For over three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror listeners crave. Now, with the eighth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night.
Encompassed in the audio of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as: Neil Gaiman; Kim Stanley Robinson; Stephen KingLinda Nagata; Laird Barron; Margo Lanagan; and many others.
With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this light creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness as articulated by today's most challenging and exciting writers.
©2016 Ellen Datlow; 2016 by Night Shade Books, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I bought this for an 1800 mile road trip. Out of a dozen so far, I've only found one story amusing or even slightly scary. The narration on almost every story has been full and drab and is making me fall asleep while driving.
To title a novel as "Best Horror of the Year" sets a very high standard. A significant point was that each of the stories and their respective narrations deviated in quality, from mediocre to disappointing. None were particularly fear or terror invoking.
I love horror stories and anthology books in general. I have checked out a couple of these The Best Horror Of The Year and they are mixed bags. Some stories are slow burners and there are a few great ones scattered about. The narration is always pretty good! Don't be afraid to check these out. If you do you might miss out on really good stuff!!
Top stories for me:
My boy builds coffins
Lord of the sand
Black dog (Neil Giaman)
Don't waste your credit. I've been burned by previous volumes of this collection but I thought different authors would equal different result and it did...it just wasn't a likable difference. I couldn't bring myself to listen to all of these stories but the common thread for me was they all seem like first drafts made by an author undecided on the direction he/she wants the story to go. Many of the characters are flat, the story lines are rambling and the endings often fizzle. The performances are mediocre and although the writing has opportunities to injection drama, sarcasm, suspense, an accent/dialect, humor or rage the performers never become anyone else from story to story. There's never any doubt the performers are sitting at a mic reading (no Frank Muller here).
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