I have been reading the annual books from this anthology for a few years, looking for a good scare or fantasy tale. The first part, recapping the landmark events in horror/fantasy, is of minor interest to me. The meat is in the stories, and as another reviewer has said, some of the 40 stories or poems are good and some ho-hum. Those tales that resonated with me were "The Night Whiskey (fantasy/horror)," "Dog Person"(not truly horror), "The Lineaments of Gratified Desire (fantasy)," and "The Muldoon (horror)." Oates' "Landfill," eagerly awaited, was a dismal family story, that could have been embellished from some tabloid. Overall grade, B-.