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The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight (edition 2016)

by Ellen Datlow (Editor)

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For over three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. Now, with the eighth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night. Encompassed in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as Neil Gaiman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Stephen King, Linda Nagata, Laird Barron, Margo Lanagan, and many others. 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 chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness as articulated by today's most challenging and exciting writers.… (more)
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A pretty solid collection: one or two standout stories and no real duds. Highlights include "Universal Horror" by Stephen Graham Jones (fast becoming one of my favorite horror writers); “Between the Pilings” by Steve Rasnic Tem, a Lovecraftian tragedy; “The Woman in the Hill” by Tamsyn Muir, a contagion-horror spread between women; “Fabulous Beasts” by Priya Sharma, a delightful monster girl story; and "Black Dog" by Neil Gaiman, a story in the American Gods universe. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Jun 20, 2018 |
I'm teaching this anthology in a horror fiction class in the spring, for use at the end of the semester to look at very recent work in the genre. I am interested in which stories my students think are most effective, what influences they see from earlier writers, and what trends they see in new work.

There are a number of Lovecraftian stories here, the best of them by Laird Barron, Steve Rasnic Tem, Tamsyn Muir, and Brian Hodge, the latter in the vein of revisionist Lovecraft stories like Victor Lavalle's Ballad of Black Tom, which critique Lovecraft's reactionary, racist politics while still being creepily Lovecraftian. (Hodge's story turns out to be scarily relevant for Trump's America.)

A number of stories have this narrative structure: someone tells someone else a story. This can work well to involve the reader as listener and create an extra level of ambiguity. Both Tom Johnstone's Irish troubles story "Slaughtered Lamb" and Ray Cluley's Western-inspired "Indian Giver" create rich, believable historical settings, but do not quite create the impact they were going for. (Plus, I'm allergic to Native American curse stories, like Cluley's, no matter how self-conscious they are about what they are doing.) Too much indirectness can make the story feel removed and distant. Both Tamsyn Muir ("The Woman in the Hill") and Carmen Maria Machado ("Descent")(whose stories are my favorites in the whole collection) use this structure to creepy and devastating effect, respectively, both by creating an unexpected twist that turns the telling of the story into an act of violence or confrontation with evil.

Other favorites in the collection are Stephen Graham Jones's "Universal Horror," Letitia Trent's "Wilderness," and Priya Sharma's "Fabulous Beasts."

The other stories have many good features and will be fun to teach. The only story I really didn't care for was Kelley Armstrong's opening story, which reads more like a sketch or the prologue of a somewhat cliche vampire novel. ( )
  wyattbonikowski | Jan 11, 2017 |
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Armstrong, KelleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacon, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bailey, DaleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barron, LairdContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cluley, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hodge, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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For over three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. Now, with the eighth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night. Encompassed in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as Neil Gaiman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Stephen King, Linda Nagata, Laird Barron, Margo Lanagan, and many others. 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 chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness as articulated by today's most challenging and exciting writers.

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Contains:
  • 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
  • The Underground Economy / Jon 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
  • The Stagnant Breath of Change / Brian Hodge
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