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The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five Audiobook

The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five

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Publisher's Summary

Darkness, both literal and psychological, holds its own unique fascination. Despite our fears, or perhaps because of them, listeners have always been drawn to tales of death, terror, madness, and the supernatural, and no more so than today when a wildly imaginative new generation of dark dreamers is carrying on in the tradition of Poe and Lovecraft and King, crafting exquisitely disturbing literary nightmares that gaze without flinching into the abyss - and linger in the mind long after.

Multiple award-winning editor Ellen Datlow knows the darkest corners of fiction and poetry better than most. Once again, she has braved the haunted landscape of modern horror to seek out the most chilling new works by both legendary masters of the genre and fresh young talents. Here are twisted hungers and obsessions, human and otherwise, along with an unsettling variety of spine-tingling fears and fantasies. The cutting edge of horror has never cut deeper than in this comprehensive showcase of the very best the field has to offer. Enter at your own risk.

©2013 Ellen Datlow; 2013 Night Shade Books (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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    Igrat777 04-06-15
    Igrat777 04-06-15
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    "good example of a narrator making all the diff"
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    Very interesting stories by some of the best writers in horror fiction. These stories were made even more wonderful by the narrator. He is PHENOMENAL. I cannot compliment him enough. There were some fabulous stories here and then there were some okay stories that Mr. May's narration made fabulous.

    Okay, I'll stop gushing over the narrator now and say a little something about the stories.... I found about 95% of them to be really really good. Obviously, a few really stood out, like "Little America" and "The House on Ashley Ave." (of which I could have read more of - I hope the author is going to write a novel about the very interesting Meerfield Group). There were 2 or 3 stinkers, but overall this anthology is well worth the money.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dionne E Chester 04-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Largely forgettable"

    I didn't enjoy this like I thought I would. None of the shorts were horrifying. Many were what I considered ok but I want more from my reads than just ok. A good handful were senseless and left me asking "why?". Not one I will listen to again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Finn Las Vegas, NV 03-25-15
    Finn Las Vegas, NV 03-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "If the title is optional why can't I submit :P"

    Not exactly what I would call horror stories (there were a few), a lot of the stories are just really "bummer" situations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angelia 07-12-15
    Angelia 07-12-15
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    "Best pass this one by"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyone who might actually enjoy this entire collection. There are a couple stories that rise above the rest, but even those aren't outstanding.


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    I simply cannot imagine that these stories represent the best of any year. Some are simply poorly written. Others suggest that the author didn't understand the concept of the short story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jarod 06-21-15
    Jarod 06-21-15 Member Since 2006
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    "This is NOT a book of horror stories"
    Has The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre but definately this series.


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    The majority of stories in this book might fit the suspense genre but the only way this would fit in the horror category is ironically. The stories were bland and I frequently had to check to see if I had finished one and started another they were quite boring and I didn't even bother finishing the book. Unfortunately I wasted a credit on volume 6 as well, I will give it a shot but I couldn't have lower expectatations.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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