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The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 1

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

2010 was a great year for Australian fantasy and horror, with the World Science Fiction convention held in Melbourne serving as an impetus for many publishers, both large and small, to showcase the breadth and depth of Australian and New Zealand speculative fiction.

Several hundred fantasy and horror stories by Antipodeans were published in 2010, contained in Australasian and international magazines, webzines, anthologies and collections. From this plethora of work, editors Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene have selected 33 tales of fantasy, dark fantasy, horror and paranormal romance for this volume. The editors also present an overview of the genre in Australia in 2010, including significant works, events, and the results of the major awards.

Together with a recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work. Published by a leading Australian independent publisher, this is first volume of an ambitious annual series that will document the state of health of the fantasy and horror genre throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Review (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010) - essay by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • After the Jump - (2010) - shortstory by Felicity Dowker
  • L'esprit de L'escalier - (2010) - shortstory by Peter M. Ball
  • That Girl - (2010) - shortstory by Kaaron Warren
  • Walker - (2010) - shortstory by Dirk Flinthart
  • The Bone Mother - (2010) - shortstory by Angela Slatter
  • Children's Story - (2010) - shortstory by Bob Franklin
  • Night Shift - (2010) - shortstory by Dale Elvy
  • Manifest Destiny - (2010) - shortstory by Janeen Webb
  • Hive - (2010) - shortstory by Stephen M. Irwin
  • Acception - (2010) - novelette by Tessa Kum
  • Brave Face - (2010) - shortstory by Pete Kempshall
  • Home - (2010) - shortstory by Martin Livings
  • Soil from My Fingers - (2010) - shortstory by Lisa L. Hannett
  • Feast or Famine - (2010) - shortstory by Gary Kemble
  • Johnny & Babushka - (2010) - shortstory by RJ Astruc
  • Schubert by Candlelight - (2010) - shortstory by Matthew Chrulew
  • Slow Cookin' - (2010) - shortstory by Angela Rega
  • The School Bus - (2010) - shortstory by Jason Fischer
  • The King's Accord - (2010) - shortstory by Alan Baxter
  • Dark Rendezvous - (2010) - shortstory by Simon Petrie
  • A Sweet Story - (2010) - shortstory by Gitte Christensen
  • A Pearling Tale - (2010) - shortstory by Maxine McArthur
  • White Crocodile Jazz - (2010) - shortstory by Ben Peek
  • Anne-Droid of Green Gables - (2010) - novelette by Lezli Robyn
  • Ghia Likes Food - (2010) - shortstory by Bill Congreve
  • Lovers in Caeli-Amur - [Caeli-Amur] - (2010) - shortstory by Rjurik Davidson
  • The Memory of Water - (2010) - shortstory by Andrew J. McKiernan
  • Wood - (2010) - shortstory by Grant Stone
  • She Said - (2010) - shortstory by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Where We Go to Be Made Lighter - (2010) - shortstory by Christopher Green
  • Mirror - (2010) - poem by Jenny Blackford
  • High Tide at Hot Water Beach - (2010) - shortstory by Paul Haines
  • The February Dragon - (2010) - novelette by Angela Slatter and Lisa L. Hannett
  • About the Contributors (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010) - essay by uncredited
  • Recommended Reading List (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010) - essay by Talie Helene and Liz Grzyb
  • Australian & New Zealand Fantasy & Horror Awards (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010) - essay by Talie Helene and Liz Grzyb
  • Acknowledgements (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2010) - essay by Talie Helene and Liz Grzyb

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 2

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

This is the second annual compilation of the best fantasy and horror covering work produced by Australian and New Zealand writers in 2011, collecting 32 stories and poems with over 150,000 words of fiction from some of the genre's best and most awarded writers. Together with an annual genre overview and recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Review (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011) - essay by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Sara Douglass (1957-2011) - (2011) - essay by Lucy Sussex
  • All You Can Do Is Breathe - (2011) - shortstory by Kaaron Warren
  • Wraiths - (2011) - shortstory by Jason Nahrung
  • The Patrician - [The Julias] - (2011) - shortstory by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Dark Me, Night You - (2011) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • The Coffin-Maker's Daughter - (2011) - shortstory by Angela Slatter
  • Someone Else to Play with - (2011) - shortstory by Pete Kempshall
  • The Hall of Lost Footsteps - (2011) - shortstory by Sara Douglass and Angela Slatter
  • Bad Power - [Bad Power] - (2011) - shortstory by Deborah Biancotti
  • At the Top of the Stairs - (2011) - shortstory by Richard Harland
  • Thin Air - (2011) - shortstory by Simon Brown
  • Heaven - (2011) - shortstory by Jo Langdon
  • More Matter, Less Art - (2011) - shortstory by Stephen Dedman (variant of More Matter, and Less Art)
  • Berries and Incense - (2011) - shortstory by Felicity Dowker
  • Letters of Love from the Once and Newly Dead - (2011) - shortstory by Christopher Green
  • The Soul of the Machine - (2011) - shortstory by Maxine McArthur
  • Face to Face - (2011) - shortstory by John Harwood
  • The Head in the Goatskin Bag - (2011) - shortstory by Jenny Blackford
  • Forever, Miss Tapekwa County - (2011) - shortstory by Lisa L. Hannett
  • Love Death - (2011) - shortstory by Andrew J. McKiernan
  • Interview with the Jiangshi - (2011) - shortstory by Anne Mok
  • Hunting Rufus - (2011) - shortstory by Jason Fischer
  • The Wishwriter's Wife - (2011) - shortstory by Ian McHugh
  • Frostbitten - (2011) - shortstory by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Reading Coffee - (2011) - shortstory by Anthony Panegyres
  • Europe After the Rain - (2011) - shortstory by Lee Battersby
  • Love in the Atacama, or The Poetry of Fleas - (2011) - shortstory by Angela Rega
  • Briar Day - (2011) - shortstory by Peter M. Ball
  • Thief of Lives - (2011) - novelette by Lucy Sussex
  • Winds of Nzambi - (2011) - shortstory by David Conyers and David Kernot
  • Wolf Night - (2011) - novelette by Margaret Mahy
  • The Kite - (2011) - poem by Kyla Ward
  • The Past Is a Bridge Best Left Burnt - (2011) - novelette by Paul Haines
  • About the Contributors (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011) - essay by uncredited
  • Recommended Reading List (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 3

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

This is the third annual compilation of the best fantasy and horror covering work produced by Australian and New Zealand writers in 2012, collecting 34 stories and poems with over 140,000 words of fiction from some of the genre's best and most awarded writers. Together with an annual genre overview and recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Review (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2012) - essay by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Tied to the Waste - (2012) - shortstory by Joanne Anderton
  • The Cook of Pearl House, A Malay Sailor by the Name of Maurice - (2012) - shortfiction by RJ Astruc [as by R. J. Astruc ]
  • Comfort Ghost - (2012) - shortstory by Lee Battersby
  • Tiny Lives - (2012) - shortstory by Alan Baxter
  • A Moveable Feast - (2012) - shortfiction by Jenny Blackford
  • The Witch's Wardrobe - (2012) - shortfiction by Eddy Burger
  • The Stone Witch - (2012) - novelette by Isobelle Carmody
  • Beautiful - (2012) - shortfiction by Jay Caselberg
  • The Fall - (2012) - shortfiction by Stephen Dedman
  • To Wish on a Clockwork Heart - (2012) - shortstory by Felicity Dowker
  • Nightside Eye - (2012) - shortfiction by Terry Dowling
  • Population Management - (2012) - shortfiction by Tom Dullemond
  • Sleeping Beauty - (2012) - shortstory by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Hungry Man - (2012) - shortstory by Will Elliott
  • Pigroot Flat - (2012) - shortstory by Jason Fischer
  • The Bull in Winter - (2012) - shortfiction by Dirk Flinthart
  • Sweet Subtleties - (2012) - shortstory by Lisa L. Hannett
  • Bella Beaufort Goes to War - (2012) - shortstory by Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter
  • Stalemate - (2012) - shortstory by Narrelle M. Harris
  • Kindling - (2012) - shortstory by Kathleen Jennings
  • Saturday Night at the Milkbar - shortfiction by Gary Kemble (variant of Saturday Night at the Milk Bar 2012)
  • Crow and Caper, Caper and Crow - (2012) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet - (2012) - shortfiction by Martin Livings
  • A Small Bad Thing - (2012) - shortfiction by Penelope Love
  • Torch Song - (2012) - shortfiction by Andrew J. McKiernan
  • Anvil of the Sun - (2012) - shortstory by Karen Maric
  • Oracle's Tower - (2012) - shortstory by Faith Mudge
  • The Black Star Killer - (2012) - shortstory by Nicole R. Murphy [as by Nicole Murphy ]
  • The Last Boat to Eden - (2012) - shortfiction by Jason Nahrung
  • What Books Survive - (2012) - shortstory by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean - (2012) - shortfiction by Angela Slatter
  • The Dog Who Wished He'd Never Heard of Lovecraft - (2012) - shortstory by Anna Tambour
  • The Loquacious Cadaver - (2012) - shortfiction by Kyla Ward
  • River of Memory - (2012) - shortfiction by Kaaron Warren (variant of The River of Memory)
  • About the Contributors (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013) - essay by uncredited
  • Recommended Reading List (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 4

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

This is the fourth annual compilation of the best fantasy and horror covering work produced by Australian and New Zealand writers in 2013, collecting 28 stories with over 150,000 words of fiction from some of the genre's best and most awarded writers. Together with an annual genre overview and recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Review (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013) - essay by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Disciple of the Torrent - (2013) - novelette by Lee Battersby
  • All the Lost Ones - (2013) - novelette by Deborah Biancotti
  • Camp Follower - (2013) - shortstory by Trudi Canavan
  • Glasskin - (2013) - shortstory by Robert G. Cook
  • The Ways of the Wyrding Women - (2013) - novelette by Cory Daniells [as by Rowena Cory Daniells ]
  • The Sleepover - (2013) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • After Hours - (2013) - novelette by Thoraiya Dyer
  • A Castle in Toorak - (2013) - shortstory by Marion Halligan
  • The Boy by the Gate - (2013) - shortstory by Dmetri Kakmi
  • Harry's Dead Poodle - (2013) - shortstory by David Kernot
  • Black Swan Event - (2013) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • Poppies - (2013) - shortstory by S. G. Larner
  • La Mort d'un Roturer - (2013) - shortstory by Martin Livings
  • Caution: Contains Small Parts - (2013) - novelette by Kirstyn McDermott
  • The Ninety Two - (2013) - shortstory by Claire McKenna
  • The Nest - (2013) - shortstory by Catherine S. McMullen [as by C. S. McMullen ]
  • By Bone-Light - (2013) - novelette by Juliet Marillier
  • Old Souls - (2013) - shortstory by David Thomas Moore
  • The Oblivion Box - (2013) - novelette by Faith Mudge
  • Sticks and Stones - (2013) - shortstory by Ryan O'Neill
  • Almost Beautiful - (2013) - shortstory by Angela Rega
  • The Raven and Her Victory - (2013) - shortstory by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • On the Wall - (2013) - shortstory by Nicky Rowlands
  • The Silence of Clockwork - (2013) - shortstory by Carol Ryles
  • Flight - (2013) - shortstory by Angela Slatter
  • Bowfin Island - (2013) - shortstory by Anna Tambour
  • Born and Bread - (2013) - shortstory by Kaaron Warren
  • Hell Is Where the Heart Is - (2013) - shortstory by Janeen Webb
  • About the Contributors (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013) - essay by uncredited
  • Recommended Reading List (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2013) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 5

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

This is the fifth annual compilation of the best fantasy and horror covering work produced by Australian and New Zealand writers in 2014, collecting 28 stories with over 150,000 words of fiction from some of the genre's best and most awarded writers. Together with an annual genre overview and recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Review (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014) - essay by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Alan Baxter, "Shadows of the Lonely Dead" [Suspended in Dusk]
  • James Bradley, "The Changeling" [Fearsome Magics]
  • Imogen Cassidy, "Soul Partner" [Aurealis 74]
  • David Conyers & David Kernot, "The Bullet & The Flesh" [World War Cthulhu]
  • Terry Dowling, "The Corpse Rose" [Nightmare Carnival]
  • Thoraiya Dyer, "The Oud" [Long Hidden Anthology]
  • Jason Franks, "Metempsychosis" [SQ Mag]
  • Michelle Goldsmith, "Of Gold and Dust" [Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 60]
  • Michael Grey, "1884" [Cthulhu Lives: An Eldrich Tribute to H.P.Lovecraft]
  • Stephanie Gunn, "Escapement" [Kisses by Clockwork]
  • Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, "Vox" [The Female Factory]
  • Gerry Huntman, "Of The Colour Tumeric, Climbing on Fingertips" [Night Terrors III]
  • Rick Kennett, "Dolls for Another Day" [The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows: Vol 2]
  • Charlotte Kieft, "Chiaroscuro" [Disquiet]
  • SG Larner, "Kneaded" [Phantazein]
  • Claire McKenna, "Yard" [Use Only As Directed]
  • Andrew J. McKiernan, "A Prayer for Lazarus" [Last Year, When We Were Young]
  • Faith Mudge, "Signature" [Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi]
  • Jason Nahrung, "The Preservation Society" [Dimension6]
  • Emma Osborne, "The Box Wife" [Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre & Twisted #9]
  • Angela Rega, "Shedding Skin" [Crossed Genres]
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, "The Love Letters of Swans" [Phantazein]
  • Angela Slatter, "The Badger Bride" [Strange Tales IV]
  • Cat Sparks, "New Chronicles of Andras Thorn" [Dimension6 Annual Collection 2014]
  • Anna Tambour, "The Walking-stick Forest" [Tor.com]
  • Kyla Ward, "Necromancy" [Spectral Realms #1]
  • Kaaron Warren, "Bridge of Sighs" [Fearful Symmetries: An Anthology of Horror]
  • Janeen Webb, "Lady of the Swamp" [Death at the Blue Elephant]
  • About the Contributors (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014) - essay by uncredited
  • Recommended Reading List (The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2014) - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2015

The Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror: Book 6

Liz Grzyb
Talie Helene

This is the sixth annual compilation of the best fantasy and horror covering work produced by Australian and New Zealand writers in 2015, collecting 31 stories with over 150,000 words of fiction from some of the genre's best and most awarded writers. Together with an annual genre overview and recommended reading list, this is both a book to be read and a valuable reference work.

Table of Contents:

  • "2B", shortfiction by Joanne Anderton
  • "The Chart of the Vagrant Mariner", shortfiction by Alan Baxter
  • "Look How Cold My Hands Are", shortfiction by Deborah Biancotti
  • "Oh, Have You Seen The Devil", shortfiction by Stephen Dedman
  • "The Events at Callan Park", shortfiction by Erol Engin
  • "The Dog Pit", shortfiction by Jason Fischer
  • "In the Blood", shortfiction by Dirk Flinthart
  • "In Sheep's Clothing", shortfiction by Kimberley Gaal
  • "The Flowers That Bloom Where Blood Touches Earth", shortfiction by Stephanie Gunn
  • "Consorting With Filth", shortfiction by Lisa Hannett
  • "Double Speak", shortfiction by Robert Hood
  • "A Hedge of Yellow Roses", shortfiction by Kathleen Jennings
  • "Ninehearts", shortfiction by Maree Kimberley
  • "Sleepless", shortfiction by Jay Kristoff
  • "El Caballo Muerte", shortfiction by Martin Livings
  • "Reminiscences of Herbert West", shortfiction by Danny Lovecraft
  • "Self, Contained", shortfiction by Kirstyn McDermott
  • " Mr Schmidt's Dead Pet Emporium", shortfiction by Sally McLennan
  • "Almost Days", shortfiction by DK Mok
  • "Blueblood", shortfiction by Faith Mudge
  • "Half Past", shortfiction by Samantha Murray
  • "Night Blooming", shortfiction by Jason Nahrung
  • "The Company of Women", shortfiction by Garth Nix
  • "Lady Killer", shortfiction by Anthony Panegyres
  • "Beyond the Factory Wall", shortfiction by Rivqa Rafael
  • "Perfect Little Stitches", shortfiction by Deborah Sheldon
  • "Bluebeard's Daughter", shortfiction by Angela Slatter
  • "Dragon Girl", shortfiction by Cat Sparks
  • "Angelito", shortfiction by Lucy Sussex
  • "Tap", shortfiction by Anna Tambour
  • "Mine Intercom", shortfiction by Kaaron Warren

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2010

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 1

Paula Guran

Darkness surrounds us. We can find darkness anywhere: in a strange green stone etched with mysterious symbols; at a small town's annual picnic; in a ghostly house that is easy to enter but not so easy to leave; behind the dumpster in the alley where a harpy lives; in The Nowhere, a place where car keys, toys, people disappear to; among Polar explorers; and, most definitely, within ourselves. Darkness flies from mysterious crates; surrounds children whose nightlights have vanished; and flickers between us at the movie theater. Darkness crawls from the past and is waiting in our future; and there's always a chance that Halloween really is a door opening directly into endless shadow. Welcome to the dark. You may never want to leave. This inaugural volume of the year's best dark fantasy and horror features more than 500 pages of dark tales from some of today's finest writers of the fantastique. Chosen from a variety of sources, these stories are as eclectic and varied as the genre itself.

Table of Contents:

  • What the Hell Do You Mean By "Dark Fantasy and Horror?" - essay by Paula Guran
  • The Horrid Glory of Its Wings - (2009) - short story by Elizabeth Bear
  • Lowland Sea - (2009) - novelette by Suzy McKee Charnas
  • Copping Squid - (2009) - novelette by Michael Shea
  • Monsters - (2009) - novelette by Stewart O'Nan
  • The Brink of Eternity - (2009) - short story by Barbara Roden
  • Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre - (2009) - short story by Seth Fried
  • Sea-Hearts - (2009) - novella by Margo Lanagan
  • A Haunted House of Her Own - (2009) - short fiction by Kelley Armstrong
  • Headstone in Your Pocket - (2009) - short story by Paul Tremblay
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - (2009) - novelette by Holly Black
  • Strange Scenes from an Unfinished Film - (2009) - short story by Gary McMahon
  • A Delicate Architecture - (2009) - short story by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Mystery - (2009) - short fiction by Peter Atkins
  • Variations on a Theme from Seinfeld - (2009) - short story by Peter Straub
  • The Wide, Carnivorous Sky - (2009) - novella by John Langan
  • Certain Death for a Known Person - (2009) - novelette by Steve Duffy
  • The Ones Who Got Away - (2009) - short fiction by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Leng - (2009) - short fiction by Marc Laidlaw
  • Torn Away - (2009) - short fiction by Joe R. Lansdale
  • The Nowhere Man - (2009) - short story by Sarah Pinborough
  • The Bone's Prayer - (2009) - short story by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Water Tower - (2009) - short story by John Mantooth
  • In the Porches of My Ears - (2009) - short story by Norman Prentiss
  • The Cinderella Game - (2009) - short story by Kelly Link
  • The Jacaranda Smile - (2009) - short story by Gemma Files
  • The Other Box - (2009) - short fiction by Gerard Houarner
  • White Charles - (2009) - novelette by Sarah Monette
  • Everything Dies, Baby - (2009) - short story by Nadia Bulkin
  • Bruise for Bruise - (2009) - short story by Robert Davies
  • Respects - (2009) - short story by Ramsey Campbell
  • Diamond Shell - (2009) - short story by Deborah Biancotti
  • Nub Hut - (2009) - short story by Kurt Dinan
  • The Cabinet Child - (2009) - short fiction by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Cherrystone and Shards of Ice - (2009) - short story by Ekaterina Sedia
  • The Crevasse - (2009) - short story by Nathan Ballingrud and Dale Bailey
  • Vic - (2009) - short fiction by Maura McHugh
  • Halloween Town - (2009) - novella by Lucius Shepard
  • The Long, Cold Goodbye - (2009) - novelette by Holly Phillips
  • What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night - (2009) - short story by Michael Marshall Smith

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2011

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 2

Paula Guran

This incomparable 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 from the brightest new talent, legendary authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Tanith Lee, and Gene Wolfe, and bestsellers such as Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, and Sarah Langan. Includes a 36,000 word novella by George R.R. Martin set in his A Song of Fire and Ice universe.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Back to the Dark - essay by Paula Guran
  • Lesser Demons - (2010) - novelette by Norman Partridge
  • Raise Your Hand If You're Dead - (2010) - shortstory by John Shirley
  • As Red as Red - (2010) - shortstory by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Tragic Life Stories - (2010) - shortfiction by Steve Duffy
  • The Naturalist - (2010) - novelette by Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Broadsword - (2010) - novella by Laird Barron
  • A Thousand Flowers - (2010) - novelette by Margo Lanagan
  • Frumpy Little Beat Girl - (2010) - shortstory by Peter Atkins
  • The Stars Are Falling - (2010) - novelette by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Hurt Me - (2010) - shortstory by M. L. N. Hanover
  • Are You Trying To Tell Me This Is Heaven? - (2010) - shortstory by Sarah Langan
  • Sea Warg - (2010) - shortfiction by Tanith Lee
  • Crawlspace - (2010) - shortfiction by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Mother Urban's Booke of Dayes - (2010) - shortstory by Jay Lake
  • Brisneyland by Night - (2010) - novelette by Angela Slatter
  • The Thing About Cassandra - (2010) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • He Said, Laughing - (2010) - shortstory by Simon R. Green
  • Bloodsport - (2010) - shortfiction by Gene Wolfe
  • Oaks Park - (2010) - shortfiction by M. K. Hobson
  • Thimbleriggery and Fledglings - (2010) - shortfiction by Steve Berman
  • You Dream - (2010) - shortstory by Ekaterina Sedia
  • Red Blues - (2010) - shortfiction by Michael Skeet
  • The Moon Will Look Strange - (2010) - shortstory by Lynda E. Rucker
  • The Things - (2010) - shortstory by Peter Watts
  • Malleus, Incus, Stapes - (2010) - shortfiction by Sarah Totton
  • The Return - (2010) - shortfiction by S. D. Tullis
  • The Dog King - (2010) - shortstory by Holly Black
  • How Bria Died - (2009) - shortstory by Michael Aronovitz
  • The Dire Wolf - (2010) - shortfiction by Genevieve Valentine
  • Parallel Lines - (2010) - shortstory by Tim Powers
  • The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms - (2010) - novella by George R. R. Martin

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 3

Paula Guran

Take a journey into darkness. Visit places where one might expect to find the dark-in a house where love was shared and lost, a milky-white pool in an Australian cave, the trenches of World War I, the deep woods. You would not be surprised to find the dark in a cheap apartment on the wrong side of town, down mean streets, under a gallows-tree, along dank passageways, trapped underground, in the neat future, or among the mysteries of old New Orleans. Dunes, lakes, isolated cabins, old books, and Old West saloons-well, the darkness might easily be there. But we've also found locales you thought were safe from shadows-at rib joint with good blues playing, inside an old wardrobe, on a baseball diamond, in an overly warm house, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel... Travel into the best dark fantasy and horror from 2011: more than 500 pages of tales from some of today's best-known writers of the fantastique as well new talents-stories that will take you to a diverse assortment of dark places.

  • "Hair" by Joan Aiken (The Monkey's Wedding & Other Stories / F&SF July/August)
  • "Rakshasi" by Kelley Armstrong (The Monster's Corner: Through Inhuman Eyes)
  • "Walls of Paper, Soft as Skin" by Adam Callaway (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #73, July 14, 2011)
  • "The Lake" by Tananarive Due (The Monster's Corner: Through Inhuman Eyes)
  • "Tell Me I'll See You Again" by Dennis Etchison (A Book of Horrors)
  • "King Death" Paul Finch (King Death)
  • "The Last Triangle" by Jeffrey Ford (Supernatural Noir)
  • Near Zennor by Elizabeth Hand (A Book of Horrors)
  • "Crossroads" by Laura Anne Gilman (Fantasy, August 2011)
  • "After-Words" by Glen Hirshberg (The Janus Tree and Other Stories)
  • "Rocket Man" by Stephen Graham Jones (Stymie, Vol. 4. Issue 1, Spring & Summer 2011)
  • "The Maltese Unicorn" by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Supernatural Noir)
  • "The Dune" by Stephen King (Granta 117)
  • "Catastrophic Disruption of the Head" by Margo Lanagan (The Wilful Eye: Tales from the Tower, Vol. 1)
  • "The Bleeding Shadow" by Joe R. Lansdale (Down These Strange Streets)
  • "Why Light?" by Tanith Lee (Teeth)
  • "Conservation of Shadows" by Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld, August 2011)
  • A Tangle of Green Men, Charles de Lint (Welcome to Bordertown)
  • "After the Apocalypse" by Maureen McHugh (After the Apocalypse)
  • "Why Do You Linger?" by Sarah Monette (Subterranean #8)
  • "Lord Dunsany's Teapot" Naomi Novik (The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities)
  • "Mysteries of the Old Quarter" by Paul Park (Ghosts by Gaslight)
  • "Vampire Lake", by Norman Partridge (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2)
  • "A Journey of Only Two Paces" by Tim Powers (The Bible Repairman and Other Stories)
  • "Four Legs in the Morning" by Norman Prentiss (Four Legs in the Morning)
  • "The Fox Maiden" by Priya Sharma (On Spec, Summer 2011)
  • "Time and Tide" by Alan Peter Ryan (F&SF, Sept/Oct 2011)
  • "Sun Falls" by Angela Slatter (Dead Red Heart)
  • "Still" by Tia V. Travis (Portents)
  • "Objects in Dreams May Be Closer Than They Appear" by Lisa Tuttle (House of Fear)
  • "The Bread We Eat in Dreams" by Catherynne M. Valente (Apex Magazine, Issue 30, November 2011)
  • "All You Can Do Is Breathe" by Kaaron Warren (Blood & Other Cravings)

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 4

Paula Guran

The darkness creeps upon us and we shudder, or it suddenly startles and we scream. There need be no monsters for us to be terrified in the dark, but if there are, they are just as often human and as supernatural. Join us in this outstanding annual exploration of the year's best dark fiction that includes stories of quiet fear, the utterly fantastic, the weirdly surreal, atmospheric noir, mysterious hauntings, seductive nightmares, and frighteningly plausible futures. Featuring thirty-five tales from masterful authors and talented new writers sure to make you reconsider walking in the shadows alone...

CONTENTS: (Listed alphabetically by author)

  • Laird Barron, "Hand of Glory" (The Book of Cthulhu 2)
  • Peter S. Beagle, "Great-Grandmother in the Cellar" (Under My Hat)
  • Peter Bell, "Glamour of Madness" (The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows)
  • Joseph Bruchac, "Down in the Valley" (Postscripts #28/29: Exotic Gothic 4)
  • Jim Butcher, "Bigfoot on Campus" (Hex Appeal)
  • Mike Carey, "Iphigenia In Aulis" (An Apple for the Creature)
  • Terry Dowling, "Nightside Eye" (Cemetery Dance #66)
  • K. M. Ferebee, "The Bird Country" (Shimmer #15)
  • Jeffrey Ford, "The Natural History of Autumn" (F&SF, July/August 2012)
  • Neil Gaiman, "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury" (The Shadow Show)
  • Theodora Goss, "England Under the White Witch" (Clarkesworld, Issue 73)
  • Maria Dahvana Headley, "Game" (Subterranean, Fall 2012)
  • Robert Hood, "Escena de un Asesinato" (Postscripts #28/29: Exotic Gothic 4)
  • Stephen Graham Jones, "Welcome to the Reptile House" (Strange Aeons #9)
  • Caitlín R Kiernan, "Fake Plastic Trees: (After)
  • Ellen Klages, "The Education of a Witch" (Under My Hat)
  • Marc Laidlaw, "Forget You" (Lightspeed, June 2012)
  • John Langan, "Renfrew's Course" (Lightspeed, April 2012)
  • Joe R. Lansdale, "The Tall Grass" (Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations)
  • Tim Lebbon, "Slaughterhouse Blues" (Nothing As It Seems)
  • Alison Littlewood, "The Eyes of Water (The Eyes of Water)
  • Ken Liu, "Good Hunting" (Strange Horizons, October 2012)
  • Helen Marshall, "No Ghosts In London" (Hair Side, Flesh Side)
  • Sarah Monette, "Blue Lace Agate" (Lightspeed, January 2012)
  • Ekaterina Sedia, "End of White" (Shotguns v Cthulhu)
  • Priya Sharma, "Pearls" (Bourbon Penn 04)
  • Robert Shearman, "Bedtime Stories for Yasmin" (Shadows & Tall Trees 4)
  • John Shirley, "When Death Wakes Me to Myself" (Black Wings II)
  • Cory Skerry, "Sinking Among Lilies" (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #92)
  • Simon Strantzas, "Go Home Again" (Fungi)
  • Rachel Swirsky, "The Sea of Trees" (The Future Is Japanese)
  • Melanie Tem, "Dahlias" (Black Wings II)
  • Karen Tidbeck, "Arvid Pekon" (Jagganath: Stories)
  • Genevieve Valentine, "Armless Maidens of the American West" (Apex, August 7, 2012)
  • Brooke Wonders, "Everything Must Go" (Clarkesworld, Issue 74)

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 5

Paula Guran

No matter your expectations, the dark is full of the unknown: grim futures, distorted pasts, invasions of the uncanny, paranormal fancies, weird dreams, unnerving nightmares, baffling enigmas, revelatory excursions, desperate adventures, spectral journeys, mundane terrors, and supernatural visions. You may stumble into obsession - or find redemption. Often disturbing, occasionally delightful, let The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror be your annual guide through the mysteries and wonders of dark fiction.

Table of Contents:

  • Postcards from Abroad - (2013) - shortstory by Peter Atkins
  • The Creature Recants - (2013) - shortstory by Dale Bailey
  • The Good Husband - (2013) - novelette by Nathan Ballingrud
  • Termination Dust - (2013) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • The Ghost Makers - (2013) - shortfiction by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Marginals - (2013) - shortfiction by Steve Duffy
  • A Collapse of Horses - (2013) - shortfiction by Brian Evenson
  • A Lunar Labyrinth - (2013) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Pride - (2013) - shortstory by Glen Hirshberg
  • Let My Smile Be Your Umbrella - (2013) - shortfiction by Brian Hodge
  • The Soul in the Bell Jar - (2013) - novelette by K. J. Kabza
  • The Prayer of Ninety Cats - (2013) - novelette by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Dark Gardens - (2013) - shortfiction by Greg Kurzawa
  • A Little of the Night - (2013) - shortfiction by Tanith Lee
  • The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning - (2013) - novelette by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Iseul's Lexicon - (2013) - shortfiction by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Plague - (2013) - shortstory by Ken Liu
  • The Slipway Gray - (2013) - shortfiction by Helen Marshall
  • To Die for Moonlight - (2013) - novelette by Sarah Monette
  • Event Horizon - (2013) - shortstory by Sunny Moraine
  • The Legend of Troop 13 - (2013) - novelette by Kit Reed
  • Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell - (2013) - novella by Brandon Sanderson
  • Phosphorus - (2013) - shortfiction by Veronica Schanoes
  • Blue Amber - (2013) - shortfiction by David J. Schow
  • Rag and Bone - (2013) - novelette by Priya Sharma
  • Our Lady of Ruins - (2013) - shortfiction by Sarah Singleton
  • Cuckoo - (2013) - shortfiction by Angela Slatter
  • Wheatfield with Crows - (2013) - shortfiction by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Moonstruck - (2013) - shortstory by Karin Tidbeck
  • The Dream Detective - (2013) - shortstory by Lisa Tuttle
  • Fishwife - (2013) - shortstory by Carrie Vaughn
  • Air, Water and the Grove - (2013) - shortstory by Kaaron Warren

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 6

Paula Guran

No matter your expectations, the dark is full of the unknown: grim futures, distorted pasts, invasions of the uncanny, paranormal fancies, weird dreams, unnerving nightmares, baffling enigmas, revelatory excursions, desperate adventures, spectral journeys, mundane terrors, and supernatural visions. You may stumble into obsession--or find redemption. Often disturbing, occasionally delightful, let The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror be your annual guide through the mysteries and wonders of dark fiction.

Table of Contents:

  • The Screams of Dragons - (2014) - novelette by Kelley Armstrong
  • The End of the End of Everything - (2014) - novelette by Dale Bailey
  • (Little Miss) Queen of Darkness - (2014) - shortstory by Laird Barron
  • Madam Damnable's Sewing Circle - (2014) - shortfiction by Elizabeth Bear
  • Sleep Walking Now and Then - (2014) - novelette by Richard Bowes
  • A Wish From a Bone - (2014) - novelette by Gemma Files
  • The Female Factory - (2014) - novella by Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter
  • Who Is Your Executioner? - (2014) - novelette by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • The Elvis Room - (2014) - shortfiction by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying - (2014) - shortstory by Alice Sola Kim
  • Children of the Fang - (2014) - shortfiction by John Langan
  • Combustion Hour - (2014) - shortstory by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Quiet Room - (2014) - shortfiction by V. H. Leslie
  • Resurrection Points - (2014) - shortstory by Usman T. Malik
  • Death and the Girl from Pi Delta Zeta - (2014) - shortfiction by Helen Marshall
  • Dreamer - (2014) - shortfiction by Brandon Sanderson
  • Emotional Dues - (2014) - shortfiction by Simon Strantzas
  • The Still, Cold Air - (2014) - shortfiction by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Kur-a-Len - (2014) - novella by Lavie Tidhar
  • Fragments from the Notes of a Dead Mycologist - (2014) - shortfiction by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Water in Springtime - (2014) - shortstory by Kali Wallace
  • The Nursery Corner - (2014) - novelette by Kaaron Warren
  • And the Carnival Leaves Town - (2014) - shortfiction by A. C. Wise
  • Only Unity Saves the Damned - shortfiction by Nadia Bulkin
  • Mr Hill's Death - shortfiction by S. L. Gilbow
  • The Cats of River Street (1925) - novelette by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Running Shoes - (2014) - shortfiction by Ken Liu
  • The Floating Girls: A Documentary - (2014) - shortfiction by Damien Walters Grintalis

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 7

Paula Guran

Macabre meetings, sinister excursions, and deadly relationships; uncanny encounters; a classic ghost story featuring an American god; a historical murderer revived in a frightening new iteration; innovative Lovecraftian turns; shadowy fairy tales and weird myths; strange children, the unexpected, the supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real... tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows.

This volume of 2015's best dark fantasy and horror offers more than 500 pages of tales from some of today's finest writers of the fantastique--sure to delight as well as disturb.

Alphabetical by Author Last Name:

  • "The Door" by Kelley Armstrong (Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong, Tachyon)
  • "Snow" by Dale Bailey (Nightmare, June 2015)
  • "1Up" by Holly Black (Press Start to Play, ed. Adams, Vintage)
  • "Seven Minutes in Heaven" by Nadia Bulkin (Aickman's Heirs, ed. Strantzas, Undertow)
  • "The Glad Hosts" by Rebecca Campbell (Lackington's #7)
  • "Hairwork" by Gemma Files (She Walks in Shadows, eds. Moreno-Garcia & Stiles, Innsmouth Free Press)
  • "Black Dog" by Neil Gaiman (Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, William Morrow)
  • "A Shot of Salt Water" by Lisa L. Hannett (The Dark #8)
  • "The Scavenger's Nursery" by Maria Dahvana Headley (Shimmer # 24)
  • "Daniel's Theory About Dolls" by Stephen Graham Jones (The Doll Collection, ed. Datlow, Tor)
  • "The Cripple and Starfish" by Caítlin R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #108)
  • "The Absence of Words" by Swapna Kishore (Mythic Delirium #1.3)
  • "Corpsemouth" by John Langan (The Monstrous, ed. Datlow, Tachyon)
  • "Cassandra" by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld # 102)
  • "Street of the Dead House" by Robert Lopresti (nEvermore, eds. Kilpatrick & soles, EDGE)
  • "Mary, Mary" by Kirstyn McDermott (Cranky Ladies of History, eds. Roberts & Wessely, Fablecroft)
  • "There is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold" by Seanan McGuire, The Doll Collection, ed. Datlow, Tor)
  • "Below the Falls" by Daniel Mills (Nightscript 1, ed. Muller, Chthonic Matter)
  • "The Deepwater Bride" by Tamsyn Muir (F&SF Jul-Aug)
  • "The Greyness" by Kathryn Ptacek (Expiration Date, ed. Kilpatrick, EDGE)
  • "The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill" by Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld # 101)
  • "Those" by Sofia Samatar (Uncanny #3)
  • "Fabulous Beasts" by Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
  • "Windows Underwater" by John Shirley (Innsmouth Nightmares, ed. Gresh, PS Publishing)
  • "Ripper" by Angela Slatter (Horrorology, ed. Jones, Quercus)
  • "The Lily and the Horn" by Catherynne M. Valente (Fantasy #59)
  • "Sing Me Your Scars" by Damien Angelica Walters (Sing Me Your Scars, Apex)
  • "The Body Finder" by Kaaron Warren (Blurring the Line, ed. Young, Cohesion)
  • "The Devil Under the Maison Blue" by Michael Wehunt (The Dark #10)
  • "Kaiju maximus®: "So various, So Beautiful, So New" by Kai Ashante Wilson (Fantasy #59)

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 8

Paula Guran

Macabre meetings, sinister excursions, and deadly relationships; uncanny encounters; innovative Lovecraftian turns; shadowy fairy tales and weird myths; strange children, the unexpected, the supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real... tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows. This volume of 2016's best dark fantasy and horror offers more than five hundred pages of tales from some of today's finest writers of the fantastique ? sure to delight as well as disturb.

Table of Contents:

  • "Lullaby for a Lost World", short story by Aliette de Bodard (Tor.com, June 2016)
  • "Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies", short story by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny #13, Nov-Dec 2016)
  • "Wish You Were Here", short story by Nadia Bulkin (Nightmare #49, Oct 2016/PoC Destroy Horror)
  • "A Dying of the Light", short story by Rachel Caine (The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft)
  • "Season of Glass and Iron", short story by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
  • "Grave Goods", short story by Gemma Files (Autumn Cthulhu)
  • "The Blameless",Jeffrey Ford (The Natural History of Hell)
  • "As Cymbals Clash", short story by Cate Gardner (The Dark #19, Dec 2016)
  • "The Iron Man", short story by Max Gladstone (Grimm Future)
  • "Surfacing", short story by Lisa L. Hannett (Postscripts #36/37: The Dragons of the Night, May 2016)
  • "Mommy's Little Man", short story by Brian Hodge (DarkFuse Magazine, Nov 4 2016)
  • "The Sound of Salt and Sea", short story by Kat Howard (Uncanny #10, May-Jun 2016)
  • "Red Dirt Witch", short story by N. K. Jemisin (Fantasy #60, Dec 2016/PoC Destroy Fantasy)
  • "Birdfather", short story by Stephen Graham Jones (Black Static #51, Mar-Apr 2016)
  • "The Games We Play", short story by Cassandra Khaw (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
  • "The Line Between the Devil's Teeth (Murder Ballad No. Ten)", short story by Caitlin Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #130, Nov 2016)
  • "Postcards from Natalie", short story by Carrie Laben (The Dark #14, Jul 2016)
  • "The Finest, Fullest Flowering", short story by Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare #45, Jun 2016)
  • "The Ballad of Black Tom", novella by Victor LaValle (Tor.com, Feb 16 2016)
  • "Meet Me at the Frost Fair", short story by Alison Littlewood (A Midwinter Entertainment)
  • "Bright Crown of Joy", short story by Livia Llewellyn (Children of Lovecraft)
  • "The Jaws That Bite, The Claws That Catch", short story by Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed #72, May 2016)
  • "My Body, Herself", short story by Carmen Maria Machado (Uncanny #12, Sep-Oct 2016)
  • "Spinning Silver", short story by Naomi Novik (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
  • "Whose Drowned Face Sleeps", short story by An Owomoyela & Rachael Swirsky (Nightmare #46, Jul 2016/What the #@&% Is That?)
  • "Grave Goods", short story by Priya Sharma (Albedo One #6)
  • "The Rime of the Cosmic Mariner", short story by John Shirley (Lovecraft Alive!)
  • "The Red Forest", short story by Angela Slatter (Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales)
  • "Photograph", short story by Steve Rasnic Tem (Out of the Dark)
  • "The Future is Blue", short story by Catherynne M. Valente (Drowned Worlds)
  • "October Film Haunt: Under the House", Michael Wehunt (Greener Pastures)
  • "Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left", short story by Fran Wilde (Shimmer #33, Sep 2016)
  • "When the Stitches Come Undone", short story by A.C. Wise (Children of Lovecraft)
  • "A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers", short story by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, Mar 2 2016)
  • "An Ocean the Color of Bruises", short story by Isabel Yap (Uncanny #11, Jul-Aug 2016)
  • "Fairy Tales are for White People", short story by Melissa Yuan-Innes (Fireside Magazine #30, Feb 2016)
  • "Braid of Days and Nights", short story by E. Lily Yu (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan-Feb 2016)

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2018

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Book 9

Paula Guran

The supernatural, the surreal, and the all-too real... tales of the dark. Such stories have always fascinated us, and modern authors carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Chosen from a wide variety of venues, these stories are as eclectic and varied as shadows. This volume of 2017's best dark fantasy and horror offers more than five hundred pages of tales from some of today's finest writers of the fantastique-sure to delight as well as disturb...

Table of Contents:

  • "Sunflower Junction," Simon Avery (Black Static #57)
  • "Swift to Chase," Laird Barron (Adam's Ladder: An Anthology of Dark Science Fiction)
  • "Fallow," Ashley Blooms (Shimmer #37)
  • "Children of Thorns, Children of Water," Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny #17)
  • "On Highway 18," Rebecca Campbell (F&SF 9-10/17)
  • "Witch Hazel," Jeffrey Ford (Haunted Nights, eds. Ellen Datlow & Lisa Morton)
  • "The Bride in Sea-Green Velvet," Robin Furth (F&SF 7-8/17)
  • "Little Digs," Lisa L. Hannett (The Dark #20)
  • "The Thule Stowaway," Maria Dahvana Headley (Uncanny #14)
  • "The Eyes Are White and Quiet," Carole Johnstone (New Fears, ed. Mark Morris)
  • Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones (Tor.com)
  • "Don't Turn on the Lights," Cassandra Khaw (Nightmare #61)
  • "The Dinosaur Tourist," Caitlín R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #139)
  • "Survival Strategies," Helen Marshall (Black Static #60)
  • "Red Bark and Ambergris," Kate Marshall (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #232)
  • "Skins Smooth as Plantain, Hearts Soft as Mango," Ian Muneshwar (The Dark #27)
  • "Everything Beautiful Is Terrifying," M. Rickert (Shadows & Tall Trees, ed. Michael Kelly)
  • "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™," Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex #99)
  • "Graverobbing Negress Seeks Employment," Eden Royce (Fiyah #2)
  • "Moon Blood-Red, Tide Turning," Mark Samuels (Terror Tales of Cornwall, ed. Paul Finch)
  • "The Crow Palace," Priya Sharma (Black Feathers, ed. Ellen Datlow)
  • "The Swimming Pool Party," Robert Shearman (Shadows & Tall Trees 7, ed. Michael Kelly)
  • "The Little Mermaid, in Passing," Angela Slatter (Review of Australian Fiction, Vol.22, #1)
  • "Secret Keeper," Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Nightmare #61)
  • "The Long Fade into Evening Steve," Steve Rasnic Tem (Darker Companions, eds. Scott David Aniolowski & Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.)
  • "Moon and Memory and Muchness," Katherine Vaz (Mad Hatters and March Hares, ed. Ellen Datlow)
  • "Exceeding Bitter," Kaaron Warren (Evil Is a Matter of Perspective, eds Adrian Collins & Mike Myers)
  • "Succulents," Conrad Williams (New Fears, ed. Mark Morris)
  • "The Lamentation of Their Women," Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 8.24.17)

The Year's Best Fantasy: First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 1

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This is the first volume in what became Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1987: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1987: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • 1987: Horror and Fantasy on the Screen - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries (1987) - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight - (1987) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • A World Without Toys - (1986) - shortstory by T. M. Wright
  • DX - (1987) - poem by Joe Haldeman
  • Friend's Best Man - (1987) - shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
  • The Snow Apples - (1987) - shortstory by Gwyneth Jones
  • Ever After - (1987) - novelette by Susan Palwick
  • My Name Is Dolly - (1987) - shortstory by William F. Nolan
  • The Moon's Revenge - (1987) - shortstory by Joan Aiken
  • Author's Notes - (1987) - shortstory by Edward Bryant
  • Lake George in High August - (1987) - shortstory by John Robert Bensink
  • Csucskári - (1987) - novelette by Steven Brust
  • The Other Side - (1986) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • Pamela's Get - (1987) - novelette by David J. Schow
  • Voices in the Wind - (1987) - shortstory by Elizabeth S. Helfman
  • Once Upon a Time, She Said - (1987) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Circular Library of Stones - (1987) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • Soft Monkey - (1987) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Fat Face - (1987) - novelette by Michael Shea
  • Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair - (1987) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • The Pear-Shaped Man - (1987) - novelette by George R. R. Martin
  • Delta Sly Honey - (1987) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • Small Heirlooms - (1987) - shortstory by M. John Harrison
  • The Improper Princess - (1987) - shortstory by Patricia C. Wrede
  • The Fable of the Farmer and Fox - (1987) - shortstory by John Brunner
  • Haunted - (1987) - novelette by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Dead Possums - (1987) - shortstory by Kathryn Ptacek
  • Pictures Made of Stones - (1987) - poem by Lucius Shepard
  • Splatter: A Cautionary Tale - (1987) - shortstory by Douglas E. Winter
  • Gentlemen - (1987) - novelette by Craig Spector and John Skipp
  • Demon Luck - (1987) - shortstory by Craig Shaw Gardner
  • Words of Power - (1987) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Jamie's Grave - (1987) - shortstory by Lisa Tuttle
  • The Maid on the Shore - (1987) - shortstory by Delia Sherman
  • Halley's Passing - (1987) - shortstory by Michael McDowell
  • White Trains - (1987) - poem by Lucius Shepard
  • Simple Sentences - (1987) - shortstory by Natalie Babbitt
  • A Hypothetical Lizard - (1987) - novelette by Alan Moore
  • Honorable Mentions: 1987 - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy: Second Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 2

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

Here is a splendid selection of horror and fantasy stories.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1988: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1988: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • 1988: Horror and Fantasy on the Screen - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Death Is Different - (1988) - shortstory by Lisa Goldstein
  • The Tale of the Rose and the Nightingale (And What Came of It) - (1988) - novelette by Gene Wolfe
  • It Was the Heat - (1988) - shortstory by Pat Cadigan
  • The Cutter - (1988) - shortstory by Edward Bryant
  • The Freezer Jesus - (1988) - shortfiction by John DuFresne
  • Voices of the Kill - (1988) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • Secretly - (1988) - poem by Ruth Roston
  • The Devil's Rose - (1988) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Wempires - (1988) - shortstory by Daniel M. Pinkwater
  • Scatter My Ashes - (1988) - shortstory by Greg Egan
  • Unfinished Portrait of the King of Pain by Van Gogh - (1988) - novelette by Ian McDonald
  • Shoo Fly - (1988) - shortstory by Richard Matheson
  • The Thing Itself - (1988) - shortstory by Michael Blumlein
  • The Soft Whisper of Midnight Snow - (1988) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Roman Games - (1988) - shortstory by Anne Gay
  • The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn - (1988) - shortstory by Patricia C. Wrede
  • The Book and Its Contents - (1988) - shortstory by Robert Kelly
  • The Great God Pan - (1988) - novelette by M. John Harrison
  • Lost Bodies - (1988) - shortstory by Ian Watson
  • Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds - (1988) - shortstory by Dan Simmons
  • Preflash - (1988) - shortstory by John M. Ford
  • Life of Buddha - (1988) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • Appointment with Eddie - (1988) - shortstory by Charles Beaumont
  • Fragments of Papyrus from the Temple of the Older Gods - (1988) - shortstory by William Kotzwinkle
  • Spillage - (1988) - shortstory by Nancy Kress
  • Snowman - (1988) - shortstory by Charles L. Grant
  • The Scar - (1987) - shortstory by Dennis Etchison
  • Laiken Langstrand - (1988) - shortstory by Gwyneth Jones
  • The Last Poem About the Snow Queen - (1988) - poem by Sandra M. Gilbert
  • Pinocchio - (1988) - poem by Sandra M. Gilbert
  • Game in the Pope's Head - (1988) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Playing the Game - (1988) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • Faces - (1987) - novelette by F. Paul Wilson
  • Snowfall - (1988) - shortstory by Jessie Thompson
  • Seal-Self - (1987) - shortstory by Sara Maitland
  • No Hearts, No Flowers - (1988) - shortstory by Barry N. Malzberg
  • The Boy Who Drew Unicorns - (1988) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • The Darling - (1988) - shortstory by Scott Bradfield
  • Night They Missed the Horror Show - (1988) - shortstory by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Your Story - (1988) - shortstory by Rick DeMarinis
  • Winter Solstice, Camelot Station - (1988) - poem by John M. Ford
  • The Boy Who Hooked the Sun - (1985) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Clem's Dream - (1985) - shortstory by Joan Aiken
  • Love in Vain - (1988) - novelette by Lewis Shiner
  • In the Darkened Hours - (1988) - poem by Robert Frazier
  • A Golden Net for Silver Fishes - (1988) - shortstory by Ru Emerson
  • Dancing Among Ghosts - (1988) - novella by Jim Aikin
  • Honorable Mentions: 1988 - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 3

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

Collecting the creme de la creme of the horror and fantasy fields, this third volume amasses the best from 1989, including works by Scott Baker, Pat Cadigan, Joe Haldeman, Tanith Lee, Jonah Carroll, Robert McCammon and Bruce Sterling, as well as extensive overviews of the year in horror and fantasy, and Ed Bryant's survey of the year's movies.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1989: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1989: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy on the Screen: 1989 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries (1989) - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Edge of the World - (1989) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • The Adder - (1989) - shortstory by Fred Chappell
  • Cat in Glass - (1989) - shortstory by Nancy Etchemendy
  • Monsters, Tearing Off My Face - (1989) - shortstory by Rory Harper
  • Family - (1989) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • A Dirge for Clowntown - (1990) - shortstory by James Powell
  • Miss Carstairs and the Merman - (1989) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • Unknown Things - (1989) - shortstory by Reginald Bretnor
  • Return to the Mutant Rain Forest - (1989) - poem by Bruce Boston and Robert Frazier
  • Date with a Bird - (1989) - shortstory by Tatyana Tolstaya (trans. original 1983)
  • Them Bald-Headed Snays - (1989) - shortstory by Joseph A. Citro
  • A Sad Last Love at the Diner of the Damned - (1989) - novelette by Edward Bryant
  • Hanging the Fool - (1989) - novelette by Michael Moorcock
  • Hansel's Finger - (1989) - shortstory by Leif Enger
  • Dogfaerie - (1989) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • A Bird That Whistles - (1989) - shortstory by Emma Bull
  • The Walled Garden - (1989) - shortstory by Lisa Tuttle
  • Varicose Worms - (1989) - novelette by Scott Baker
  • The War with Things - (1989) - shortstory by Leszek Kolakowski
  • The Faery Flag - (1989) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Souls Tied to the Knots on a Leather Cord - (1989) - shortstory by Zhaxi Dawa (trans. original 1985)
  • The Illusionist - (1989) - shortstory by Steven Millhauser
  • Timeskip - (1989) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Something Passed By - (1989) - shortstory by Robert R. McCammon
  • Self-Portrait Mixed Media on Pavement, 1988 - (1988) - shortstory by Dan Daly
  • The Plane Tree and the Fountain - (1989) - shortstory by Michael de Larrabeiti
  • White as Sin, Now - (1989) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • The Power and the Passion - (1989) - shortstory by Pat Cadigan
  • Jack Straw - (1989) - shortstory by Midori Snyder
  • The Sudd - (1989) - shortstory by J. N. Williamson
  • Mr. Fiddlehead - (1989) - shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
  • Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites - (1989) - shortstory by Dan Simmons
  • Cinema Altéré - (1989) - shortstory by Andrew M. Stephenson
  • Matters of Family - (1989) - shortstory by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • Beauty and the Beast: An Anniversary - (1989) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Find Me - (1989) - shortstory by Joan Aiken
  • Unidentified Objects - (1989) - shortstory by James P. Blaylock
  • Meeting the Author - (1989) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • The Lovers - (1989) - shortstory by Gwyneth Jones
  • "Yore Skin's Jes's Soft 'N Purty..." He Said. (Page 243) - (1989) - shortstory by Chet Williamson
  • Dori Bangs - (1989) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • The Steel Valentine - (1989) - shortstory by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Equilibrium - (1989) - shortstory by John Shirley
  • Time Lapse - (1989) - poem by Joe Haldeman
  • White Noise - (1989) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • Terrible Kisses - (1989) - shortstory by Robley Wilson
  • Sleepside Story - (1988) - novella by Greg Bear
  • Honorable Mentions: 1989 - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 4

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Byrant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquex, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions -- all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1990: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1990: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1990 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by uncredited
  • Freewheeling - (1990) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Coming Home - (1990) - shortstory by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • The Sweeper - (1990) - shortstory by George Szanto
  • Ladies and Gentlemen - (1990) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Freaktent - (1990) - shortstory by Nancy A. Collins
  • Missolonghi 1824 - (1990) - shortstory by John Crowley
  • The Last Feast of Harlequin - (1990) - novelette by Thomas Ligotti
  • Sounding the Praises of Shadow to the Merchants of Light - (1991) - poem by David Memmott
  • Harvest - (1990) - shortstory by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Fantasy in the Real World - (1990) - essay by Susan Cooper
  • The Dream - (1990) - shortstory by Dyan Sheldon
  • Moths - (1990) - shortstory by John Brunner
  • Frozen Charlottes - (1990) - poem by Susan Prospere
  • Little Nightmares, Little Dreams - (1990) - shortstory by Rachel Simon
  • Timekeeper - (1990) - novelette by John Morressy
  • Sonata: For Two Friends in Different Times of the Same Trouble - (1990) - poem by Ellen Kushner
  • Death of a Right Fielder - (1990) - shortstory by Stuart Dybek
  • Not from Around Here - (1990) - novelette by David J. Schow
  • Lieserl - (1990) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Last Game - (1990) - shortstory by Sharon M. Hall
  • Offerings - (1990) - shortstory by Susan Palwick
  • The Muses of Rooms - (1990) - poem by Vern Rutsala
  • A Touch of the Old Lilith - (1990) - novelette by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • The Calling - (1990) - shortstory by David B. Silva
  • TV People - (1990) - shortstory by Haruki Murakami
  • In the Trees - (1990) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Truman Capote's Trilby: The Facts - (1990) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • Green - (1990) - novelette by Ian R. MacLeod
  • Dark Hills, Hollow Clocks - (1990) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • The Panic Hand - (1989) - shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
  • Bestseller - (1990) - novelette by Michael Blumlein
  • Nanny Peters and the Feathery Bride - (1990) - shortstory by Delia Sherman
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind - (1990) - shortstory by Jack Womack
  • Midwife to the Fairies - (1990) - shortstory by Éilis Ní Dhuibhne
  • The Phone Woman - (1990) - shortstory by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Ladder - (1990) - shortstory by T. E. D. Klein
  • Alice, Falling - (1990) - shortstory by Steven Millhauser
  • Ashputtle: or, The Mother's Ghost - (1987) - shortstory by Angela Carter
  • Face to Face - (1990) - shortstory by Adrian Cole
  • The Dog's Tale - (1933) - shortstory by Karel Capek
  • Stephen - (1990) - novelette by Elizabeth Massie
  • A Short Guide to the City - (1990) - shortstory by Peter Straub
  • The Story of Little Briar-Rose, A Scholarly Study - (1988) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • The First Time - (1990) - shortstory by K. W. Jeter
  • Coyote v. Acme - (1990) - shortstory by Ian Frazier
  • Arousal - (1990) - shortstory by Richard Christian Matheson
  • The Waiting Wolf - (1990) - poem by Gwen Strauss
  • The Beast - (1990) - poem by Gwen Strauss
  • Snapshots from the Butterfly Plague - (1990) - shortstory by Michael Bishop
  • Two Words - (1989) - shortstory by Isabel Allende
  • The All-Consuming - (1990) - novelette by Lucius Shepard and Robert Frazier
  • The Sadness of Detail - (1989) - shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
  • Honorable Mentions: 1990 - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 5

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Byrant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquex, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions -- all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1991: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1991: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1991 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by uncredited
  • The Beautiful Uncut Hair of Graves - (1991) - novelette by David Morrell
  • In Carnation - (1991) - shortstory by Nancy Springer
  • The Somewhere Doors - (1991) - novelette by Fred Chappell
  • Poe at the End - (1991) - poem by R. H. W. Dillard
  • Angels in Love - (1991) - shortstory by Kathe Koja
  • Vivian - (1991) - novelette by Midori Snyder
  • True Love - (1991) - shortstory by K. W. Jeter
  • The Second Most Beautiful Woman in the World - (1991) - shortstory by A. R. Morlan
  • The Swordsman Whose Name Was Not Death - (1991) - shortstory by Ellen Kushner
  • The Ragthorn - (1991) - novelette by Robert Holdstock and Garry Kilworth
  • The Smell - (1991) - shortstory by Patrick McGrath
  • The Tenth Scholar - (1991) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
  • Fisher Death - (1991) - poem by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • Walk in Sable - (1991) - poem by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • The Cut Man - (1991) - shortstory by Norman Partridge
  • The Kind Men Like - (1991) - shortstory by Karl Edward Wagner
  • The Coon Suit - (1991) - shortstory by Terry Bisson
  • Queen Christina and the Windsurfer - (1991) - shortfiction by Alison Fell
  • Chui Chai - (1991) - shortstory by S. P. Somtow
  • Mama Gone - (1991) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Peter - (1991) - shortstory by Pat Murphy
  • Our Lady of the Harbour - (1991) - novella by Charles de Lint
  • The Visitors' Book - (1991) - shortstory by Stephen Gallagher
  • At the End of the Day - (1991) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Monster - (1991) - shortfiction by Nina Katerli
  • Hummers - (1991) - novelette by Lisa Mason
  • Santa's Way - (1991) - shortfiction by James Powell
  • Call Home - (1991) - shortstory by Dennis Etchison
  • The Braille Encyclopaedia - (1991) - shortstory by Grant Morrison
  • The Poisoned Story - (1991) - shortstory by Rosario Ferré (trans. of El cuento envenenado 1985)
  • Blood - (1991) - shortstory by Janice Galloway
  • Dogstar Man - (1991) - shortstory by Nancy Willard
  • Persistence of Memory - (1991) - shortfiction by Joanne Greenberg
  • You'll Never Eat Lunch on This Continent Again - (1991) - shortfiction by Adam Gopnik
  • The Glamour - (1991) - shortstory by Thomas Ligotti
  • The Peony Lantern - (1991) - shortstory by Kara Dalkey
  • To Be a Hero - (1991) - poem by Nancy Springer
  • The Same in Any Language - (1991) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • Teratisms - (1991) - shortstory by Kathe Koja
  • The Life of a Poet - (1991) - shortstory by Kobo Abe
  • The Witch of Wilton Falls - (1991) - shortfiction by Gloria Ericson
  • Home by the Sea - (1991) - novelette by Pat Cadigan
  • Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch - (1991) - poem by Nancy Willard
  • The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire - (1991) - novelette by Poppy Z. Brite
  • The Pavilion of Frozen Women - (1991) - novelette by S. P. Somtow
  • Moon Songs - (1990) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • The Afternoon of June 8, 1991 - (1991) - shortfiction by Ian Frazier
  • Gwydion and the Dragon - (1991) - novelette by C. J. Cherryh
  • A Story Must Be Held - (1991) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Ogre's Wife - (1991) - shortfiction by Pierrette Fleutiaux
  • Honorable Mentions: 1991 - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 6

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

More than four dozen stories and poems, featuring writings by Joyce Carol Oates, Jane Yolen, Harlan Ellison, and many others, investigate the outermost perimeters of the human imagination.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1992: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1992: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1992 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by uncredited
  • Silver or Gold - (1992) - novelette by Emma Bull
  • Tinker - (1992) - shortstory by Jack Cady
  • Queequeg - (1992) - shortstory by Craig Curtis
  • Anima - (1992) - shortstory by M. John Harrison
  • Skin - (1992) - poem by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Homunculus: A Novel in One Chapter - (1992) - shortstory by Reginald McKnight
  • The Annunciation - (1991) - shortstory by Cristina Peri Rossi
  • The Bone Woman - (1992) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • The Story of the Eldest Princess - (1991) - novelette by A. S. Byatt
  • Calcutta, Lord of Nerves - (1992) - shortstory by Poppy Z. Brite
  • In the Looking Glass, Life Is Death - (1992) - poem by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • The Parakeet and the Cat - (1992) - shortstory by Scott Bradfield
  • Glory - (1992) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • Murder Mysteries - (1992) - novelette by Neil Gaiman
  • Hungry - (1992) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Playing With - (1992) - shortstory by M. R. Scofidio
  • Human Remains - (1992) - shortstory by Edward Bryant
  • It Comes and Goes - (1992) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • The Bewitched Burr - (1992) - shortstory by Grozdana Olujic
  • Swimming Lesson - (1992) - shortstory by Charlotte Watson Sherman
  • Memories of the Flying Ball Bike Shop - (1992) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • Bats - (1992) - shortstory by Diane de Avalle-Arce
  • Origami Mountain - (1992) - shortstory by Nancy Farmer
  • Ruby Laughter, Tears of Pearl - (1992) - shortstory by James Powell
  • I Sing of a Maiden - (1992) - novelette by Judith Tarr
  • Also Starring - (1991) - shortstory by Cliff Burns
  • On Edge - (1992) - shortstory by Christopher Fowler
  • Martyrdom - (1992) - novelette by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Second Bakery Attack - non-genre - (1992) - shortstory by Haruki Murakami
  • A Little Night Music - (1992) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • Tom and Jerry visit England - (1992) - poem by Jo Shapcott
  • The Sluice - (1992) - shortstory by Stephen Gallagher
  • Ratbird - (1992) - shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss
  • The Sailor Who Sailed After the Sun - (1992) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • On Death and the Deuce - (1992) - shortstory by Richard Bowes
  • The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore - (1991) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Graves - (1992) - shortstory by Joe Haldeman
  • The Ugly File - (1992) - shortstory by Ed Gorman
  • Elfhouses - (1992) - shortstory by Midori Snyder
  • Candles on the Pond - (1992) - shortstory by Sue Ellen Sloca
  • Tree of Life, Book of Death - (1992) - novelette by Grania Davis
  • Puja - (1992) - shortstory by D. R. McBride
  • Hermione and the Moon - (1992) - shortstory by Clive Barker
  • Absence of Beast - (1992) - shortstory by Graham Masterton
  • Rat Catcher - (1992) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Will - (1992) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Question of the Grail - (1992) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • In the Season of the Dressing of the Wells - (1992) - novella by John Brunner
  • The Blue Stone Emperor's Thirty-Three Wives - (1991) - shortstory by Sara Gallardo
  • Alice in Prague, or The Curious Room - (1990) - shortstory by Angela Carter
  • Replacements - (1992) - novelette by Lisa Tuttle
  • The Ghost Village - (1992) - novelette by Peter Straub
  • Honorable Mentions: 1992 - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 7

Terri Windling
Ellen Datlow

An appealing and eclectic anthology of some of the finest horror and fantasy tales written over the last year includes works by Patricia A. McKillip, Ursula K. Le Guin, Dan Simmons, Jane Yolen, Robert Silverberg, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1993: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Comics 1993 - essay by Will Shetterly and Emma Bull and Laura Poehlman
  • Summation 1993: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1993 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Poacher - (1993) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • England Underway - (1993) - novelette by Terry Bisson
  • The Woman in the Painting - (1993) - shortstory by Lisa Goldstein
  • The Daemon Street Ghost-Trap - (1993) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • Memo for Freud - (1993) - poem by Daina Chaviano
  • The Sunday-Go-To-Meeting Jaw - (1993) - shortstory by Nancy A. Collins
  • Breath - (1993) - shortstory by Adam Corbin Fusco
  • Knives - (1993) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Mrs. Jones - (1993) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • Snow Man - (1993) - novelette by John Coyne
  • One Night, or Scheherazade's Bare Minimum - (1993) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • Dead Man's Shoes - (1993) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • The Lodger - (1993) - shortstory by Fred Chappell
  • The Erl-King - (1993) - novelette by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Chrysanthemum Spirit - (1993) - shortstory by Osamu Dazai (trans. of Seihintan 1941)
  • Angel - (1993) - shortstory by Mary Ellis
  • The Taking of Mr. Bill - (1993) - shortstory by Graham Masterton
  • The Saint - (1993) - shortstory by Gabriel García Márquez (trans. of La santa 1992)
  • Cottage - (1993) - shortstory by Bruce McAllister
  • Doodles - (1993) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Dying in Bangkok - (1993) - novelette by Dan Simmons
  • Prisoners of the Royal Weather - (1993) - poem by Bruce Boston
  • The Snow Queen - (1993) - novelette by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Troll-Bridge - (1993) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • The Storyteller - (1993) - shortstory by Rafik Schami
  • Rice and Milk - (1993) - shortfiction by Rosario Ferré
  • Ridi Bobo - (1993) - shortstory by Robert Devereaux
  • Playing with Fire - (1993) - novelette by Ellen Kushner
  • Later - (1993) - shortstory by Michael Marshall Smith
  • Distances - (1993) - shortfiction by Sherman Alexie
  • Crash Cart - (1993) - shortstory by Nancy Holder
  • Some Strange Desire - (1993) - novelette by Ian McDonald
  • The Dog Park - (1993) - shortstory by Dennis Etchison
  • Wooden Druthers - (1993) - shortstory by Gene Stewart
  • Inscription - (1993) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • In Camera - (1992) - novelette by Robert Westall
  • The Wealth of Kingdoms (An Inflationary Tale) - (1993) - shortstory by Daniel Hood
  • The Crucian Pit - (1993) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • The Ecology of Reptiles - (1993) - shortstory by John Coyne
  • The Last Crossing - (1993) - shortstory by Thomas Tessier
  • Small Adjustments - (1993) - shortstory by Caila Rossi
  • Precious - (1993) - shortstory by Roberta Lannes
  • Susan - (1993) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Freud at Thirty Paces - (1992) - shortstory by Sara Paretsky
  • If Angels Ate Apples - (1993) - poem by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Exogamy - (1993) - shortstory by John Crowley
  • The Princess Who Kicked Butt - (1993) - shortstory by Will Shetterly
  • The Apprentice - (1993) - shortstory by Miriam Grace Monfredo
  • Alvyta (A Lithuanian Fairy Tale) - (1993) - shortstory by O. V. de L. Milosz
  • The Pig Man - (1993) - shortstory by Augustine Funnell
  • Tattoo - (1993) - shortstory by A. R. Morlan
  • Lady of the Skulls - (1993) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • To Scale - (1993) - shortstory by Nancy Kress
  • Roar at the Heart of the World - (1993) - shortstory by Danith McPherson
  • Honorable Mentions 1993 - (1994) - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book- (1994) - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 8

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Byrant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquex, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions -- all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1994: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1994: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1994 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics 1994 - essay by Will Shetterly and Emma Bull
  • Obituaries - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Transmutations - (1994) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Bottom's Dream - (1994) - poem by Rachel Wetzsteon
  • La Promesa - (1994) - shortstory by Leroy Quintana
  • Aweary of the Sun - (1994) - novelette by Gregory Feeley
  • A Wheel in the Desert, the Moon on Some Swings - (1994) - shortstory by Jonathan Carroll
  • Who Will Love the River God? - (1994) - shortstory by Emily Newland
  • Brothers - (1994) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Subsoil - (1994) - shortstory by Nicholson Baker
  • Elvis's Bathroom - (1989) - shortstory by Pagan Kennedy
  • Yet Another Poisoned Apple for the Fairy Princess - (1994) - shortstory by A. R. Morlan
  • The Big Game - (1994) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • Buenaventura and the Fifteen Sisters - (1994) - shortstory by Margarita Engle
  • De Natura Unicorni - (1994) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Blue Motel - (1994) - novelette by Ian McDonald
  • A Friend Indeed - (1994) - shortstory by David Garnett
  • Sometimes, in the Rain - (1994) - shortstory by Charles L. Grant
  • Rain Falls - (1994) - shortstory by Michael Marshall Smith
  • That Old School Tie - (1994) - novelette by Jack Womack
  • Animals Behind Bars! - (1994) - shortstory by Scott Bradfield
  • Monuments to the Dead - (1994) - shortstory by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Unterseeboot Doktor - (1994) - shortstory by Ray Bradbury
  • Young Woman in a Garden - (1994) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • The Man in the Black Suit - (1994) - shortstory by Stephen King
  • "In the Tradition ..." - (1994) - essay by Michael Swanwick
  • Words Like Pale Stones - (1994) - novelette by Nancy Kress
  • Marchen - (1994) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Giants in the Earth - (1994) - shortstory by Dale Bailey
  • A Conflagration Artist - (1994) - shortstory by Bradley Denton
  • Report - (1993) - shortstory by Carme Riera
  • The Village of the Mermaids - (1994) - poem by John Bradley
  • —And the Horses Hiss at Midnight - (1994) - shortstory by A. R. Morlan
  • The Entreaty of the Wiideema - (1994) - shortstory by Barry Lopez
  • White Chapel - (1994) - novelette by Douglas Clegg
  • The Stone Woman - (1994) - poem by Linda Weasel Head
  • Coyote Stories - (1993) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • The Box - (1994) - shortstory by Jack Ketchum
  • A Fear of Dead Things - (1994) - shortstory by Andrew Klavan
  • He Unwraps Himself - (1994) - poem by Darrell Schweitzer
  • Chandira - (1994) - shortstory by Brian Mooney
  • Fever - (1994) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • The Best Things in Life - (1994) - shortstory by Lenora Champagne
  • Mending Souls - (1994) - shortstory by Judith Tarr
  • The Ocean and All Its Devices - (1994) - novelette by William Browning Spencer
  • Strings - (1994) - shortstory by Kelley Eskridge
  • Superman's Diary - (1994) - shortstory by B. Brandon Barker
  • Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring - (1994) - novelette by M. John Harrison
  • The Sisterhood of Night - (1994) - shortstory by Steven Millhauser
  • Winter Bodies - (1994) - shortstory by Noy Holland
  • The Sloan Men - (1994) - shortstory by David Nickle
  • Is That Them? - (1994) - shortstory by Kevin Roice
  • The Kingdom of Cats and Birds - (1994) - shortstory by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • Angel Combs - (1994) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Snow, Glass, Apples - (1995) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Honorable Mentions 1994 - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 9

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This renowned series, recipient of three World Fantasy Awards, continues to captivate and fascinate readers. Stories by such notables as: Scott Bradfield, A.S. Byatt, Pat Cadigan, Peter Crowther, Charles De Lint, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia A. McKillip, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Douglas E. Winter, and thirty-three other acclaimed writers show off the very best of contemporary fantasy and horror, while comprehensive and exhaustive summations add critical depth to this unique anthology. This book is essential for all fans of the weird and wonderful.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1995: Fantasy - (1996) - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1995: Horror - (1996) - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1995 - (1996) - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Obituaries - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Home for Christmas - (1995) - novella by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Heartfires - (1994) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Screens - (1995) - novelette by Terry Lamsley
  • King of Crows - (1995) - shortstory by Midori Snyder
  • Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros - (1995) - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Hunt of the Unicorn - (1995) - shortstory by Ellen Kushner
  • More Tomorrow - (1995) - novelette by Michael Marshall Smith
  • Penguins for Lunch - (1995) - shortstory by Scott Bradfield
  • Ether OR - (1995) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Paper Lantern - (1995) - shortstory by Stuart Dybek
  • Lunch at the Gotham Café - (1995) - novelette by Stephen King
  • Queen of Knives - (1995) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Dragon-Rain - (1995) - novelette by Eileen Kernaghan
  • Llantos de La Llorona: Warnings from the Wailer - (1995) - poem by Pat Mora
  • Too Short a Death - (1995) - novelette by Peter Crowther
  • The James Dean Garage Band - (1995) - shortstory by Rick Moody
  • Because of Dust - (1995) - shortstory by Chris Kenworthy
  • Loop - (1995) - novelette by Douglas E. Winter
  • La Loma, La Luna - (1995) - shortstory by Sue Kepros Hartman
  • Women's Stories - (1995) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Swan/Princess - (1995) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Switch - (1995) - shortstory by Lucy Taylor
  • Scaring the Train - (1994) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • Blood Knot - (1995) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Girl Who Married the Reindeer - (1995) - poem by Eiléan ní Chuilleanáin
  • The Otter Woman - (1995) - poem by Mary O'Malley
  • Resolve and Resistance - (1995) - shortstory by S. N. Dyer
  • La Dame - (1995) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Circe's Power - (1996) - poem by Louise Gluck
  • Dragon's Fin Soup - (1995) - novelette by S. P. Somtow
  • The Granddaughter - (1995) - shortstory by Vivian Vande Velde
  • Daphne and Laura and So Forth - (1995) - poem by Margaret Atwood
  • A Lamia in the Cévennes - (1995) - shortstory by A. S. Byatt
  • The Guilty Party - (1995) - shortstory by Susan Moody
  • She's Not There - (1995) - novelette by Pat Cadigan
  • The White Road - (1995) - poem by Neil Gaiman
  • Refrigerator Heaven - (1995) - shortstory by David J. Schow
  • After the Elephant Ballet - (1995) - novelette by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • Henry V, Part 2 - (1995) - shortstory by Marcia Guthridge
  • Mrs. Greasy - (1995) - novelette by Robert Reed
  • ¦¦¦¦¦ - (1995) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Printer's Daughter - (1995) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • Prayer - (1995) - poem by Nancy Willard
  • Jacob and the Angel - (1995) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Lion and the Lark - (1995) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Honorable Mentions: 1995 - (1996) - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 10

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Bryant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen, and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions-all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1996: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1996: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1996 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics 1996 - essay by Seth Johnson
  • Obituaries (1996) - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Last Rainbow - (1978) - novelette by Parke Godwin
  • Lily's Whisper - (1996) - novelette by Jay Russell
  • The Reason for Not Going to the Ball - (1996) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Among the Handlers or, The Mark 16 Hands On Assembly of Jesus Risen, Formerly Snake-o-rama - (1996) - novelette by Michael Bishop
  • The Phantom Church - (1996) - shortstory by Ana Blandiana
  • Birthdream - (1996) - shortstory by Laurie Kutchins
  • Disillusion - (1996) - shortstory by Edward Bryant
  • Diana of the Hundred Breasts - (1996) - shortstory by Robert Silverberg
  • La Llorona - (1996) - shortstory by Yxta Maya Murray
  • Teatro Grottesco - (1996) - shortstory by Thomas Ligotti
  • The Secret Shih Tan - (1996) - novelette by Graham Masterton
  • In the Matter of the Ukdena - (1996) - shortstory by Bruce Holland Rogers
  • O, Rare and Most Exquisite - (1996) - shortstory by Douglas Clegg
  • Never Seen by Waking Eyes - (1996) - novelette by Stephen Dedman
  • Walking the Dog - (1996) - novelette by Terry Lamsley
  • The Goatboy and the Giant - (1996) - shortstory by Garry Kilworth
  • Gourd - (1996) - poem by Olive Senior
  • The Phoenix - (1996) - shortstory by Isobelle Carmody
  • Caribe Magico - (1996) - shortstory by Gabriel García Márquez (trans. of Caribe Magico 1981)
  • The Witch's Heart - (1996) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • Plumas - (1996) - shortstory by Patricia Preciado Martin
  • Crow Girls - (1995) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Rapunzel's Exile - (1996) - shortstory by Lisa Russ Spaar
  • The Witches of Junket - (1996) - novelette by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Cruel Countess - (1996) - shortstory by Chris Bell
  • Little Beauty's Wedding - (1996) - shortstory by Chang Hwang
  • Eaten (Scenes from a Moving Picture) - (1996) - poem by Neil Gaiman
  • Angel - (1996) - shortstory by Philip Graham
  • Elk Man - (1996) - poem by Amy Breau
  • Beckoning Nightframe - (1996) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • The Dead Cop - (1996) - novelette by Dennis Etchison
  • Ursus Triad, Later - (1996) - shortstory by Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg
  • JFK Secretly Attends Jackie Auction - (1996) - shortstory by Robert Olen Butler
  • ... Warmer - (1996) - novelette by A. R. Morlan
  • Not Waving - (1996) - novelette by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu - (1996) - novelette by Susanna Clarke
  • Wilderness - (1996) - shortstory by Ron Hansen
  • Oshkiwiinag: Hearlines on the Trickster Express - (1996) - shortstory by Gerald Vizenor
  • Persephone Sets the Record Straight - (1996) - shortstory by Shara McCallum
  • Cruel Sisters - (1996) - shortstory by Patricia C. Wrede
  • The House of Seven Angels - (1996) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Radio Waves - (1995) - novelette by Michael Swanwick
  • Honorable Mentions: 1996 - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 11

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

Culled from the best of a wide variety of sources, this eleventh annual collection of fantasy fiction features contributions by Kim Newman, Joyce Carol Oates, Ellen Kushner, Jack Womack, Karen Joy Fowler, and others.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1997: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1997: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1997 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics: 1997 - essay by Seth Johnson
  • Obituaries: 1997 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Tale of the Skin - (1997) - short story by Emma Donoghue
  • Beauty and the Beast - (1997) - poem by Jaimes Alsop
  • Gulliver at Home - (1997) - novelette by John Kessel
  • It Had to Be You - (1997) - novelette by Nancy Pickard
  • The Skull of Charlotte Corday - (1995) - short story by Leslie Dick
  • I Am Infinite; I Contain Multitudes - (1997) - short story by Douglas Clegg
  • Coffee Jerk at the Gates of Hell - (1997) - poem by Christopher Jones
  • Riding the Black - (1997) - novelette by Charles L. Grant
  • In the Fields - (1997) - short story by Christopher Harman
  • Mbo - (1997) - short story by Nicholas Royle
  • Winner Take All - (1997) - short story by Jeffrey Shaffer
  • Safe - (1997) - novella by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • El Castillo de la Perseverancia - (1995) - novelette by Howard Waldrop
  • The Sin-Eater's Tale - (1997) - short story by Brennen Wysong
  • A Visit - (1997) - short story by Steven Millhauser
  • A Globe of Glass - (1997) - short story by Sonia Gernes
  • The Fall of the Kings - (1997) - novelette by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman
  • Coyote and the White Folks - (1997) - poem by Bill Lewis
  • Sheela Na Gig - (1997) - poem by Bill Lewis
  • The Flounder's Kiss - (1997) - short story by Michael Cadnum
  • Residuals - (1997) - novelette by Paul J. McAuley and Kim Newman
  • The Psychomantium - (1997) - short story by Molly Brown
  • In the Black Mill - (1997) - short story by Michael Chabon
  • Dust Motes - (1997) - short story by P. D. Cacek
  • La Muerte - (1997) - poem by Pat Mora
  • Spanky's Back in Town - (1997) - novelette by Christopher Fowler
  • Marriage - (1997) - poem by Denise Duhamel
  • Kingyo no fun - (1997) - novelette by Nicholas Royle
  • Bucket of Blood - (1997) - short story by Norman Partridge
  • Mermaid - (1997) - poem by A. Alvarez
  • Estate - (1997) - short story by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Sin of Elijah - (1997) - short story by Steve Stern
  • Driving Blind - (1997) - novelette by Ray Bradbury
  • The Sky-Blue Ball - (1997) - short story by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Black Fairy's Curse - (1997) - short story by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Last Song of Sirit Byar - (1996) - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • Marina's Fragrance - (1997) - short story by Mayra Santos-Febres
  • Setting Celestial Signs on Terrestrial Beings - (1996) - poem by Emily Warn
  • Rabbit Hole - (1997) - short story by Jane Yolen
  • Wild Horses - (1997) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • Princess - (1997) - poem by Matthew Sweeney
  • Audience - (1997) - short story by Jack Womack
  • Merlin - (1997) - short story by Robert Clinton
  • The Crawl - (1997) - novelette by Stephen Laws
  • The Remains of Princess Kaiulani's Garden - (1997) - short story by Katherine Vaz
  • Dharma - (1994) - short story by Vikram Chandra
  • Honorable Mentions: 1997 - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 12

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

For more than a decade, readers have looked to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to showcase the highest achievements of fantastic fiction. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this volume a valubale reference source as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1998: Fantasy - (1999) - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1998: Horror - (1999) - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Horror and Fantasy in the Media: 1998 - (1999) - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics: 1998 - (1999) - essay by Seth Johnson
  • Obituaries: 1998 - (1999) - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Travels with the Snow Queen - (1996) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Running Dogs - (1998) - shortstory by Steve Duffy
  • Wiglaf - (1998) - poem by Marisa de los Santos
  • Mrs Mabb - (1998) - novelette by Susanna Clarke
  • Due West - (1997) - novelette by Rick Kennett
  • Kokopelli - (1998) - poem by Catharine Savage Brosman
  • Taking Loup - (1998) - shortstory by Bruce Glassco
  • The Evil Within - (1998) - novelette by Sara Douglass
  • Wile E. Coyote's Lament - (1998) - poem by Larry Fontenot
  • The Rainmaker - (1998) - novelette by Mary Rosenblum
  • A Place to Stay - (1998) - novelette by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Fantasma of Q____ - (1998) - shortstory by Lisa Goldstein
  • Hoopa, the White Deer Dance - (1998) - shortstory by Ralph Salisbury
  • That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French - (1998) - shortstory by Stephen King
  • The Travails - (1998) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Suburban Blight - (1998) - novelette by Terry Lamsley
  • Inside the Cackle Factory - (1998) - novelette by Dennis Etchison
  • The House of the Black Cat - (1989) - shortstory by Yumiko Kurahashi
  • Every Angel Is Terrifying - (1998) - shortstory by John Kessel
  • Shoggoth's Old Peculiar - (1998) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Great Sedna - (1998) - shortstory by Lawrence Osgood
  • The Bird Chick - (1998) - shortstory by Sylvia Brownrigg
  • Psyché - (1998) - shortstory by Mark W. Tiedemann
  • Mrs. Beast - (1998) - poem by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Become a Warrior - (1998) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Blackbirds - (1998) - shortstory by Norman Partridge
  • Carp Man - (1998) - shortstory by Nicholas A. DiChario
  • The Faerie Cony-Catcher - (1998) - shortstory by Delia Sherman
  • At the River of Crocodiles - (1998) - poem by Zan Ross
  • Clair de Lune - (1998) - shortstory by Steven Millhauser
  • The Rose of Paracelsus - (1998) - shortstory by Jorge Luís Borges (trans. of La rosa de Paracelso 1983)
  • Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff - (1997) - novella by Peter Straub
  • Revenge - (1998) - shortstory by Michael Blumlein
  • The Tall, Upheaving One - (1998) - poem by Holly Prado
  • Oak Hill - (1998) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Jackdaw Jack - (1998) - shortstory by Christopher Harman
  • Dark Moon - (1998) - poem by Sarah Corbett
  • The Death of the Duke - (1998) - shortstory by Ellen Kushner
  • Hershel - (1998) - shortstory by Judy Budnitz
  • By the Time We Get to Uranus - (1998) - shortstory by Ray Vukcevich
  • The Specialist's Hat - (1998) - shortstory by Kelly Link
  • Twa Corbies - (1998) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • Jenny Come to Play - (1997) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • Blimunda - (1998) - shortstory by Ilan Stavans
  • Mrs. Dumpty - (1998) - poem by Chana Bloch
  • Cold - (1998) - novella by A. S. Byatt
  • Honorable Mentions: 1998 - (1999) - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - (1999) - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 13

Terri Windling
Ellen Datlow

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 1999: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 1999: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Fantasy and Horror in the Media: 1999 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics: 1999 - essay by Seth Johnson
  • Obituaries: 1999 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Darkrose and Diamond - (1999) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Chop Girl - (1999) - novelette by Ian R. MacLeod
  • The Girl Detective - (1999) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • The Transformation - (1999) - shortstory by N. Scott Momaday
  • Carabosse - (1999) - poem by Delia Sherman
  • Harlequin Valentine - (1999) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Toad - (1999) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Washed in the River - (1999) - poem by Beckian Fritz Goldberg
  • The Dinner Party - (1999) - shortstory by Robert Girardi
  • Heat - (1999) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Wedding at Esperanza - (1999) - shortstory by Linnet Taylor
  • Redescending - (1999) - poem by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • You Don't Have to Be Mad ... - (1999) - novelette by Kim Newman
  • The Paper-Thin Garden - (1999) - shortstory by Thomas Wharton
  • The Anatomy of a Mermaid - (1999) - shortstory by Mary Sharratt
  • The Grammarian's Five Daughters - (1999) - shortstory by Eleanor Arnason
  • The Tree Is My Hat - (1999) - novelette by Gene Wolfe
  • Welcome - (1999) - novelette by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Pathos of Genre - (1999) - shortstory by Douglas E. Winter
  • Shatsi - (1999) - shortstory by Peter Crowther
  • Keepsakes and Treasures: A Love Story - (1999) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • What You Make It - (1999) - novelette by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Parwat Ruby - (1999) - shortstory by Delia Sherman
  • Odysseus Old - (1999) - poem by Geoffrey Brock
  • The Smell of the Deer - (1999) - shortstory by Kent Meyers
  • Chorion and the Pleiades - (1999) - poem by Sarah Van Arsdale
  • Crosley - (1998) - shortstory by Elizabeth Engstrom
  • Naming the Dead - (1999) - shortstory by Paul J. McAuley
  • The Stork-men - (1999) - shortstory by Juan Goytisolo
  • The Disappearance of Elaine Coleman - (1999) - shortstory by Steven Millhauser
  • White - (1999) - novella by Tim Lebbon
  • Dear Floods of Her Hair - (1999) - shortstory by James Sallis
  • Mrs. Santa Decides to Move to Florida - (1999) - shortstory by April Selley
  • Tanuki - (1999) - shortstory by Jan Hodgman
  • At Reparata - (1999) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • Skin So Green and Fine - (1999) - novelette by Wendy Wheeler
  • Old Merlin Dancing on the Sands of Time - (1999) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • Sailing the Painted Ocean - (1999) - shortstory by Denise Lee
  • Grandmother - (1999) - poem by Laurence Snydal
  • Small Song - (1999) - novelette by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • The Emperor's Old Bones - (1999) - shortstory by Gemma Files
  • The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse - (1999) - shortstory by Susanna Clarke
  • Halloween Street - (1999) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Kiss - (1999) - novelette by Tia V. Travis
  • The Beast - (1999) - poem by Bill Lewis
  • The Hedge - (1999) - poem by Bill Lewis
  • Pixel Pixies - (1999) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • Falling Away - (1999) - shortstory by Elizabeth Birmingham
  • Honorable Mentions: 1999 - (1999) - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 14

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. The critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition continues with another stunning collection, including stories by Jack Cady, Ramsey Campbell, Susanna Clarke, Jack Dann, Terry Dowling, Dennis Etchison, Greer Gilman, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, Kathe Koja, Paul J. McAuley, Delia Sherman. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2000: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 2000: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Fantasy and Horror in the Media: 2000 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics: 2000 - essay by Seth Johnson
  • Obituaries: 2000 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Incognita, Inc. - (2001) - shortstory by Harlan Ellison
  • Maria de Jesus - (2000) - shortstory by Claudia Barbosa Nogueira
  • Le Mooz - (2000) - shortstory by Louise Erdrich
  • Gretel in Berkeley - (2000) - poem by Eve Sweetser
  • Granny Weather - (2000) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • The Shape of Things - (2000) - shortstory by Ellen Steiber
  • No Strings - (2000) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • Marilyn - (2000) - shortstory by Jack Dann
  • Greedy Choke Puppy - (2000) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • The Crone - (2000) - poem by Delia Sherman
  • Achilles' Grave - (2000) - novelette by Ben Pastor
  • Down Here in the Garden - (2000) - shortstory by Tia V. Travis
  • Meeting the Graiae - (2000) - poem by Laurence Goldstein
  • Riding the Black Horse - (2000) - shortstory by Elizabeth Engstrom
  • At Eventide - (2000) - shortstory by Kathe Koja
  • The Saltimbanques - (2000) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • The Monster of Childhood - (2000) - poem by Janet McAdams
  • Ship, Sea, Mountain, Sky - (2000) - shortstory by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Mr. Dark's Carnival - (2000) - novelette by Glen Hirshberg
  • The Cavemen in the Hedges - (2000) - shortstory by Stacey Richter
  • Circe - (2000) - poem by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Little Red-Cap - (2000) - poem by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Basic Black - (2000) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • The Man on the Ceiling - (2000) - novelette by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
  • Climbing Down from Heaven - (2000) - novelette by Terry Lamsley
  • Jeremiah - (2000) - novelette by Jack Cady
  • Three Questions - (2000) - poem by Jane Yolen
  • The Penny Drops - (2000) - shortstory by Ian Rodwell and Steve Duffy
  • The Train, the Lake, the Bridge - (2000) - shortstory by Bret Lott
  • Buttons - (2000) - shortstory by Claudia Adriázola
  • Snow Blindness - (2000) - poem by Elizabeth Howkins
  • Jack Daw's Pack - (2000) - shortstory by Greer Gilman
  • The Artificial Cloud - (2000) - shortstory by Justin Tussing
  • No Story in It - (2000) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • A Migrant Bird - (2000) - shortstory by John F. Deane
  • The Thousandth Night - (2000) - poem by Donelle R. Ruwe
  • The Pottawatomie Giant - (2000) - novelette by Andy Duncan
  • George Is All Right - (1997) - shortstory by Howard Wandrei
  • Mr. Simonelli or the Fairy Widower - (2000) - novella by Susanna Clarke
  • Bones - (2000) - shortstory by Francesca Lia Block
  • The Abortionist's Horse (A Nightmare) - (2000) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Endless Summer - (2000) - shortstory by Stewart O'Nan
  • The Heidelberg Cylinder - (2000) - novella by Jonathan Carroll
  • Gone - (2000) - shortstory by Jack Ketchum
  • An Earthly Mother Sits and Sings - (2000) - shortstory by John Crowley
  • Atasdi: Fish Story - (2000) - shortfiction by Dawn Karima Pettigrew
  • Tooth Fairy - (2000) - poem by Amy Wack
  • The Sandman - (2000) - poem by Amy Wack
  • Tasting Songs - (2000) - shortstory by Leone Ross
  • My Present Wife - (2000) - shortstory by Dennis Etchison
  • The Flaying Season - (2000) - shortstory by Jeffrey Thomas
  • Bone Orchards - (2000) - shortstory by Paul J. McAuley
  • Instructions - (2000) - poem by Neil Gaiman
  • Hallowmass - (2000) - novelette by Esther M. Friesner
  • Honorable Mentions: 2000 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - (2001) - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 15

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, a new Year's Best section, on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2001: Fantasy - (2001) - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 2001: Horror - (2001) - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • The Year in Media of the Fantastic - (2001) - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Fantasy and Horror in Comics: 2001 - (2001) - essay by Charles Vess
  • Manga and Anime in 2001: Through the Looking Glass - essay by Joan D. Vinge
  • Obituaries: 2001 - (2001) - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Hunter's Wife - (2001) - shortstory by Anthony Doerr
  • The Cowardly Coffin - (2001) - poem by Marin Sorescu
  • In These Final Days of Sales - (2001) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • To Dream of White Horses - (2001) - shortstory by June Considine
  • Skin - (2001) - poem by Charlee Jacob
  • Prussian Snowdrops - (2000) - novelette by Marion Arnott
  • The Honeyed Knot - (2001) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • Timmy Gobel's Bug Jar - (2001) - shortstory by Michael Libling
  • The God of Dark Laughter - (2001) - shortstory by Michael Chabon
  • The Adolescence of Orpheus - (2001) - poem by Kurt Leland
  • Trading Hearts at the Half Kaffe Café - (2001) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • Louise's Ghost - (2001) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Fairy Tale Pantoum - (2001) - poem by Ellen Wernecke
  • The Puppet and the Train - (2001) - shortstory by Scott Thomas
  • Crocodile Lady - (2001) - shortstory by Christopher Fowler
  • The Barbarian and the Queen: Thirteen Views - (2001) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Becoming Bird - (2001) - poem by Bob Hicok
  • Sop Doll - (2001) - shortstory by Milbre Burch
  • Plenty - (2001) - shortstory by Christopher Barzak
  • The Bones of the Earth - (2001) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • What the Story Weaves, the Spinner Tells - (2001) - poem by Terry Blackhawk
  • Onion - (2001) - novelette by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Where the Woodbine Twineth - (2001) - shortstory by Norman Partridge
  • Struwwelpeter - (2001) - novelette by Glen Hirshberg
  • Outfangthief - (2001) - shortstory by Gala Blau
  • Rites: Cleaning the Last Bones - (2001) - poem by Gavin J. Grant
  • Watch Me When I Sleep - (2001) - shortstory by Jean-Claude Dunyach (trans. of Regarde-moi quand je dors 2000)
  • The Tattoo Artist - (2001) - shortstory by Patrick Roscoe
  • Cleopatra Brimstone - (2001) - novella by Elizabeth Hand
  • Grass - (2001) - shortstory by Lawrence Miles
  • If Death, A Preprimer - (2001) - poem by Sandra J. Lindow
  • The Bird Catcher - (2001) - novelette by S. P. Somtow
  • Black Dust - (2001) - shortstory by Graham Joyce
  • Annabelle's Alphabet - (2001) - shortstory by Tim Pratt
  • Tom Brightwind, or, How the Fairy Bridge Was Built at Thoresby - (2001) - novelette by Susanna Clarke
  • Gestella - (2001) - novelette by Susan Palwick
  • The Legend - (2001) - shortstory by Ray Gonzalez
  • Oh, Glorious Sight - (2001) - novelette by Tanya Huff
  • Home Cooking - (2001) - shortstory by Daniel Ulanovsky Sack
  • Queen - (2001) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • The Project - (2001) - shortstory by Carol Emshwiller
  • The Man in the Comic Strip - (2001) - poem by Liz Lochhead
  • Strange Things About Birds - (2001) - shortstory by Scott Thomas
  • What We Did That Summer - (2001) - shortstory by Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg
  • Aesculapius in the Underworld - (2001) - poem by Ryan G. Van Cleave
  • Scarecrow - (2001) - shortstory by Gregory Maguire
  • The Bockles - (2001) - shortstory by Melissa Hardy
  • His Own Back Yard - (2001) - novelette by James P. Blaylock
  • Honorable Mentions: 2001 - (2001) - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - (2001) - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 16

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, new Year's Best sections on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

The critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition continues with another stunning collection, including stories by Kelly Link, Kim Newman, Corey Marks, Eric Schaller, M. Shayne Bell, Helga M. Novak, Terry Dowling, Michael Libling, Zoran Zivkovic, Bentley Little, Carlton Mellick III, Brian Hodge, Conrad Williams, Tom Disch, Melissa Hardy, Joel Lane, Nicholas Royle, Tracina Jackson-Adams, Karen Joy Fowler, Jackie Bartley, Peter Dickerman, Ramsey Campbell, Adam Roberts, Robert Phillips, Jay Russell, Luis Alberto Urrea, Margaret Lloyd, Stephen Gallagher, Robin McKinley, Haruki Murakami, Theodora Goss, Kathy Koja, Lucy Taylor, Elizabeth Hand, Kevin Brickmeier, Sharon McCartney, Susan Power, Don Tumasonis, Nan Fry. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, Year's Best sections on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2002: Fantasy - essay by Terri Windling
  • Summation 2002: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • The Year in Media of the Fantastic: 2002 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Fantasy and Horror in Comics: 2002 - essay by Charles Vess
  • Manga and Anime 2002: The Light and Dark Fantastic - essay by Joan D. Vinge
  • Obituaries: 2002 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Lull - (2002) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Egyptian Avenue - (2002) - shortstory by Kim Newman
  • A Letter of Explanation - (2002) - poem by Corey Marks
  • Details - (2002) - shortstory by China Miéville
  • The Assistant to Dr. Jacob - (2002) - shortstory by Eric Schaller
  • The Pagodas of Ciboure - (2002) - novelette by M. Shayne Bell
  • The Coventry Boy - (2002) - novelette by Graham Joyce
  • The Wild Hunt - (2002) - poem by Helga M. Novak
  • The Green Word - (2002) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • Stitch - (2002) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • Puce Boy - (2001) - novelette by Michael Libling
  • The Violin-Maker - (2002) - shortstory by Zoran Živkovic
  • Maya's Mother - (2002) - novelette by Bentley Little
  • Porno in August - (2002) - shortstory by Carlton Mellick, III
  • Nesting Instincts - (2002) - novelette by Brian Hodge
  • The Machine - (2002) - shortstory by Conrad Williams
  • Hansel, A Retrospective, or, The Danger of Childhood Obesity - (2002) - poem by Thomas M. Disch
  • Aquerò - (2002) - shortstory by Melissa Hardy
  • The Receivers - (2002) - shortstory by Joel Lane
  • Standard Gauge - (2002) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • Creation - (2002) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • Seven Pairs of Iron Shoes - (2002) - poem by Tracina Jackson-Adams
  • What I Didn't See - (2002) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Reading Myth to Kindergartners - (2002) - poem by Jackie Bartley
  • Mermaid Song - (2002) - novelette by Peter Dickinson
  • Pages from a Journal Found in a Shoebox Left in a Greyhound Bus Somewhere Between Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Louisville, Kentucky - (2002) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • No End of Fun - (2002) - shortstory by Ramsey Campbell
  • Swiftly - (2002) - novelette by Adam Roberts
  • The Green Man - (2002) - shortstory by Christopher Fowler
  • Some Other Me - (2002) - shortstory by Brian Hodge
  • The Snow Queen - (2002) - poem by Robert Phillips
  • Hides - (2002) - novelette by Jay Russell
  • Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush - (2002) - shortstory by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • First Night With Lancelot - (2002) - poem by Margaret Lloyd
  • Second Night - (2002) - poem by Margaret Lloyd
  • From the Walls - (2002) - poem by Margaret Lloyd
  • Guinevere: On Hearing of Galahad's Birth - (2002) - poem by Margaret Lloyd
  • Elaine Watches Galahad - (2002) - poem by Margaret Lloyd
  • Little Dead Girl Singing - (2002) - shortstory by Stephen Gallagher
  • A Pool in the Desert - (2002) - novella by Robin McKinley
  • Thailand - non-genre - (2001) - shortstory by Haruki Murakami
  • The Rose in Twelve Petals - (2002) - shortstory by Theodora Goss
  • Road Trip - (2002) - shortstory by Kathe Koja
  • Unspeakable - (2002) - shortstory by Lucy Taylor
  • Inside Out: On Henry Darger - (2002) - essay by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Green Children - (2002) - shortstory by Kevin Brockmeier
  • After the Chuck Jones Tribute on Teletoon - (2002) - poem by Sharon McCartney
  • Feeders and Eaters - (2002) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Roofwalker - (2002) - shortstory by Susan Power
  • The Prospect Cards - (2002) - novelette by Don Tumasonis
  • Hide and Seek - (2002) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • The Wolf's Story - (2002) - poem by Nan Fry
  • The Least Trumps - (2002) - novella by Elizabeth Hand
  • Honorable Mentions: 2002 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 17

Kelly Link
Gavin J. Grant
Ellen Datlow

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field-- nearly four dozen stories, ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol-style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror and Year's Best sections--on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge and on film and television by Edward Bryant. This is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

*Terry Bisson *Kevin Brockmeier *Dan Chaon *Peter Crowther *Theodora Goss *Daphne Gottlieb *Glen Hirshberg *Brian Hodge *Nina Kiriki Hoffman *Kij Johnson *Paul LaFarge *Thomas Ligotti *Sara Maitland *Maureen F. McHugh *Steve Rasnic Tem *Benjamin Rosenbaum *Michael Marshall Smith *Michael Swanwick *Karen Traviss *Megan Whalen Turner

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2003: Fantasy - essay by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Summation 2003: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Media of the Fantastic: 2003 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics and Graphic Novels: 2003 - essay by Charles Vess
  • Anime and Manga: 2003 - essay by Joan D. Vinge
  • Music of the Fantastic: 2003 - essay by Charles de Lint
  • Obituaries: 2003 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • At the Mouth of the River of Bees - (2003) - shortstory by Kij Johnson
  • Why I Became a Plumber - (2003) - shortstory by Sara Maitland
  • Bread and Bombs - (2003) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • The Red Bow - (2003) - shortstory by George Saunders
  • The Wife - (2003) - shortstory by Vandana Singh
  • Only Partly Here - (2003) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • Bone - (2003) - poem by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Old Virginia - (2003) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • A Study in Emerald - (2003) - novelette by Neil Gaiman
  • You Go Where It Takes You - (2003) - shortstory by Nathan Ballingrud
  • L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars) - (2003) - shortstory by Dean Francis Alfar
  • Harvey's Dream - (2003) - shortstory by Stephen King
  • Woeful Tales from Mahigul - (2003) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • King Rat - (2003) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Hortlak - (2003) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • With Acknowledgements to Sun Tzu - (2003) - novelette by Brian Hodge
  • Ash City Stomp - (2003) - shortstory by Richard Butner
  • King Dragon - (2003) - novelette by Michael Swanwick
  • Invisible Geese: A Theory - (2003) - poem by Patrick O'Leary
  • The Perfect City - (2003) - poem by Patrick O'Leary
  • Bedfordshire - (2003) - novelette by Peter Crowther
  • N0072-JK1 - (2003) - shortstory by Adam Corbin Fusco
  • Cell Call - (2003) - shortstory by Marc Laidlaw
  • The Fishie - (2003) - shortstory by Philip Raines and Harvey Welles
  • Hunger: A Confession - (2003) - shortstory by Dale Bailey
  • Mr. Sly Stops for a Cup of Joe - (2003) - shortstory by Scott Emerson Bull
  • The Baby in the Night Deposit Box - (2003) - novelette by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Lamentation over the Destruction of Ur - (2003) - shortstory by Paul LaFarge
  • The Silence of the Falling Stars - (2003) - novelette by Mike O'Driscoll
  • At the Mythical Beast - (2003) - poem by Jon Woodward
  • The Fluted Girl - (2003) - novelette by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Brief History of the Dead - (2003) - shortstory by Kevin Brockmeier
  • Flotsam - (2003) - novelette by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • The Bees - (2003) - shortstory by Dan Chaon
  • Dancing Men - (2003) - novelette by Glen Hirshberg
  • Lily, with Clouds - (2003) - shortstory by Theodora Goss
  • The Man Who Did Nothing - (2003) - shortstory by Karen Traviss
  • Husband - (2003) - shortstory by Shelley Jackson
  • Open Doors - (2003) - shortstory by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Valley of Giants - (2004) - shortstory by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Purity - (2003) - shortstory by Thomas Ligotti
  • Ancestor Money - (2003) - shortstory by Maureen F. McHugh
  • Final Girl II: The Frame - (2003) - poem by Daphne Gottlieb
  • Almost Home - (2003) - novelette by Terry Bisson
  • Honorable Mentions: 2003 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - (2003) - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 18

Ellen Datlow
Gavin J. Grant
Kelly Link

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. The critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition continues with another stunning collection, including stories by M. T. Anderson, Laird Barron, Simon Bestwick, Simon Brown, Stepan Chapman, Douglas Clegg, D. Ellis Dickerson, Terry Dowling, Andy Duncan, Jean Esteve, John Farris, Mélanie Fazi, Jeffrey Ford, Christopher Fowler, Stephen Gallagher, Theodora Goss, Elizabeth Hand, Alice Hoffman, Shelley Jackson, John Kessel, Margo Lanagan, Tanith Lee, Bentley Little, Elizabeth A. Lynn, Gregory Maguire, China Miéville, Richard Mueller, Joyce Carol Oates, Frances Oliver, Chuck Palahniuk, Tina Rath, Philip Raines and Harvey Welles, M. Rickert, Anna Ross, Alison Smith, R.T. Smith, Peter Straub, Lucy Sussex, Catherynne M. Valente, Greg Van Eekhout, and Conrad Williams. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and sections on comics, by Charles Vess, on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, on media, by Ed Bryant, and on music, by Charles de Lint. With a long list of Honorable Mentions, this is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2004: Fantasy - essay by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Summation 2004: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Fantasy and Horror in the Media: 2004 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Comics and Graphic Novels: 2004 - essay by Charles Vess
  • Anime and Manga: 2004 - - essay by Joan D. Vinge
  • Fantasy and Horror in Music: 2004 - essay by Charles de Lint
  • Obituaries: 2004 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Oakthing - (2004) - novelette by Gregory Maguire
  • Horton's Store - (2004) - poem by R. T. Smith
  • Rite of Spring - (2004) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • A Hazy Shade of Winter - (2004) - shortstory by Simon Bestwick
  • The Skin of the World - (2004) - shortstory by Douglas Clegg
  • Zora and the Zombie - (2004) - novelette by Andy Duncan
  • The Changeling - (2001) - poem by Theodora Goss
  • Revenge of the Calico Cat - (2004) - novelette by Stepan Chapman
  • Frozen Charlottes - (2003) - shortstory by Lucy Sussex
  • Reports of Certain Events in London - (2004) - novelette by China Miéville
  • House of Ice - (2004) - poem by Jean Esteve
  • Restraint - (2004) - shortstory by Stephen Gallagher
  • The Baum Plan for Financial Independence - (2004) - shortstory by John Kessel
  • Dancing on Air - (2004) - shortstory by Frances Oliver
  • Cold Fires - (2004) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • And the Sea Shall Give Up Its Dead - (2004) - shortstory by Richard Mueller
  • A Trick of the Dark - (2004) - shortstory by Tina Rath
  • The Bad Magician - (2004) - shortstory by Philip Raines and Harvey Welles
  • Speir-Bhan - (2004) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Hunting Meth Zombies in the Great Nebraskan Wasteland - (2002) - shortstory by John Farris
  • Guts - (2004) - shortstory by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Water Babies - (2004) - novelette by Simon Brown
  • Mr. Aickman's Air Rifle - (2004) - novella by Peter Straub
  • We Find Things Old - (2004) - shortstory by Bentley Little
  • Wonderwall - (2004) - shortstory by Elizabeth Hand
  • Postcretaceous Era - (2004) - shortstory by D. Ellis Dickerson
  • Watch and Wake - (2004) - shortstory by M. T. Anderson
  • The Oracle Alone - (2004) - poem by Catherynne M. Valente
  • A Night in the Tropics - (2004) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • Clownette - (2004) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • Stripping - (2004) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Seven Feet - (2004) - shortstory by Christopher Fowler
  • Singing My Sister Down - (2004) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • Bulldozer - (2004) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • These Various Methods of Brightness - (2004) - poem by Anna Ross
  • The Cajun Knot - (2004) - shortstory by Mélanie Fazi (trans. of Le noeud cajun 2000)
  • Tales from the City of Seams - (2004) - shortstory by Greg van Eekhout
  • The Specialist - (2004) - shortstory by Alison Smith
  • Here Is the Church - (2004) - shortstory by Shelley Jackson
  • The Witch of Truro - (2004) - shortstory by Alice Hoffman
  • Lapland, or Film Noir - (2004) - shortstory by Peter Straub
  • What Her Mother Said - (2004) - poem by Theodora Goss
  • The Owl - (2004) - shortstory by Conrad Williams
  • The Silver Dragon - (2004) - novelette by Elizabeth A. Lynn
  • Honorable Mentions: 2004 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 19

Ellen Datlow
Gavin J. Grant
Kelly Link

For nearly two decades, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant continue this critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen works ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magic realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, and sections on graphic novels, by Charles Vess; on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge; on media, by Ed Bryant; and on music, by Charles de Lint. With a long list of Honorable Mentions, this is an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2005: Fantasy - essay by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Summation 2005: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • Fantasy and Horror in the Media: 2005 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Graphic Novels: 2005 - essay by Charles Vess
  • Anime and Manga: 2005 - essay by Joan D. Vinge
  • Music of the Fantastic: 2005 - essay by Charles de Lint
  • Obituaries: 2005 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Walpurgis Afternoon - (2005) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • The Mushroom Duchess - (2005) - shortstory by Deborah Roggie
  • An Incident at Agate Beach - (2005) - novelette by Marly Youmans
  • Among the Tombs - (2005) - shortstory by Reggie Oliver
  • Obedience, or The Lying Tale - (2005) - poem by Jennifer Chang
  • American Morons - (2005) - shortstory by Glen Hirshberg
  • Shallaballah - (2005) - shortstory by Mark Samuels
  • Night Train: Heading West - (2005) - poem by Sarah Monette
  • Denial - (2005) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • Northwest Passage - (2004) - novelette by Barbara Roden
  • Proboscis - (2005) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • Kronia - (2005) - shortstory by Elizabeth Hand
  • Omens - (2005) - poem by Kelly Everding
  • Follow Me Light - (2005) - shortstory by Elizabeth Bear
  • Boatman's Holiday - (2005) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Horse of a Different Color (That You Rode In On) - (2005) - shortfiction by Howard Waldrop
  • Where Angels Come In - (2005) - shortstory by Adam Nevill
  • Twilight States - (2005) - shortstory by Albert E. Cowdrey
  • Jolly Bonnet - (2005) - poem by Andrew Bonia
  • The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai - (2005) - novelette by Geoff Ryman
  • The Souls of Drowning Mountain - (2005) - shortstory by Jack Cady
  • The Last One - (2005) - shortstory by Robert Coover
  • The Ball Room - (2005) - shortfiction by China Miéville and Emma Bircham and Max Schaefer
  • Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus - (2005) - poem by Theodora Goss
  • Vacation - (2005) - shortstory by Daniel Wallace
  • Cruel Sistah - (2005) - shortstory by Nisi Shawl
  • Ding-Dong-Bell - (2005) - shortstory by Jay Russell
  • A Case Study of Emergency Room Procedure and Risk Management by Hospital Staff Members in the Urban Facility - (2005) - shortstory by Stacey Richter
  • The Scribble Mind - (2005) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • Scarecrow - (2005) - shortstory by Tom Brennan
  • Going the Jerusalem Mile - (2005) - shortstory by Chaz Brenchley
  • Grief - (2005) - poem by Willa Schneberg
  • Boman - (2005) - shortstory by Pentti Holappa
  • The Machine of a Religious Man - (2005) - shortstory by Ralph Robert Moore
  • Hot Potting - (2005) - shortstory by Chuck Palahniuk
  • My Father's Mask - (2005) - novelette by Joe Hill
  • The Guggenheim Lovers - (2005) - shortstory by Isabel Allende
  • A Statement in the Case - (2005) - shortstory by Theodora Goss
  • The Pavement Artist - (2004) - shortstory by Dave Hutchinson
  • The Gypsies in the Wood - (2005) - novella by Kim Newman
  • Honorable Mentions: 2005 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - essay by uncredited

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

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 20

Gavin J. Grant
Kelly Link
Ellen Datlow

For twenty years this award-winning compilation has been the nonpareil benchmark against which all other annual fantasy and horror collections are judged. Directed first by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling and for the past four years by Datlow and Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, it consistently presents the strangest, the funniest, the darkest, the sharpest, the most original-in short, the best fantasy and horror. The current collection, marking a score of years, offers more than forty stories and poems from almost as many sources. Summations of the field by the editors are complemented by articles by Edward Bryant, Charles de Lint, and Jeff VanderMeer, highlighting the best of the fantastic in, respectively, media, music, and comics, as well as honorable mentions-notable works that didn't quite make the cut, but are nonetheless worthy of attention. The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twentieth Annual Collection is a cornucopia of fantastic delights, an unparalleled resource and indispensable reference that captures the unique excitement and beauty of the fantastic in all its gloriously diverse forms, from the lightest fantasy to the darkest horror.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2006: Fantasy - essay by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Summation 2006: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • The Year in Media of the Fantastic: 2006 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Fantasy in Comics and Graphic Novels: 2006 - essay by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Music of the Fantastic: 2006 - essay by Charles de Lint
  • Obituaries: 2006 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter - (2006) - novelette by Geoff Ryman
  • First Kisses from Beyond the Grave - (2006) - novelette by Nik Houser
  • The Last to Be Found - (2006) - shortstory by Christopher Harman
  • Fourteen Experiments in Postal Delivery - (2006) - shortstory by John Schoffstall
  • Becoming the Villainess - (2006) - poem by Jeannine Hall Gailey
  • Persephone and the Prince Meet Over Drinks - (2006) - poem by Jeannine Hall Gailey
  • The Night Whiskey - (2006) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • In the House of the Seven Librarians - (2006) - novelette by Ellen Klages
  • Drowning Palmer - (2006) - novelette by Sarah Monette
  • Landfill - (2006) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Another Word for Map is Faith - (2006) - shortstory by Christopher Rowe
  • Lionflower Hedge - (2006) - shortstory by Ira Sher
  • A Fearful Symmetry - (2006) - shortstory by Minsoo Kang
  • Messages - (2006) - shortstory by Brett Alexander Savory
  • Ballade - (2005) - poem by William Hope Hodgson
  • My Babe, My Babe - (1912) - poem by William Hope Hodgson
  • The Box - (2006) - shortstory by Stephen Gallagher
  • Halfway House - (2006) - shortstory by Frances Hardinge
  • La Fée Verte - (2006) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • Father Muerte & the Flesh - (2006) - shortstory by Lee Battersby
  • Winkie - (2006) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • Tell - (2006) - poem by Nathalie Anderson
  • Dog Person - (2006) - shortstory by Scott Nicholson
  • The Extraordinary Limits of Darkness - (2006) - shortstory by Simon Clark
  • Cup and Table - (2006) - shortstory by Tim Pratt
  • The Churring - (2006) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • Dead Sea Fruit - (2006) - shortstory by Kaaron Warren
  • Directions - (2006) - shortstory by Caleb Wilson
  • La Profonde - (2006) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • Journey into the Kingdom - (2006) - novelette by M. Rickert
  • The Good Ones Are Already Taken - (2006) - novelette by Ben Fountain
  • A Pig's Whisper - (2006) - shortstory by Margo Lanagan
  • 31/10 - (2006) - shortstory by Stephen Volk
  • Sob in the Silence - (2006) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Yep, I Said Camel - (2006) - poem by Josh Bell
  • Femaville 29 - (2006) - shortstory by Paul Di Filippo
  • A Siege of Cranes - (2006) - novelette by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Is Rain My Bearskin? - (2006) - poem by Jeanne Marie Beaumont
  • The Lineaments of Gratified Desire - (2006) - novella by Ysabeau S. Wilce
  • Raphael - (2006) - novelette by Stephen Graham Jones
  • The Muldoon - (2006) - novelette by Glen Hirshberg
  • Honorable Mentions: 2006 - essay by uncredited
  • The People Behind the Book - essay by uncredited

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twenty-First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Book 21

Kelly Link
Ellen Datlow
Gavin J. Grant

As in every year since 1988, the editors tirelessly scoured story collections, magazines, and anthologies worldwide to compile a delightful, diverse feast of tales and poems. On this anniversary, the editors have increased the size of the collection to 300,000 words of fiction and poetry, including works by Billy Collins, Ted Chiang, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth Hand, Glen Hirshberg, Joyce Carol Oates, and new World Fantasy Award winner M. Rickert. With impeccably researched summations of the field by the editors, Honorable Mentions, and articles by Edward Bryant, Charles de Lint and Jeff VanderMeer on media, music and graphic novels, this is a heady brew topped off by an unparalleled list of sources of fabulous works both light and dark.

Table of Contents:

  • Summation 2007: Fantasy - essay by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link
  • Summation 2007: Horror - essay by Ellen Datlow
  • The Year in Media of the Fantastic: 2007 - essay by Edward Bryant
  • Fantasy in Comics and Graphic Novels: 2007 - essay by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Music of the Fantastic: 2007 - essay by Charles de Lint
  • Obituaries: 2007 - essay by James R. Frenkel
  • The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics - (2007) - novelette by Daniel Abraham
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove - (2007) - shortstory by Karen Russell
  • Holiday - (2007) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • Hum Drum - (2007) - shortstory by Gary McMahon
  • Scenes of Hell - (2007) - poem by Billy Collins
  • Splitfoot - (2007) - shortstory by Paul Walther
  • The House of Mechanical Pain - (2007) - shortstory by Chaz Brenchley
  • The Last Worders - (2007) - shortstory by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Monsters of Heaven - (2007) - shortstory by Nathan Ballingrud
  • The Fiddler of Bayou Teche - (2007) - shortstory by Delia Sherman
  • Monkey - (2007) - poem by Eliza Griswold
  • Mr Poo-Poo - (2007) - shortstory by Reggie Oliver
  • Winter's Wife - (2007) - novelette by Elizabeth Hand
  • Troll - (2007) - poem by Nathalie Anderson
  • The Tenth Muse - (2007) - shortstory by William Browning Spencer
  • The Drowned Life - (2007) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Swing - (2007) - novelette by Don Tumasonis
  • Follow Me Home - (2007) - poem by Sonya Taaffe
  • The Forest - (2007) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • Fragrant Goddess - (2007) - shortstory by Paul Park
  • Up the Fire Road - (2007) - novelette by Eileen Gunn
  • The Gray Boy's Work - (2007) - novelette by M. T. Anderson
  • The Seven Devils of Central California - (2007) - poem by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate - (2007) - novelette by Ted Chiang
  • Valentine, July Heat Wave - (2007) - shortstory by Joyce Carol Oates
  • A Thing Forbidden - (2007) - shortstory by Donald Mead
  • A Reversal of Fortune - (2007) - shortstory by Holly Black
  • Village Smart - (2007) - poem by Maggie Smith
  • Rats - (2007) - shortstory by Veronica Schanoes
  • A Perfect and Unmappable Grace - (2007) - shortstory by Jack M. Haringa
  • The Boulder - (2007) - shortstory by Lucy Kemnitzer
  • The Hill - (2007) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Lovers: (Jaafar the Winged) - (2007) - poem by Khaled Mattawa
  • The Ape Man - (2007) - shortstory by Alexander MacBride
  • The Hide - (2007) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • England and Nowhere - (2007) - shortstory by Tim Nickels
  • Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again - (2007) - novelette by Garth Nix
  • Toother - (2007) - shortstory by Terry Dowling
  • Closet Dreams - (2007) - shortstory by Lisa Tuttle
  • The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change - (2007) - novelette by Kij Johnson
  • Honorable Mentions: 2007 - essay by Ellen Datlow and Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 1

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Jewel of Arwen - (1973) - shortstory by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Sword Dyrnwyn - (1973) - shortstory by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Temple of Abomination - (1974) - shortstory by Robert E. Howard
  • The Double Tower - (1973) - shortstory by Clark Ashton Smith and Lin Carter
  • Trapped in the Shadowland - (1973) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • Black Hawk of Valkarth - (1974) - shortstory by Lin Carter
  • Jewel Quest - (1974) - shortstory by Hannes Bok
  • The Emperor's Fan - (1973) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Falcon's Mate - (1974) - shortstory by Pat McIntosh
  • The City of Madness - (1974) - novelette by Charles R. Saunders
  • The Seventeen Virgins - (1974) - novelette by Jack Vance
  • The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 2

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 2

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Demoness - (1976) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • The Night of the Unicorn - (1975) - shortstory by Thomas Burnett Swann
  • Cry Wolf - (1975) - novelette by Pat McIntosh
  • Under the Thumbs of the Gods - (1975) - shortstory by Fritz Leiber
  • The Guardian of the Vault - (1976) - shortstory by Paul Spencer
  • The Lamp from Atlantis - (1975) - shortstory by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Xiurhn - (1975) - shortstory by Gary Myers
  • The City in the Jewel - (1975) - novelette by Lin Carter
  • In 'Ygiroth - (1975) - shortstory by Walter C. DeBill, Jr.
  • The Scroll of Morloc - (1975) - shortstory by Clark Ashton Smith and Lin Carter
  • Payment in Kind - (1975) - shortstory by C. A. Cador
  • Milord Sir Smiht, the English Wizard - (1975) - novelette by Avram Davidson
  • The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 3

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 3

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • Eudoric's Unicorn - shortstory by L. Sprague de Camp
  • Shadow of a Demon - (1976) - novelette by Gardner F. Fox
  • Ring of Black Stone - (1976) - shortstory by Pat McIntosh
  • The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr - (1976) - shortstory by George R. R. Martin
  • Two Suns Setting - (1976) - novelette by Karl Edward Wagner
  • The Stairs in the Crypt - (1976) - shortstory by Clark Ashton Smith and Lin Carter
  • The Goblin Blade - novelette by Raul Garcia Capella
  • The Dark King - shortstory by C. J. Cherryh
  • Black Moonlight - (1976) - novelette by Lin Carter
  • The Snout in the Alcove - shortstory by Gary Myers
  • The Pool of the Moon - (1976) - shortstory by Charles R. Saunders
  • The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 4

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 4

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Tale of Hauk - (1977) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • A Farmer on the Clyde - shortstory by Grail Undwin (pseudonym of Lin Carter)
  • Prince Alcouz and the Magician - (1977) - shortstory by Clark Ashton Smith
  • Nekht Semerkeht - (1977) - novelette by Robert E. Howard and Andrew J. Offutt
  • The Pillars of Hell - (1977) - shortstory by Lin Carter
  • Lok the Depressor - shortstory by Philip Coakley
  • "Hark! Was That the Squeal of an Angry Thoat?" - (1977) - shortstory by Avram Davidson
  • The Cloak of Dreams - shortstory by Pat McIntosh
  • The Land of Sorrow - (1977) - novelette by Phyllis Eisenstein
  • Odds Against the Gods - (1977) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • The Changer of Names - (1977) - novelette by Ramsey Campbell
  • The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 5

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 5

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Troll - (1935) - shortstory by T. H. White
  • In the Balance - (1978) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • The Gem in the Tower - (1978) - novelette by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter
  • Above Ker-Is - (1978) - shortstory by Evangeline Walton
  • Ms. Lipshutz and the Goblin - (1978) - shortstory by Marvin Kaye
  • Rhian and Garanhir - (1979) - shortstory by Grail Undwin (pseudonym of Lin Carter)
  • Lord of the Dead - (1978) - novelette by Robert E. Howard
  • Child of Air - shortstory by Pat McIntosh
  • A Malady of Magicks - (1978) - shortstory by Craig Shaw Gardner
  • St. George - (1978) - shortstory by David Mallory
  • Astral Stray - (1979) - novelette by Adrian Cole
  • Demon and Demoiselle - (1978) - novelette by Janet Fox
  • Appendix: The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 6

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 6

Lin Carter

Table of Contents:

  • The Year in Fantasy - essay by Lin Carter
  • Garden of Blood - (1979) - shortstory by Roger Zelazny
  • The Character Assassin - (1979) - shortstory by Paul Cook
  • The Things That Are Gods - (1979) - novelette by John Brunner
  • Zurvan's Saint - shortstory by Grail Undwin (pseudonym of Lin Carter)
  • Perfidious Amber - (1979) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • The Mer She - (1978) - novelette by Fritz Leiber
  • Demon of the Snows - shortstory by Lin Carter
  • The Pavilion Where All Times Meet - (1979) - novelette by Jayge Carr
  • Cryptically Yours... - (1977) - shortstory by Brian Lumley
  • Red as Blood - (1979) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Sandmagic - (1979) - novelette by Orson Scott Card
  • Appendix: The Year's Best Fantasy Books - essay by Lin Carter

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 7

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 7

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • The George Business - (1980) - shortstory by Roger Zelazny
  • The Princess and the Bear - (1980) - novelette by Orson Scott Card
  • Proteus - (1980) - shortstory by Paul Cook
  • Spidersong - (1980) - shortstory by Susan C. Petrey
  • The Narrow House - (1980) - novelette by Phillip C. Heath
  • Wolfland - (1980) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Melpomene, Calliope ... and Fred - (1980) - shortstory by Simon Hawke
  • Kevin Malone - (1980) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Lan Lung - (1980) - novelette by M. Lucie Chin
  • Keeper of the Wood - (1980) - shortstory by C. A. Cador
  • The Sleep of Trees - (1980) - shortstory by Jane Yolen

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 8

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 8

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • When the Clock Strikes - (1980) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Midas Night - (1981) - shortstory by Sam Wilson
  • Unicorn Variation - (1981) - novelette by Roger Zelazny
  • The Only Death in the City - (1981) - shortstory by C. J. Cherryh
  • The Quickening - (1981) - novelette by Michael Bishop
  • The River Maid - (1981) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Skirmish on Bastable Street - (1981) - shortstory by Bob Leman
  • A Pattern of Silver Strings - (1981) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • A Friend in Need - (1981) - shortstory by Lisa Tuttle
  • Pooka's Bridge - (1981) - shortstory by Gillian Fitzgerald
  • The Belonging Kind - (1981) - shortstory by John Shirley and William Gibson

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 9

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 9

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Influencing the Hell Out of Time and Teresa Golowitz - (1982) - novelette by Parke Godwin
  • Mirage and Magia - (1982) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • "Other" - (1982) - shortstory by Jor Jennings
  • The Horror on the #33 - (1982) - shortstory by Michael Shea
  • Another Orphan - (1982) - novelette by John Kessel
  • Lest Levitation Come Upon Us - (1982) - novelette by Suzette Haden Elgin
  • Sentences - (1982) - shortstory by Richard Christian Matheson
  • Square and Above Board - (1982) - shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
  • The Malaysian Mer - (1982) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Djinn, No Chaser - (1982) - novelette by Harlan Ellison

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 10

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 10

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Blue Vase of Ghosts - (1983) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • She Sells Sea Shells - (1983) - shortstory by Paul Darcy Boles
  • Green Roses - (1983) - shortstory by Larry Tritten
  • Wong's Lost and Found Emporium - (1983) - shortstory by William F. Wu
  • Huggins' World - (1983) - shortstory by Ennis Duling
  • The Curse of the Smalls and the Stars - (1983) - novella by Fritz Leiber
  • The Silent Cradle - (1983) - shortstory by Leigh Kennedy
  • Into Whose Hands - (1983) - novelette by Karl Edward Wagner
  • Like a Black Dandelion - (1983) - shortstory by John Alfred Taylor
  • The Hills Behind Hollywood High - (1983) - novelette by Avram Davidson and Grania Davis
  • Beyond the Dead Reef - (1983) - shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 11

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 11

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Draco, Draco - (1984) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Harvest Child - (1984) - shortstory by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Love Among the Xoids - (1984) - shortstory by John Sladek
  • Stoneskin - (1984) - shortstory by John Morressy
  • Unmistakably the Finest - (1984) - novelette by Scott Bradfield
  • The Foxwife - (1984) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • Golden Apples of the Sun - (1984) - novelette by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann and Michael Swanwick
  • My Rose and My Glove - (1984) - shortstory by Harvey Jacobs
  • Strange Shadows - (1984) - shortstory by Clark Ashton Smith
  • A Little Two-Chair Barber Shop on Phillips Street - (1984) - shortstory by Donald R. Burleson
  • Taking Heart - (1984) - shortstory by Stephen L. Burns
  • The Storm - (1984) - shortstory by David Morrell
  • A Cabin on the Coast - (1984) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 12

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 12

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Unferno - (1985) - novelette by George Alec Effinger
  • Dinner in Audoghast - (1985) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • Fortunes of a Fool - (1985) - shortstory by Nicholas Yermakov
  • Preliminary Notes on the Jang - (1985) - shortstory by Lisa Goldstein
  • The Red House - (1985) - novelette by Robert R. McCammon
  • Flight - (1985) - novelette by Peter Dickinson
  • The Castle at World's End - (1985) - shortstory by Chris Naylor
  • The Persistence of Memory - (1985) - novelette by Gaèl Baudino
  • The Face in the Cloth - (1985) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • The Last Dragon Master - (1985) - shortstory by A. A. Attanasio
  • Paladin of the Lost Hour - (1985) - novelette by Harlan Ellison

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 13

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 13

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Beauty is the Beast - (1986) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Something in the Blood - (1986) - shortstory by Richard Purtill
  • Pièce de Résistance - (1986) - novelette by Judith Tarr
  • Long, Long Ago - (1986) - novelette by R. Chetwynd-Hayes
  • The Old Man and the Cherry Tree - (1986) - shortstory by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Phone Repairs - (1986) - shortstory by Nancy Kress
  • The Tale and Its Master - (1986) - novella by Michael Rutherford
  • Sanctuary - (1986) - shortstory by Kim Antieau
  • The Uncorking of Uncle Finn - (1986) - shortstory by Jane Yolen
  • A Place to Stay for a Little While - (1986) - novelette by Jim Aikin
  • The Boy Who Plaited Manes - (1986) - shortstory by Nancy Springer

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 14

The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: Book 14

Arthur W. Saha

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Arthur W. Saha
  • Night's Daughter, Day's Desire - (1987) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • The Little Magic Shop - (1987) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • Transients - (1987) - shortstory by Darrell Schweitzer
  • The Snow Apples - (1987) - shortstory by Gwyneth Jones
  • The Glassblower's Dragon - (1987) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • The Apotheosis of Isaac Rosen - (1987) - shortstory by Jack Dann and Jeanne Van Buren Dann
  • Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight - (1987) - novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Waiting for a Bus - (1987) - shortstory by John Whitbourn
  • Happy Hour - (1987) - shortstory by J. N. Williamson
  • Ever After - (1987) - novelette by Susan Palwick
  • A Little of What You Fancy - (1987) - shortstory by Mary Catherine McDaniel
  • Inky - (1987) - shortstory by Jayge Carr
  • Maxie Silas - (1987) - shortstory by Augustine Funnell

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2009

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 1

Rich Horton

This inaugural volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty-seven stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Ian McDonald, Sarah Monette, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Robert Reed, Patrick Rothfuss, and many more. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, F&SF, MIT Technology Review, Weird Tales, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magic realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Table of Conents:

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2010

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 2

Rich Horton

This second volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Elizabeth Bear, Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Margo Lanagan, Kelly Link, Paul McAuley, Sarah Monette, Lucius Shepard, Jo Walton, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, The New Yorker, Tor.com, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Table of Contents:

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 3

Rich Horton

This third volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Carol Emshwiller, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Hand, Paul Park, RJ Parker, Robert Reed, Rachel Swirsky, Peter Watts, Gene Wolfe, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Subterranean, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Table of Contents:

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2012

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 4

Rich Horton

This fourth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Jonathan Carroll, Neil Gaiman, Kij Johnson, Kelly Link, Paul McAuley, K.J. Parker, Robert Reed, Rachel Swirsky, Catherynne M. Valente, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, F&SF, Strange Horizons, Subterranean, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Table of Contents:

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2013

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 5

Rich Horton

This fifth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty-three stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Elizabeth Bear, Aliette de Bodard, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jay Lake, Kelly Link, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Strange Horizons, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Table of Conents:

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 6

Rich Horton

This sixth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Yoon Ha Lee, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Carrie Vaughn, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Table of Contents:

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 7

Rich Horton

This sixth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors. Editor Rich Horton selects the the best fiction from Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Contents (listed by original publication venue in alphabetical order):

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 8

Rich Horton

This eighth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including John Barnes, Elizabeth Bear, C.C. Finlay, Yoon Ha Lee, Kelly Link, Ian McDonald, Seanan McGuire, Vonda N. McIntyre, Geoff Ryman, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Meeting Infinity, and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

Table of Contents:

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 9

Rich Horton

Portals to all the knowledge in the world, libraries are also created universes of a multitude of imaginations. Librarians guide us to enlightenment as well as serving as the captains, mages, and gatekeepers who open the doors to delight, speculation, wonder, and terror. This captivating compilation of science fiction and fantasy short fiction showcases stories of librarians--mysterious curators, heroic bibliognosts, arcane archivists, catalogers of very special collections--and libraries--repositories of arcane wisdom, storehouses of signals from other galaxies, bastions of culture, the last outposts of civilization in a post-apocalyptic world...

Table of Contents:

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Book 10

Rich Horton

This tenth volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features thirty-four stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, including Charlie Jane Anders, Tobias S. Buckell, Samuel R. Delany, Karen Joy Fowler, Kameron Hurley, Rich Larson, Yoon Ha Lee, Suzanne Palmer, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, Peter Watts, and many others. Selecting the best fiction from Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Lightspeed, Tor.com and other top venues, The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy is your guide to magical realms and worlds beyond tomorrow.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: Book 1

Paula Guran

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novellas 2015 inaugurates a new annual series of anthologies featuring some of the year's best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Novellas, longer than short stories but shorter than novels, are a rich and rewarding literary form that can fully explore tomorrow's technology, the far reaches of the future, thought-provoking imaginings, fantastic worlds, and entertaining concepts with the impact of a short story and the detailed breadth of a novel. Gathering a wide variety of excellent SF and fantasy, this anthology of "short novels" showcases the talents of both established masters and new writers.

Table of Contents

  • In Her Eyes by Seth Chambers (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2014)
  • The Churn: An Expanse Novella by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)
  • Where the Trains Turn by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, translated by Liisa Rantalaiho (Tor.com)
  • Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
  • Claudius Rex by John P. Murphy (Alembical 3, edited by Lawrence M. Schoen and Arthur Dorrance, Paper Golem)
  • The Things We Do For Love by K. J. Parker (Subterranean Press)
  • The Mothers of Voorhisville by Mary Rickert (Tor.com)
  • The Lightning Tree by Patrick Rothfuss (Rogues, edited by George R. R. Martin, Bantam/Titan)
  • Dream Houses by Genevieve Valentine (Wyrm Publishing)

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2016

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas: Book 2

Paula Guran

The second volume of Prime Books' annual anthology series collecting of some of the year's best novella-length science fiction and fantasy. Novellas, longer than short stories but shorter than novels, are a rich rewarding literary form that can fully explore tomorrow's technology, the far reaches of the future, thought-provoking imaginings, fantastic worlds, and entertaining concepts with all the impact of a short story as well as the detailed depth of a novel. Gathering a wide variety of excellent SF and fantasy, this anthology of "short novels" showcases the talents of both established masters and new writers.

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The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: First Annual Collection

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens: Book 1

Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Jane Yolen

Award-winning anthologists Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden have combed through a year's worth of books and magazines and websites to find the most outstanding fantasy and science fiction stories of 2004--and collected them into a single volume aimed specifically at teens and young adults.

Many of today's most popular authors are represented here, including:
* Garth Nix, author of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, who presents an unforgettable tale of two swords, two daughters, and two endings....
* S. M. Stirling, author of Island in the Sea of Time, sends a likeable young barbarian across the Channel to Alba, for a confrontation with a wizard from faraway Nantucket that will change his life forever...
* David Gerrold, creator of "The Trouble with Tribbles," who takes you to a remote countryside surrounded by a mysterious darkness, whose secret has yet to be revealed...

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Jane Yolen
  • Blood Wolf - (2004) - novelette by S. M. Stirling
  • The Faery Handbag - (2004) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Sleeping Dragons - (2004) - shortstory by Lynette Aspey
  • Endings - (2004) - shortstory by Garth Nix
  • Dancer in the Dark - (2004) - novelette by David Gerrold
  • A Piece of Flesh - (2004) - novelette by Adam Stemple
  • CATNYP - (2004) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • "They" - (1904) - novelette by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Wings of Meister Wilhelm - (2004) - novelette by Theodora Goss
  • Displaced Persons - (2004) - shortstory by Leah Bobet
  • Sergeant Chip - (2004) - novella by Bradley Denton
  • Honor Roll 2004: The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens - essay by uncredited

Year's Best Fantasy

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 1

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Tales As Deep As Legend And As New As Dawn

Acclaimed editor David G. Hartwell has gathered a harvest of shimmering beauty and powerful writing in this inaugural volume of the very best fantasy from the last year. Established masters rub elbows with rising stars in this outstanding collection of short stories rich with imagined lands and finely etched, unforgettable characters.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (2001) - essay by Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell
  • Everything Changes - (2000) - shortstory by John Sullivan
  • A Troll Story: Lessons in What Matters, No. 1 - (2000) - shortstory by Nicola Griffith
  • The Face of Sekt - novelette by Storm Constantine
  • Chanterelle - (2000) - novelette by Brian Stableford
  • Path of the Dragon - (2000) - novella by George R. R. Martin
  • The Raggle Taggle Gypsy-O - (2000) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • Ebb Tide - (2000) - shortstory by Sarah Singleton
  • The Hunger of the Leaves - (2000) - shortstory by Joel Lane
  • Greedy Choke Puppy - (2000) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • The Golem - (2000) - shortstory by Naomi Kritzer
  • The Devil Disinvests - (2000) - shortstory by Scott Bradfield
  • A Serpent in Eden - (2000) - shortstory by Simon Brown and Alison Tokley
  • Wrong Dreaming - (2000) - shortstory by Kain Massin
  • Mom and Dad at the Home Front - (2000) - shortstory by Sherwood Smith
  • The Fey - (2000) - shortstory by Renee Bennett
  • Golden Bell, Seven, and the Marquis of Zeng - (2000) - novelette by Richard Parks
  • Making a Noise in This World - (2000) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • Magic, Maples, and Maryanne - (2000) - shortstory by Robert Sheckley
  • The Prophecies at Newfane Asylum - (2000) - shortstory by Don Webb
  • The Window - (2000) - shortstory by Zoran Živkovic
  • And Still She Sleeps - (2000) - novelette by Greg Costikyan
  • The Walking Sticks - (2000) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Hey, Hey, Something, Something - (2000) - shortstory by Jan Lars Jensen
  • The Saltimbanques - (2000) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • Debt of Bones - (1998) - novella by Terry Goodkind

Year's Best Fantasy 2

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 2

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Undreamed-Of Wonders From The Farthest Reaches Of Imagination

In this second volume of the previous year's finest short fantastic fiction, acclaimed editor and anthologist David G. Hartwell showcases new works by stellar literary artists -- acknowledged masters of the genre and exceptionally talented newcomers alike. Astonishing worlds come alive in these pages -- realms of strange creatures and remarkable sorceries, as well as twisted shadow versions of our inhabited earthly plain. A bold and breathtaking compendium of tales -- including a new Earthsea story from the incomparable Ursula K. Le Guin -- Years's Best Fantasy 2 is the state-of-the-art of a unique and winning genre, offering unforgettable excursions into new realities wondrous, bizarre, enchanting... and terrifying.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell
  • The Finder - (2001) - novella by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Senator Bilbo - (2001) - shortstory by Andy Duncan
  • Big City Littles - (2000) - shortstory by Charles de Lint
  • What the Tyger Told Her - (2001) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • In the Shadow of Her Wings - (2001) - shortstory by Ashok K. Banker
  • The Heart of the Hill - (2001) - shortstory by Diana L. Paxson and Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Queen - (2001) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • The Black Heart - (2001) - shortstory by Patrick O'Leary
  • On The Wall - (2001) - shortstory by Jo Walton
  • Hell Is the Absence of God - (2001) - novelette by Ted Chiang
  • The Man Who Stole the Moon - (2001) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Firebird - (2001) - novelette by R. Garcia y Robertson
  • My Case for Retributive Action - (2001) - novelette by Thomas Ligotti
  • The Shadow - (2001) - shortstory by Thomas M. Disch
  • Stitchery - (2001) - shortstory by Devon Monk
  • To Others We Know Not of - (2001) - shortstory by Kate Riedel
  • The Lady of the Winds - (2001) - novelette by Poul Anderson
  • His Own Back Yard - (2001) - novelette by James P. Blaylock
  • A Place to Begin - (2001) - shortstory by Richard Parks
  • Nucleon - (2001) - shortstory by David D. Levine
  • My Stolen Sabre - (2001) - shortstory by Uncle River
  • Apologue - (2001) - shortstory by James Morrow

Year's Best Fantasy 3

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 3

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

The door to fantastic worlds, skewed realities, and breathtaking other realms is opened wide to you once more in this third anthology of the finest short fantasy fiction to emerge over the past year, compiled by acclaimed editor David G. Hartwell. Rarely has a more magnificent collection of tales been contained between book covers -- phenomenal visions of the impossible-made-possible by some of the field's most accomplished literary artists and stellar talents on the rise. Year's Best Fantasy 3 is a heady brew of magic and wonder, strange journeys and epic quests, boldly concocted by the likes of Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Swanwick, Tanith Lee, and others. Step into a dimension beyond the limits of ordinary imagination... and be amazed!.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
  • Her Father's Eyes - (2002) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • Wants Master - (2002) - shortstory by Patricia S. Bowne
  • October in the Chair - (2002) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Greaves, This is Serious - (2002) - shortstory by William Mingin
  • Shift - (2002) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • A Book, by its Cover - (2002) - shortstory by P. D. Cacek
  • Somewhere in My Mind There Is a Painting Box - (2002) - novelette by Charles de Lint
  • The Pyramid of Amirah - (2002) - shortstory by James Patrick Kelly
  • Our Friend Electricity - (2002) - novelette by Ron Wolfe
  • Social Dreaming of the Frin - (2002) - shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Five British Dinosaurs - (2002) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • The Green Word - (2002) - novelette by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Comedian - (1997) - shortstory by Stepan Chapman
  • The Pagodas of Ciboure - (2002) - novelette by M. Shayne Bell
  • From the Cradle - (2002) - novelette by Gene Wolfe
  • Sam - (2002) - shortstory by Donald Barr
  • Persian Eyes - (2002) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Travel Agency - (2002) - shortstory by Ellen Klages
  • A Fable of Savior and Reptile - (2002) - shortstory by Steven Popkes
  • Comrade Grandmother - (2002) - shortstory by Naomi Kritzer
  • Familiar - (2002) - shortstory by China Miéville
  • Honeydark - (2002) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • A Prayer for Captain La Hire - (2002) - shortstory by Patrice Sarath
  • Origin of the Species - (2002) - shortstory by James Van Pelt
  • Tread Softly - (2002) - shortstory by Brian Stableford
  • How It Ended - (2002) - shortstory by Darrell Schweitzer
  • Cecil Rhodes in Hell - (2002) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick
  • Hide and Seek - (2002) - shortstory by Nicholas Royle
  • Death in Love - (2002) - novelette by R. Garcia y Robertson

Year's Best Fantasy 4

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 4

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

There is magic in our world... and in others.

The fertile imagination can cultivate wondrous things, aided by ancient myths and memory, enduring childhood dreams and desires, and the power of cultural archetypes. Once again, award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer reap a magnificent crop of superior fantasy short fiction -- the finest to blossom over the past twelve months. A cornucopia of remarkable tales from some of the field's most acclaimed artists -- Neil Gaiman, Octavia Butler, Tanith Lee, and Michael Swanwick, to name but a few -- as well as stunning new works from emerging young talents, Year's Best Fantasy 4 is a collection as magical as its illustrious predecessors, a feast for every true connoisseur of fantastic literature.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell
  • King Dragon - (2003) - novelette by Michael Swanwick
  • The Big Green Grin - (2003) - shortstory by Gahan Wilson
  • The Book of Martha - (2003) - shortstory by Octavia E. Butler
  • Wild Thing - (2003) - shortstory by Charles Coleman Finlay
  • Closing Time - (2003) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Catskin - (2003) - shortstory by Kelly Link
  • Dragon's Gate - (2003) - novelette by Pat Murphy
  • One Thing About the Night - (2003) - novelette by Terry Dowling
  • Peace on Suburbia - (2003) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • Moonblind - (2003) - shortstory by Tanith Lee
  • Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold - (2003) - shortstory by Theodora Goss
  • Louder Echo - (2003) - novelette by Brendan Duffy
  • The Raptures of the Deep - (2003) - shortstory by Rosaleen Love
  • Fable from a Cage - (2003) - shortstory by Tim Pratt
  • A Quartet of Mini-Fantasies - (2003) - shortstory by Arthur Porges
  • Señor Volto - (2003) - novelette by Lucius Shepard
  • Shen's Daughter - (2003) - shortstory by Mary Soon Lee
  • Basement Magic - (2003) - novelette by Ellen Klages
  • The Tales of Zanthias - (2003) - shortstory by Robert Sheckley
  • Of Soil and Climate - (2003) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Almost Home - (2003) - novelette by Terry Bisson

Year's Best Fantasy 5

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 5

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Magic lives in remarkable realms -- and in the short fiction of today's top fantasists. In this fifth breathtaking volume of the year's best flights of the fantastic, award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer present a dazzling new array of wonders -- stories that break through the time-honored conventions of the genre to carry the reader to astonishing places that only the most ingenious minds could conceive.

In the able hands of Neil Gaiman, Kage Baker, Tim Powers, and others, miracles become tangible and true, impossible creatures roam unfettered, and fairy tales are reshaped, sharpened, and freed from the restrictive bonds of childhood.

Lose yourself in these pages and in these worlds -- and discover the power, the beauty, the unparalleled enchantment of fantasy at its finest.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
  • The Dragons of Summer Gulch - (2004) - novelette by Robert Reed
  • Miss Emily Gray - (2004) - shortstory by Theodora Goss
  • The Baum Plan for Financial Independence - (2004) - shortstory by John Kessel
  • Lizzy Lou - (2004) - shortstory by Barbara Robson
  • The End of the World as We Know It - (2004) - shortstory by Dale Bailey
  • Leaving His Cares Behind Him - (2004) - novelette by Kage Baker
  • The Problem of Susan - (2004) - shortstory by Neil Gaiman
  • Stella's Transformation - (2004) - shortstory by Kim Westwood
  • Charlie the Purple Giraffe Was Acting Strangely - (2004) - shortstory by David D. Levine
  • Pat Moore - (2004) - novelette by Tim Powers
  • Perpetua - (2004) - shortstory by Kit Reed
  • Quarry - (2004) - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • Diva's Bones - (2004) - shortstory by John Meaney
  • The Seventh Daughter - (2004) - shortfiction by Bruce McAllister
  • Life in Stone - (2004) - shortstory by Tim Pratt
  • Many Voices - (2004) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • A Hint of Jasmine - (2004) - novelette by Richard Parks
  • Elvenbrood - (2004) - novelette by Tanith Lee
  • Beyond the River - (2004) - shortstory by Joel Lane
  • Out of the Woods - (2004) - shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Man from Shemhaza - (2004) - novelette by Steven Brust
  • The Smile on the Face - (2004) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Death's Door - (2004) - shortstory by Terry Bisson
  • Golden City Far - (2004) - novelette by Gene Wolfe

Year's Best Fantasy 6

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 6

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Award-winning editors David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer know fantasy. This engaging anthology series, now in its sixth year, has become mandatory reading for fantasy devotees. Featuring a diverse lineup of best-selling authors and rising stars, Year's Best Fantasy 6 is the definitive guide to the best fantasy stories of 2005.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - (2005) - essay by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
  • Eating Hearts - (2005) - shortstory by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Denial - (2005) - shortstory by Bruce Sterling
  • The Fraud - (2005) - novelette by Esther M. Friesner
  • Sunbird - (2005) - novelette by Neil Gaiman
  • Shard of Glass - (2005) - novelette by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • The Farmer's Cat - (2005) - shortstory by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Crab Apple - (2005) - shortstory by Patrick Samphire
  • Comber - (2005) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Walpurgis Afternoon - (2005) - novelette by Delia Sherman
  • Monster - (2005) - novelette by Kelly Link
  • Robots and Falling Hearts - (2005) - shortstory by Tim Pratt and Greg van Eekhout
  • Still Life with Boobs - (2005) - shortstory by Anne Harris
  • Heads Down, Thumbs Up - (2005) - shortstory by Gavin J. Grant
  • Mom and Mother Theresa - (2005) - shortstory by Candas Jane Dorsey
  • Newbie Wrangler - (2005) - shortstory by Timothy J. Anderson
  • Being Here - (2005) - shortstory by Claude Lalumière
  • The Imago Sequence - (2005) - novella by Laird Barron
  • Magic in a Certain Slant of Light - (2005) - shortstory by Deborah Coates
  • Single White Farmhouse - (2005) - shortstory by Heather Shaw
  • Read It in the Headlines! - (2005) - shortstory by Garth Nix
  • Niels Bohr and the Sleeping Dane - (2005) - shortstory by Jonathon Sullivan
  • Mortegarde - (2005) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • Inside Job - (2005) - novella by Connie Willis

Year's Best Fantasy 7

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 7

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

The legendary editing team of David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer return with the much-anticipated seventh installment of their popular anthology series showcasing the best-selling authors and rising stars of fantasy fiction. This engaging volume collects the essential fantasy stories of 2006, a year of outstanding and original offerings. Representing the breadth of talent in the fantasy genre and collecting each year's most outstanding stories, the Year's Best Fantasy series continues to be the definitive treasury of fantasy fiction.

Table of Contents:

  • Build-A-Bear - (2006) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • Pimpf - (2006) - novelette by Charles Stross
  • Four Fables - (2006) - shortfiction by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Potter's Daughter - (2006) - shortfiction by Martha Wells
  • Thin, on the Ground - (2006) - shortfiction by Howard Waldrop
  • Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy) - (2006) - novelette by Geoff Ryman
  • The Osteomancer's Son - (2006) - shortstory by Greg van Eekhout
  • Yours, Etc. - (2006) - shortstory by Gavin J. Grant
  • Sea Air - (2006) - shortfiction by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • I'll Give You My Word - (2006) - novelette by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Bea and Her Bird Brother - (2006) - shortstory by Gene Wolfe
  • The Bonny Boy - (2006) - shortstory by Ian R. MacLeod
  • Ghost Mission - (2006) - shortstory by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
  • The Christmas Witch - (2006) - novelette by M. Rickert
  • The Roaming Forest - (2006) - novelette by Michael Moorcock
  • Show Me Yours - (2006) - shortstory by Robert Reed
  • The Lepidopterist - (2006) - shortstory by Lucius Shepard
  • The Double-Edged Sword - (2006) - shortfiction by Sharon Shinn
  • Hallucigenia - (2006) - novella by Laird Barron
  • An Episode of Stardust - (2006) - shortstory by Michael Swanwick

Year's Best Fantasy 8

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 8

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

The legendary editing team of David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer return with the much-anticipated eighth installment of their popular anthology series showcasing the best-selling authors and rising stars of fantasy fiction. This engaging volume collects the essential fantasy stories of 2007. Representing the breadth of talent in the fantasy genre and collecting each year's most outstanding stories, the Year's Best Fantasy series continues to be the definitive treasury of fantasy fiction.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Kathryn Cramer and David G. Hartwell
  • Paper Cuts Scissors - (2007) - novelette by Holly Black
  • A Portrait in Ivory - (2007) - shortstory by Michael Moorcock
  • The Witch's Headstone - (2007) - novelette by Neil Gaiman
  • The Ruby Incomparable - (2007) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • And Such Small Deer - (2007) - novelette by Chris Roberson
  • Unpossible - (2007) - shortstory by Daryl Gregory
  • Winter's Wife - (2007) - novelette by Elizabeth Hand
  • The King of the Djinn - (2008) - shortstory by David Ackert and Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • Stilled Life - (2007) - novelette by Pat Cadigan
  • Poison - (2007) - shortstory by Bruce McAllister
  • Who Slays the Gyant, Wounds the Beast - (2007) - novelette by Mark Chadbourn
  • Under the Bottom of the Lake - (2007) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or The Devil's Ninth Question - (2007) - novelette by Andy Duncan
  • Don't Ask - (2007) - shortstory by M. Rickert
  • The Stranger's Hands - (2007) - shortstory by Tad Williams
  • Soul Case - (2007) - shortstory by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again - (2007) - novelette by Garth Nix
  • Debatable Lands - (2007) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • The Forest - (2007) - novelette by Laird Barron
  • The Great White Bed - (2007) - shortstory by Don Webb
  • Dance of Shadows - (2007) - novelette by Fred Chappell
  • Grander Than the Sea - (2007) - novelette by Tim Pratt
  • Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon - (2007) - shortstory by Theodora Goss

Year's Best Fantasy 9

Year's Best Fantasy: Book 9

David G. Hartwell
Kathryn Cramer

Twenty-eight doses of wonder. From the distant past to the present day, from Antarctica and Mars to worlds that never were, the tales in this book bring news from nowhere-and everywhere. Fantasy is a mode of storytelling, a method of entertainment, a mode of argument, and a way of seeing. Here, presented by two of the most distinguished anthologists of the day, are twenty-eight stories that see, tell, argue, and entertain.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
  • Shoggoths in Bloom - (2008) - shortstory by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Rabbi's Hobby - (2008) - novelette by Peter S. Beagle
  • Running the Snake - (2008) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm - (2008) - novelette by Daryl Gregory
  • Reader's Guide - (2008) - shortstory by Lisa Goldstein
  • The Salting and Canning of Benevolence D. - (2008) - novelette by Al Michaud
  • Araminta, or, The Wreck of the Amphidrake - (2008) - shortstory by Naomi Novik
  • A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica - (2008) - shortstory by Catherynne M. Valente
  • From the Clay of His Heart - (2008) - novelette by John Brown
  • If Angels Fight - (2008) - novelette by Richard Bowes
  • 26 Monkeys & the Abyss - shortstory by Kij Johnson
  • Philologos; or, A Murder in Bistrita - (2008) - shortfiction by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
  • The Film-makers of Mars - (2008) - shortstory by Geoff Ryman
  • Childrun - (2008) - novelette by Marc Laidlaw
  • Queen of the Sunlit Shore - (2008) - shortstory by Liz Williams
  • Lady Witherspoon's Solution - (2008) - novelette by James Morrow
  • Dearest Cecily - (2008) - shortfiction by Kris Dikeman
  • Ringing the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta - (2008) - shortfiction by Randy McCharles
  • Caverns of Mystery - (2008) - shortstory by Kage Baker
  • Skin Deep - (2008) - novelette by Richard Parks
  • King Pelles the Sure - (2008) - shortstory by Peter S. Beagle
  • A Guided Tour in the Kingdom of the Dead - (2008) - shortstory by Richard Harland
  • Avast, Abaft! - (2008) - shortstory by Howard Waldrop
  • Gift from a Spring - (2008) - shortfiction by Delia Sherman
  • The First Editions - (2008) - novelette by James Stoddard
  • The Olverung - (2008) - shortstory by Stephen Woodworth
  • Daltharee - (2008) - shortstory by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Forest - (2008) - shortstory by Kim Wilkins