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Title:
The Year's best fantasy & horror : fifteenth annual collection
Author:
Datlow, Ellen.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
cxxviii, 542 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The hunter's wife / James Frenkel -- The cowardly coffin / Marin Sorescu -- In these final days of sales / Steve Rasnic Tem -- To dream of white horses / June Considine -- Skin / Charlee Jacob -- Prussian snowdrops / Marion Arnott -- The honeyed knot / Jeffrey Ford -- Timmy Gobels bug jar / The God of dark laughter / Michael Chabon -- The adolescence of Orpheus / Kurt Leland -- Trading hearts at the Half Kaffe Cafe / Charles de Lint -- Louise's ghost / Kelly Link -- Fairy tale Pantoum / Ellen Wernecke -- The puppet and the train / Scott Thomas -- Crocodile lady / Christopher Fowler -- The barbarian and the queen: thirteen views / Jane Yolen -- Becoming bird / Bob Hicok -- Sop doll / Milbre Burch -- Plenty / Christopher Barzak -- The bones of the earth / Ursula K. Le Guin -- What the story weaves, the spinner tells / Terry Blackhawk -- Onion / Caitlin R. Kiernan -- Where the woodbine twineth / Norman Partridge -- Struwwelpeter / Glen Hirshberg -- Outfangthief / Gala Blau -- Rites: cleaning the last bones / Gavin J. Grant -- Watch me when I sleep / Jean-Claude Dunyach -- The tattoo artist / Patrick Roscoe -- Cleopatra Brimstone / Elizabeth Hand -- Grass / Lawrence Miles -- If death, a preprimer / Sandra J. Lindow -- The bird catcher / S. P. Somtow -- Black dust / Graham Joyce -- Annabelle's Alphabet / Tim Pratt -- Tom Brightwind, or, How the fairy bridge was built at Thoresby / Susanna Clarke -- Gestella / Susan Palwick -- The legend / Ray Gonzalez -- Oh, glorious sight / Tanya Huff -- Home cooking / Daniel Ulanovsky Sack -- Queen / Gene Wolfe -- The project / Carol Emshwiller -- The man in the comic shop / Liz Lochhead -- Strange things about birds / Scott Thomas -- What we did that summer / Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg -- Aesculapius in the underworld / Ryan G. Van Cleave -- Scarecrow / Gregory Maguire -- The Bockles / Melissa Hardy -- His own back yard / James P. Blaylock.
ISBN:
9780312290696

9780312290672
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Summary

Summary

For more than a decade, readers have turned to The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror to find the most rewarding fantastic short stories. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling continue their critically acclaimed and award-winning tradition with another stunning collection of stories. The fiction and poetry here is culled from an exhaustive survey of the field, nearly four dozen stories ranging from fairy tales to gothic horror, from magical realism to dark tales in the Grand Guignol style. Rounding out the volume are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantasy and horror, a new Year's Best section, on comics, by Charles Vess, and on anime and manga, by Joan D. Vinge, and a long list of Honorable Mentions, making this an indispensable reference as well as the best reading available in fantasy and horror.


Author Notes

Fairy and folklore scholar Terri Windling, five-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, has edited and written numerous fantasy works for both adults and children. She divides her time between Devon, England, and Tucson, Arizona.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Silvia is modestly born, yet she achieves a successful career as a pianist in this La Prairie Prize^-winning novel.


Publisher's Weekly Review

"Best" is a subjective judgment, but there's no question that for each of the past 15 years Datlow and Windling have assembled an excellent anthology of richly rewarding imaginative literature. Their harvest of horror and fantasy for 2001 is a bumper crop of 49 stories and poems, many from sources that won't be familiar to the average reader and some from newcomers whose promise bodes well for the future of both genres. As in years past, certain themes cut across genre boundaries and explode notions of horror and fantasy as separate literary forms. Shapeshifters are present in Charles de Lint's upbeat "Trading Hearts at the Half Kaffe Cafe," where they teach a lesson about trust in a romantic relationship, and in Susan Palwick's haunting "Gestella," where they crystallize the sense of estrangement in a deteriorating marriage. Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Bones of the Earth," written in the classic high-fantasy style, and S.P. Somtow's "The Bird Catcher," which features a legendary serial killer, are both moving coming-of-age parables. Intimations of realities beyond comprehension dominate Anthony Doerr's "The Hunter's Wife," a transcendent meditation on the consolations of mortality, and Caitl!n Kiernan's "Onion," which brilliantly suggests a universe of chaotic cosmic horrors through the dysfunctional lives of people who have seen but not understood them. Enhancing the mix are top-flight tales by Steve Rasnic Tem, Kelly Link, Elizabeth Hand and Gregory Maguire, and Michael Chabon's "The Dark God of Laughter," a metaphysical mystery that ranks as one of the year's most refreshingly uncategorizable stories. Without question, this book is mandatory reading for lovers of weird and fanciful fiction. (Aug. 21) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Summation 2004: FantasyKelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
Summation 2004: HorrorEllen Datlow
Fantasy and Horror in the Media: 2004Edward Bryant
Comics and Graphic Novels: 2004Charles Vess
Anime and Manga: 2004Joan D. Vinge
Fantasy and Horror in Music: 2004Charles de Lint
Obituaries: 2004James Frenkel
""The Oakthing,""Gregory Maguire
""Horton's Store,""R.T. Smith
""Rite of Spring,""Margo Lanagan
""Zora and the Zombie,""Andy Duncan
""The Changeling,""Theodora Goss
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