The Best Horror of the Year

Best Horror of the Year

Book 6
Start Publishing LLC
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This statement was true when H. P. Lovecraft first wrote it at the beginning of the twentieth century, and it remains true at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The only thing that has changed is what is unknown.

With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this “light” creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year, edited by Ellen Datlow, chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness, as articulated by today’s most challenging and exciting writers.

The best horror writers of today do the same thing that horror writers of a hundred years ago did. They tell good stories—stories that scare us. And when these writers tell really good stories that really scare us, Ellen Datlow notices. She’s been noticing for more than a quarter century. For twenty-one years, she coedited The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, and for the last six years, she’s edited this series. In addition to this monumental cataloging of the best, she has edited hundreds of other horror anthologies and won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards.

More than any other editor or critic, Ellen Datlow has charted the shadowy abyss of horror fiction. Join
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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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Start Publishing LLC
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Published on
May 20, 2014
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9781597805230
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English
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Fiction / Horror
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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 Adam L. G. Nevill, Livia Llewellyn, Peter Straub, Gemma Files, Brian Hodge, 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 ninth volume in this annual series, a new collection of stories to keep you up at night.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:


Introduction: Summation 2017—Ellen Datlow

Better You Believe—Carole Johnstone

Liquid Air—Inna Effress

Holiday Romance—Mark Morris

Furtherest—Kaaron Warren

Where’s the Harm?—Rebecca Lloyd

Whatever Comes After Calcutta—David Erik Nelson

A Human Stain—Kelly Robson

The Stories We Tell about Ghosts—A. C. Wise

Endoskeletal—Sarah Read

West of Matamoros, North of Hell—Brian Hodge

Alligator Point—S. P. Miskowski

Dark Warm Heart—Rich Larson

There and Back Again—Carmen Maria Machado

Shepherd’s Business—Stephen Gallagher

You Can Stay All Day—Mira Grant

Harvest Song, Gathering Song—A. C. Wise

The Granfalloon—Orrin Grey

Fail-Safe—Philip Fracassi

The Starry Crown—Marc E. Fitch

Eqalussuaq—Tim Major

Lost in the Dark—John Langan

Honorable Mentions

About the Authors

Acknowledgment of Copyright

About the Editor
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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 twenty-one stories and poems included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year.

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In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
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