The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Two

by Ellen Datlow
Release date: March 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horror, anthology

Edited by Ellen Datlow.

Celebrities take refuge in a white-walled mansion as plague and fever sweep into Cannes; a killer finds that the living dead have no appetite for him; a television presenter stumbles upon the chilling connection between a forgotten animal act and the Whitechapel Murders; a nude man unexpectedly appears in the backgrounds of film after film; mysterious lights menace the crew of a small plane; a little girl awakens to discover her nightlight--and more--missing; two sisters hunt vampire dogs in the wild hills of Fiji; lovers get more than they bargained for in a decadent discotheque; a college professor holds a classroom mesmerized as he vivisects Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death"...

What frightens us, what unnerves us? What causes that delicious shiver of fear to travel the lengths of our spines? It seems the answer changes every year. Every year the bar is raised; the screw is tightened. Ellen Datlow knows what scares us; the seventeen stories included in this anthology were chosen from magazines, webzines, anthologies, literary journals, and single author collections to represent the best horror of the year.

Legendary editor Ellen Datlow (Poe: New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe), winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, joins Night Shade Books in presenting The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Two.


  • Summation 2009 – Ellen Datlow
  • Lowland Sea – Suzy McKee Charnas
  • The End of Everything – Steve Eller
  • Mrs Midnight – Reggie Oliver
  • Eeach Thing I Show You Is a Piece of My Death – Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer
  • The Nimble Men – Glen Hirshberg
  • What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night – Michael Marshall Smith
  • Wendigo – Micaela Morrissette
  • In the Porches of My Ears – Norman Prentiss
  • Lonegan's Luck – Stephen Graham Jones
  • The Crevasse – Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud
  • The Lion's Den – Steve Duffy
  • Lotophagi – Edward Morris
  • The Gaze Dogs of Nine Waterfall – Kaaron Warren
  • Dead Loss – Carole Johnstone
  • Strappado – Laird Barron
  • The Lammas Worm – Nina Allan
  • Technicolor – John Langan
updated 2011-01-16

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