Best Horror of the Year

Best Horror of the Year

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A town is held hostage by an unholy bargain made by some of the inhabitants; a party game on Halloween brings back memories better left forgotten; one misstep changes the balance of survival during the apocalypse; a group of seemingly typical travelers are stranded in an airport; a widower’s holiday in a seaside town becomes a nightmare . . .

The Best Horror of the Year showcases the previous year’s best offerings in short fiction horror. This edition includes award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong, Stephen Graham Jones, Carmen Maria Machado, and more.

For more than three decades, award-winning editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow has had her finger on the pulse of the latest and most terrifying in horror writing. Night Shade Books is proud to present the eighth volume in this annual series, a new collection of stories to keep you up at night.

Table of Contents:
Summation 2015 - Ellen Datlow
We Are All Monsters Here - Kelley Armstrong
Universal Horror - Stephen Graham Jones
Slaughtered Lamb - Tom Johnstone
In a Cavern, In a Canyon - Laird Barron
Between the Pilings - Steve Rasnic Tem
Snow - Dale Bailey
Indian Giver - Ray Cluley
My Boy Builds Coffins - Gary McMahon
The Woman in the Hill - Tamsyn Muir
Underground Economy - John Langan
The Rooms Are High - Reggie Oliver
All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck - Kate Jonez
Lord of the Sand - Stephen Bacon
Wilderness - Letitia Trent
Fabulous Beasts - Priya Sharma
Descent - Carmen Maria Machado
Hippocampus - Adam Nevill
Black Dog - Neil Gaiman
The 21st Century Shadow - Stephanie M. Wytovich
This Stagnant Breath of Change - Brian Hodge
Honorable Mentions
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About the author

Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over 25 years. She was the fiction editor of OMNI magazine and has edited more than 50 anthologies. She was named the recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for “outstanding contribution to the genre.” She lives in New York City.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Jun 7, 2016
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9781597805872
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Fiction / Horror
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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