the Riding School" by Cody Goodfellow: I felt this was a weak beginning to the collec ...more
A lot of the authors of this collection are very good at writing short stories. So this horror collection is full of stories that have all the ingredients that are needed to give you the best scares you desire.
If you love reading about werewolves, ghosts, demons and all manner of monstrosities, check out the stories of this horror collection. You won’t be disappointed.
I think one of my favorites piece was about 3/4 of the way through. It was called:
The Days of Flaming Motorcycles
It's a very different take on the zombie apocalypse. very creative. The good stories in this collection are like that; d ...more
I'm beginning to wonder if this is fair: in each of the last two anthologies, there was one story each that I dnf'ed and gave 1 star for. In this anthology, some of the 5-stars really stood out and it seemed to me t ...more
At The Riding School started off interesting and I would have liked to have seen more of it's twisted world but I never connected with the characters or their plights.
Best stories were probably the following: "Lesser Demons," by Norman Partridge, a creepy apocalyptic story about two men fighting off, well, "lesser demons." Another apocalyptic tale that succeeded well was "At Night, When the Demons Come,"by Ray Cluley, about a world beset by female demons. "The Folding Man," about a Satanic figure chasing a young d ...more
Of the stories that were in the book I would say that I enjoyed r ...more
The stories run the gamut from werewolves to ugly mutant nuns with foldaway killer robots- mutant nuns who take offense to being mooned- to zombies with feelings ...more
"Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls" by Brian Hodge (I found the ending to be quite haunting)
"--30--" by Laird Barron (I found this story to be haunting as well. It, strangely, reminded me of archaeological surveys and how those can be in abandoned locations and kind of creepy)
"Transfiguration" by Richard Christian Matheson (The alone-ness is what's scary)
"The Days of the Flaming Motorcycles" by Catherynne M. Valente (An interesting take on a zomb ...more