Anthology Roundup Part 4: The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 3 and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, #22

by Brian on November 21, 2011

in Fiction

Last year’s story, “Just Outside Our Windows, Deep Inside Our Walls,” ended up with a double-dip presence in year’s-best roundups. While I would of course maintain that you need the story in its original e-chapbook form, courtesy of Darkside Digital, these volumes are pretty nice too.

First up, because it actually appeared last May, is this assortment of all that was good and unholy in 2010 as selected by the one and only Ellen Datlow. A good ratio of familiar names to other folks that I’m looking forward to getting to know better.

Tapping into the Amazon reviews, for some reason I’m especially fond of one reader’s declaration that Norman Partridge and I should have permanent slots reserved in every year’s-best anthology. I think I can also speak for Norm when I say, “Sure, why not?”

Next it’s editor Stephen Jones’ turn, with his autumn annual and latest book whose spine is thick enough to double as a weapon in the next Jason Bourne movie. There’s a bit of cross-over with us chicks in Ellen’s brood, but it’s largely a different roster. I’m just happy to have pleased them both.

Along with this Amazon reader, who calls “Just Outside Our Windows…” “…a superlative example of dark fantasy; a masterclass in magic realism.” Really, I’m going to have to start putting these folks on the payroll.

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