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The Best Horror of the Year Volume Nine

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Nine


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ISBN: 978-1-5107-1666-7
Published: 07/11/2017

“[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.” —Clive Barker

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 readers crave. Now, with the eighth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night.

Encompassed in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as:

  • Neil Gaiman
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Stephen King
  • Linda Nagata
  • Laird Barron
  • Margo Lanagan
  • 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.



Table of Contents

Summation 2016 — Ellen Datlow

Nesters — Siobhan Carroll

The Oestridae — Robert Levy

The Process is a Process All its Own — Peter Straub

The Bad Hour — Christopher Golden

Red Rabbit — Steve Rasnic Tem

It’s All the Same Road in the End — Brian Hodge

Fury — DB Waters

Grave Goods — Gemma Files

Between Dry Ribs — Gregory Norman Bossert

The Days of Our Lives — Adam LG Nevill

House of Wonders — C.E. Ward

The Numbers — Christopher Burns

Bright Crown of Joy — Livia Llewellyn

The Beautiful Thing We Will Become — Kristi DeMeester

Wish You Were Here — Nadia Bulkin

Ragman — Rebecca Lloyd

What’s Out There? — Gary McMahon

No Matter Which Way We Turned — Brian Evenson

The Castellmarch Man — Ray Cluley

The Ice Beneath Us — Steve Duffy

On These Blackened Shores of Time — Brian Hodge

Honorable Mentions

About the Authors

Acknowledgment of Copyright

About the Editor

Praise for Ellen Datlow and The Best Horror of the Year

“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

“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