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No More Year's Best Fantasy and Horror?

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

A shame, though I'd fallen off reading it in the last couple of years due to cash concerns.

I remember finding the book back over ten years ago now, back in '94, and I was just starting to look for ways to find new authors. It was a good book for that, a way to get a place to start in all the work that was published in the year, and to sample authors you'd never heard or seen of before.




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Jan. 13th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Pretty sure Sydney/NSW has a lotta libraries, BP. I reckon one of two of them will have the latest couple.

Jan. 13th, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
oh, i'm sure they would. thanks for the reminder, though--i barely use libraries, for some reason...
Jan. 13th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Datlow's doing a Best of Horror for Nightshade...
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
yeah, i saw that on her blog.
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
I think it's a blessing in disguise. St Martins was not an amiable home. For the '08 volume they offered less money than ever and were doing no promotion. Ellen was trying to move it, which may have factored in. When it gets picked up, it'll likely be by a small press who'll give it better treatment.
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
That was me, Lucius
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
yeah, i figured.

anyhow, that's interesting. probably you'll be right about small presses, which seem to give a better treatment to collections of any kind on the most part.
Jan. 13th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
Ah! So sad to see an icon fall! And to farewell a teenage ambition!
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