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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: First Annual Collection (1988)

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

Other authors: Joan Aiken (Contributor), Natalie Babbitt (Contributor), John Robert Bensink (Contributor), John Brunner (Contributor), Steven Brust (Contributor)30 more, Edward Bryant (Contributor), Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Jonathan Carroll (Contributor), Charles de Lint (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Carol Emshwiller (Contributor), Craig Shaw Gardner (Contributor), Joe Haldeman (Contributor), M. John Harrison (Contributor), Elizabeth S. Helfman (Contributor), Gwyneth Jones (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), George R. R. Martin (Contributor), Michael McDowell (Contributor), Alan Moore (Contributor), William F. Nolan (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Susan Palwick (Contributor), Kathryn Ptacek (Contributor), David J. Schow (Contributor), Michael Shea (Contributor), Lucius Shepard (Contributor), Delia Sherman (Contributor), John Skipp (Contributor), Craig Spector (Contributor), Lisa Tuttle (Contributor), Douglas E. Winter (Contributor), Patricia Wrede (Contributor), T.M. Wright (Contributor), Jane Yolen (Contributor)

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Series: Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (1)

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This is a collection of fantasy and horror fiction culled from the pages of magazines and original anthologies. The first volume includes Ursula K.Le Guin, Jonathan Carroll, Lisa Tuttle and others and there is a comprehensive summary of the year in fantasy and horror and a survey of screen fantasy.

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It’s a compilation of 32 stories and four poems originally published in 1987, chosen by the good taste of Datlow and Windling, including classics like Ursula Le Guin’s “Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight”, Jonathan Carroll’s “Friend’s Best Man”, George R.R. Martin’s “The Pear-Shaped Man”, and “Delta Sly Honey” by Lucius Shepard. In fact I think I was surprised by how many of the authors I already knew. The only other really obscure writer apart from my distant cousin Elizabeth Helfman is John Robert Bensink.

Anyway, it’s a good solid collection, though it reminded me from time to time why horror isn’t usually my thing. ( )
  nwhyte | Jul 23, 2022 |
quality varies
  ritaer | Jun 4, 2021 |
The first volume in what would become The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Nothing really memorable apart from the Jonathan Carroll story. ( )
  chaosfox | Feb 22, 2019 |
My favourite of the fantasy tales was "Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight", while there were some very unnerving horror stories, with the scariest being "The Pear-Shaped Man", and "Halley's Passing".

The ending of "The Pear-Shaped Man" was a bit confusing, but I think that the Pear-Shaped Man was a psychic vampire who is never satisfied by his prey and feels that they have taken as much from him as he has taken from them. "Halley's Passing" was about another kind of vampire and the ending made it even more frightening than it had been up to that point. A very varied selection of stories. ( )
  isabelx | Feb 27, 2011 |
I read this a long time ago, and remember that I enjoyed a good number of the stories. George R.R. Martin is always entertaining. I also liked the year summations, especially for Horror. ( )
  Ed_Gosney | Jan 21, 2011 |
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Datlow, EllenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Windling, TerriEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aiken, JoanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Babbitt, NatalieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bensink, John RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brunner, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brust, StevenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryant, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carroll, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Lint, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Emshwiller, CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gardner, Craig ShawContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haldeman, JoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrison, M. JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Helfman, Elizabeth S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, GwynethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, Ursula K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martin, George R. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDowell, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nolan, William F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Palwick, SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ptacek, KathrynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schow, David J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shea, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepard, LuciusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sherman, DeliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Skipp, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Spector, CraigContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tuttle, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Winter, Douglas E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wrede, PatriciaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wright, T.M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yolen, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Canty, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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