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The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighth Annual Collection Hardcover – August, 1995

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Product Details

  • Series: Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 8 edition (August 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312132204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312132200
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,671,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

From its opening story, Patricia McKillip's "Transmutations," about a young woman who cares more for the beauty of language than for the perfectibility of her soul, through its close in Neil Gaiman's horrifically powerful "Snow, Glass, Apples," this anthology proves to be a cornucopia of the fantastic. The scores of entries include humorous tales, such as the amusing character study "Elvis's Bathroom," by Pagan Kennedy, and the whimsical "Superman's Diary," by B. Brandon Barker. There is pure psychological horror in "A Fear of Dead Things," by Andrew Klavan, exceptionally chilling fare in "Is That Them?" by Kevin Roice and the quirkily perverse in Jack Womack's "That Old School Tie." There are bread-and-butter fairy tales, like Geoff Landis's lovely "The Kingdom of Cats and Birds," as well as fictions arising out of historical mysteries, like Greg Feeley's "Aweary of the Sun" and Delia Sherman's "Young Woman in a Garden." Also included are poetry and an incisive essay by Michael Swanwick about the legacy of traditional fantasy. Like its predecessors, this volume lives up to the boast of its title.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

The decision some years ago to expand editors Datlow and Windling's best fantasy annual to include horror has meant that it gets fatter each year, as if under some sort of . . . spell. This edition boasts 50-odd stories, poems, and essays, plus four overview essays (on fantasy, horror, the media, and comics, and not available for review) and really does no more than minimally necessary to adequately sample the quantity and quality of work in fantasy and horror these days. Authors represented run the gamut from grand old names like Ray Bradbury, through mainstream figures like Joyce Carol Oates, on to punkers like Pagan Kennedy, and beyond. The editorial bias is definitely toward literary striving (and sometimes pretension), but such ambition dominates short fantasy and horror fiction, so one can hardly complain. Indispensable. Roland Green

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Glen Engel Cox on November 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
J and I were having a discussion about reading preferences. She likes big thick books, typically, and I profess that I don't, although the books I name as my favorites all tend to be fairly hefty ones (The Gold Bug Variations, Possession, and Stand on Zanzibar, to name three). What I do like, that J has virtually stopped reading except in special cases, is short stories. Thinking about this, what I decided was my attraction in a story was a strong beginning and strong end, something you get a lot more of with short stories (where, in certain cases, are just beginnings and ends), yet can also be found in certain books. It's not that I don't like the middles of stories, but I'm a structuralist, and if a story starts off strong and finds a way to tie it up all together at the end, I've found what I'm looking for. It also explains why I don't tend to like "mainstream" fiction all that much, which is often just about the characters, i.e., the middle, and which the structure of beginning and end matters little.

So the publication of these large volumes of short stories is a regular purchase for me, enabling me to forego the magazines, which--to read in the kind of breadth and width brought to this collection by editors Datlow and Windling--would be ruinously expensive. I tend to like Datlow's picks better than Windling, that is, if the initials on the introductions indicate which woman picked which story for the volume, and I think that's because my tastes have always been more in line with Datlow. While both editors try to break free of the genre for at least a portion of their selections, Windling seems to have a certain stable of writers whom she can't stop from including--Yolen and de Lint come to mind--that I have never found as strong as she does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Breckenridge on January 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to receive this volume as part of my Christmas present from my boyfriend and was completely entranced by it- from the lovely cover with all the Halloween references (I am really into details so the smallest detail pleases me to no end) to the fact that two of my favorite authors are featured (Stephen King and Neil Gaiman respectfully) as well as the delightful tale by William Browning Spencer titled "The Ocean and All Its Devices".

I adore this anthology series above all others and I love the poetry selections as well as the four overview essays, liking how each volume captures what was going on in the genres with each particular year. I highly recommend these volumes and was particularly pleased with volume eight. Delightful for any anthology fan but particularly divine for dark fantasy/horror fans; these collections are so addicting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leyte L. Jefferson on November 14, 2013
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In the years before my arthritis took away my ability to read larger books, I would buy these collections and feel like I'd stolen something every time. Datlow and Windling are two of the best editors out there. I don't always agree with their choices in terms of my personal taste, but I always agree with them in terms of the quality of the authors and stories they choose. This was an especially wonderful volume, from the art to the poetry to the essays to the stories, and I can't wait until I can have it in ebook form. Buy it for your friends! Buy it for you!

And be sure to check out every single one of their other anthologies, too. :D
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