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Best Horror of the Year, Volume 10

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For more than 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 readers crave. Now, with the tenth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night

Included in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as Neil Gaiman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Stephen King, Linda Nagata, Laird Barron, 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.

©2018 Ellen Datlow (P)2018 Tantor

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Well narrated, but the stories are lacklustre

The stories aren't very horror and they don't end properly, they just stop when they get to the good bits. The narrators are quite talented, but I did yell at them unintentionally when suddenly the next one announces the next story. These stories pale in comparison to even the weakest ones in a compilation such as the 'Hardcore Horror', which I refunded this one to get the next volume of.

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  • Melissa Eisner
  • 14-07-2018

always great!

Beautiful and creepy stories. The final story was my favorite, although I also def enjoyed the short piece by Machado.

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  • fuzzypants
  • 02-10-2018

Meh, stories are mild PG and narration is lacking

This was my first horror shorts purchase, it won’t be my last but I’ll definitely read more into the descriptions and reviews next time!
The female narrator was excellent but the male narrator was in and out of accents like crazy-every now and then he would over exaggerate a key word to “remind you” oh hey, this guy is Hispanic or oh yeah, these are English blokes...but it was oddly peppered in with his regular reading voice. It’s tolerable and doesn’t detract from the stories, mainly because there’s no real suspense or twists.
Now I should mention that I’m an avid horror,mystery and suspense reader and started sneak reading Dean Koontz in grade school, so the mildness of these selections could be due to my brain being jaded to subtle terror innuendo. The stories are well written and their authors talented, but it’s nothing mind stirring or soul shaking for the veterans searching out new depraved weirdos to haunt your nightmares lol!

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  • Kevin Young
  • 24-07-2018

Perfect choice for any horror fan

This is a great collection of horror shorts from some of the best in the business. Alone In The Dark is a standout for its subtlety and open interpretation.

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  • BKS
  • 17-10-2018

I wanted to puncture my eardrums<br />

The only horror I encountered in this was the dawning knowledge that there was nothing Horrific about the stories.

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  • Heather S
  • 24-06-2018

Not scary in any way.

I have only gotten through about half of this book and only listen when I am extremely bored. To me this is not horror. There is not a single thing scary about any of the stories I have read so far. Disappointing.

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  • Heaven Mecham
  • 17-02-2020

Lame, borning, perverted

I cant say there was any story that held my attention. This lady is also a perv.

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  • oftenevil
  • 22-08-2019

Ellen Datlow’s 10th annual “Best Horror” volume is a disappointment compared to the previous nine collections.

Ellen Datlow has the been the genre’s most reliable & distinguished Editor for the past several decades — where she has worked either individually or along with other highly respected curators of literary horror anthologies. Because of her impeccable track record for always delivering the goods, I suppose it was only a matter of time before we got a dud. This is that dud, if you will. The names in this volume’s lineup is limited in terms of heavy-hitters, though John Langan does provide the best content serving as this year’s closer to the collection.

I’m not saying the other contributors featured in this collection are the problem, as these volumes always tend to have a nice balance of seasoned masters of the short story along with fresh/less-familiar authors proving they can punch above their weight class so to speak...that is until this volume, where the bulk of the material that we’ve grown accustomed to being surprising & impressive simply isn’t here. I don’t know if it was a thin field of stories entered that explain why there are an overwhelming amount of misses compared to hits, or maybe Datlow wanted to try something different(?) this year...but if that is the case, “different” would also mean, “substandard” and “unapologetically trenchant while going for a very subdued, far less potent brand of Horror.”

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  • Ashley Harness
  • 28-06-2019

Eh...

Enjoyed about 35% of the stories, and the feigned accents were awful. Out of the entire book, I would say only a couple left any lasting impression. The writing is excruciating in the last story, and the dead horse that was its conclusion, was beaten and dragged past the point of entertainment.

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  • WhatchutalkinboutWillis
  • 01-11-2018

Disappointed

I really wanted to like this collection of horror. However, none of the stories grabbed me like the previous volumes. Hoping volume 11 is better.

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  • St.Exmin
  • 12-10-2018

A mixed bag of spooky stories

Just like most collections of short stories, some are very good, and some are very not.
If you dont mind some inconsistency in quality and are able to make your way past the weak opening, this book has some gems that are definitely worth listening to.