Fearful Symmetries

by Ellen Datlow
Release date: July 3, 2014
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horror, anthology

Shirley Jackson Award 2014. World Fantasy Award nominee 2015.

Edited by Ellen Datlow.

From Ellen Datlow, award-winning and genre-shaping editor of more than fifty anthologies, and twenty of horror's established masters and rising stars, comes an all-original look into the beautiful, terrible, tragic, and terrifying. Wander through visions of the most terrible of angels, the Seven who would undo the world. Venture through Hell and back, and lands more terrestrial and darker still. Linger a while in childhoods, and seasons of change by turns tragic and monstrously transformative. Lose yourself amongst the haunted and those who can't let go, in relationships that might have been and never were. Witness in dreams and reflections, hungers and horrors, the shadows cast upon the wall, and linger in forests deep. Come see what burns so bright...


  • Introduction” by Ellen Datlow
  • “A Wish From a Bone” by Gemma Files
  • “The Atlas of Hell” by Nathan Ballingrud
  • “The Witch Moth” by Bruce McAllister
  • “Kaiju” by Gary McMahon
  • “Will The Real Psycho In This Story Please Stand Up?” by Pat Cadigan
  • “In the Year of Omens” by Helen Marshall
  • “The Four Darks” by Terry Dowling
  • “The Spindly Man” by Stephen Graham Jones
  • “The Window” by Brian Evenson
  • “Mount Chary Galore” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “Ballad of an Echo Whisperer” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • “Suffer Little Children” by Robert Shearman
  •  “Power” by Michael Marshall Smith
  • “Bridge of Sighs” by Kaaron Warren
  • “the worms crawl in,” by Laird Barron
  • “The Attic” by Catherine MacLeod
  •  “Wendigo Nights” by Siobhan Carroll
  • “Episode Three: On the Great Plains, In the Snow” by John Langan
  • “Catching Flies” by Carole Johnstone
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted” by Garth Nix
updated 2015-07-15

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