The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror

Mon 12 Jan 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | 152 Comments | Posted by: Gavin

Sad to say we have bad news about The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: there will be no volume this year after all.

It is a simple truth that no book exists without much unseen work, so we’d like to thank the people at St. Martin’s who published the series for twenty-one years, the readers, writers (of the fiction, poetry, and the various annual summations), our co-editor Ellen Datlow, the packager Jim Frenkel, cover artist Tom Canty, and all the booksellers, librarians, and readers who supported the series over its lifetime.

It has been an honor and a thrill to work on these books over the past six years. We edited five anthologies and were part way through the sixth when we got the news about the 2008 volume and we’d like to thank (and apologize to) all the editors, publishers, readers and writers who helped us by sending and recommending material.

At this point in the year we’re usually deep in final reading and we can give the usual report: 2008 was a great year for fantasy. Over the next couple of months we’ll try and post more about what we read, recommendations, and so on.

New incarnations of the book may appear, there will be further announcements as the year goes on.

Again, thanks,


Gavin J. Grant & Kelly Link


152 Responses to “The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror”

  1. AF on September 9th, 2009 9:37 am

    I feel like I just lost a friend! I look forward to my YBF&H every year. I found many of my favorite writers that way and found it was a great way for fantasy enthusiasts to come together.

  2. ami on October 12th, 2009 9:54 pm

    I have nearly all the volumes and finally got impatient for this year so I did some checking. Not expecting to find this. I hate this. There are and aren’t other best ofs out there. This was the oldest, the most respected, the one you bought if you were in the field because it was the field. Hell, the one you bought when you just dreamed of being in field, or just dreamed. Yes, the summaries kept me coming back, even when I was doubtful after Windling left. Yes, the stories were always wonderful, with one or two per volume that I read over and over again. The only story that ever scared me. The story I wanted to write when I grew up. The story that I had to share with friends. Yes, the ‘also recommended’ lists were great places to hunt down more new favorites.
    But the real thing for me was that it meant when times were lean I could just buy one. Now, to get anything close to the depth/breath of story I’d need to buy at least three that I can think of, and will have still given up the summaries. And not a single other antho I can think of carried the weight of a real best of—they’re just collections of stories, rather than an award to aspire towards. I used to give copies as Christmas gifts. There are places to go from here, I’m sure, but they just won’t be home.

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