This annual compilation of the best short fiction and novellas features an unmatched variety of the quietly weird, the merely eerie, high fantasy, modern Lovecraftian horror, nightmarish near-future scenarios, the darkly humorous, the supernatural, and the monstrously mundane.
Collects the stories: "Lesser demons" / Norman Partridge "Raise your hand if you're dead" / John Shirley "As red as red" / Caitlín R. Kiernan "Tragic life stories" / Steve Duffy "The naturalist" / Maureen McHugh "The broadsword" / Laird Barron "A thousand flowers" / Margo Lanagan "Frumpy little beat girl" / Peter Atkins "The stars are falling" / Joe R. Lansdale "Hurt me" / M.L.N. Hanover "Are you trying to tell me this is heaven?" / Sarah Langan "Sea warg" / Tanith Lee "Crawlspace" / Stephen Graham Jones "Mother Urban's booke of dayes" / Jay Lake "Brisneyland by night" / Angela Slatter "The thing about Cassandra" / Neil Gaiman "He said, laughing" / Simon R. Green "Bloodsport" / Gene Wolfe "Oaks Park" / M.K. Hobson "Thimbleriggery and fledglings" / Steve Berman "You dream" / Ekaterina Sedia "Red blues" / Michael Skeet "The moon will look strange" / Lynda E. Rucker "The things" / Peter Watts "Malleus, incus, stapes" / Sarah Totton "The return" / S.D. Tullis "The dog king" / Holly Black "How Bria died" / Mike Aronovitz "The dire wolf" / Genevieve Valentine "Parallel lines" / Tim Powers "The mystery knight" / George R.R. Martin