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This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Byrant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquex, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overvi This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Byrant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquex, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions —all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.


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This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Byrant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquex, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overvi This acclaimed series, winner of numerous World Fantasy Awards, continues its tradition of excellence with scores of short stories from such writers as Michael Bishop, Edward Byrant, Angela Carter, Terry Lamsley, Gabriel Garcia Marquex, A.R. Morlan, Robert Silverberg, Michael Swanwick, Jane Yolen and many others. Supplementing the stories are the editors' invaluable overviews of the year in fantastic fiction, Edward Bryant's witty roundup of the year's fantasy films, and a long list of Honorable Mentions —all of which adds up to an invaluable reference source, and a font of fabulous reading.

30 review for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chrystal Hays

    While all the books I have read so far in this series are very good, this one was outstanding. Every single story resonated on some level, none were "average". Hard to describe the feeling, but one often finds a "favorite" in an anthology and other tales fading...in this one, each piece feels like a "favorite". I'm glad I have been going back and finding these early editions. While all the books I have read so far in this series are very good, this one was outstanding. Every single story resonated on some level, none were "average". Hard to describe the feeling, but one often finds a "favorite" in an anthology and other tales fading...in this one, each piece feels like a "favorite". I'm glad I have been going back and finding these early editions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    bluetyson

    The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection by Ellen Datlow (1991) The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection by Ellen Datlow (1991)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Valissa

    "You know smoking? A cigarette is three things--smell, taste, and sight." - Jonathan Carroll "A Wheel in the Desert" "You know smoking? A cigarette is three things--smell, taste, and sight." - Jonathan Carroll "A Wheel in the Desert"

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dean

    Only for a while, Robert E. Howard is calling again. I'll get back to the rest of these short stories later. Only for a while, Robert E. Howard is calling again. I'll get back to the rest of these short stories later.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Wise

    This 1991 edition of the annual series documented the year 1990 in the worlds of fantasy and horror fiction with detailed summaries by Terri Windling (fantasy) and Ellen Datlow (horror), and a summary of both genres in the media by Edward Bryant. Then followed 52 of the year’s best published pieces (short stories, essays, and poems). I found the following to be most impressive: “Missolonghi 1824” by John Crowley; “Little Nightmares, Little Dreams” by Rachel Simon; “Timekeeper” by John Morressy; “ This 1991 edition of the annual series documented the year 1990 in the worlds of fantasy and horror fiction with detailed summaries by Terri Windling (fantasy) and Ellen Datlow (horror), and a summary of both genres in the media by Edward Bryant. Then followed 52 of the year’s best published pieces (short stories, essays, and poems). I found the following to be most impressive: “Missolonghi 1824” by John Crowley; “Little Nightmares, Little Dreams” by Rachel Simon; “Timekeeper” by John Morressy; “The Last Game” by Sharon M. Hall; “Offerings” by Susan Palwick; “The Calling” by David B. Silva; “Stephen” by Elizabeth Massie; the poem “The Beast” by Gwen Strauss; and “The All-Consuming” by Lucius Shepard and Robert Frazier.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    I feel like the previous installment had more stories that stuck me the right way than this one. Preferred stories: Coming Home, Nina Kiriki Hoffman Ladies and Gentlemen, Joyce Carol Oates (LOVED this) Freaktent, Nancy A. Collins Fantasy in the Real World, Susan Cooper (essay on role of fantasy literature, really interesting) Moths, John Brunner Time Keeper, John Morressy Death of a Right Fielder, Stuart Dybek Truman Capote's Trilby: The Facts, Garry Kilworth Bestseller, Michael Blumlein (predictable but I feel like the previous installment had more stories that stuck me the right way than this one. Preferred stories: Coming Home, Nina Kiriki Hoffman Ladies and Gentlemen, Joyce Carol Oates (LOVED this) Freaktent, Nancy A. Collins Fantasy in the Real World, Susan Cooper (essay on role of fantasy literature, really interesting) Moths, John Brunner Time Keeper, John Morressy Death of a Right Fielder, Stuart Dybek Truman Capote's Trilby: The Facts, Garry Kilworth Bestseller, Michael Blumlein (predictable but haunting) Ashputtle: or, the Mother's Ghost, Angela Carter Coyote v. Acme, Ian Frazier

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Bound to be something here that will haunt you for a long time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ana ★ Tesserell

    34 pagini. Oribil.

  9. 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 anthologies too, they say the 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Editor, Ellen Datlow, returns with annual variety of fantasy / horror short story collection. Good mix and encouraging to see fantasy stories have equal resonance with horror. Over 300 pages, someone should find pleasant reads.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy Baker

  13. 5 out of 5

    Worthy

  14. 5 out of 5

    jaime sanchez

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

  16. 5 out of 5

    David

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

  18. 5 out of 5

    James Meeks

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Raluca

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kay Sundstrom

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn MacDonald

  25. 5 out of 5

    Antony

  26. 5 out of 5

    Avgrma

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ralph

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Dury

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Rosemary

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dora

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