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The full TOC for The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-first Annual Collection
The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-first Annual Collection
Edited by Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant

Table of Contents

“The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics” Daniel Abraham
“The Gray Boy’s Work” M.T. Anderson
“Troll” (poem) Nathalie Anderson
“The Monsters of Heaven” Nathan Ballingrud
“The Forest” Laird Barron
“Reversal of Fortune” Holly Black
“The House of Mechanical Pain” Chaz Brenchley
“The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” Ted Chiang
“Scenes of Hell” (poem) Billy Collins
“Toother” Terry Dowling
“The Drowned Life” Jeffrey Ford
“The Last Worders” Karen Joy Fowler
“Monkey” (poem) Eliza Griswold
“Up the Fire Road” Eileen Gunn
“Winter’s Wife” Elizabeth Hand
“A Perfect and Unmappable Grace” Jack Haringa
“The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change” Kij Johnson
“The Boulder” Lucy Kemnitzer
“The Hill” Tanith Lee
“The Ape Man” Alexander MacBride
“Lovers (Jafaar the Winged)” (poem) Khaled Mattawa
“Hum Drum” Gary McMahon
“A Thing Forbidden” Donald Mead
“England and Nowhere” Tim Nickels
“Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again” Garth Nix
“Valentine, July Heat Wave” Joyce Carol Oates
“Mr. Poo Poo” Reggie Oliver
“Fragrant Goddess” Paul Park
“Holiday” M. Rickert
“Vampires in the Lemon Grove” Karen Russell
“Rats” Veronica Schanoes
“The Fiddler of Bayou Teche” Delia Sherman
“Village Smart” (poem) Maggie Smith
“The Tenth Muse” William Browning Spencer
“Follow Me Home” Sonya Taaffe
“The Swing” Don Tumasonis
“Closet Dreams” Lisa Tuttle
“The Seven Devils of Central California” Catherynne M. Valente
“Splitfoot” Paul Walther
“The Hide” Liz Williams

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A fine list, Ellen! However, I think Spencer's story is called "The Tenth Muse" not "The Tent Muse," though I'd love to read about a muse in a tent one day. ;-)

Blame it on Jim Frenkel. He gave me the list. I fixed it on the HWA and Shocklines BB but it's gone out wrong to the various horror newsletters :-)

Wow. Can't wait to read this.

any rough idea of a release date?


I'm assuming October, like last year.

Jumping up and down for Gary McMahon, he's a star that one!

Congrats to everyone in this!

Congrats, Ellen. There are some top notch stories on that list.

That's a great list, with several stories from authors I love that I've been meaning to check out. I'm also pleased to see M.T. Anderson on there, even if I didn't think "Gray Boy's Work" was his best.


Hum Drum is a creepy, old fashioned horror story. I loved it. And Nathan's Monsters of Heaven is outstanding. Good to see Haringa's tale included, wonderful story, along with Laird's The Forest. Most of the fiction and poetry in the toc I haven't read yet, so I am positively salivating over the prospect.

Yes, I loved "Hum Drum" too. Some really great stuff out in 07.

A great TOC as always!

I'm generally most interested in the obscure stories that I liked that I'm not sure anyone else noticed, so I am particularly delighted to see "The Boulder" on the list -- a lovely story -- and alos "Vampires in the Lemon Grove".

I was wondering when this would be coming out. Liking the look of the list :)


And congratulations to Nathan, Holly, William and Catherynne. I'll have to pick that one up when it comes out! :)

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