Monday, January 31, 2011

Title spotlight - "The Best Horror of the Year", volume 3, edited by Ellen Datlow

Ellen Datlow, the prolific editor, delighted us through the years with many wonderful anthologies. Among them, a series of yearly collections of the best horror stories published in “Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror” volumes, which reached 21 annual collections, and recently with her two volumes of “The Best Horror of the Year” released by Night Shade Books in 2009 and 2010 respectively. In June this year Night Shade Books will release the third volume of Ellen Datlow’s “The Best Horror of the Year” and as we can see in the line-up of stories posted by the editor on her blog the anthology looks as appetizing as ever. After all there is no wonder, since Ellen Datlow used us with collections of stories of the highest quality.

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 is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the seventeen stories included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year.

"Summation 2010" by Ellen Datlow
"At the Riding School" by Cody Goodfellow
"Mr. Pigsny" by Reggie Oliver
"City of the Dog" by John Langan
"Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls" by Brian Hodge
"Lesser Demons" by Norman Partridge
"When the Zombies Win" by Karina Sumner-Smith
"--30--" by Laird Barron
"Fallen Boys" by Mark Morris
"Was She Wicked? Was She Good?" by M. Rickert
"The Fear" by Richard Harland
"Till the Morning Comes" by Stephen Graham Jones
"Shomer" by Glen Hirshberg
"Oh I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside" by Christopher Fowler
"The Obscure Bird" by Nicholas Royle
"Transfiguration" by Richard Christian Matheson
"The Days of Flaming Motorcycles" by Catherynne M. Valente
"The Folding Man" by Joe R. Lansdale
"Just Another Desert Night With Blood" by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
"Black and White Sky" by Tanith Lee
"At Night When the Demons Come" by Ray Cluley
"The Revel" by John Langan


Unknown said...

Definitely looking forward to this one, as last year's was an entertaining read. And I've already read a couple of the stories and they were among my favorites last year.

Mihai A. said...

These collections are excellent. I am really looking forward to this one too :)

John Dax said...

That is a truly great cover. As I haven't read the actual stories yet, can't really say anything more than that.

Mihai A. said...

These are the covers of the first two volumes, but I am really looking forward to see how the third will look like :)