The year's best fantasy & horror 2008 : twenty-first annual collection

Format: Print Book 2008
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Shaler North Hills Library Science Fiction SCI-FAN YEA
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Summary
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.
Contents
Cambist and Lord Iron : a fairy tale of economics / Daniel Abraham
Vampires in the lemon grove / Karen Russell
Holiday / M. Ricket
Hum drum / Gary McMahon
Scenes of hell (poem) / Billy Collins
Splitfoot / Paul Walther
House of mechanical pain / Chaz Brenchley
Last worders / Karen Joy Fowler
Monsters of Heaven / Nathan Ballingrund
Fiddler of Bayou Teche / Delia Sherman
Monkey (poem) / Eliza Griswold
Mr. Poo-Poo / Reggie Oliver
Winter's wife / Elizabeth Hand
Troll (poem) / Nathalie Anderson
Tenth muse / William Browning Spencer
Drowned life / Jeffrey Ford
Swing / Don Tumasonis
Follow me home (poem) / Sonya Taaffe
Forest / Laird Barron
Fragrant goddess / Paul Park
Up the fire road / Eileen Gunn
Gray Boy's work / M.T. Anderson
Seven devils of central California (poem) / Catherynne M. Valente
Merchant and the Alchemist's gate / Ted Chiang
Valentine, July heat wave / Joyce Carol Oates
Thing forbidden / Donald Mead
Reversal of fortune / Holly Black
Village smart (poem) / Maggie Smith
Rats / Veronica Schanoes
Perfect and unmappable grace / Jack M. Haringa
Boulder / Lucy Kemnitzer
Hill / Tanith Lee
Lovers: (Jaafar the Winged) (poem) / Khaled Mattawa
Ape man / Alexander MacBride
Hide / Liz Williams
England and nowhere / Tim Nickels
Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz go to war again / Garth Nix
Toother / Terry Dowling
Closet dreams / Lisa Tuttle
Evolution of trickster stories among the dogs of North Park after the change / Kiji Johnson.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "As the market for fantasy and horror continues to embrace more venues, from online publications to original story anthologies, the editors of this venerable series have been forced to widen their nets. The payoff for the latest edition's readers is more than 300,000 words of short fiction, poems, and essays offering a feast for both intellect and imagination. An outstanding feature of this year's diverse selection of voices and themes is the often seamless overlap between the two genres. Undercurrents of horror, for example, run through M. Rickert's fanciful tale about a writer visited by the ghost of a murdered child celebrity, and through Karen Joy Fowler's story about an imaginary South American town with a poetry café that changes destinies. Fantasy motifs surface in Paul Walther's Splitfoot, about a remote Minnesota home possessed by demons, and in Karen Russell's whimsical yarn about vampires. As usual, a sizable portion of the volume is devoted to year-end summations dissecting fantasy and horror's contemporary trends, and tributes to notable authors and film actors who have died.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The 40 selections in this exemplary anthology from Link and Grant (the fantasy half) and Datlow (the horror half) reflect virtually every hue of the fantasy/horror palette: urban fantasy in Jeffrey Ford's "The Drowned Life" and Karen Joy Fowler's "The Last Worders"; traditional supernatural horror in Paul Walther's "Splitfoot" and Terry Dowling's "Toother"; modern folk fantasy in Elizabeth Hand's "Winter's Wife" and Eileen Gunn's "Up the Fire Road"; and cosmic terror fiction in Laird Barron's "The Forest" and Don Tumasonis's "The Swing." A handful of stories involve child abuse and abduction, of which Lisa Tuttle's "Closet Dreams" is the most horrifying. The front matter's snapshot summaries of the past year's yield in fantasy, horror, comics, mixed media and music are a small and invaluable book unto themselves. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fantasy fiction, American.
Fantasy fiction, English.
Horror tales, American.
Horror tales, English.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Griffin,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Year's best fantasy and horror 2008
Contributors Datlow, Ellen.
Link, Kelly.
Grant, Gavin J.
Language English
Description cxiii, 455 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [439]-455).
ISBN 9780312380489 (pbk.) :
0312380488 (pbk.) :
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