The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2015 Edition

The Year s Best Dark Fantasy Horror Edition The darkness creeps upon us and we shudder or it suddenly startles and we scream There need be no monsters for us to be terrified in the dark but if there are they are just as often human and as su

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  • Title: The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2015 Edition
  • Author: Paula Guran Damien Angelica Walters
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The darkness creeps upon us and we shudder, or it suddenly startles and we scream There need be no monsters for us to be terrified in the dark, but if there are, they are just as often human and as supernatural Join us in this outstanding annual exploration of the year s best dark fiction that includes stories of quiet fear, the utterly fantastic, the weirdly surreal, atThe darkness creeps upon us and we shudder, or it suddenly startles and we scream There need be no monsters for us to be terrified in the dark, but if there are, they are just as often human and as supernatural Join us in this outstanding annual exploration of the year s best dark fiction that includes stories of quiet fear, the utterly fantastic, the weirdly surreal, atmospheric noir, mysterious hauntings, seductive nightmares, and frighteningly plausible futures Featuring tales from masterful authors and talented new writers sure to make you reconsider walking in the shadows alone .

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    1. I always love when people actually rate each of the short stories in a short story volume so I can see what I am getting into, but with 28 stories in2015's The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Fiction , it is really just too much to elaborate on for this poor girl so I will leave the detailed rundown for someone else who throws possible carpal tunnel syndrome to the wind. So, let me give you the condensed stats as I see them:Number of stories that I don't remember a week after finishing this antholo [...]

    2. I loved it!This book was so good.I couldn't put it down.Some nights the kids had to make they're own dinner because I wouldn't put the book down.(my kids are older)

    3. Ostracism, cruelty, loneliness and desperation rise to the top in this anthology of the best of the best of the new dark and dreary. A great many of these short stories and novellas are excellent in this 6th annual edition of this collection. Editor Paula Guran can be counted on cast a wide net when it comes to tone and genre, but to glean the best therein.Five stories rocked my world with their depth into the human condition, starting with V. H. Leslie's "The Quiet Room" in which a divorced fat [...]

    4. I've been commenting on these collections since I received my first one (the 2011 edition, I believe) as a Christmas gift. My reviews have been generally positive, with the exception of editing errors which have been all too prevalent. The quality of the work has been very good, however, and apart from issues of taste (dark fantasy isn't everyone's cuppa) each volume has been a must-have.Well. It is my distinct pleasure to proclaim this year's the best ever, and not just in terms of story conten [...]

    5. I learned to love short stories from reading Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allen Poe, and Isaac Asimov back when I was a kid, absorbing those authors on the sly, while still under the thumb of my parents religion. One of the common threads for those three masters of the form, was the ability to write a well-crafted, self-contained story, that effectively communicated a central idea. And this is what I find missing from a lot of modern short story authors, specifically the ability to create a short story t [...]

    6. I usually like this series, but just didn't so much enjoy reading this edition. I hotly disliked more stories in this volume, including the final novella, than I seem to remember in prior years. The volume starts out strong: "The Quiet Room" by V.H. Leslie is a psychological suspense story about loss and grief. The ending is perfectly ambiguous and could be hopeful or horrible, depending on the reading.A strange hero emerges from "Mr. Hill's Death" by S.L. Gilbow, and this was my other favorite [...]

    7. I may not be the audience for modern horror if this book really comprises the year's best. I could happily live the rest of my life without reading another story about magical cats, vampires with attitude, or stories set in metaphoric futures that would have been edgy 50 years ago. A couple of the offerings, those set in magical lands with lots of made-up vocabulary, I couldn't read at all. This is really what passes for horror these days? Nearly all the tales were well written but the stories t [...]

    8. Una de las mejores antologías de varios autores que he leído desde hace tiempo, tanto por calidad media como por variedad. Quiero leer más de Slatter y Helen Marshall. Además, el cuento de Kiernan me ha abierto el apetito de lovecraftiana, que no era un subgénero que me apasionara, pero que sospecho que ahora me hará hacerle ojitos al She walks in shadows que tienen en Gigamesh.

    9. My first time reading a collection edited by Paula Guran so I'm not quite sure what to make of it. Either it was a weak year or my taste is not the same as hers. I still prefer Stephen Jones annual collections with their massive intros. I'll give Guran another shot with reservations.

    10. Faves:V.H. Leslie: "The Quiet Room"Laird Barron: "(Little Miss) Queen of Darkness"Stephen Graham Jones: "The Elvis Room" (freaking awesome)Dale Bailey: "The End of the End of Everything"Gemma FIles: "A Wish from a Bone"

    11. All in all, a good collection of the weird, paranormal and fantastic. Some of the stories didn't quite pique my interest as much as the others, (hence, the theee star rating) but I did like most of them and even loved a number of them enough to make a note of the authors so I could find more of their work. So, overall, I liked it!

    12. Most of these stories weren't for me. Even the Novella at the end felt over extended. Too much of " Event A feels like this, but it could be the opposite, or maybe I don't know what it is." It got tiresome.

    13. This years's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror was quite a feast. At almost six-hundred pages, and with 28 stories, some of considerable length, by the time I finished I had almost forgot some of the stories early in the book. Paula Guran, the series editor, much have hard a time winnowing this group down, but I would recommend a slimmer volume in the future.That being said, some of the long stories are the best. The last story, which is freshest in my mind, is "Kur-a-Len," by Lavie Tidhar. It is r [...]

    14. Fewer likes to dislikes in this collection than I usually manage, but that's understandable, because my taste usually doesn't run toward the dark. But I like to push myself, and if I'm going to take horror at all, prose really is my preferred form. I think my favorite was probably "The Female Factory" by Lisa L Hannett and Angela Slatter, mostly because of the historical element. Maybe I should deliberately try reading more Australian authors.

    15. Finally! Worked through this collection of wonderfully weird stories and thoroughly enjoyed myself. As with all collections we had some hits and some misses, but I really do think that overall this collection has something for everyone. The last story was really, really strange and I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I really enjoyed (in no particular order): The Screams of Dragons, The Female Factory, The Elvis Room, and Resurrection Points.

    16. The 2014 collection blew my mind; this collection didn't engage me as much, unfortunately (maybe my expectations were too high?). Still, some stories were incredibly compelling and impossible to put down: Yoon Ha Lee's "Combustion Hour," Usman T. Malik's "Resurrection Points," and Lavie Tidhar's "Kur-A-Len."

    17. Would rate it a 3.5 if I could. The beginning is dire but things do improve--though there isn't a truly great story, or a particularly scary one, in the lot this year, there are several very good ones.

    18. Mixed bag.One really horrific tale, some decent slow burner suspense ones and far too many "meh" or ones I question the inclusion (I know every year the editor states upfront the definition of horror isn't concrete).

    19. 2014 must've been a horrible year for short fiction, since absolutely all 'best of the year' anthologies were very disappointing, this one not making an exception.Half of the stories in here are simply unreadable, the other half are just too bland to bother with.Avoid 2014 in short fiction! :)

    20. Hit or missAs with any anthologyyou have the good and bad. Overall it was a good book but some stories I had to make myself power through.

    21. Kelley Armstrong's "The Screams of Dragons" is by far the best story in this collection, the only one that truly stayed with me.

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