if we were good at this

Fri 11 Jul 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 21st Annual Collection Coverthere would be pictures of books received today (Greg Frost’s second Shadowbridge novel Lord Tophet &c.), hellos to Dear Aunt Gwenda up there in Vermont, loving meditations on the chocolate bars we are considering for the LCRW subscriptioneers, a link to the fantastic fundraiser Matt et al. have put together for the KGB Reading Series, daily calls to action on the Bush disaster (hello to all wireless tappers), and, wait, there was a reason for this….

Oh yea. We boomeranged the page proofs of the next Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (#21!) back to Jim Frenkel this morning and by the magic of the internets, it’s aready online! Wow and Yay!

This year Powell’s has the book listed under Kelly’s name, maybe Ellen and Gavin are invisible? Who knows? Who cares? ‘Tis done! And Thomas Canty’s cover is brighter than the last couple of years, so that’s cool. Um, recommendations for the 2008 edition always welcome!

Here’s the table of contents (as Ellen posted a while back) in alphabetical order — actual order and all the extra bits to be found in the book when it hits the bookshops this autumn:

“The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics” Daniel Abraham
“The Gray Boy’s Work” M.T. Anderson
“Troll” (poem) Nathalie Anderson
“The Monsters of Heaven” Nathan Ballingrud
“The Forest” Laird Barron
“Reversal of Fortune” Holly Black
“The House of Mechanical Pain” Chaz Brenchley
“The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” Ted Chiang
“Scenes of Hell” (poem) Billy Collins
“Toother” Terry Dowling
“The Drowned Life” Jeffrey Ford
“The Last Worders” Karen Joy Fowler
“Monkey” (poem) Eliza Griswold
“Up the Fire Road” Eileen Gunn
“Winter’s Wife” Elizabeth Hand
“A Perfect and Unmappable Grace” Jack Haringa
“The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change” Kij Johnson
“The Boulder” Lucy Kemnitzer
“The Hill” Tanith Lee
“The Ape Man” Alexander MacBride
“Lovers (Jafaar the Winged)” (poem) Khaled Mattawa
“Hum Drum” Gary McMahon
“A Thing Forbidden” Donald Mead
“England and Nowhere” Tim Nickels
“Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again” Garth Nix
“Valentine, July Heat Wave” Joyce Carol Oates
“Mr. Poo Poo” Reggie Oliver
“Fragrant Goddess” Paul Park
“Holiday” M. Rickert
“Vampires in the Lemon Grove” Karen Russell
“Rats” Veronica Schanoes
“The Fiddler of Bayou Teche” Delia Sherman
“Village Smart” (poem) Maggie Smith
“The Tenth Muse” William Browning Spencer
“Follow Me Home” Sonya Taaffe
“The Swing” Don Tumasonis
“Closet Dreams” Lisa Tuttle
“The Seven Devils of Central California” Catherynne M. Valente
“Splitfoot” Paul Walther
“The Hide” Liz Williams


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  1. Ellen Datlow on July 11th, 2008 6:06 pm

    Wha????? How did you do it so fast? I’m still in the middle.

  2. lcrw on July 11th, 2008 8:58 pm

    But, but, but, he gave us a deadline 🙂

  3. selling out : Not a journal. on July 16th, 2008 1:53 pm

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