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We’ve got an exciting one for you today, Night Shade website readers: the cover and table of contents for The Best of the Best Horror of the Year: 10 Years of Essential Short Horror Fiction, edited by eight-time Hugo Award winner Ellen Datlow!

If you’re a fan of short horror fiction, you need to have this book. Simple as that.

As you know, we think Ellen’s the absolute best in the business at what she does (as do others), so we couldn’t be more thrilled about this project, which will combine in one place the most horrifying and spectacular stories we’ve published over the last ten years and ten previous editions of The Best Horror of the Year. Through the Best Horror series, Ellen has compiled hundreds of stories representing the cream of the crop of short horror fiction from some of today’s most incredible authors, so we think it’s no exaggeration to say that this new Best of the Best edition will be, without doubt, the ultimate source for the absolute best horror writing through the last decade. As we said—if you’re a fan, you need to have it.

If you’re still not convinced, though, check out the cover and Table of Contents below—they’re sure to whet your appetite and get your heart pounding.

(And there just might be a giveaway here, too—keep reading to find out . . .)

Best of Best Horror cover


Pretty awesome, right? Doesn’t it just ooze promises of sheer terror within? We think so.

For more evidence, please check out exhibit A—a table of contents chock-full of stories by the best short-horror authors of the last decade:


Introduction—Ellen Datlow
Lowland Sea—Suzy McKee Charnas
Wingless Beasts—Lucy Taylor
The Nimble Men—Glen Hirshberg
Little America—Dan Chaon
Black and White Sky—Tanith Lee
The Monster Makers—Steve Rasnic Tem
Chapter Six—Stephen Graham Jones
In a Cavern, in a Canyon—Laird Barron
Allochthon—Livia Llewellyn
Shepherds’ Business—Stephen Gallagher
Down to a Sunless Sea—Neil Gaiman
The Man from the Peak—Adam Golaski
In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos—John Langan
The Moraine—Simon Bestwick
At the Riding School—Cody Goodfellow
Cargo—E.Michael Lewis
Tender as Teeth—Stephanie Crawford & Duane Swierczynski
Wild Acre—Nathan Ballingrud
The Callers—Ramsey Campbell
This Stagnant Breath of Change—Brian Hodge
Grave Goods—Gemma Files
The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine—Peter Straub
Majorlena—Jane Jakeman
The Days of Our Lives—Adam L. G. Nevill
You Can Stay All Day—Mira Grant
No Matter Which Way We Turned—Brian Evenson
Nesters—Siobhan Carroll
Better You Believe—Carole Johnstone
About the Authors
Acknowledgment of Copyright
About the Editor

And for exhibit B, in case you need a bit more convincing, we present you with praise from previous readers of the Best Horror series:

Praise for Ellen Datlow and The Best Horror of the Year

“Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year series is one of the best investments you can make in short fiction. The current volume is no exception.”
Adventures Fantastic

“As usual, Datlow delivers what she promises, ‘the best horror of the year,’ whether it’s written by the famous (Neil Gaiman) or the should-be famous (Laird Barron and many others).”
Washington Post

“You just can’t have a list of recommended speculative anthologies without including an Ellen Datlow anthology. It’s. Not. Possible. The line-up in The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight is absolutely stupendous, featuring the most frighteningly talented authors in horror fiction.”

“Once again, [Ellen Datlow supplies] an invaluable book, featuring excellent short fiction and, in addition, providing as always precious information about what happened in the horror field last year.”
—Mario Guslandi, British Fantasy Society


Don’t forget to follow Ellen on Twitter (@EllenDatlow), and check us out there too (@NightShadeNews) to keep up with all our cover reveals, excerpts, giveaways, and book announcements!

And if you’ve made it this far, we have a special surprise for you: tweet us the name of your favorite story from the Best Horror series—any year, so you’ve got lots of options—plus #BestoftheBestHorror, and we’ll enter you for a chance to win an Advance Reading Copy of The Best of the Best Horror so you can read it before anybody else.