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Here is a splendid selection of horror and fantasy stories by Ramsey Campbell, Jane Yolen, Nancy Kress, Thomas Disch, Gene Wolfe and many more writers. Recommended reading lists and selected poetry complete the volume. Contents: * Summation 1988: Fantasy by Terri Windling * Summation 1988: Horror by Ellen Datlow * Horror and Fantasy on th Here is a splendid selection of horror and fantasy stories by Ramsey Campbell, Jane Yolen, Nancy Kress, Thomas Disch, Gene Wolfe and many more writers. Recommended reading lists and selected poetry complete the volume. Contents: * Summation 1988: Fantasy by Terri Windling * Summation 1988: Horror by Ellen Datlow * Horror and Fantasy on the Screen by Edward Bryant * Obituaries * Death is Different by Lisa Goldstein * The Tale of the Rose and the Nightingale (And What Came of It) by Gene Wolfe * It Was the Heat by Pat Cadigan * The Cutter by Edward Bryant * The Freezer Jesus by John DuFresne * Voices of the Kill by Thomas M. Disch * Secretly by Ruth Roston * The Devil's Rose by Tanith Lee * Wempires by Daniel Pinkwater * Scatter My Ashes by Greg Egan * Unfinished Portrait of the King of Pain by Van Gogh by Ian McDonald * Shoo Fly by Richard Matheson * The Thing Itself by Michael Blumlein * The Soft Whisper of Midnight Snow by Charles de Lint * Roman Games by Ann Gay * The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn by Patricia C. Wrede * The Book and Its Contents by Robert Kelly * The Great God Pan by M. John Harrison * Lost Bodies by Ian Watson * Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons * Preflash by John M. Ford * Life of Buddha by Lucius Shepard * Appointment With Eddie by Charles Beaumont * Fragments of Papyrus from the Temple of the Older Gods by William Kotzwinkle * Spillage by Nancy Kress * Snowman by Charles L. Grant * The Scar by Dennis Etchison * Laiken Langstrand by Gwyneth Jones * The Last Poem About the Snow Queen and Pinocchio by Sandra M. Gilbert * Game in the Pope's Head by Gene Wolfe * Playing the Game by Ramsey Campbell * Faces by F. Paul Wilson * Snowfall by Jessie Thompson * Seal-Self by Sara Maitland * No Hearts, No Flowers by Barry N. Malzberg * The Boy Who Drew Unicorns by Jane Yolen * The Darling by Scott Bradfield * Night They Missed the Horror Show by Joe R. Lansdale * Your Story by Rick DeMarinis * Winter Solstice - Camelot Station by John M. Ford * The Boy Who Hooked the Sun by Gene Wolfe * Clem's Dream by Joan Aiken * Love In Vain by Lewis Shiner * In the Darkened Hours by Bruce Boston * A Golden Net for Silver Fishes by Ru Emerson * Dancing Among Ghosts by Jim Aikin * Honorable Mentions: 1988


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Here is a splendid selection of horror and fantasy stories by Ramsey Campbell, Jane Yolen, Nancy Kress, Thomas Disch, Gene Wolfe and many more writers. Recommended reading lists and selected poetry complete the volume. Contents: * Summation 1988: Fantasy by Terri Windling * Summation 1988: Horror by Ellen Datlow * Horror and Fantasy on th Here is a splendid selection of horror and fantasy stories by Ramsey Campbell, Jane Yolen, Nancy Kress, Thomas Disch, Gene Wolfe and many more writers. Recommended reading lists and selected poetry complete the volume. Contents: * Summation 1988: Fantasy by Terri Windling * Summation 1988: Horror by Ellen Datlow * Horror and Fantasy on the Screen by Edward Bryant * Obituaries * Death is Different by Lisa Goldstein * The Tale of the Rose and the Nightingale (And What Came of It) by Gene Wolfe * It Was the Heat by Pat Cadigan * The Cutter by Edward Bryant * The Freezer Jesus by John DuFresne * Voices of the Kill by Thomas M. Disch * Secretly by Ruth Roston * The Devil's Rose by Tanith Lee * Wempires by Daniel Pinkwater * Scatter My Ashes by Greg Egan * Unfinished Portrait of the King of Pain by Van Gogh by Ian McDonald * Shoo Fly by Richard Matheson * The Thing Itself by Michael Blumlein * The Soft Whisper of Midnight Snow by Charles de Lint * Roman Games by Ann Gay * The Princess, the Cat, and the Unicorn by Patricia C. Wrede * The Book and Its Contents by Robert Kelly * The Great God Pan by M. John Harrison * Lost Bodies by Ian Watson * Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons * Preflash by John M. Ford * Life of Buddha by Lucius Shepard * Appointment With Eddie by Charles Beaumont * Fragments of Papyrus from the Temple of the Older Gods by William Kotzwinkle * Spillage by Nancy Kress * Snowman by Charles L. Grant * The Scar by Dennis Etchison * Laiken Langstrand by Gwyneth Jones * The Last Poem About the Snow Queen and Pinocchio by Sandra M. Gilbert * Game in the Pope's Head by Gene Wolfe * Playing the Game by Ramsey Campbell * Faces by F. Paul Wilson * Snowfall by Jessie Thompson * Seal-Self by Sara Maitland * No Hearts, No Flowers by Barry N. Malzberg * The Boy Who Drew Unicorns by Jane Yolen * The Darling by Scott Bradfield * Night They Missed the Horror Show by Joe R. Lansdale * Your Story by Rick DeMarinis * Winter Solstice - Camelot Station by John M. Ford * The Boy Who Hooked the Sun by Gene Wolfe * Clem's Dream by Joan Aiken * Love In Vain by Lewis Shiner * In the Darkened Hours by Bruce Boston * A Golden Net for Silver Fishes by Ru Emerson * Dancing Among Ghosts by Jim Aikin * Honorable Mentions: 1988

30 review for The Year's Best Fantasy: Second Annual Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Henry Bemis

    The Boy Who Drew Dragons by Jane Yolen / 4 stars, A short sweet piece about the healing power of unicorns. Night They Missed The Horror Show by Joe R Lansdale / 2.5 stars, Not Horror or Fantasy. A short story about two southern boys having a bad night and how it ended. The Devil's Rose by Tanith / 2.25 star, A One Night Stand, Syphilis and illusions to the devil. Why ? The Soft Whisper of Midnight Snow by Gene Wolfe / 3 stars, What or who lurks in the snow on a r The Boy Who Drew Dragons by Jane Yolen / 4 stars, A short sweet piece about the healing power of unicorns. Night They Missed The Horror Show by Joe R Lansdale / 2.5 stars, Not Horror or Fantasy. A short story about two southern boys having a bad night and how it ended. The Devil's Rose by Tanith / 2.25 star, A One Night Stand, Syphilis and illusions to the devil. Why ? The Soft Whisper of Midnight Snow by Gene Wolfe / 3 stars, What or who lurks in the snow on a remote property ? The Princess, The Cat and The Unicorn by Patricia C Wrede / 3.5 stars, a nice moder deconstruction of the tradition fairy tale. It was in the Heat / 2.5, Another story that is neither horror or fantasy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tristan

    I read this anthology a while ago, so I don't remember everything. Lots of the stories are good, but my favorite pieces weren't stories at all. I loved Sara M. Gilbert's "The Last Poem about the Snow Queen and Pinocchio" and absolutely adored John M. Ford's "Winter Solstice, Camelot Station" (another poem). "Camelot Station" was actually the piece I read for speech and debate and went to the State tournament with it. I can only put that sort of energy into something I truly love. Here is a bit from th I read this anthology a while ago, so I don't remember everything. Lots of the stories are good, but my favorite pieces weren't stories at all. I loved Sara M. Gilbert's "The Last Poem about the Snow Queen and Pinocchio" and absolutely adored John M. Ford's "Winter Solstice, Camelot Station" (another poem). "Camelot Station" was actually the piece I read for speech and debate and went to the State tournament with it. I can only put that sort of energy into something I truly love. Here is a bit from the opening: Camelot is served by a sixteen-track terminal done in High Gothic Style... Beneath its rotunda,just to the left of the ticket windows is a mosaic floor depicting the Round Table (where all knights, regardless of their station of origin or class of accommodation, are equal) The whole rest of this poem continues in this beautiful vein, going through the arrival of a host of knights until "The one who is King says, 'It all seemed so simple once'/and the best knight in the world says, 'It is. We make it hard'" and the poem is wrapped up with a reminder that "The train may stop/but the line goes on". The collection is well worth it (if you can find a copy) just for Ford's beautiful poem. In fiction, my favorite story was "The Boy Who Drew Unicorns" by Jane Yolen, which is a powerful and poetic tale of healing. Lots of great pieces, some pretty weak or unnecessarily confusing, but overall a decent anthology.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John

    Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set I own a trade sized paper back. I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set including finding copies of those before it. What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these Sorry for virtually the same review on whole anthology set I own a trade sized paper back. I started this anthology with the 5th Annual and I loved it so much I started collecting the whole set including finding copies of those before it. What sets this anthology apart from many others is that I always find two or three gems within its pages, many liked stories and very few I have to force myself through. More importantly, from those people I have noted who read these anthologies too, they say the same thing. I rated this whole anthology based on the variety of the stories within, how many people seem to report finding the same ratio of gems & well received stories. I am happy to own this whole anthology and keep them in excellent shape, no matter how many times I have read them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I expected a lot more out of an anthology titled "the best", but I don't agree that its contents truly are. Most of the stories included haven't got aspects or horror or fantasy elements in them at all. Just dark stories that I honestly didn't enjoy reading. The only reason I made it through the whole thing, was my inability to quit a book I've started.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    pretty good even some of the poems.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Darren Mitton

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peg

  8. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mickey

  10. 4 out of 5

    Simeon Berry

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael Antoniewicz

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Oolookitty

  16. 5 out of 5

    Worthy

  17. 4 out of 5

    Regina

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kat

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  20. 4 out of 5

    bluetyson

    Year's Best Fantasy and Horror/Second Annual Collection by Datlow (1989)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

  22. 5 out of 5

    April Lott

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cyrano

  24. 4 out of 5

    yellowbird

  25. 4 out of 5

    Simba

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Gorgen

  28. 4 out of 5

    K Mc

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Hurley

  30. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Przyborowski

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