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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Nineteenth Annual Collection

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For nearly two decades, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this 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 d ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 22nd 2006)
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I liked 4 out of 18 stories; the rest were a waste of time.
Emma Winona
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really satisfying collection. Kind of peeters out near the end, but a really satisfying collection. My favorite story was definition "Boatman's Holiday." ...more
The rockabilly werewolf from Mars
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This seems to have been a good year for horror, if this volume is any indication. I would consider this to be one of the 3 best entries in the series, alongside volumes 1 and 12 (note that I have not yet read the whole series, I still need to track down several entries). I won't bother reviewing the introduction, obituaries, or honorable mentions; so onto the stories:

Walpurgis Afternoon
The residents of a suburban street are disturbed by the overnight appearance of a Victorian mansion. Very odd.

Florin Constantinescu
Oh mother of all that is sweet... this is one of the worst anthologies I have ever tried to read. No, make that one of the worst books.
Half of the stories are down-right messy and unfinishable, while the other half are simply boring, uninspired and useless.
Maybe it was just the year that was bad for fantasy and horror, who knows... I can't blame the editors.
Sorin Craciun
Nemira edition:

Walpurgis Afternoon by Delia Sherman ***1/2
The Mushroom Duchess by Deborah Roggie ***
An Incident at Agate Beach by Marly Youmans
Among the Tombs by Reggie Oliver
Obedience, or the Lying Tale by Jennifer Tale
American Morons by Glen Hirshberg
Shallaballah by Mark Samuels
Night Train Heading West by Sarah Monette
Denial by Bruce Sterling
Northwest Passage by Barbara Roden
Proboscis by Laird Barron
Kronia by Elizabeth Hand
Omens by Kelly Everding
Follow Me Light by Elizabeth Bear
Boatman's Holid
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Many people have little real idea of what makes up horror or fantasy. Those who shun the genres would probably be suprized to find they enjoy many of the titles listed here. The editors of this collection stray far from the accepted literary journals devoted to these genres. As such they have found horror and fantasy stories from many accepted nongenre journals. There is only one story in here which does not strike me as being either- "the Pavement Artist" is pretty straightforward science ficti ...more
Jul 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly revere Ellen Datlow as an editor, and I've read most of these collections - Datlow's taste is always great on the horror side. The fantasy side in this particular collection didn't always please my palate, but then I like my fantasy dark, so maybe it's not the editors' fault. I don't know though, I still can't help missing Terri Windling.

Anyway, my favorite stories in this collection included "Proboscis" by Laird Barron, a foreboding tale of others among us; "Kronia" by Elizabeth Ha
Joanna Compton-Mys
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wrote a much longer more detailed review of each title, but I must have reached some sort of character limit, because half of them kept getting erased, so here is the truncated version: these were my five star stories/ poems for this collection:

The Mushroom Duchess - Deborah Roggie
Obedience, or The Lying Tale - Jennifer Chang
Northwest Passage - Barbara Roden
Kronia - Elizabeth Hand
Boatman's Holiday - Jeffrey Ford ***** I loved loved loved this story.
Where Angels Come In - Adam L. G. Nevill
Quite good, quite good. Three of these I've read now and this one is my favorite. I do dislike summations of the fantasy/horror industry that prefaces the book because it leaves less stories to read, although this section is useful for reading inspiration. Extra-special mentions in this well-rounded book, although funnily these are all from the second half: "Vacation," "Ding-Dong-Bell," "The Machine of a Religious Man," with its excellent suspenseful dialogue; the awesome "Hot Potting," then "My ...more
Jun 18, 2015 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
Trish Graboske
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Think I've caught up with all of these volumes now. The best story in the book is a very twisty Albert E. Cowdrey. The Jeffrey Ford stories had me buying another collection of his work. An engaging Kim Newman story, and the Bruce Sterling was even better the second time around. ...more
Amanda Coder
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This collection has one of my most favorite short horror stories in it by Adam L.G. Nevill; Where Angels Come In. This collection is worth picking up by that story alone in my opinion. Fine collection of Horror and Fantasy.
Craig Laurance
My story "The Safety of Thorns" was an Honorable Mention... ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the stories in this volume are great - some are unsettling, some are inspiring and some are downright eerie. I had no idea I would love short (fantasy and horror) fiction so much :)
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short stories, some funny, some not, some easily forgotten, some stay with you for days. One of my favourite was Jeffrey Ford's short story, Boatman's Holiday. ...more
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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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