For more than three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror fans crave. Now, with the eleventh volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night.
The Best Horror of the Year has included such illustrious writers as:
- Neil Gaiman
- Kim Newman
- Stephen King
- and many others
With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this light creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness as articulated by today's most challenging and exciting writers.
About the Author
Charlie Thurston has appeared on stages across the country, including Trinity Repertory Company, Arden Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Intiman Theater, Chautauqua Theater Company, and Riverside Theatre. Charlie holds an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep.
Rebecca Gibel, an award-winning stage, television, and voice actress, has worked across the country at theaters such as Trinity Rep, Cleveland Play House, and the Arden Theatre Company. Rebecca has narrated over fifty audiobooks and is facile in a wide variety of genres.
Multiple-award-winning editor Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for more than thirty years. She was the fiction editor of Omni and Sci Fiction magazines and has edited more than fifty anthologies. She lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fall is my favorite season and Halloween is my favorite holiday. Every year as summer turns to autumn, I start reading all the horror novels and short stories I can get my hands on. I sit out on my porch on cool fall evenings reading whatever chilling, spooky bit of fiction (or even non-fiction) has come to hand. This year, my horror season started early as I discovered story anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow. OMG....how did I miss these?? Datlow has been editing fantasy, sci-fi and horror anthologies for 25 years. I am SO glad that I received a review copy of this book because my TBR pile has grown exponentially in my three favorite genres! The Best Horror of the Year Volume 11 gathers 25 stories Some of the authors were familar favorites (like Joe Hill for example) and others were new to me (Carly Holmes, Laird Barron). This is a varied, outstanding collection of horror fiction! There wasn't a single story I didn't like. Some were more to my taste than others....but the joy of a story anthology is that it's a collection of differing writing styles and flavors. I read this story collection slowly, giving myself time to enjoy it. One or two stories a night...took time to read up on the authors....and smiled as my TBR list got a lot larger. I added several books and stories by the featured authors to my must-read list, as well as every anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. :) I will be kept in horror, fantasy and sci-fi bliss for the foreseeable future! At the back of the book there is also an "honorable mention'' list for stories that almost made the cut for this anthology....I'm going to find those stories or other works by those authors and read those as well! My library has several of the back volumes of this series as audio books! I'm so excited! I can have some outstanding horror read to me! Woot! :) Great book! Full stars from me! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Skyhorse Publishing. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
Twenty-six short tales make up the Best Horror of the Year Volume Eleven. Ghosts and vampires are if course present in a compendium of horror tales. Surprisingly, there are also stories about thumb suckers and a town where it really is raining men. Of course, with any short story anthology, there will always be some stories you like, others you love, and a few which are just not for you. However, it is hard to imagine any horror fan that dislikes stories by Laird Barron and Joe Hill. Plus, all the stories are well-written and comprise the breadth of modern horror. Best Horror of the Year Volume Eleven would make a great gift for any horror fan. 4 stars! Thanks to Night Shade and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
This was honestly one of the best short story collections that I’ve read in awhile! Each story was creepy and evoked some sort of emotion from me, whether it was fear, revulsion, disgust, unease, or just downright anxiety! Almost all of these stories felt like perfect little jewels of horror to me. I’ve been a long time fan of Ellen Datlow and the collections she curates are always winners in my opinion, and this one was no exception! I will definitely be picking up more Best Horror of the Year volumes in years to come. A few of my favorite stories from this collection were: “You Know How the Story Goes”- Thomas Olde Heuvelt- a variation of the classic “lady in white” trope, except in this story the hitchhiker gets picked up by a spooky lady rather than the lady being the hitchhiker herself. “I Remember Nothing”- Anne Bille- This creepy, gory tale is about two people waking up in a room with no idea what is going on or why they are there and slowly realizing that they are the monsters themselves. “Shit Happens”- Michael Marshall Smith- If you like body gore, and especially zombie body gore, this story will definitely entertain you. I was simultaneously disgusted and laughing throughout the whole story. “Haak”- John Lanagan- I’m a sucker for anything Peter Pan related, and this is essentially a Peter Pan retelling. But this is a much gorier, terrifying version of the classic story, where Peter Pan is actually the god Pan and he is not all fun and games. I really thoroughly enjoyed all the stories in this collection, but hands down the one that I have to give the most credit to by far was, “You Are Released,” by Joe Hill. This story really messed me up. It is one of the most heartbreaking and terrifying horror stories I’ve ever read. This is mostly due to the fact that, unlike most of the other stories in this collection, Hill’s story is so horrifically close to being a possibility in our world today. I don’t want to go into details, but definitely be prepared for this story to haunt you when you read it. Especially American readers. I loved this collection and a lot of the stories I read have introduced me to horror authors I want to read more of, or cemented other authors in my favorites list. If you are a fan of horror and a fan of short stories, definitely check out this collection!