The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2016 Edited by Paula Guran

Paula Guran has announced the table of contents for “The Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: 2016”. I am very happy to be included with “Fabulous Beasts” which appeared on in July 2015.

Many thanks to Paula Guran and also to Ellen Datlow, who accepted this for


•“The Door” by Kelley Armstrong (Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong, Tachyon)
•“Snow” by Dale Bailey (Nightmare, June 2015)
•“1Up” by Holly Black (Press Start to Play, ed. Adams, Vintage)
•“Seven Minutes in Heaven” by Nadia Bulkin (Aickman’s Heirs, ed. Strantzas, Undertow)
•“The Glad Hosts” by Rebecca Campbell (Lackington’s #7)
•“Hairwork” by Gemma Files (She Walks in Shadows, eds. Moreno-Garcia & Stiles, Innsmouth Free Press)
•“Black Dog” by Neil Gaiman (Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, William Morrow)
•“A Shot of Salt Water” by Lisa L. Hannett (The Dark #8)
•“The Scavenger’s Nursery” by Maria Dahvana Headley (Shimmer # 24)
•“Daniel’s Theory About Dolls” by Stephen Graham Jones (The Doll Collection, ed. Datlow, Tor)
•“The Cripple and Starfish” by Caítlin R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest #108)
•“The Absence of Words” by Swapna Kishore (Mythic Delirium #1.3)
•“Corpsemouth” by John Langan (The Monstrous, ed. Datlow, Tachyon)
•“Cassandra” by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld # 102)
•“Street of the Dead House” by Robert Lopresti (nEvermore, ed. Kilpatrick, EDGE)
•“Mary, Mary” by Kirstyn McDermott (Cranky Ladies of History, eds. Roberts & Wessely, Fablecroft)
•“There is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold” by Seanan McGuire, The Doll Collection, ed. Datlow, Tor)
•“Below the Falls” by Daniel Mills (Nightscript 1, ed. Muller, Chthonic Matter)
•“The Deepwater Bride” by Tamsyn Muir (F&SF Jul-Aug)
•“The Greyness” by Kathryn Ptacek (Expiration Date, ed. Kilpatrick, EDGE)
•“The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill” by Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld # 101)
•“Those” by Sofia Samatar (Uncanny #3)
•“Fabulous Beasts” by Priya Sharma (
•“Windows Underwater” by John Shirley (Innsmouth Nightmares, ed. Gresh, PS Publishing)
•“Ripper” by Angela Slatter (Horrorology, ed. Jones, Quercus)
•“The Lily and the Horn” by Catherynne M. Valente (Fantasy #59)
•“Sing Me Your Scars” by Damien Angelica Walters (Sing Me Your Scars, Apex)
•“The Body Finder” by Kaaron Warren (Blurring the Line, ed. Young, Cohesion)
•“The Devil Under the Maison Blue” by Michael Wehunt (The Dark #10)
•“Kaiju maximus®: “So various, So Beautiful, So New” by Kai Ashante Wilson (Fantasy #59)


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2 thoughts on “The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2016 Edited by Paula Guran

  1. Ray Cluley says:

    Well done! That’s great news, and a helluva line up. I’ve finally purchased Fabulous Beasts (at long last) and can’t wait to read it. I’m sure it’ll be wonderful.

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