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***One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018"*** 

A group of mountain climbers, caught in the dark, fight to survive their descent; in the British countryside, hundreds of magpies ascend into the sky, higher and higher, until they seem to vanish into the heavens; a professor and his student track a zombie horde in order to research zombie behavior; an all-girl riding school has sinister secrets; a town rails in vain against a curse inflicted upon it by its founders. 

For more than three decades, editor and anthologist Ellen Datlow, winner of multiple Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, has had her finger on the pulse of the horror genre, introducing readers to writers whose tales can unnerve, frighten, and terrify. This anniversary volume, which collects the best stories from the first ten years of her annual The Best Horror of the Year anthology series, includes fiction from award-winning and critically acclaimed authors Neil Gaiman, Livia Llewellyn, Laird Barron, Gemma Files, Stephen Graham Jones, and many more. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS: 

Introduction - Ellen Datlow
Lowland Sea - Suzy McKee Charnas
Wingless Beasts - Lucy Taylor
The Nimble Men - Glen Hirshberg
Little America - Dan Chaon
Black and White Sky - Tanith Lee
The Monster Makers - Steve Rasnic Tem
Chapter Six - Stephen Graham Jones
In a Cavern, in a Canyon - Laird Barron
Allochthon - Livia Llewellyn
Shepherds’ Business - Stephen Gallagher
Down to a Sunless Sea - Neil Gaiman
The Man from the Peak - Adam Golaski
In Paris, in the Mouth of Kronos - John Langan
The Moraine - Simon Bestwick
At the Riding School - Cody Goodfellow
Cargo - E. Michael Lewis
Tender as Teeth - Stephanie Crawford & Duane Swierczynski
Wild Acre - Nathan Ballingrud
The Callers - Ramsey Campbell
This Stagnant Breath of Change - Brian Hodge
Grave Goods - Gemma Files
The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine - Peter Straub
Majorlena - Jane Jakeman
The Days of Our Lives - Adam L. G. Nevill
You Can Stay All Day - Mira Grant
No Matter Which Way We Turned - Brian Evenson
Nesters - Siobhan Carroll
Better You Believe - Carole Johnstone

©2018 Ellen Datlow (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I only managed a few stories

First of all, the first 50 minutes of this is literally reviews of other books. Why? Also, I got to story five but had to stop as none of them have been worth my time. Lastly, the male narrator has a voice that grates on my nerves and that with everything else really ruined this for me.

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Horror Fan

This book has it's ups and downs. some story's are great and others are ok. one or two are not good they just end. overall alright not bad

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narcissistic narrator ruined the material.

The editor/narrator spent 49 minutes prattling on about books and bullcrap unrelated to the stories in the collection. she was so in love with the sound of her own voice, she droned on inanely for over 49 minutes. There was no way to access the chapter menu and skip her ego stroking blather, neither could I fast forward, except to increase her reading speed 3.5 times. Finally, I reached chapter 2, where the actual short stories began. To my dismay, SHE was the performer. I just couldn't tolerate any more of her annoyingly over-dramatic voice, and gave up on the book entirely. I will be seeking a refund for my purchase of this mess.

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So boring

I got this to listen to on long drives. Instead of entertaining me, it nearly put me to sleep! There was very little horror element but it had plenty of long and boring descriptions and stories that went nowhere. I’m not a fan unless you’re downloading it to fall asleep.

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Sad

This book doesn’t finish any of the stories with in. It sounds as if they are just reading a chapter from each of the books and none of them really come to a conclusion.

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Definitely the best of the best

Excellent collection of horror short stories. Probably the best on the site. All the "best horror" short story books are good and they did a great job picking the best of them.

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Really nice!

I loved this collection overall. However, some stories just weren't as strong as the others for me. Still, a great selection!

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mediocre

Not worth the time
unless you want to sleep. I will not be reading or listening to anything else this author publishes

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The year in scary etoriesthe year in scary stories

This book is interesting..if somewhst over exaimned stories told..this was w very interesting listen. And well wortu your time

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  • Robin Adam Griffiths
  • 01-11-19

Can you return audible books?

If these are the best of the best horror stories of the last decade then we really need to redefine the word horror. None of the stories lingered or apart from the clunky dialogue made me uneasy, with the only sense of the uncanny being when characters talked about sex, the fear of the unknown was the hope that the next story might be entertaining (it was false hope).
Listen to most of these stories and you'll find yourself asking "Wait, when did they establish that?", "why did I buy this?" or "why was that not setup better or at all?" right around the twist/reveal if their is a reveal not just an abrupt end. To be fair though some of the last few stories had potential, it was squandered. That might have been the previous stories lowering the bar for me so much I was relived to find a story with anything to offer in the slightest, I genuinely can't tell.
Sorry to those involved I can see you had very little to work with, my apologies for any offense incurred by this review.

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  • Sandy
  • 02-05-19

Absolutely horrible.

I hated the stories I managed to get through and never bothered finishing the book.