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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  11 reviews
For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. The critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition continues with another stunning collection, including stories by M. T. Anderson, Laird Barron, Simon Bestwick, Simon Brown, Stepan Chapman, Douglas Clegg, D. Ellis Dickerson, Terry Dowling ...more
Paperback, 605 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Nothing trully impressive here. There are some good ones, but nothing that will blow up your mind.

Quite regular stuff. Like I said I don't understand what this volume has that had convinced its readers to offer it an Award for Best Anthology.


Even Laird Barron's story isn't something spectacular.
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
The good far outweighs the bad in this volume; some of the stories were are-you-fucking-kidding-me terrible (Chapman's Calico Cat story - WTF) but standout stories far outweigh the bad ones - M. T. Anderson, Tanith Hall, and Laird Barron immediately jump to mind in the awesome column.

Minor Gripes:

1. I'm no genre noodnik, but I don't think a woman's Cough Syrup induced hallucination counts as fantasy, however entertaining.

2. One story per author, please!

3. Poetry? Shenanigans.

Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection collects the best (as determined by the editors) short fiction of both genres in 2004, using wide definitions of the genres in order to build a diverse, quality collection. Introductions of middling quality summarize the year in fantasy, horror, and related media, but the bulk of the book is 44 short stories and poems which span paranormal horror to imaginary world fantasy. For a change, the horror selections are the volume's stre ...more
Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Calico Cat will definitely stay with me, as will the Meth Zombies and the Cajun eternity knot.(John Farris, Malanie Fazi) Zora's zombie was just annoying, and I have to admit that I didn't like the Pinkerton story all that much. (Andy Duncan, Bulldozer/Laird Barron) Maguire's "Oakthing" was a pleasant surprise, and will last in my memory. Greg van Eekhout's "Tales from the City of Seams" was really a cheat since it was a bunch of vignettes and not a single story, but I enjoyed it/them very m ...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
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was one of the better collections I have read in the series. The editors still managed to include one story which couldn't be classified in either genre by even the most generous reader but overall there was alot of good stuff.

Stories I liked in particular were:

"A Hazy Shade of Winter", by Simon Bestwick

"Revenge of the Calico Cat", by Stepan Chapman (one of my two favorites in theis volume)

"Dancing on Air". Frances Oliver

"The Bad Magician", by Phillip Raines and Harvey Welles

Jul 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
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It's a good thing these books are so chunky, because there's always stuff I love and hate in them. The stories by Douglas Clegg, M. Rickert, Greg Van Eekhout and Joyce Carol Oates were all incredible. The Oates, in particular, has stuck with me - I don't think I've ever read anything so short and so intense. However, many of the other stories were forgettable. ...more
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Shelly Willey
They should still be publishing these anthologies. I have found wonderful authors through tse books!
Definitley some stories taht were so-so, but others were great. I reread "Revenge of the Calico Cat" as soon as I finished it because it stuck with me so much. ...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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