Best Horror of the Year 5


BestHorror5_CoverPanelI received an email on Monday evening from the multi award-winning editor Ellen Datlow, to say that she was taking my story NONE SO BLIND for inclusion in her annual reprint anthology BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR 5.

I was absolutely floored by this news. I own every single edition of the 21 Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthologies that she’s edited, together with the first 4 Best Horror of the Year editions that have been published so far by Night Shade Books, and I regard them as the byword in quality fiction. It has long been one of my writing goals to nab a spot within its pages, so it was unbelievably thrilling to hear I was going to be sharing space with such a wonderful collection of writers. The full table of contents has been released –

Nikishi  by Lucy Taylor

Little America by Dan Chaon

A Natural History of Autumn by Jeffrey Ford

Mantis Wives    by  Kij Johnson

Tender as Teeth by Stephanie Crawford and Duane Swierczynski

The Callers by Ramsey Campbell

Two poems for Hill House by Kevin McCann

Mariner’s Round by  Terry Dowling

Nanny Grey by Gemma Files

The Magician’s Apprentice by Tamsyn Muir

Kill All Monsters   by Gary McMahon

The House on Ashley Avenue by Ian Rogers

Dead Song  by Jay Wilburn

Sleeping, I  Was Beauty    by Sandi Leibowitz

Bajazzle  by  Margo Lanagan

The Pike by Conrad Williams

The Crying Child  by  Bruce McAllister

This Circus the World  by Amber Sparks

Some Pictures in An Album by Gary McMahon

Wild Acre by Nathan Ballingrud

Final Exam by  Megan Arkenberg

None So Blind    by Stephen Bacon

The Ballad of Boomtown  by Priya Sharma

Pig Thing by Adam Nevill

The Word-Made Flesh by Richard Gavin

Into the Penny Arcade by Claire Massey

Magdala Amygdala  by Lucy Snyder

Frontier Death Song by Laird Barron

The book is scheduled to be published in June. The artwork at the top of this may not be the finished version, but suffice to say I’ll be looking forward to getting my hands on it however it looks.

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1 Response to Best Horror of the Year 5

  1. Ray Cluley says:

    Congratulations to you, Stephen, and well deserved – it’s a great story.

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