The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven

For over 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 seventh volume of this 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 YFor over 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 seventh volume of this 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 GaimanKim RobinsonStephen KingLinda NagataLaird BarronMargo LanaganAnd many othersWith 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.
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven For over 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 N

  • Title: The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven
  • Author: Ellen Datlow
  • ISBN: 9781597808293
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven”

    1. Ellen Datlow is probably one of the hardest working editors in speculative fiction. She was responsible for a whopping 21 volumes of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (from 1988 through 2008), and when that series came to end she launched The Best Horror of the Year, which hit bookshelves this year with Volume Seven.Even if you only dabble in the stories, her Summation of the year is always required reading. She recaps the genre awards, and offers her exhaustive thoughts on the most notable nov [...]

    2. Review copyThe Best Horror of the Year - Volume 7, edited by the amazing Ellen Datlow, brings together twenty-two diverse authors in a collection that features a little bit of everything the horror genre has to offer. It truly does have something for everyone. Ellen has been at this for a long time. An editor of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for more than 30 years and has more than 50 anthologies to her credit."The Atlas of Hell" by Nathan Ballingrud. Nathan's work has appea [...]

    3. This is a well above average annual "best of" anthology that is either a product of superior editing or maybe just representation of an exceptionally productive year. Maybe both. Anyway, Datlow does a good job of drawing some good stuff together.I have a love/hate relationship with both awards and the critical portion of the foreword in these annuals. I guess an enumeration of awards is okay, but even the inclusion of a list points towards an editorial bias versus true independence. The annual h [...]

    4. While I didn't LOVE every story, a number of these tales definitely blew me away. I always love Stephen Graham Jones, but other stand outs include Genevieve Valentine, Rio Youers, Garth Nix, Dale Bailey, Brian Evenson, and Livia Llewellyn.

    5. I am usually a fan of Datlow'sBest Horror , but this collection was a disappointment to me. Sitting here thinking of what to say about this collection, I can only say I can't think of a single story -- never a huge endorsement -- and only have a vague feeling of distaste for this volume. Obviously, with anthologies, you usually get a mixed bag, but here the bag seemed full of stale, generic candies. Pass it up in favor of one of her other collections or Jones' or Guran'sBest New Horroranthologie [...]

    6. This was just something I thought I'd skim through in the few days before my book app trial ended. I had no expectations. I ended up really liking each story I read. I'm not a big fan of short stories in general. I'd much rather read a full sized novel,often the bigger the better. But I do enjoy reading scary stories. Horror works well for short stories. I didn't have time to read all the stories in this book,but I did read most. And enjoyed each of them. I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise [...]

    7. I love to read short stories between books or if I need a break. This is the fourth scary collection edited by Ellen Datlow that I've read. She definitely has her finger on my taste for the gothic and bizarre. Three-fourths of these stories were absolutely perfect. I especially loved "This Is Not For You," "Winter Children," and "Interstate Love Song."

    8. Favorites:"The Atlas of Hell" by Nathan Ballingrud"Persistence of Vision" by Orrin Grey"Shay Corsham Worsted" by Garth Nix"Ymir" by John LanganThe Ballingrud especially was amazing-- what a crazy, fun, propulsive voice.

    9. A week of short story collection reviews, and the second of a horror anthology edited by the hardworking Ellen Datlow. This seventh volume of the Best Horror of the Year series came out last summer; Volume Eight is now available as well, though I haven't gotten to read it yet. For fans or the curious, you can currently enter to win a copy of the new volume in a ' giveaway courtesy of Night Shade Books (entry deadline of 12th August 2016).In the sea of short story anthologies Volume Seven is exce [...]

    10. While reading editor Ellen Datlow's opening summation of the notable novels and stories from 2014, I couldn't help but feel a bit discouraged as she reeled off recaps of rehashes featuring vampires, zombies, vampire/zombie detectives and blogging psycho killers, all overseen by the overbearing presence of H.P. Lovecraft all over the damn place. Have we come to this?Not entirely. You couldn't ask for a much better lead-in paragraph than what Nathan Ballingrud provides in this annual's opening sto [...]

    11. This is a solid entry in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror series. I found the strongest story to be "Plink" by Kurt Dinan; it contains no supernatural element, but expresses a horrific theme that many readers should find too familiar for comfort. The final story, "Nigredo" by Cody Goodfellow, is either a brilliant smorgasbord of horror tropes or else a hopeless mishmash, I really couldn't be sure. The first three stories seem like excerpts from longer works, so a cover-to-cover read of this anthology [...]

    12. Like any anthology, it's full of stories I loved and ones that fell flat for me. Some favorites: "The Atlas of Hell" by Nathan Ballingrud"A Dweller in Amenty" by Genevieve Valentine"Outside Heavenly" by Rio Youers"Allochton" by Livia Llewellyn"the worms crawl in" by Laird Barron"Persistence of Vision" by Orrin Grey"Wingless Beasts" by Lucy TaylorThe story that legitimately gave me the heebie-jeebies and made me afraid to turn off the lights was "Tread Upon the Brittle Shell" by Rhoads Brazos

    13. An excellent horror anthology containing various sorts of horrific tales. Overall very good. Contains the usual superstars of horror like Barron, Ballingrud, Kiernan, and Langdon. But there are some real riveting stories from some authors I had never heard of.I thought Datlow's volume last year was a bit stronger but overall this is still an excellent anthology. RecommendC provided by Blackgate Magazine.

    14. I haven't read any short horror before this but I was pretty amazed at the variety of pieces in here. It was a fantastic collection and the only reason it took me so long to read it was that I usually read before bed and sometimes the book left me too creeped out!

    15. I've heard a lot about the St(r)oker community and how it's all a friend's game, or a whoever kisses the most ass wins kind of game. Nepotism and cronyism, no matter how crappy a writer is. This book is proof that being friends with an editor gets you more than actually being a good writer. Not only are the stories in this volume boring and cardboard with no imagination, they are reflections of the boring authors. Ugh. The only writer here worth her weight in salt is Caitlin R. Kiernan, the only [...]

    16. I'm learning my tastes in horror literature and that's worth all the stars. My favorites from this collection with weird synopses notes for my own use thank you very much:Outside Heavenly - Rio Youers (Satan in a small town)Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No. 8) - Caitlin R. Kiernan (Twincest manic murder spree)The Culvert - Dale Bailey (lost brother, underground city)Allochton - Livia Llewellyn (1930s Lovecraft and maybe the only "Lovecraftian" story I've read that I've ever loved)

    17. As is true of most anthologies, this one has some very good and very bad stories in it. Which ones are which will depend on your personal taste.

    18. This is the third of Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year series I've read, and it is consistent with the others, with some spine-tingling stories, as well as some that I just didn't get. There are also a few that start out gangbusters and trail off into incoherence. I'm thinking specifically of "the worms crawl in," by Laird Barron, which starts as a nifty homage to Poe's "The Cask of Amantillado" but turns into something entirely different, a kind of monster story that doesn't match up with [...]

    19. It was so kind of this editor to put this collection together of authors I won't ever have to read again in the future. Wait, what? That's not what the purpose of this collection was?Hunh. News to me. These are not horror stories. They're not scary. They're tiresome.The only story I genuinely enjoyed was Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No. 8). However, this was not a horror story. It wasn't even close to scary, I don't know what genre you would classify it as. The fact that someone gets murd [...]

    20. I genuinely do not understand how this book has any good ratings. This anthology isn't the best of anything and it's definitely not horror. The definition of horror literature is "a genre of fiction whose purpose is to create feelings of fear, dread, repulsion, and terror in the audience." Very few of the stories in the book fit that description. There was so little horror here that I wonder how on earth this book ever made it to print. And horror aside, most of these stories were just boring or [...]

    21. Some of these stories really blew me away by the language, the prose, the tone and even the musicality of the sentences. Others were interesting, but not entirely engaging to me, but that's just my personal opinion, but I do understand the quality and effort behind it. My favorite aspect was the order in which the stories were placed. Ellen Datlow, a skilled editor, did a great job arranging the order in such a way that the fun, easier to read stuff was in front, with more complex stories around [...]

    22. It's been quite a while since I read horror; for a long time I wasn't sure I was emotionally up to diving into such dark fiction. Well, I'm glad I decided to read this anthology after all. It was almost like coming home to a genre that just grips my attention and refuses to let go. Ellen Datlow is one of my favorite editors -- my favorite editor of horror! -- and this collection doesn't disappoint!While not all the stories are to my taste, I thoroughly enjoyed a majority of them. My favorites in [...]

    23. This is the kind of anthology that makes you never want to read anthologies ever again. Or horror Or short fiction of any kind.Half of the stories in here are pure disasters, couldn't finish them. I wonder how these writers can earn a living.The remaining half are just uninteresting and boring.

    24. Disclaimer: E-Arc provided by EdelweissA great selection of stories, as I've come to expect from anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow. I especially liked the number of stories where the "monster" wasn't a vampire or a werewolf or some other cliche thing that goes bump in the night but something all too human.

    25. There were a lot of great stories in this compilation. A few stories wer not that great, I felt that they were very confusing to follow or not thought out all the way, so reading those particular ones was mor frustrating than scary.

    26. All of the authors were unknown to me when I started this book; however, every story was at least very good and several are excellent. Some are more sci-fi than horror, but no matter: it was a good October book.

    27. Actually a 4.5. Very good horror anthology. Every story was well-written and chilling. My 4 rating is based on the Lovecraftian tradition. Try as I mi .Aug 17, 2015 04:12PM · delete

    28. *I got this from Edelweiss.*great selection this year with my favorite being "The Culvert" by Dale Bailey.

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