The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013

Paula Guran
fantasy > dark fantasy, horror, anthology
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 - Paula Guran

Edited by Paula Guran.

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 utterlyfantastic, the weirdly surreal, atmospheric noir, mysterious hauntings, seductive nightmares, and frighteningly plausible futures. Featuring thirty-five tales from masterful authors and talented new writers sure to make you reconsider walking in the shadows alone...

Contents (Listed alphabetically by author):

  • Laird Barron, “Hand of Glory” (The Book of Cthulhu 2)
  • Peter S. Beagle, “Great-Grandmother in the Cellar” (Under My Hat)
  • Peter Bell, “Glamour of Madness” (The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows)
  • Joseph Bruchac, “Down in the Valley” (Postscripts #28/29: Exotic Gothic 4)
  • Jim Butcher, “Bigfoot on Campus” (Hex Appeal)
  • Mike Carey, “Iphigenia In Aulis” (An Apple for the Creature)
  • Terry Dowling, “Nightside Eye” (Cemetery Dance #66)
  • K. M. Ferebee, “The Bird Country” (Shimmer #15)
  • Jeffrey Ford, “The Natural History of Autumn” (F&SF, July/August 2012)
  • Neil Gaiman, “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury” (The Shadow Show)
  • Theodora Goss, “England Under the White Witch” (Clarkesworld, Issue 73)
  • Maria Dahvana Headley, “Game” (Subterranean, Fall 2012)
  • Robert Hood, “Escena de un Asesinato” (Postscripts #28/29: Exotic Gothic 4)
  • Stephen Graham Jones, “Welcome to the Reptile House” (Strange Aeons #9)
  • Caitlín R Kiernan, “Fake Plastic Trees: (After)
  • Ellen Klages, “The Education of a Witch” (Under My Hat)
  • Marc Laidlaw, “Forget You” (Lightspeed, June 2012)
  • John Langan, “Renfrew’s Course” (Lightspeed, April 2012)
  • Joe R. Lansdale, “The Tall Grass” (Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations)
  • Tim Lebbon, “Slaughterhouse Blues” (Nothing As It Seems)
  • Alison Littlewood, “The Eyes of Water (The Eyes of Water)
  • Good Hunting, Ken Liu (Strange Horizons, October 2012)
  • Helen Marshall, “No Ghosts In London” (Hair Side, Flesh Side)
  • Sarah Monette, “Blue Lace Agate” (Lightspeed, January 2012)
  • Ekaterina Sedia, “End of White” (Shotguns v Cthulhu)
  • Priya Sharma, “Pearls” (Bourbon Penn 04)
  • Robert Shearman, “Bedtime Stories for Yasmin” (Shadows & Tall Trees 4)
  • John Shirley, “When Death Wakes Me to Myself” (Black Wings II)
  • Cory Skerry, “Sinking Among Lilies” (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue #92)
  • Simon Strantzas, “Go Home Again” (Fungi)
  • Rachel Swirsky, “The Sea of Trees” (The Future Is Japanese)
  • Melanie Tem, “Dahlias” (Black Wings II)
  • Karen Tidbeck, “Arvid Pekon” (Jagganath: Stories)
  • Genevieve Valentine, “Armless Maidens of the American West” (Apex, August 7, 2012)
  • Brooke Wonders, “Everything Must Go” (Clarkesworld, Issue 74)
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Release date: August 15, 2013
Genres: fantasydark fantasy, horror, anthology
Updated: August 25, 2021