The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012

by Paula Guran
Release date: 2012
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasydark fantasy, horror, anthology

Edited by Paula Guran.

Take a journey into darkness. Visit places where one might expect to find the dark - in a house where love was shared and lost, a milky-white pool in an Australian cave, the trenches of World War I, the deep woods. You would not be surprised to find the dark in a cheap apartment on the wrong side of town, down mean streets, under a gallows-tree, along dank passageways, trapped underground, in the near future, or among the mysteries of old New Orleans. Dunes, lakes, isolated cabins, old books, and Old West saloons - well, the darkness might easily be there. But we've also found locales you thought were safe from shadows - a rib joint with good blues playing, inside an old wardrobe, on a baseball diamond, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel... Travel into the best dark fantasy and horror from 2011 with more than five-hundred pages of tales from some of today's best-known writers of the fantastique as well as new talents - stories that will take you to a diverse assortment of dark places.


  • The Third Time May Be a Charm, But It's Not Nessarily Definitive by Paula Guran
  • Objects in Dreams May Be Closer Than They Appear by Lisa Tuttle
  • After the Apocalypse by Maureen McHugh
  • Sun Falls by Angela Slatter
  • The Bleeding Shadow by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Catastrophic Disruption of the Head by Margo Lanagan
  • Tell Me I'll See You Again by Dennis Etchison
  • The Maltese Unicorn by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • King Death by Paul Finch
  • Why Light? by Tanith Lee
  • Josh by Gene Wolfe
  • Time and Tide by Alan Peter Ryan
  • Rakshasi by Kelley Armstrong
  • Why Do You Linger? by Sarah Monette
  • Vampire Lake by Norman Partridge
  • Lord Dunsany's Teapot by Naomi Novik
  • The Dune by Stephen King
  • The Fox Maiden by Priya Sharma
  • Rocket Man by Stephen Graham Jones
  • A Journey of Only Two Paces by Tim Powers
  • Near Zennor by Elizabeth Hand
  • Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
  • All You Can Do Is Breathe by Kaaron Warren
  • Mysteries of the Old Quarter by Paul Park
  • Still by Tia V. Travis
  • Crossroads by Laura Anne Gilman
  • The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Hair by Joan Aiken
  • The Lake by Tananarive Due
  • Walls of Paper, Soft as Skin by Adam Callaway
  • The Last Triangle by Jeffrey Ford
  • After-Words by Glen Hirshberg
  • Four Legs in the Morning by Norman Prentiss
  • A Tangle of Green Men by Charles de Lint
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