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As with Ellen Datlow's 'The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Five' there are no novellas this year, so the page count is not as mammoth as recent instalments. Detractors, though, should bear in mind that an anthology editor's budget allows them to buy the reprint rights to X amount of stories: as to what the final page tally comes to once all those stories are gathered together is irrelevant. So, this year we have one poem and twenty-one short stories, ranging from a single page long to Reggie Oliver's 27 page novelette. The quality, though, remains high. Those readers, however, concerned only with how big the book's girth is would perhaps be better off reading a novel instead: short stories are about quality, not quantity after all.
There is one overlap with Datlow's book and two with Paula Guran's 'The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2013', though neither Datlow or Guran overlap with each other. There are, however, quite a number of authors who appear is more than one volume, but represented by different stories. All told there are a total of 82 different stories showcased this year.Read more ›
Don't get me wrong, the book does have some spectacular pieces within but when I'm not getting that chill then I feel a little let down. All round the pieces within will more than please a fair few readers as the stories are to the point, great for travel and of course give the reader a great way to kill some travel time but for me its just a so so title.