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    Overall rating 4 stars I really liked itI greatly enjoyed this collection of stories so much so that I've given each one its own star rating There's a good variety of topics and authors here and I found many of them truly chilling I always enjoy Datlow's story collections and this was no exceptionIndividual story ratingsThe Little

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    Consistently excellent works of the strange and the horrific

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    So this Anthology of Horror proved to be much better than the mix of fantasy and horror produced by the same Dat

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    Ellen Datlow accused me of being overly snarky the last time I reviewed one of these things so this year I'm starting off by saying something nice It's good to see that Datlow's back Small presses have a reputation for unsteadiness and last year there were ominous Internet rumblings and grumblings about Night Shade Books But Night

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    This was THE perfect book to read in the month of spooky October I'm glad I spotted this at the library I have reuested the others that have come before this one as I enjoyed this so much As of course with a book full of

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    You can feel free to disagree but while I've been kind of disappointed with this series as a whole I did see marked improvement between Volume Three and Volume Four of this series I have a longer discussion of this book here on the horrorsci f

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    Favorite stories NUMBER ONE You Become the Neighborhood by Glen Hirshberg which is just great and then Dermot by Simon Bestwick In Paris in the Mouth of Kronos by John Langan Mulberry Boys by Margo Lanagan and Final Verse by Chet Williamson

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    I won't be reading all of these stories Frankly I don't know why I keep picking these Best Horror of the Year ant

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    This is Ellen Datlow's fourth time editing Best Horror of the Year for Night Shade Books This edition is the best so far combining potent ambitious longer works by genre stars with a varied sampler of up and coming names Eighteen stories including several novellas follow Datlow's lengthy introduction a wide ranging sum

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    An interesting cacophony of short horror stories everywhere from the “I don’t understand” weird kind to the “I don’t want to go to sleep” terrifying kind Examples of some of the stories that stood out to me are The Moraine by Simon Bestwick two hikers confront a fatal mist The Show by Priya Sharma a television medium who realizes her skills are not what she thought they were Final Girl Theory by AC Wise a fan who mee

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SUMMARY Ñ HIDEAWAYSTUDIO.CO.UK ´ Ellen Datlow

The first three volumes of The Best Horror of the Year have been widely praised for their uality variety and comprehensivenessWith tales from Laird Barron Stephen King John Langan Peter Straub and many others and featuring Datlow’s comprehensive overview of the year in horror now than ever The Best Horror of the Overall rating 4 stars I really liked itI greatly enjoyed this collection of stories so much so that I ve given each one its own star rating There s a good variety of topics and authors here and I found many of them truly chilling I always enjoy Datlow s story collections and this was no exceptionIndividual story ratingsThe Little Green God of Agony by Stephen King 3 stars Good but a pretty standard King storyStay by Leah Bobet 3 stars I loved the use of Alaskan mythology hereThe Moraine by Simon Bestwick 3 stars A very uniue monster Though I wondered who the narrator was speaking toBlackwood s Baby by Laird Barron 5 stars I love occult horror like this Definitely reading BarronLooker by David Nickle 4 stars Really weird and uniueThe Show by Priya Sharma 5 stars What an endingMulberry Boys by Margo Lanagan 4 stars of pure horror Lanagan is always so brutalRoots and All by Brian Hodge 4 stars This story of supernatural creatures and meth dealers took an unexpected turnFinal Girl Theory by A C Wise 5 stars despite flaws I adore horror tales about movies I m just such a sucker for this genreOmphalos by Livia Llewellyn 5 stars This was in another collection I read Loved it there loved it here So so sad but I m seeking out by this authorDermot by Simon Bestwick 4 stars DisturbingBlack Feathers by Alison J Littlewood 2 stars It was okay but I thought the fairy tale was integrated awkwardly and character exposition was limited and forcedFinal Verse by Chet Williamson 5 stars LOVED IT Turns out I love stories about songs as much as I love stories about moviesbooks Super chilling great endingIn the Absence of Murdock by Terry Lamsley 3 stars Good sinister mood but too brief IMOYou Become the Neighborhood by Glen Hirshberg 5 stars mostly for this reader The woman who narrated this audio story is likely the best reader I ve ever heard She really got the story and made it so sad and poignantIn Paris In the Mouth of Kronos by John Langan 4 stars Great monster storyLittle Pig by Anna Taborska 3 stars I ve read this one before as well It s short and truly horrific but since I knew the ending the impact was lessened for meThe Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine by Peter Straub 3 stars I guess I was really put off by the sexual and racial politics in this story until I realized it was intentional Ballard and Sandrine are awful people and deserve the cycles of lovepain they inflict on each other This interview here might help with the story if you read it and are left scratching your head

REVIEW The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Four

Year provides the petrifying horror fiction readers have come to expect and enjoy The Little Green God of Agony Stephen King Stay Leah Bobet The Moraine Simon Bestwick Blackwood's Baby Laird Barron Looker David Nickle The Show Priya Sharma Mulberry Boys Margo Lanagan Roots and All Brian Hodge Final Girl Theory A You can feel free to disagree but while I ve been kind of disappointed with this series as a whole I did see marked improvement between Volume Three and Volume Four of this series I have a longer discussion of this book here on the horrorsci fifantasyetc page of my online reading journal if you d like the short form keep reading Overall there were a few stories in this installment that I felt were beyond good There are 18 total out of those I ve starred five that I thought were very well done 1 The Little Green God of Agony by Stephen King2 Stay by Leah Bobet3 The Moraine by Simon Bestwick4 Blackwood s Baby by Laird Barron5 Looker by David Nickle6 The Show by Priya Sharma7 Mulberry Boys by Margo Lanagan8 Roots and All by Brian Hodge9 Final Girl Theory by A C Wise10 Omphalos by Livia Llewellyn11 Dermot by Simon Bestwick12 Black Feathers by Alison Littlewood13 Final Verse by Chet Williamson14 In the Absence of Murdock by Terry Lamsley15 You Become the Neighborhood by Glen Hirshberg16 In Paris In the Mouth of Kronos by John Langan17 Little Pig by Anna Taborska18 The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine by Peter StraubFive stories worth recommending for this series of horror anthologies that s a good numberNot in any particular order beginning with Simon Bestwick s The Moraine a married couple whose relationship is well shall we say on the rocks takes a trip to the crags of England s Lake District While not my favorite entry of the book it s well written with good pacing but my first thought after finishing it was that it reminded me in spots of Scott Smith s The Ruins 2 is In Laird Barron s Blackwood s Baby in which a hunting party is organized at the Black Ram Lodge to go after a legendary stag The Black Ram Lodge may sound familiar to readers of the author s story Catch Hell which I read in Occultation Like that story Blackwood s Baby is on the occult side than most of Barron s works but it s still uite good 3 A fake medium on a tv reality show finds out the hard way that she has a true gift when it comes to the psychic arts in The Show by Priya Sharma This one isotally on the money when it comes to a good scare Final Verse by Chet Williamson is 4where a once popular bluegrass singer whose career is fading decides to go on the hunt for the missing last verse to a traditional Appalachian folksong A bit of detective work leads him and a friend to an old house in the woods where they find much than they bargained for The last pick in my top five is Little Pig by Anna Taborska horrifying in the truest sense of the word I was also entranced at first with Peter Straub s The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine with its uirky kind of deja vu experiences aboard a strange yacht on the but the story seemed to peter out and fall apart at the end It had me going for a while though so I m mentioning it here With a few months to go before the release of Volume Five I hope the improvement in this series continues

SUMMARY Ñ HIDEAWAYSTUDIO.CO.UK ´ Ellen Datlow

C Wise Omphalos Livia Llewellyn Dermot Simon Bestwick Black Feathers Alison J Littlewood Final Verse Chet Williamson In the Absence of Murdock Terry Lamsley You Become the Neighborhood Glen Hirshberg In Paris In the Mouth of Kronos John Langan Little Pig Anna Taborska The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine Peter Strau This is Ellen Datlow s fourth time editing Best Horror of the Year for Night Shade Books This edition is the best so far combining potent ambitious longer works by genre stars with a varied sampler of up and coming names Eighteen stories including several novellas follow Datlow s lengthy introduction a wide ranging summary of the genre year touching on noteworthy novels anthologies collections periodicals awards and events If the tasting menu of the year s finest short fiction weren t enough to make the volume an essential overview of all things noteworthy in the horror genre this overview tips the balance This makes an excellent introduction to talented new writers as well as others established who may yet be unfamiliar to a given reader For example I knew David Nickel and Brian Hodge by name but hadn t read their works which turned out to constitute pleasant revelations In Nickle s Looker a drunk man at a party finds a woman whose ualities go beyond the merely eye pleasing In Roots and All Hodge s character revisits a town where important childhood events occurred some of which still echo in the present Both stories exemplify Datlow s preference for character driven horror haunting mood and troubling memory than blood and shrieking monsters There are several standoutsBlackwood s Baby like many Laird Barron stories takes place in rural Washington state and expands upon Barron s personal regional mythos This novella tracks a 1930s expedition of diverse hunters seeking a beast of legend dangerous than any of them anticipate It s as powerful as any previous work by Barron who lately can be counted upon to contribute at least one rich and potent tale to each year s best In Livia Llewellyn s Omphalos a girl caught in terrible surroundings must fight complex factors keeping her in place Llewellyn specializes in the dark raw edge and harrowing Her writing pulses with blood and seethes with emotion Her Engines of Desire is among the best weirddark collections of recent years certainly one of the top debuts In John Langan s In Paris in the Mouth of Kronos two fallen former agents try to claw their way back to gainful employment They re hired to grab a Mr White who may be a very different order of being from what they expect Dark yet breezily entertaining merging the grittiness of noir and spy thriller intrigue with a Lovecraftian hint of ancient forces lurking beneath the everyday world s seeming normalcy Langan s a skilled writer whose work Datlow often features At times I ve thought his work needed of an edge This has itThe Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine by Peter Straub is a tour de force of tender yet bitter codependent romance conveyed in a disorienting balance of straight realism and twisted surrealism In a series of encounters separated by wide gaps of time the title characters the much older Ballard is a mysterious fixer type employed by Sandrine s father journey down the River on boats with ever changing names The couple caught up in unfathomable events exhibit a muted curiosity about their circumstances At times they make experimental gestures seeking to understand the odd nature of the boat or its invisible crew What knowledge they gain always seems to be lost forgotten or clouded by the next interlude The effect is weirdly disorienting yet familiar Don t we all forget lessons we ve learned ignore warning signs and often repeat our mistakes The growing surreality of Ballard and Sandrine s circumstances finally unfolds at least partially Horrific and seemingly occult aspects are revealed yet mystery remains Straub may be the most cerebral of horror writers and this is one of his best boldest works