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Thursday 21 June 2018
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The Best Horror Of The Year: Book review

The best horror

416 pgs.
Night Shade Books

The Best Horror Of The Year volume seven proves that once again, Ellen Datlow will continue to impress her readers as both a superb horror writer and the creator of impressive anthologies. Her latest release The Best Horror Of The Year volume seven, definitely showcases some of the top writers in the country.The stories range from creepy and the downright macabre to twisted,dark and horrific ones.
This was my first experience with one of Ellen Datlow’s anthologies and I was quite impressed. Each story takes the reader down a different path, a fearful path filled with scary characters,twisted plots,and nightmarish outcomes.
Volume seven has 22 stories that will make your skin crawl. Plain and simple. While I hesitate to choose one story over another, I did have some favorites.
The first story in this anthology was titled “The Atlas Of Hell” by Nathan Ballingrud. The opening line definitely sets the pace for things to come.I quote:”He didn’t even know he was dead. I had just shot this guy in the head and he’s still standing there giving me shit.”
Later we come to another one of my favorites,”Outside Heavenly” by Rio Youers. Again, creepy characters, possession, and a suspenseful ending made this one a joy to read.
But I can’t stop there. Do you like to travel? Who doesn’t? Just don’t read “Departures” by Carole Johnstone if you’re planning on flying anytime soon.
Every horror anthology offers readers a chance to journey into terrifying places and escape unscathed. In Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror Of The Year volume seven, I can almost guarantee you’ll find something which will satisfy your craving for horror.

About the author:
Ellen Datlow has been editing science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction for over thirty years as fiction editor of OMNI Magazine and editor of Event Horizon and SCI FICTION. She currently acquires short fiction for Tor.com. In addition, she has edited more than sixty science fiction, fantasy, and horror anthologies, including the annual The Best Horror of the Year, Lovecraft’s Monsters,Fearful Symmetries, Nightmare Carnival, The Cutting Room, and The Doll Collection. Forthcoming is The Monstrous.

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