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

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

Other authors: Jaimes Alsop (Contributor), A. Alvarez (Contributor), Peter S. Beagle (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), Gary A. Braunbeck (Contributor)44 more, Molly Brown (Contributor), Edward Bryant (Contributor), P.D. Cacek (Contributor), Michael Cadnum (Contributor), Michael Chabon (Contributor), Vikram Chandra (Contributor), Douglas Clegg (Contributor), Robert Clinton (Contributor), Charles De Lint (Contributor), Leslie Dick (Contributor), Emma Donoghue (Contributor), Denise Duhamel (Contributor), Christopher Fowler (Contributor), Karen Joy Fowler (Contributor), James Frenkel (Contributor), Sonia Gernes (Contributor), Charles L. Grant (Contributor), Christopher Harman (Contributor), Seth Johnson (Contributor), Christopher Jones (Contributor), John Kessel (Contributor), Caitlin R. Kiernan (Contributor), Ellen Kushner (Contributor), Stephen Laws (Contributor), Bill Lewis (Contributor), Paul J. McAuley (Contributor), Steven Millhauser (Contributor), Pat Mora (Contributor), Kim Newman (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Norman Partridge (Contributor), Nancy Pickard (Contributor), Nicholas Royle (Contributor), Mayra Santos-Febres (Contributor), Jeffrey Shaffer (Contributor), Delia Sherman (Contributor), Steve Stern (Contributor), Matthew Sweeney (Contributor), Katherine Vaz (Contributor), Howard Waldrop (Contributor), Emily Warn (Contributor), Jack Womack (Contributor), Brennen Wysong (Contributor), Jane Yolen (Contributor)

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Series: Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (11 1998), Riverside ( Novella "The Fall Of The Kings", 3.1)

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This book is huge and I'm not sure I would ever be able to read it all straight through but if you are looking for something a little shorter than a novel this book fits the bill. I love to just open up to a random story and get lost in it. With stories from some of the best loved authors in these genres its a great addition to anyone's collection. ( )
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Datlow, EllenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Winding, TerriEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Alsop,JaimesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alvarez,A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Braunbeck,Gary A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown,MollyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryant, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Cadnum,MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chabon, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chandra,VikramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clegg,DouglasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clinton,RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Lint, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dick,LeslieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Donoghue,EmmaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duhamel,DeniseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler,ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler,Karen JoyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frenkel, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gernes,SoniaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Harman,ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, SethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones,ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kessel,JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kiernan,Caitlin R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kushner, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Laws,StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Vaz,KatherineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312190344, Paperback)

The collaborative efforts of Ellen Datlow (horror) and Terri Windling (fantasy) are becoming something of a legend, as year after year they deliver the best horror and fantasy short fiction in a fat (500 double-length pages) anthology that avoids pigeonholes with its mingled, unlabeled sample of the two genres. As in previous years, this volume includes more than 100 pages of summaries about the year 1997 in horror and fantasy publishing, horror and fantasy in the media, and comics. The fiction includes 18 stories and 8 poems with just Terri Windling's initials, and 18 stories and 1 poem with Ellen Datlow's initials, with some (presumably dark fantasy) that are tagged by both.

Even more than usual, Ellen Datlow's horror selections introduce a remarkable variety of types of stories. One of the best tales is Molly Brown's "The Psychomantium," about a mirror that allows alternative time lines to intersect, creating double fates for the characters. "The Skull of Charlotte Corday" (photos included) by Leslie Dick takes an essayistic approach to a famous female assassin and some creepy details in the history of sexual surgery. Douglas Clegg's "I Am Infinite, I Contain Multitudes" is a striking body-horror tale that was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. Christopher Harman, P.D. Cacek, Joyce Carol Oates, and Vikram Chandra contribute old-fashioned ghost stories. Gary Braunbeck's "Safe" is reminiscent of the best of Stephen King in its portrayal of realistic horror in a small town. Michael Chabon's "In the Black Mill" more than proves that Lovecraftian horror can transcend shallow pastiche. And other horror notables--such as Michael Cadnum, Christopher Fowler, Caitlín Kiernan, Stephen Laws, Kim Newman, Norman Partridge, and Nicholas Royle--make appearances.

Terri Windling's selections include familiar fantasy names such as Peter Beagle, Charles de Lint, Karen Joy Fowler, and Jane Yolen, and famous genre-crossers such as Ray Bradbury, Howard Waldrop, and Jack Womack. She also provides welcome space for fantasy poetry--charming pieces with images of the Trickster Coyote, Sheela Na Gig, and a mermaid, and titles like "Coffee Jerk at the Gates of Hell." The Pulitzer Prize-winning Steven Millhauser contributes an enchanting tale that originally appeared in the New Yorker. Other tales are inspired by an intriguing range of sources: Gulliver's Travels, Marilyn Monroe, the Scottish legend of the Sineater, the art of glass blowing, Aztec myth, and ancient Jewish lore.

There's no better way to take in the best of these two genres, both for the great selections and the ample pointers to 1997's novels, magazines, art, movies, and comics that you may not have heard about. --Fiona Webster

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