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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 renowned series, recipient of three World Fantasy Awards, continues to captivate and fascinate readers. Stories by such notables as: Scott Bradfield, A.S. Byatt, Pat Cadigan, Peter Crowther, Charles De Lint, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia A. McKillip, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Douglas E. Winter, and thirty-three other acclaimed writers show off the ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published June 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published June 1996)
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Chere
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kirsten
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, own
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
John
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joe
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jesse
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good collection. You can pick an choose which authors you like. I especially liked the poetry by Neil Giaman.
Erica Tuggle
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Solid collection, especially love The Lark and the Lion and Lunch at Gothem Cafe
Corinne
Feb 26, 2013 marked it as notes
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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