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 straightforwa ...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..."
"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 in ...more
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 ...more
"At the Riding School" by Cody Goodfellow: I felt this was a weak beginning t ...more
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 collectio ...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
Of the stories that were in the book I would say that ...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 ...more
Folding Man was a great action story.
Was She Wicked? Was She Good? Was so different very short and sweet.
--30-- just left me with my mouth open
Transfiguration just confirmed that I'm not the only one that thinks that The Alaskan ice is a great place forEvil.
Night Demons shook me to my core. The ending is a heart breaker.
I recommend this book to an ...more
But the few really good stories I felt made up for it enough to keep plowing through this book and to give it an extra star.
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 ...more