The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013, edited by Paula Guran
The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2013 Edition, edited by Paula Guran.
Not sure if I’m sick of anthologies, but this one didn’t do much for me. Yes, there were some good stories (memorable ones below), but a number of them I just couldn’t get through the first page or two — boring, or just not my cup of tea).
Anyway, as it goes:
No Ghosts in London by Helen Marshall, about a young woman who works in a large hall haunted by ghosts. Her mom could handle them, but she dies, and they end up being violent. It was “okay”, but the reason I mention it here at all is because it was the lead story, and I wasn’t impressed. Maybe that is what put me off this book.
Natural History of Autumn by Jeffrey Ford – Rather enjoyed this, a man goes on holiday in Japan and takes a geisha along, but both of them have ulterior motives.
Great-grandmother in the Cellar by Peter S. Beagle, a boy digs up his grandmother to save his sister from her boyfriend. A lot of witchery involved. Quite good.
Who is Arvid Pekon by Karen Tidbeck – Strange tale of a telephone answering service where the employees impersonate whoever the call is for. Totally enjoyed this one.
Iphigenia in Aulis, Mike Carey – Have read this one before, definitely my favorite. Basically small children are being held captive in a military compound, but at first you aren’t sure whether it is for their protection, or if they are the somehow dangerous. When taken to the school room they are put in wheelchairs and strapped down so that they can’t move a muscle. Great story, great author.
Bigfoot on Campus by Jim Butcher. This was my intro to Jim Butcher. I am going to read more!
Blue Lace Agate by Sarah Monette – Really good, may look into this author. It is about two investigators of the paranormal.
The Tall Grass by Joe R. Lansdale. A train breaks down in the middle of the night, and this guy walks off into the grass and barely makes it back. Good story.
Bedtime Stories for Yasmin by Robert Shearman. An overprotective mom reads only the good stories to her little girl, but somebody else is reading the scary ones.
Overall, I guess I liked quite a few of them. At the time, it just seemed a long book for a few good stories. On the other hand, a few good stories is all it takes. Enjoy…or not.
Read: May 2016