Anthology Review: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror:2016 edited by Paula Guran

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 EditionThe Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2016 Edition by Paula Guran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paula Guran [editor] and Prime Books here release another solid anthology in their annual collection of the best dark short fiction. One novella rounds out the short stories covering the horror to thriller to dark fantasy spectrum.

My favorite’s, all earning 5 out of 5 stars, were:
–Angela Slatter’s novella, Ripper, an imaginative supernatural retelling of the unsolved Jack the Ripper tale that brings to light gender inequities and how that may have compromised the investigation.
–Dale Bailey’s short horror tale, “Snow”. A small party of friends survives the opening days of an apocalyptic pandemic only to find themselves ill-prepared to face their inner fears and loss of humanity.
–Priya Sharma’s disturbing modern creature fantasy, “Fabulous Beasts”, which shows a family of transmorphic snake people and their unsettling history of incest, rape, abuse, and survival.

I reviewed every tale included in the anthology. Also included are:
Armstrong, Kelley–“The Door”–4 stars
Black, Holly–“1Up”–4 stars
Jones, Stephen Graham–“Daniel’s Theory About Dolls”–4 stars
Kiernan, Caitlin R.–“The Cripple and Starfish”–4 stars
Kishore, Swapna–“The Absence of Words”–4 stars
Lopresti, Robert–“Street of the Dead House”–4 stars
McGuire, Seanan–“There is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold”–4 stars
Mills, Daniel–“Below the Falls”–4 stars
Muir, Tamsyn–“The Deepwater Bride”–4 stars
Walters, Damien Angelica–“Sing Me Your Scars”–4 stars
Wehunt, Michael–“The Devil Under the Maison Blue”–4 stars
Campbell, Rebecca–“The Glad Hosts”–3 stars
Files, Gemma–“Hairwork”–3 stars
Gaiman, Neil–“Black Dog”–3 stars
Liu, Ken–“Cassandra”–3 stars
Shirley, John–“Windows Underwater”–3 stars
Valente, Catherynne M.–“The Lily and the Horn”–3 stars
Wilson, Kai Ashante–Kaiju maximus: ‘So Various, So Beautiful, So New'”–3 stars
Bulkin, Nadia–“Seven Minutes in Heaven”–2 stars
Hannett, Lisa L.–“A Shot of Salt Water”–2 stars
Langan, John–“Corpsemouth”–2 stars
McDermott, Kirstyn–“Mary, Mary”–2 stars
Ptacek, Kathryn–“The Greyness”–2 stars
Robson, Kelly–“The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill”–2 stars
Samatar, Sofia–“Those”–2 stars
Warren, Kaaron–“The Body Finder”–2 stars
Headley, Maria Dahvana–“The Scavenger’s Nursery”–1 star

I received this anthology directly from Prime Books. I’ve previously read The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2010 and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2015.

 

 

[Check out my other reviews here.]

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