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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Ninth…

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

by Ellen Datlow (Editor), Terry Windling (Editor)

Other authors: Margaret Atwood (Contributor), Peter S. Beagle (Contributor), Scott Bradfield (Contributor), Gary A. Braunbeck (Contributor), Edward Bryant (Contributor)39 more, A.S. Byatt (Contributor), Pat Cadigan (Contributor), Eilean Ni Chuilleanain (Contributor), Peter Crowther (Contributor), Charles de Lint (Contributor), Terry Dowling (Contributor), Stuart Dybek (Contributor), S.N. Dyer (Contributor), James Frenkel (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Louise Gluck (Contributor), Marcia Guthridge (Contributor), Sue Kepros Hartman (Contributor), Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Contributor), Christopher Kenworthy (Contributor), Eileen Kernaghan (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), Ellen Kushner (Contributor), Terry Lamsley (Contributor), Ursula Le Guin (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Patricia A. McKillip (Contributor), Rick Moody (Contributor), Susan Moody (Contributor), Pat Mora (Contributor), Mary O'Malley (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Robert Reed (Contributor), David J. Schow (Contributor), Delia Sherman (Contributor), Michael Marshall Smith (Contributor), Midori Snyder (Contributor), S.P. Somtow (Contributor), Lucy Taylor (Contributor), Steve Rasnic Tem (Contributor), Vivian Vande Velde (Contributor), Nancy Willard (Contributor), Douglas E. Winter (Contributor), Jane Yolen (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (9 1996)

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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), while others were very, very disturbing (More Tomorrow by Michael Marshall Smith, Loop by Douglas E. Winter, Refrigerator Heaven by David J. Schow, and [Black Rectangle] by Joyce Carol Oates). I was very much entertained by the comic Henry V, Part 2 by Marcia Guthridge, the enchanting The Printer's Daughter by Delia Sherman and the contemporary Dragon's Fin Soup by S. P. Somtow, and I fell in love with the beautiful language of La Loma, La Luna by Sue Kepros Hartman. Of course among my favorites are the poems by my favorite Neil Gaiman (Queen of Knives and The White Road), who tells the tales very effectively. Overall, the collection totally satisfied. ( )
  thioviolight | Feb 8, 2008 |
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 stuff from 1995) doesn't disappoint at all. Some of my favorites were the most off-beat stories: "Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros" by Peter S. Beagle, in which a gentleman befriends a talking rhino who insists he is not a rhino at all, but a unicorn; "The James Dean Garage Band" by Rick Moody, in which James Dean is alive and well and starting a musical revolution; and "The Printer's Daughter" by Delia Sherman, which is a more classic fantasy tale but weird and wonderful nonetheless. Good stuff. ( )
  Crowyhead | Oct 29, 2005 |
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Windling, TerryEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Atwood,MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beagle,Peter S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradfield,ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Braunbeck,Gary A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryant, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Byatt,A.S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cadigan,PatContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chuilleanain,Eilean NiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crowther,PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Lint, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dowling,TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dybek,StuartContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dyer,S.N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frenkel, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gluck,LouiseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Hartman,Sue KeprosContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Kenworthy, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kernaghan,EileenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kushner, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lamsley, TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, UrsulaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee,TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKillip,Patricia A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Oates,Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Smith,Michael MarshallContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snyder, MidoriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Taylor, LucyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tem,Steve RasnicContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Velde,Vivian VandeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Winter,Douglas E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yolen,JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This superb anthology is as valuable for its detailed summations of horror and fantasy in 1995 (in literature and in comics, television, movies, etc.), as for the 35 stories and 9 poems. Also useful for its exploration of the crossover genre known as "dark fantasy." Noteworthy authors include Peter S. Beagle, Ursula Le Guin, Stephen King, Lucy Taylor, Steve Rasnic Tem, Tanith Lee, A. S. Byatt, David J. Schow, and Joyce Carol Oates.

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