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Tial framing deviceI Love You Mary Grace Amelia ManganA deconstructed werewolf story the narrator s nnui and loneliness channeled through choppy sentences and increasingly sensory details of rural poverty and suburban disconnection Good stuffThe Jaws of Ouroboros Steve ToaseStanding stones turn out to be mysterious mouths that begin devouring the UK An intriguing setup although I had a bit of trouble following the imagery on a mechanical level and the actual plot of drugdealing savagery didn t do much for meA Brief Moment of Rage Bill Davidson A deconstructed zombie story sensing a theme here short and punchy with a great last lineGolden Sun Kristi DeMeester Richard Thomas Damien Angelica Walters and Michael WehuntFour recollections about a middle child s disappearance on a family vacation Creepy refrains unreliableish narrators vague and unsettling just the way I like itWhite Mare Thana NiveauMari Lwyd adjacent folk horror about an American girl and her single dad inheriting a house in the UK that comes with a horse BFF Very YA ish ie not the way I like itGirls Without Their Faces On Laird Barron A woman realizes her mysterious new boyfriend is privy to things that should not be Excell Fall is my favorite season and Halloween is my favorite holiday Every year as summer turns to autumn I start reading all the horror novels and short stories I can get my hands on I sit out on my porch on cool fall Le Livre Des Permutations evenings reading whatever chilling spooky bit of fiction orven non fiction has come to hand This year my horror season started Le L Gat De La Vache A Colas De Sedege early as I discovered story anthologiesdited by Ellen Datlow OMGhow did I miss these Datlow has been The Independent editing fantasy sci fi and horror anthologies for 25 years I am SO glad that I received a review copy of this book because my TBR pile has grownxponentially in my three favorite genres The Best Horror of the Year Volume 11 gathers 25 stories Some of the authors were familar favorites like Joe Hill for Le Lion De Flandre Vol 1 example and others were new to me Carly Holmes Laird Barron This is a varied outstanding collection of horror fiction There wasn t a single story I didn t like Some were to my taste than othersbut the joy of a story anthology is that it s a collection of differing writing styles and flavors I read this story collection slowly giving myself time tonjoy it One or two stories a nighttook time to read up on the authorsand smiled as my TBR list got a lot larger I added several books and stories by the featured authors to my must read list as well as Le Lai D Aristote every anthologydited by Ellen Datlow I will be kept in horror fantasy and sci fi bliss for the foreseeable futureAt the back of the book there is also an honorable mention list for stories that almost made the cut for this anthologyI m going to find those stories or other works by those authors and read those as well My library has several of the back volumes of this series as audio books I m so Le Juif De L Histoire Et Le Juif De La L Gende excited I can have some outstanding horror read to me Woot Great book Full stars from me I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Skyhorse Publishing All opinionsxpressed are Le Peuple Du Valais entirely my own 35 stars somewhere between liked and really liked However I m bumping this up to 4 stars due to the strength of the historical shipwreck story Haunt This story about the slave trade guilt and personal responsibility blew me away And so timely Itchoed a lot of Coleridge s Rime of the Ancient Mariner and was absolutely stunning it made me tear upAnother standout for me was The Donner Party Yes it s about ating people but not how you think this is an English Regency romance really with added cannibalism The slow creeping dread was really well doneThe Remaining Two Stories I Especially two stories I specially were No Exit about cults and cosmic horror and Back Along the Old Track which reminded me of the notorious X Files Le Penseur Chez Sully Prudhomme episode called HomeFollowing are very short reviews forach storyI Remember Nothing Anne Billson 3 stars Some trippy imagery and good descriptions of violenceMonkeys on the Beach Ralph Robert Moore 2 stars Meh Depressing Not really horror but about the awful things that happen in life and a sort of nihilism about them At least that was my readingPainted Wolves Ray Cluley 2 stars Also depressing About being unable unwilling "to stop terrible things from happening Lots of animal and sexual violenceShit Happens Michael Marshall Smith "stop terrible things from happening Lots of animal and sexual violenceShit Happens Michael Marshall Smith stars Scary monsters combined with gross humor is probably not The British And Foreign Medico Chirurgical Review Vol 47 everyone s thing but Injoyed itYou Know How the Story Goes Thomas Olde Heuvelt 3 stars Good urban legend storyBack Along the Old Track Sam Hicks 4 stars I adore folk horror and this is a creepy xampleMasks Peter Sutton 3 stars A retelling of The Lottery I really liked it but felt it was nothing newThe Donner Party Dale Bailey 5 stars Love the twist in this story and the slow creeping dread as you realize just what kind of person the protagonist isMilkteeth Kristi DeMeester 3 stars Brief but intriguing Haak John Langan 3 stars Almost 4 stars but it verges on being a bit cheesy for me However I loved the literary referencesThin Cold Hands Gemma Files 4 stars I m a sucker for these fairy narratives I thought the writing was a bit awkward though which is strange since I usually like FilesA Tiny Mirror by Eloise C C Shepherd 2 stars This is spooky but barely a storyI Love You Mary Grace Amelia Mangan 4 stars Loved the weird imagery the dog head and the conclusionThe Jaws of Ouroboros Steve Toase 3 stars I m not huge into stories about cartelgang violence but standing stones that become teeth and chew up the landscape Hell yeahA Brief Moment of Rage Bill Davidson 3 stars Sad violent and timelyGolden Sun Kristi DeMeester Richard Thomas Damien Angelica Walters and Michael Wehunt 3 stars I liked the varying viewpoints but they also made things vagueWhite Mare Thana Niveau 3 stars This should have been Ep you up at nightEncompassed in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as Neil GaimanKim Stanley RobinsonStephen KingLinda NagataLaird BarronMargo LanaganAnd many othersWith ach passing year science technology and the march of time shine light into the cra. ,
This book just wasn t as good as in previous years Lots of stories fell flat Some didn t Les Eaux D Alimentation De La Ville De Toulouse even seem like horror stories The ones I liked were Golden Sun best story in thentire book Monkeys on the Beach The Donner Party You Are Released Painted Wolves Split Chain Stitch and No Exit I love short horror stories and although I have not read all 11 volumes of The Best Horror Of The Year Volume 11 stands out as my favorite among the few that I have read There are stories that are uite disturbing Thumbsucker by Robert Shearman and The Donner Party by Dale Bailey for Les Eaux Min Rales Consid R Es Dans Leurs Rapports Avec La Chimie Et La example and stories that are frightening Milkteeth by Kristi DeMeester But my absolute favorites were those that featured people away from their homes facing strange customs such as in White Mare by Thana Niveau When a father and daughter claim an inheritance and get caught up in a tradition far different than the Halloween festivities they are used to at home and Golden Sun where a family on vacation will be forever changedThere is something forvery horror fan in these pages whether you are looking for thrills scares or scifi I received an advance copy for review Some of these stories blew my mind Some truly terrific talent in here Everyone has an opinion of what constitutes horror and what stories were the best of the year I don t think anyone can dispute however the uality of the writing contained in this book I primarily read it as a fan of the genre and some of the authors inside but the best stories were by authors I had not read before but look forward to reading from It feels odd reviewing a Best of compilation because well you have to assume it s not going to suckIt doesn t suck becausesee above sentenceStandouts included You Are Released by Joe Hill one of the scariest short stories I have L Espagne De L Ancien R Gime ever readA Brief Moment of Rage by Bill DavidsonMy Year as a White Woman by DJimon HounsouOkay that last one doesn txist but it should Stellar One of my favorites in this series so many stand outs Painted Wolves by Ray Cluley The Donner Party by Dale Bailey Thin Cold Hands by Gemma Files Golden Sun by Kristi DeMeester Richard Thomas Damien Angelica Walters and Michael Wehung Haunt by Siobhan Carrol Sleep by Carly HolmesAnd many others I njoyed You know the drill with theseI Remember Nothing Anne BillsonA woman wakes up with no memory of the night before next to a man she doesn t know and draws the obvious conclusions which turn out to be wrong Gorier than I usually like although I appreciated the nightmare urgency and confusion of the whole scenario Surreal body horror mphasis on the horror and the bodily fluids From an anthology of stories inspired by Joy Division s Unknown Pleasures I think we re running out of anthology themesMonkeys on the Beach Ralph Robert MooreA young second wife vacations with her husband and stepchildren on a Carribean island Cultural differences are throwing verything off kilter before the outright surreal tragedies start Ends in a jackhammer stream of brutally short chopping sentences I really liked this one Fictional step parents don t often get a chance to shinePainted Wolves Ray CluleyIn South Africa s Kruger National Park a crewthe sad sack sound guy narrator a bully and a lackey and the Z list celebrity host a starlet whose closest claim to fame was being on Big Brother of the nature documentary they re starlet whose closest claim to fame was being on Big Brother of the nature documentary they re are briefly stalked by African hunting dogs Violence comes from another direction I m torn about this one I would love to never read another story about this kind of violence for the rest of my life but it was well written the dogs were suitably creepy and a nice red herring the structure addressed from the sad sack to the starlet was nice "and the nding dissolution was well differentiated from the previous narrativeShit "the Les Origines De L Eglise D Desse ending dissolution was well differentiated from the previous narrativeShit Michael Marshall SmithLiterally Shit zombies Do with that what you willYou Know How the Story Goes Thomas Olde HeuveltAn urban legend role reversal where the narratorvictim is the hitchhiker picked up by a supernaturalntity in Croatia The Tall Lady is a creepy presence of L Espace Et Le Temps Chez Leibniz Et Chez Kant ever shifting proportions but she doesn t make up for an annoying narrative voice and the whole thing felt a bit too creepypasta ugh for me Back Along the Old Track Sam HicksEnglish folk horror about a creepy isolated family and an anxious visitor from the city Shades of Poroth Farm always a good thing Doesn t uite stick the landing but for the author s first published work this is very impressiveMasks Peter Sutton A sharp little number about shipwreck survivors that nicely trickles out details and knowsxactly when to Les Volcans De La Terre Vol 1 end More surreal than she usually worked butchoes Shirley JacksonThe Donner Party Dale BaileyCannibals but not the ones you think Unsettling class politics in Victorian England also L Ethnographie Criminelle exactly as long as it needed to be and with a sharp perfectnding I really
need to dig deeply into Bailey s work I was just thinking about I Was a Teenage Werewolfto dig deeply into Bailey s work I was just thinking about I Was a Teenage Werewolf other dayMilkteeth Kristi DeMeesterAnother anthology mainstay DeMeester continues to hone a very particular and personal kind of story nightmarish hazy focused on women sgirls xperiences of family and predation and socialization Beautiful workHaak John LanganAn astonishing cavalcade of literary allusions and nested narratives hinging on Peter The Great God Pan bookended by a paean to the power of teachingThin Cold Hands Gemma FilesA changeling story an undead fairy facetiously compared to Tinkerbell hints of Haak Creepy but something about the prose style kept me from connecting with it fully Files knows what she s doing so this was probably on purposeA Tiny Mirror Eloise C C Shepherd A child s imaginary friend helps him cope with his father s death Builds a mood nicely but then it s over just as it seems like it s getting going Rather old fashioned right up to the strangely inconseuen. For 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 tenth volume of the series Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will ke.
free download The Best Horror of the YearReat again I adore folk horror but the writing seemed too simplistic and there were some unanswered uestions Girls Without Their Faces On Laird Barron 4 stars I always njoy Barron Here he combines two of his loves Alaska and cosmic horrorThumbsucker Robert Shearman I don t know 3 stars This is a very uncomfortable story one that functions on a symbolic level On the literal level it s super gross lolYou Are Released Joe Hill 4 stars I disliked reading this story about being on a commercial flight when WW3 breaks out I found it upsetting But isn t that what horror is supposed to do Thus the high ratingRed Rain Adam Troy Castro 3 stars Ahhh so gorySplit Chain Stitch Steve Toase My galley is missing this story Not sure if it s been cut or just an Les Voeux Politiques Des Conseils G N Raux error with the proof Likely the latterNo Exit by Orrin Grey 4 stars Cults and cosmic horror two of my favorite things in horror storiesHaunt Siobhan Carroll 5normous stars Wow This story alone is worth the price of the book About guilt and personal culpability Not for the faint heartedSleep Carly HolmesMy galley is missing this story Not sure if it s been cut or just an Le Tombeau D Une Imp Ratrice Byzantine Valence En Espagne error with the proof Likely the latterI received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley Thanks for the opportunity to read and review I appreciate it In memory of Gardner Dozois He passed away I had no idea The world of anthologies is bereft of its master I ll be reviewingach short story as I finish it so future me will thank past me in a well Additions To Common Sense earned time travel handshake Each short story s review is structured as follows 1 A description of the genre2An overall view of my taste or distaste at the story3 Some useful star ratingsWait Gardner Dozois passed away last year That s horrible I had no idea The world of anthologies is bereft of its master I Remember Nothing Anne Billson What if you wake up next to your suspected rapist The room is wholly unfamiliar and rancid You have stiff stretched and threadbare muscles and painful twangs in your thighs What if when you confront him he says what did you put in my drink Well a post it note huntnsues packed with decapitated talking heads that tell you remembering will set you free Genre splatter gore psychological horror ShyamalanCharacters Scare factor Dread factor Suspense Creature feature Shyamalan Twist if featured Plot Ambience Writing Monkey s on the Beach When you have something old wash it new This story doesn t belong in a horror anthologyThis story was a hodgepodge horror that tried to be new and nuanced but was of a family tragedy than a horror Don his wife Selene and his children Lisbeth and Geoffrey are on a holiday on a remote island Geoffrey took the rushing water from his stepmother fingers feeling the vibration of thehard green rubber Sucked in breath So many new adventures when you re youngThings become strange almost like a small town horror The family washes their rental car and Don receives a ticket for wasting wateron an island Sheriff Axonil gives him another ticket for a mysterious Cyrillic satellite that breaks the pool of the rental house they are in But how is the sheriff always there on time It s never The Dublin Review Vol 16 explained Things get darker and so much worse when the children feed wild monkeys from there on ho boy The lead monkey sat up brown hinduarter setting down in the sandas if begging big lips pulling backxposing his fangs chattering The monkey rips out Lisbeth s The Works Of The Rev Dr Jonathan Swift Vol 5 Of 17 eye Things get dark Don drinks Thending is a despondent and disappointing The Psychological Clinic Vol 11 end to an interesting concept The writing is very much Cormac McCarthy and there isvocative and stirrings pieces on familial relations The story challenges the trope of the vil stepmother by providing a kind gentle oneGenre small town horror vacation gone wrong family paranoiaCharacters Scare factor Dread factor Suspense Creature feature Shyamalan Twist if featured Plot Ambience Writing Painted By Wolves by Ray Cluley A crew of nature documentary directors and voice actors go to South Africa to capture some rare footage They do just that they capture wild dogs catching and devouring a wildebeest It s certainly something I ve never seen Tom is unsettled by this despite all killings he s seen in the wild There s something unnatural about the way the wild dog looks him dead in "The EyesAnd Then The "eyesAnd then the decides to take out a bottle
Of MampoerWhat Is MampoerMampoerWhat is Mampoer let me tell you it s not a type of brandy like Wikipedia alleges Hearken and hear my call that stuff is closer in concentration to alcohol swabs than brandy I m not talking store Mampoer I mean the stuff that gets distilled in Oom Jan s backyard So basically legal moonshineJy s mal as jy dink dat brandewyn na aan Mampoer is brannewyn gee jou net babbelaas maar Mampoer is a blerrie doodstraf This was the third story in this anthology and so far the horror does not have my skin crawling at all However Tom the main character perceives his fellow humans in an interesting fashion He s specially careful and gentle of his descriptions of Jenny and Uncle Sam S Church ex Big Brother star with whom he is in love The characters are fleshed out well figuratively and literallyOverall this is a done to death Invasion of the Body Snatchers type storyGenre David Attenborough gone wrong Maybe the human is the real beastCharacters Scare factor Dread factor Suspense Creature feature Shyamalan Twist if featured Plot Ambience Writing My thanks to Skyhorse publishing and NetgalleyTruth is Ellen Datlow almost always does a great job of picking stories and author s Now if that s not what she does then I take it back Somebody does a great jobI liked a good 70% of these stories Not bad Was it the best horror of the year Eh that s always debatable What Injoy about anthologies is the fact that I probably wouldn t have read any of these stories were it not for the fact that they are collected here Cool beans. Ggy corners of the universe making the fears of an arlier generation seem uaint 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 xciting writers. ,